PHS Newsletter Issue # 23

Issue Number 23 Date 3/27/13


*IMPORTANT* Public Health Information Sessions

Wednesday, March 27 7:00 PM- 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

*please remember to bring completed tracking sheets, Academic Requirements Report (ARR), and any necessary filled out course exception and/or collateral field proposal forms
*empty shopping cart prior to printing out ARR

Public Health Club

April 1st-5th is National Public Health Week! The Public Health Club will be celebrating by hosting various events. Please see the event listed below under PUBHLTH HEALTH CLUB.

Public Health Club is co-leading the “Delete Blood Cancer”  Bone Marrow Registration Drive on April 18,19, and 20. Public Health Club will be managing the registration table at Worcester Dining Commons. If you would like to volunteer and help register students, sign-up here.

*There is a volunteer training TONIGHT 3/27 at 7pm in Campus Center Room 163. This is a mandatory training if you plan on volunteering with us.

SENIORS: New policy about Senior Recognition Ceremony

IMPORTANT NOTE: Due to limited seating capacity and accompanying safety concerns, GUEST TICKETS WILL BE REQUIRED to attend this event. Seating will be on a general admission basis. Doors will open at approximately 8:15 AM on Saturday, May 11th.

DEADLINE: Graduating seniors must request guest tickets by May 1st through the Academic Dean’s Office located in 125 Arnold House, or to Adrian Grace by email or by phone at 413-545-6883. Tickets will be available for pick up beginning April 1st.

TICKET LIMITS: Due to the size of our graduating class, we must unfortunately restrict requests to a three ticket maximum. Students may petition for additional tickets by placing their names on a “wait list” with the Academic Dean’s Office. Any unclaimed tickets will be redistributed after May 1st to individuals on that list.

DISABILITY ACCESS: Seating for guests requiring disability access – i.e., wheelchair seating, etc. – will be available in designated sections of the Concert Hall. Your graduating senior must reserve disability access seating (an additional companion ticket can also be provided).

Volunteers for Senior Recognition Ceremony

The SPHHS is looking for student volunteers to help with the Senior Recognition Ceremony on Saturday May 11th.  The ceremony will be held on at the Fine Arts Center and we would love to have some help from 7:30 am – 11 am.

There will be a 1 hour training session held sometime during the week before the event (details TBD) letting these students know how they can help that day.

Any students living in the dorms can have their housing extended if they are volunteering for this event.  Please contact Adrian Grace ( or 545-6883) or Patrick Freeman ( or 545-4340) prior to April 18th if you are interested.

Academic Opportunities

Attention Scientists: Have a say in your public health course!

Dr. Pilsner is creating a new lab-based course entitled, “The DNA Experience.” Your feedback is essential in making this class happen. We need to hear from students if this course would be of interest to you. Please go to the Public Health website to review the DNA Experience Syllabus and answer questions related to your interest in the course. Please see the survey under “webforms” on the far right side of the page.

Looking for a volunteering opportunity?

April-August 2013

The Food Bank of Western Massachusetts, is looking for Data Collectors for the duration of Hunger in America 2014 (‘the Hunger Study’), a unique national study of charitable food assistance. Students interested in the issue of hunger and in being part of conducting a rigorous national study are encouraged to participate. The Hunger Study will provide comprehensive and statistically-valid data about domestic charitable food assistance – who is in need, how the need is met, and by whom.  Results will be used to help charitable feeding organizations develop programs that best support hungry Americans as well as raise awareness of hunger in our country and inform public policy discussions at the local, state, and national levels. Training is required and is 4 hours long while site visits may be between 2-4 hours long. Data collectors will engage with individuals receiving food assistance, collect information about how many people are served, and administer the survey, which is on a tablet computer.

Contact: Lindsey Poole at or Erin Sullivan at

Interested in taking Medical Anthropology (Anthro 312) over the summer?

Through a range of resources, this course explores Medical Anthropology - the part of the field of anthropology that focuses on how human cultures define and impact medical and health issues. In this course, we will explore these different of medicine as how culture is implicated in ways that mediate suffering and healing. In addition, we will explore the impact of various systems and deployments of power which act on and with culture and therefore also on and with health, illness, disease and healing. Students will be graded on their participation, three written assignments, and a paper based on their experiences

Register: This online course will be offered through Continuing and Professional Education <>

Apply to the Citizens Scholars Program! (Deadline: April 1)

The Citizen Scholars Program (CSP) combines a sequence of four courses, a social theory elective, community-based service and projects, and the opportunity to build strong relationships on campus and in the local community. Develop knowledge, skills, and vision needed to work effectively with others for social change! Completion of CSP courses fulfills 5 out of 6 courses required for the Certificate in Civic Engagement and Public Service.

