Michigan School of Kinesiology is getting a new building

Submitted by James Burrill Angell on September 13th, 2016 at 1:43 PM

I know that there are a bunch of School of Kinesiology grads and students on the board so I wanted to post this for my fellow alums. The Board of Regents is voting on Thursday to renovate the Kraus Building for the School of Kinesiology after the Biology department leaves it for their new digs in 2018. 


No more classrooms that smell like chlorine or hearing weights dropped on the ceiling for the classrooms under the CCRB weight room. Plus, the new building is right on the Diag. Badly badly needed upgrade and consolidation since classes for Kinesiology were spread all over campus and the student advising was moved to the corner of Sout Forest and South U. 



September 14th, 2016 at 1:10 AM ^

That is my only memory of that building... Genetics.  Uggg, took it high school as "Microbiology, Embryology & Genetics"  so thought we're going to be crossing pea pods and guinea pig colors. Good God no, tag team of some the pre-eminent scholars in their field.  That's the class that made me think "There goes my hopes of medical school" when I got a C+.... ended up graduating with International Economics degree instead.


In hindsight, if I would have known what a challenging class that was I would likely have stuck it out.... still happy though.... did my grad work as a PA and in medicine after all.


kevin holt

September 13th, 2016 at 2:16 PM ^

Where is Bio moving? Aw man I had an internship in a lab in Kraus and never had to take a class there so I actually have fond memories. But I have been in the lecture halls and they were laughably outdated. That's awesome though, upgrading to Diag Status is great for kines.

James Burrill Angell

September 13th, 2016 at 2:51 PM ^

Biology is getting a huge brand new building that they're halfway through constructing where ROTC used to be (on Washtenaw by the bridge to the Hill Dorms/CCRB). They demolished North Hall (the old ROTC Building) to make way for it. Sounds like this was a three-way trade. ROTC got demolished to make way for the new bio builiding, when the new Bio building is done, Kinesiology gets Bio's building. When Kinesiology moves into its new building, ROTC gets Kinesiology's building (between Mojo & Markley next to SPH).  On top of all this movement, the CCRB will claim the space that Kinesiology uses for labs and classrooms so the students will get a bigger and better CCRB. 

Win-Win-Win-Win (unless you consider the ROTC part of it a draw).


September 13th, 2016 at 3:13 PM ^

I wish I knew about kinesiology when I went to Michigan... Would've made getting into medical school much easier... Much easier...

Have they fixed the Kraus auditorium? Good luck. Worst lecture hall on campus imo.. Whoever built that thing doesn't believe in leg room whatsoever.


September 13th, 2016 at 3:41 PM ^

We had a 5 credit Anatomy/Physiology class that was required to graduate from Kinesiology, even for us Sports Mgmt & Comm majors.  Dr. Marvin Boluyt taught the class.  I remember he mentioned that Med School kids had to take the class (this was 1999).  I wish every person who thought Kines was a bunch of softball classes could take that one class. 


September 13th, 2016 at 4:50 PM ^

So it's a bunch of softball classes + 1 rote memorization class? 

You sound like a Ross student complaining about Accounting in a sea of fluff. 


Regardless, I am happy that science students get to have some nice modern facilities after seeing Ross build spaceships for the business school kids. 


September 13th, 2016 at 8:06 PM ^

though in the 80's he was in research and taught Kines 101. That was my intro to Kines and I knew I was in the right program. I absorbed so much, still have his coursepack. Back then our anatomy and physiology were taught in the med school with all the premed/nursing. Loved those classes as well. Dr. Byrdi (spelling) was awesome as well and the course was more than simply memorization. I realize many other "areas of concentration" thumb their nose at Kines, if you moved into the biomechanics, exercise physiology, etc those courses were on par with any 400-500-600 levels any department...they were taught by the guys who literally wrote the books used by other Universities. Katch, Foss, etc...many were pioneers in research studies in Parkinsons, brain injury you name it. Easy to ride high and mighty but it was excellent to be a part of it all.


September 14th, 2016 at 7:49 AM ^

I was in Med school at Michigan in 1999. Our anatomy class was not part of the Kinesiology department. It was Med school only and cadaver based. The music students came in when we dissected the pharynx and 2 of them passed out in front of me. As for physiology, this was not part of anatomy. Physiology was broken into organ systems and was basically a 2 year course. Boluyt was not a professor in the Med school.

