Graceland University’s is pleased to announce the hiring of Drew Sams ’21 as the new Strength and Conditioning Graduate Assistant (GA) and Kailey Boden ’21 as the new Health and Wellness Promotion GA, both newly created positions in the Master of Science in Nutrition and Human Performance program. Sams and Boden will be pursuing their Master of Science in Nutrition and Human Performance degrees while working in Graceland’s Department of Health and Movement Science (HMS).
Graduate assistants play an integral role in higher education. These competitive positions allow students to earn their graduate degrees while providing them with a valuable opportunity to gain hands-on experience in areas of teaching and research.
Sams will include teaching several undergraduate courses and working with athletic teams, providing strength and conditioning expertise for student-athletes. “I am excited to be able to work with the faculty on a professional level as well as have the opportunity to impact the lives of student athletes not only in the classroom, but also helping them improve their athletics,” said Sams.
“We (HMS faculty) are excited to have Drew join us in the Department of Health and Movement Science” said James Geiselman, interim program director and assistant professor of Allied Health. Geiselman went on to share, “Drew was a great student, and we are looking forward to having him continue his education with us and share his knowledge with Graceland student-athletes.”
Boden will also teach several undergraduate courses and create community outreach health and wellness programs designed to help the citizens of Lamoni and Decatur County lead longer, healthier lives. “Being one of the first GAs at Graceland is an honor and the opportunity to be at the forefront of a program built to help students excel as they are preparing for their professional lives is a privilege,” said Boden.
“We’re very pleased to have Kailey join us in the Division of Health and Movement Science as the new Health and Wellness Graduate Assistant,” said Andrew Miller, interim program director and assistant professor of Allied Health. Miller continued to say, “Kailey is an amazing student and I’m excited for her to continue her educational journey with us and help to positively impact students and the community.”