PHS Newsletter Issue # 20

Issue Number 20 Date 2/27/13


*IMPORTANT* Public Health Information Sessions
Seniors Final Graduation Check:
Wednesday, March 6th 6:00PM-  Campus Center Rm. 101
Tuesday, March 12th  7:15 PM-   Campus Center Rm. 101

Wednesday, March 27 7:00 PM-   Hasbrouck 228

Tuesday, March 26 6:30PM-   Hasbrouck 228

Transfer/First Year Enrollment 101:Thursday, March 28 5:15 PM-   DuBois 767
*this session is for students interested in learning more about navigating SPIRE as well as tips and tricks with course selection and scheduling.

First Years: Monday, April 8 6:30 PM-   Hasbrouck 228

*If you want us to review your complete major requirements, please bring completed tracking sheets, Academic Requirements Report (ARR), and any necessary filled out course exception and/or collateral field proposal forms
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Public Health Club: Professor Panel
Monday, March 11
6-7 PM, Campus Center 101
The Public Health Club would like to invite you to come and participate in our Professor Panel, where we invited 8 Public Health professors to talk about their journey in college, after college, and valuable advice they would like to offer to students. You’ve seen them in class, now learn from them outside of class! It’ll be a great opportunity to get tips on how to navigate through the next chapter after UMass and see your favorites all over again.
Refreshments will be served

Academic Opportunities

UMass Medical School Summer Enrichment & Research Program: Information Session with Dr. Deborah Hines
Monday, March 4
2:00 PM, Wilder Hall
Come and learn about the UMASS Medical School Summer Enrichment and Research programs, medical school admissions, medical school requirements, funding resources, research opportunities and internships, as well as network with UMASS Medical School Director of Admissions Dr. Deborah Hines to get expert advice regarding what you need to do to enhance your chances of being admitted to the medical or graduate school of your choice.

MA Public Higher Education Advocacy Day
Tuesday, March 5th
State House, Boston
Food and transportation provided, free to attend!
Join the Faculty Senate Outreach Council in showing our legislators that we demand more funding for public higher education! Let your voice be heard! This is the ultimate opportunity to bring together the different systems of higher education in Massachusetts to let our legislators know that we want their support! With our state legislators working on the budget, we want to tell them the importance of increasing funding for public higher education. More money in the budget means more money back in your pocket! This event is being held as a collaboration between students, faculty, unions, and other constituencies of public higher education in Massachusetts.
More information:

Massachusetts General Hospital: Information Session  
Tuesday, March 12
5:30-7:30 PM, Wilder Hall
MGH Institute of Health Professions is an innovative graduate school with programs in Nursing, Physical Therapy, and Communication Sciences and Disorders, and new programs planned for 2014. It was founded by the world-renowned Massachusetts General Hospital and operates within Partners HealthCare.  As the leading health professions graduate school in Boston, MGH Institute actively recruits students to develop a more diverse and culturally competent workforce.  The Institute is continually striving to meet the growing demands of health care reform; serve the unmet needs of underrepresented groups and prepare the next generation of healthcare leaders.  To meet these goals, MGH Institute is seeking top quality, talented and culturally diverse applicants to our graduate programs.

Scholarships and Support

Leaders in the Making Scholarship (Deadline: February 28)
Description: Two $2,000 scholarships given to promising sophomores and juniors with diverse records of achievement in academics and volunteerism.

Life Member Scholarship for Internships (Deadline: February 28)
Description: Two $2,000 scholarship given to a sophomore or junior to help defray the cost of a summer, unpaid, away-from-home internship.


Plus One Health Management Internship
Internship: The position will offer the intern extensive insight into the field of corporate fitness and wellness, providing an environment of challenge, motivation and fun. The students will apply their skills and knowledge learned in the classroom to opportunities provided at the fitness center for a minimum of 120 hours total. Times are adjusted according to class schedules and work hours as needed.

  • Observe fitness evaluations for new members
  • Complete a project specified by your Internship Coordinator
  • Learn the responsibilities of an Exercise Specialist
  • Learn high-quality customer service skills


  • Junior/Senior level Kinesiology, Exercise Science or related field student (lower coursework completed)
  • Student must be able to obtain credit for the internship
  • Minimum of 20 hours per week for a minimum of 6 weeks required
  • Use of Plus One operated fitness centers available with liability waiver
  • Exceptional, motivated and enthusiastic personality

Apply: Please send resume to Heather Fanizza (

Job Opportunities

Exercise Specialists for Plus One Health Management Inc.

Company: Plus One Health Management Inc. is a leading provider of comprehensive wellness solutions for corporations and other discerning organizations. From the design, development, and management of on-site wellness centers, to the creation and execution of results-focused employee wellness programs, to the five-star delivery of hospitality spa and fitness services, Plus One applies an integrated approach to individual and employee wellness.

Responsibilities: Applicants must be energetic, versatile, and highly reliable. You will be required to assist the fitness director in the following duties:

  • Identify participant goals, performs individualized assessments, and implements progressive, personalized exercise prescriptions designed for members.
  • Provide outstanding customer service with any participant who enters the fitness center and engage members regularly.           
  • Initial training courses are required upon hire and continuing education is encouraged throughout employment with Plus One.            
  • Exercise Specialists also stay actively involved in wellness programs for their members, in the form of competitions, screenings, newsletters, lectures and fitness and wellness fairs.   

Requirements: Exercise Specialists must maintain current CPR and First Aid certifications. He/she must also have a Bachelor’s degree in Exercise Science, Kinesiology or in a related field or hold one or more NCCA accredited certification such as ACSM, NSCA, NASM or ACE. A Master’s degree in Exercise Science, Kinesiology, Health Promotion or in a related field and three years of industry experience is preferred.

