Graduate Programs

Kinesiology, Sport and Recreation Graduate Student Society

"Enhancing social, athletic and academic opportunities for graduate students"

Mission Statement

The Kinesiology, Sport, and Recreation Graduate Student Society (KSRGSS) is a graduate student organization designed to provide academic, social, and athletic opportunities for the graduate students in Faculty of Kinesiology, Sport, and Recreation. KSRGSS strives to promote, provide, and organize professional and academic support for its members. In addition, the organization acts as a mediator between the Faculty and graduate students.

Volunteer Activities

If you are looking for volunteers for a Faculty of Kinesiology, Sport, and Recreation or UAlberta-related event, send us an email at and we may be able to advertise for you!

Stay tuned for details about our biggest fundraiser/ volunteer activity of the year- the 43rd annual Golden Bear Open January 20-21, 2017!


Printing Services

If you require printing service at the printer in the third flood grad lounge (VVC- 3-219), please contact our secretary Janita at

KSRGSS Executive Members


President: Tristan Hopper

Tristan Hopper is a third year PhD student. He earned his Master’s degree from Dalhousie University and his Bachelor’s degree from the University of Waterloo. Working under the mentorship of Dr. Tara-Leigh McHugh and Dr. Yoshi Iwasaki, his current research interest involve youth labeled “at-risk”, youth engagement and meaning-making in leisure. In his spare time, Tristan enjoys running, hiking, cycling and walking his English Cocker Spaniel ‘Dory’. Joining PERGSS executive team was an easy decision—Tristan really enjoys meeting fellow grad students and making a difference to our faculty.

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VP of Professional Development: Derek (Dong-Woo) Kang

Derek is a third year PhD student in the Behavioural Medicine Lab, under the supervision of Dr. Kerry Courneya. He is from Seoul, South Korea, and received his BSc and MSc in KIN and Exercise Medicine and Rehabilitation from Yonsei University. He also studied at the San Francisco State University and worked at a cancer hospital as a Clinical Exercise Physiologist. His research interests include the effects of exercise in cancer patients. Derek was a competitive Taekwondo athlete and he enjoys playing soccer in the summer and snowboarding in the winter.


VP ReCon II: Julia Froese

Julia has a passion for leisure and meaning-making, specifically in the context of those experiencing grief. These research interests have motivated her to become a researcher and professor who has the opportunity to influence both community practice and students in meaningful ways, which has led her to the UofA. Today, Julia is a first year PhD student working under the supervision of Dr. Lisa McDermott and Dr. Yoshi Iwasaki. Some of Julia’s interests outside of academia include travelling, snowboarding, running, and going out with friends. As an outgoing and social individual, she was happy to join the KSRGSS team as VP for ReCon because she believes that this conference provides a valuable opportunity for students and staff to build meaningful relationships with each other that will overall strengthen the student body in our faculty. Get in touch with Julia about ReCon 2018 at


Communications: Colin McGuinness

Colin is a first year Master’s student studying sport tourism with Dr. Tom Hinch. He completed his undergraduate degree at the University of Lethbridge. Colin spends a lot of time on campus because he also works at the U of A Career Centre. When not in class or at work, he likes to manage his multiple fantasy sports teams, snowboard, golf, play slo-pitch and travel. Colin joined PERGSS to stay connected with the Faculty and fellow graduate students. You can contact Colin at





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Social and Recreation Coordinator: CJ Blye

Clara-Jane (CJ) is a first year PhD Student who is passionate about the outdoors and the natural environment. Working with Dr. Elizabeth Halpennny, CJ is able to explore both the provincial and national parks within Alberta and around the country. Her work focuses on environmental behaviours of park users and connecting new Canadians to our natural areas. Hiking, backpacking, snowboarding, trail racing; anything that can be done the wilderness are CJ’s favorite activities, when she is not at school she either in the River Valley with her dog Bruce Wayne or in the mountains exploring. Joining the PERGSS executive team was an easy choice, CJ loves to be involved in all aspects of campus life and connecting with fellow students. Contact CJ about all your social event ideas at:


Treasurer: Mohadeseh (Mohi) Mahmoudi

Mohi is a third year PhD student in Leisure and Recreation department under supervision of Dr Elizabeth Halpenny. She got her Bachelor’s degree in Architectural Engineering from Iran and her Master’s degree in urban design from Malaysia. Now she is working on how we can integrate immigrants into host societies and develop their community attachment through visiting urban green spaces. Mohi loves traveling and learning from different cultures. She also enjoys reading books, mountain climbing, going to nature and walking. She joined PRGESS to be involved and learn from fellow grad students. You can reach her at


Secretary: Janita Frantsi

Janita is a second year Master's student passionate about dance, friends, exercising, and now PERGSS! She came all the way from Finland to do her Master's degree here at the U of A under the supervision of Dr. Pirkko Markula. In her studies, she focuses on dance and fitness from the sociocultural perspective. When Janita is not in a dance class, she's probably hanging out with friends, instructing group fitness classes (sometimes these two together), snowboarding or baking. Janita loves to be involved, hang out with other students and help out whenever needed! As the secretary for PERGSS, she coordinates the grad printing so if you want to have it set up or have some other questions or concerns, just shoot a message to



Co-VP of Professional Development: Michael Dubnewick

Michael is a 4th year PhD student whose love for gardening, food, and recreation brought him to research. Working with Dr. Tara-Leigh McHugh, Michael narratively inquires into the experiences of recreation practitioners as they facilitate food-based recreation programs with inner city and Indigenous peoples. In his spare time he enjoys cooking and spending his entire Sunday watching NFL football. You can contact Michael at should you have any inquiries, interests, or ideas in regard to professional development opportunities.

Members at large: Stephen Hunter

Stephen Hunter is a first year PhD student under the supervision of Dr. Valerie Carson. Stephen’s research interests include the ecological factors that influence physical activity and sedentary behaviour, and how these behaviours impact health in children aged 0-18 years. Outside of research Stephen loves basketball and can be frequently spotted in the main gym.


Fundraising: Andrew Steele

Andrew is a first year Master Student working with Dr. Craig Steinback in the Neurovascular Health Lab. He is studying the effects of altitude on systematic fluid balance and renal function. In her spare time Andrew is a fan of reading, running, and soccer. Andrew joined the PERGSS executive to meet fellow grad students and to help maintain the amazing sense of community within our faculty! Feel free to contact Andrew at:

Members at large: Maddy Preddy

Maddy is a first year Master’s student in the Behavioural Epidemiology Lab under the supervision of Dr. Valerie Carson. Maddy’s research interests include physical activity and outdoor play policies, and the roles these policies have on children’s overall physical activity levels and their health. In her spare time Maddy is happiest when surrounded by the mountains, usually on long hikes, curling up with a hot cup of coffee and indulging in a good read on Nordic culture, or daydreaming about her next travel destination.


Members at large:Corey Kuzik

Corey is a third year PhD candidate under the supervision of Dr. Valerie Carson. Corey’s dissertation topic involves sleep, sedentary behaviour, and physical activity in children under 5 years of age. Beyond research, Corey likes to play basketball, go hiking, and walk his dog Marcus MacGruff.


Members at large: Andria Morielli

Andria is a third year PhD student under the supervision of Dr. Kerry Courneya. She is studying the effects of exercise on rectal cancer patients’ quality of life, symptoms, cancer treatments, and their recovery from these treatments. Outside of her studies, Andria enjoys swimming, hiking, and long walks with her rescue dog, Bella.