Eligibility: At least four semesters remaining on campus as of Fall 2013 and a cumulative GPA of 3.0 or higher


Interested in taking Sex, Gender and Health: Understanding the Social Body (WOMENSST 395SB) over the summer?

Continuing and Professional Education is offering this new course this summer in Women, Gender, Sexuality Studies. WOMENSST395SB explores a variety of theoretical and critical traditions from the social sciences in health contexts. This class is designed for students interested social science approaches to biomedical and allied health topics. Through readings, lectures, discussions, films and writing we will broaden our understandings of the body (the material body) and the social life of that body (identity and subjectivity).  We will discuss potential answers to questions about the relationship between health and medicine and the construction of health, wellness, illness and disease. Please email Josefa Scherer ( for a provisional syllabus or with any questions.

Food & Culture Summer Program in Rome (Deadline: April 1)

May 21-June 29 2013

UMass has recently approved a new Food & Culture Summer Program in Rome, Italy. The 5-week program will offer language courses at all levels and a course on Food & Culture in English. The F&C course consists of a lecture series and a number of co-curricular activities including visits to farms and vineyards, wine tasting and food pairing workshops, a kitchen workshop with a professional chef and a three-day trip in the region of Cilento with a stay on an EDU-Farm. 6 and 9 credits options - All credits transfer to UMass. The program is offered, at a very competitive cost, in collaboration with the Gustolab Institute and the Scuola Leonardo da Vinci in Rome.

Courses: Critical Studies on Food Culture (3 credits), Food media, communication and trends (3 credits), Food, Nutrition and Culture in Italy (3 credits), Italian Language (3-6 credits), Italian Lexicon for Food Studies (3 credits)

More information:

English Writing 112 Writing Placement Test

March 28, 2013

6:00-7:00 PM

Bartlett 203

Any student who has not previously taken this test MUST DO SO before s/he can enroll in English Writing 112 – College Writing. Registration for the test is not needed.

More information:

Mass Incarceration and Its Effects on Population Health & Health Disparities Live Webcast

April 4, 2013

9:30 - 11:10 AM

This webcast features the two opening addresses of the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation Health & Society Scholars Symposium. The first, entitled “Mass incarceration from a criminal justice perspective,” will examine the implications of mass incarceration on the social opportunities of minority populations and how it affects minority communities beyond the individuals who are incarcerated. The speaker will also describe how mass incarceration has become a system of social control for minorities in the United States. The second address, entitled “Mass incarceration within an epidemiology framework,” will describe the epidemiology of mass incarceration with an illuminating comparison to the similarities of previous disease epidemics such as cholera. The speaker will also discuss primary, secondary, and tertiary methods of prevention around this issue.

More information and register: or (734) 615-9439 or

Civil Liberties and Public Policy: From Abortion Rights to Social Justice: Building the Movement for Reproductive Freedom

Hampshire College

April 12-14 2013

This is the 27th annual conference by CLPP. This conference is for students and community activists interested in issues of reproductive freedom. At this conference, there will be more than 75 workshops and training on topics including abortion access, birth and families, disability justice, queering reproductive justice, racial justice, and immigrant rights just to name a few.

More information:

Register: Please register online before the conference so we can be best prepared for all our participants.

Global Health & Innovation Conference 2013

Presented by Unite for Sight, 10th Annual Conference

Yale University, New Haven, CT

Saturday, April 13-Sunday-April 14 2013

Organization: The Global Health & Innovation Conference is the world's largest global health conference and social entrepreneurship conference.  This must-attend, thought-leading conference annually convenes more than 2,200 leaders, changemakers, students, and professionals from all fields of global health, international development, and social entrepreneurship.

More information:

Presenters: Students interested in presenting, please Submit a social enterprise pitch abstract for consideration.

Registration: Registration rate increases after February 15, make sure to get a spot as soon as possible!  Register  to secure the lowest registration rate.