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September 14th, 2016 at 11:13 AM ^

since the late 80s courses have undergone a lot of changes. our anatomy was one class held on the medical campus with nursing and pre-med students. my roommate was dating a nursing student and she was in the class with us, Physiology was another course for 4 credits also on the med campus. I am sure at some point kines separated out...when I took them they were instructed by profs from the med school. By 99 whatever changes took place it sounds like they werent the last.


September 13th, 2016 at 3:30 PM ^

I worked in a basic science lab in kines in the basement of CCRB...not only was it a depressing bunker, but it was great to be interrupted from pipetting by weights slamming...

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September 13th, 2016 at 11:37 PM ^

I love the Half-Life 2 prison/Dennison comparison. It's perfect!

In fact, they are currently renovating Dennison hall and they've renamed the building to Weiser Hall. I'm betting that the building will still have tiny windows in 80% of the classrooms, but hey, they tried.



September 13th, 2016 at 5:45 PM ^

Traditionally: Kinesiology is the study of body movement.  Traditionally, you have a lot of athletic trainers and other medical professionals with a background in Kines.  

Non-Traditionally: For some reason, we scrapped the journalism program in the early, mid-90s and placed the applied communications classes in Kinesiology.  So you could get a degree in Sports Management & Communications and wind up in print or broadcast journalism.  I'm pretty sure this is the exception, not the norm.


September 13th, 2016 at 6:17 PM ^

Journalism classes were in LSA under Comm Studies too. They dropped journalism when I was half done so I ended up with a Comm Studies AB. Took some Kines classes for sports comm that counted toward degree though.

Essentially anyone planning on a sports/athletic industry benefits from Kines esp if training or teaching fitness professionally. Having the degree allows upward mobility.

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Rather be on BA

September 13th, 2016 at 7:40 PM ^

Cardiac Rehab; Personal Trainer; Athletic Trainer; Pre-PT or even pre-med; research assistant; pre-grad degree in ex. phys. Most often you are looking at AT, pre-pt or PA, although there is more of a push for well qualified personal trainers and coaches nowadays and you make a decent living of that if you're good.

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September 14th, 2016 at 3:06 PM ^

Personal trainers are basically shrinks and cheerleaders for old people, women, and homemakers.  They aren't motivated to go to the gym but they'll go if they pay a trainer to tell them to do pushups and body weight exercises. 

Anyone who is really serious and motivated about fitness can find endless information on the internet.  

TL;DR: getting a degree from Michigan to do personal fitness is like lighting a candle with a flamethrower.


September 13th, 2016 at 10:33 PM ^

There are four majors in Kinesiology: movement science, athletic training, health and fitness, and sport management. The vast majority of movement science majors end up in professional school for physical therapy, occupational therapy, orthotics, prosthetics, medicine, or physician's assistant. Some also go on to graduate school in kinesiology and end up as professors or research scientists. Industry has been hiring a lot of kinesiology ph.d.'s lately. Think Fitbit, Nike, Addidas, and wearable sensor companies. Athletic training majors usually go on to high schools, colleges, or rehab clinics. Health and fitness majors usually end up as personal trainers, coaches, physical education teachers, or fitness staff members as clubs. Many sport management majors go on to get law degrees, MBAs, and Ph.D.s in sport management. It pays to have some sort of advanced degree in the field as there are many more people that want to work in the field than there are jobs. Many of the majors end up working for college athletic departments, minor league teams, big 4 major sports teams (NHL, NFL, MLB, and NBA) but more end up using their business knowledge in careers that are less focused on sports (university and foundation development, pharmaceuticals, hospitality industry, etc.).


September 14th, 2016 at 6:30 AM ^

One guy became an athletic trainer at LSU, another is/was strength and conditioning at Villanova, another headed strength and conditioning for the detroit tigers. Many went into personal training, particularly at the corporate fitness level. Some went into coaching and or PE though they have done away with the PE course as finding jobs became impossible recently. One of my buddies owns a wellness clinic with chiropractic care, massage, PT, etc. and some went on to things like sports science research like sports performance devices and equipment.