Apply: please visit the careers section of our website at   

Organization: ASPH is currently accepting applications for a variety of fellowship positions available for recent and soon-to-be-graduates of our member schools.

1) The ASPH/NHTSA Public Health Fellowship (Deadline: March 7)

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2) The ASPH/CDC Allan Rosenfield Global Health Fellowship (Deadline: March 18)

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3) The ASPH/EPA Environmental Health Fellowship (Deadline: April 17)
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Campus Announcements and Activities

Kick it with Sisters: Round 2
Wednesday, March 27 5:30-7:30 PM
Student Union Ballroom
Be sure to check out Kick It With Eliza's Facebook & Twitter pages!

Pediatric Toxicology Education Event
Wednesday, February 27th 7:00 PM
Campus Center Room 173
Hosted by the UMass EMS: Featuring Shannon Manzi, PharmD. Emergency Team Leader and Director of Clinical Pharmacogenomic Services at Children’s Hospital Boston. EMT Continuing Ed Credit available.
More Information/RSVP:

Panel Discussion: Super Storm Sandy
Thursday, February 28th 5:30 PM
Alumni House, Amherst
Hosted by Hampshire County Medical Reserve Corps; Dinner is provided.

Herbal Aide & Chrysalis: A Documentary Film Screening and CD Release
Saturday, March 2nd, 5-7:30PM
Food For Thought Books, $8-10
The documentary features herbalists who are using their passion for plants as a tool to support their communities. The film features many well-known herbal activists doing non-profit work, disaster relief, community clinics and more. The documentary was produced and edited by herbalist/farmer Mary Blue, of Pharmacy Herbs in Providence.

Medical Reserve Corps 101 & Semester Update
Monday, March 4th 5:00-7:00 PM
Skinner Hall Room 201
Thinking about getting involved with the Medical Reserve Corps or wanting to re-connect? Join us as we give the basic introduction to MRC and also provide an update about our plans for the upcoming semester as we plan an exciting Campus and Community-Wide Shelter Drill!

MRC Shelter Functional Exercise
Thursday, April 11th 3:00-9:00 PM
Location TBD, at UMass
The UMass MRC, in cooperation with local MRC’s and the American Red Cross will be hosting an educational functional sheltering exercise. Dinner will be provided; additional information will be announced to the MRC mailing list as available.

ARFWM’s National Abortion Access Bowl-a-Thon is looking for Team Captains!
Summary:  In a nutshell, people raise money for WMARF, show up at our Alley in Northampton (location provided upon registration!)  and bowl on Sunday, April 21 from 4-6 pm, and have an awesome time!
Organization: The Abortion Rights Fund of Western Massachusetts  (ARFWM) provides direct financial assistance to women and girls seeking abortions who cannot afford them. Our all volunteer-run, non-profit organization operates entirely through private donations. Our vision is that every woman and girl should be able to have only the children that she wants to have. This is the second year for the Bowl-a-Thon. Our fund’s goal is to raise $10,000. 20% of this money will go to the National Network Justice Fund to help women nationally, the remaining will serve women in western Massachusetts.
Team Captain: Team captains lead the charge. They will choose up to 5 bowling buddies for their team. Team captains will also make sure their bowling buddies meet their personal fundraising goals. Captains will also be the primary contact for the event.
Sponsoring a participant or team:

Registering for our event:

More information:

Check out what our community members are doing as part of "Let's Move Holyoke" to promote healthy living and exercise!

Looking for a volunteering opportunity?
Wildwood Elementary School in Amherst is looking for college students to assist school staff  in maintaining the safety of children as they engage in physical activity. The purpose of this program is to raise awareness on the importance of physical activity towards academic success and decreasing childhood obesity. Contact Jamir Kirby ( if you are interesting in volunteering.

Looking for another good volunteering opportunity?
The Baystate Project Manager for the Western Massachusetts Hospital Community Health Needs Assessment need student help for the CHNA community survey that was just conducted. Over 2,500 online responses were collected! The Project is now looking for assistance to enter paper survey responses into the online survey so the data can be analyzed and included in our final needs assessment reports. For each survey the students will “take” the web-based survey using the paper surveys to guide them. This ensures the paper data will be directly merged with the other data. Once a survey has been entered they can be marked off on the front so as to prevent duplicating entries.  Paper survey data entry needs to be completed by Friday, March 15th. Contact Annamarie K. H. Golden ( if you are interested in volunteering.

Public Health in the Pioneer Valley

Guess what Public Health students?! After the long wait, the School of Public Health and Health Sciences has finally launched a brand NEW website. With an improved layout and high quality graphics, the new Public Health website is now better than ever. Now that our website received a complete makeover, here are some tips to help you navigate it:

  • Public Health Undergraduate Degree Program
  • Public Health Home
    • Outreach Workforce Development you will see all the career resources opportunities such as employment, internship, practicum, and volunteer opportunities.

Basically, all the information from the old website is on the new website; we have simply created a more user friendly layout. So take some time to explore our new and improved website!

By: Winnie C.
Edited: Mary C.

Peer Advising Hours

Drop in hours for one-on-one sessions with a Peer Advisor:

Monday: 9:30am-4:30pm

Tuesday: 8am-11am, 11:15am-12:30pm, 12:45pm-2pm, & 2:30pm-5pm

Wednesday: 8:45am-4pm

Thursday: 8:30am-11am, 11:15am-12:30pm, 12:45pm-2pm, & 2:30pm-5pm

Friday: 8:30am-11:00am & 11:15-1:45pm

**Please remember to bring a completed copy of the tracking form.

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