UMass: Peru: The Shaman's Pharmacy (PSOILIN 389S) Summer Course (Deadline: June 1, 2013)

August 6-August 19

The Shaman's Pharmacy provides a unique, intensive exploration of the plant-based medicines of the Amazon rainforest in Peru, a body of knowledge derived from shamans who are considered among the most capable of natural healers alive today. In addition to several class meetings at UMass Amherst, students will spend 10 days in the Peruvian rainforest learning from expert shamans in the field. We will focus on the medicinal uses of the local plants, in making plant dyes, performing spiritual ceremonies, in healing practices and the conservation efforts in places to protect these sacred areas. Students will investigate the history and culture of the communities along the Amazon river, have the opportunity to study wildlife (tarantulas and snakes included) and to dine on wild delicacies like grubs.
More information and to apply:

Scholarships and Support

Maureen Flanagan Scholarship Endowment (Deadline: March 31)

The purpose of the Flanagan scholarship is to provide support for undergraduate students, with a preference for women, who have financial need as demonstrated in the content of their Financial Aid Application. The scholarship will offer students opportunities above and beyond the standard college experience such as, but not limited to, research, summer internships, alternative spring breaks, community service, or other initiatives that complement and enhance the chosen course of study of the students selected.

To apply: Prepare a one-page proposal, which describes your initiative, how it supports your field of study, and includes estimated costs. Submit the proposal to Ms. Anne Peramba in the Financial Aid Office by March 31. Proposals may be submitted in person or via e-mail. Please make sure your name and SPIRE ID are on all materials that you submit. The number of recipients and the amount of each individual award will vary each year depending on the strength of the proposals and the available earned interest of the Maureen Flanagan Scholarship Endowment. At least $3,000 is expected to be distributed.


Governor’s Office Summer Internship Program: Western Massachusetts (Deadline: April 5, 2013)

Internship: Through this intra-agency internship, students will get a first-hand education on the inner-workings of government from June 3rd-August 16, 2013.  Interns will develop the professional skills that will be required in their future careers, enhance their ability to communicate in a professional manner, manage time and deliverables, and complete tasks that are critical to a busy team.  Interns will be encouraged to take initiative on projects within their offices and develop leadership skills.  They will go on educational field trips, be involved in civic engagement and  given opportunities to explore careers in government through exchanges with leaders in public service. 

To apply: Send a cover letter, resume, 2-3 page writing sample, and 2-3 letters of recommendation (at least one from a current employer, professor, or class instructor) via regular mail or e-mail to:

Rory Clark - Internship Coordinator

State House, Room 271M

Boston, MA 02133

(617) 725-4010

More information:

Contact: Elizabeth Cardona, Director, at (413) 784-1200 or

White House Internship Program for Fall 2013 (Deadline: April 7, 2013)

Organization: The White House Internship Program provides a unique opportunity to gain valuable professional experience and build leadership skills. This hands-on program is designed to mentor and cultivate today’s young leaders, strengthen their understanding of the Executive Office of the President and engage them in public service opportunities.

Application: A complete application includes: short answers, two essay questions, a one-page resume, and two letters of recommendation.

More information and to apply: please visit

Health Policy Commission Internship Program - Summer 2013 (Deadline: April 30)

Do you have an interest in health care and public service? Do you want a first-hand education about the Commonwealth’s nation-leading health care cost containment law? The Health Policy Commission (HPC), the new independent state agency responsible for developing  policies that reduce health care cost growth and improve patient care, is seeking highly motivated  students interested in health care policy, health care law, research and analysis, press and social media, government affairs, and consumer outreach and patient protection.

More information:

Apply: Submit a cover letter, resume, writing sample, and two references (at least one from a current or former employer) to Kimberly Haberlin at

The Foundations of Health Program at Holyoke Community College

Organization: This two-year Associate Degree option has a primary objective to expose and prepare students for a variety of health-related careers through experiential coursework, general education requirements, work-force ready certifications and intensive advising.

Internship: Interns will be a part of program development and primarily involved in assisting with intensive data collection and program support related to this. This is an opportunity to gain valuable research specific skills and there are opportunities to assist in classroom teaching as well as coordinate community-related events.


-Assisting Foundations of Health Program staff with data analysis, entry and synthesis on a variety of projects, including: general student surveys, advising-related data/issues and other needs as they arise.

-Participating in campus events, open houses, information sessions, advisory board meetings etc related to the program.

-Assisting in development of marketing materials for the program, youtube video, brochures, support of Facebook page.

Apply: Please contact Kimberly Slepchuk at

For tips on how to find and sign up for an  internship or independent study, visit the Undergraduate Public Health Opportunities Beyond the Classroom.

Job Opportunities

Operations Assistant for Safe Passage (Deadline: April 4)

Organization: Safe Passage is a nonprofit organization providing support and services to survivors of domestic violence.

Responsibilities: The Operations Assistant holds primary responsibility for the smooth operation of Safe Passage’s office, supports our fundraising programs, and reports to the Director of Development. This is a full-time position, 35 hours per week, benefitted with vacation, sick and personal time. The starting hourly rate will be $15.50 - $16.50, depending on experience and qualifications. Specific tasks include:

Answer telephones and greet visitors to the office; direct calls; convey information; make referrals
Maintain a confidential and professional office environment
Manage incoming and outgoing mail and monitor/order office supplies
Maintain office machines, computers, equipment, records detailing computer equipment, repairs needed, rotation and installation of replacement systems.
Provide administrative support for human resources duties
Work with Volunteer Coordinator to oversee office coverage by volunteers


Experience providing administrative support in an office environment and working in a diverse, multicultural workforce
Excellent interpersonal, communication, speaking, writing, and computer/technology skills
Excellent organizational skills, attention to detail, and ability to manage multiple tasks
Commitment to equality and social justice
Ability to represent Safe Passage in a professional and exceptional manner
Reliable transportation
Associate’s Degree or equivalent college level coursework toward a Bachelor’s Degree

Apply: Email cover letter and resume to

Development Assistant for Safe Passage (Deadline: April 4)

Organization: Safe Passage is a nonprofit organization providing support and services to survivors of domestic violence.

Responsibilities: The Development Assistant holds primary responsibility for the smooth operation of Safe Passage’s office, supports our fundraising programs, and reports to the Director of Development. This is a full-time position, 35 hours per week, benefitted with vacation, sick and personal time. The starting hourly rate will be $15.50 - $16.50, depending on experience and qualifications. Specific tasks include:
Manage fundraising mailings, including coordination of volunteers, donor receipts and thank you letters
Assist with database management, including data entry and maintenance of website and social media
Coordinate in-kind donations and perform donor research
Represent Safe Passage in fundraising event committee meetings
Handle logistics, communications, publicity, and coordination of fundraising events as assigned
Assist Director of Development and Executive Director with building/sustaining donor relationships


Experience providing administrative support in an office environment and working in a diverse, multicultural workforce
Excellent interpersonal, communication, speaking, writing, and computer/technology skills
Excellent organizational skills, attention to detail, and ability to manage multiple tasks
Commitment to equality and social justice
Ability to represent Safe Passage in a professional and exceptional manner
Reliable transportation
Associate’s Degree or equivalent college level coursework toward a Bachelor’s Degree

Apply: Email cover letter and resume to

Public and Environmental Health Fellowships in Oceans and Human Health Summer 2013

Opportunities for graduate and senior undergraduate students studying Public and Environmental Health (broadly defined) are available for the summer of 2013 through I-RICH. We seek several motivated students who are interested in working in research laboratories on topics related to oceans and human health, including: harmful algal bloom species, immunomodulation in marine organisms, diseases of marine organisms and humans, and emerging pollutants. Selected students will work with researchers on a project relevant to the I-RICH initiative.

Details: Fellowships will begin the week of May 27th, run for 13 weeks, and carry a stipend of $6500. Start dates are flexible and should be discussed at time of selection. Fellows will be expected to learn about the science of oceans and human health, and convey information about public/environmental health to researchers through daily interactions.

Apply: Please send a cover letter describing their background and interests in Oceans and Human Health, and how the fellowship fits into their career plans; and, a two page resume to Dr. J. Evan Ward, Department of Marine Sciences at Avery Point ( Applications should be sent as a single PDF file labeled with the applicant’s name. Two letters of recommendation should also be sent directly from references to Dr. Ward.

More information:

Community Health Worker (CHW):  Navigating Outreach, Education and Linkages (NOEL)

Date posted: March 19, 2013

Department: Prevention Services

Location: Springfield, MA

Hours: Full-time/Part-time

Qualifications & requirements: Bachelor’s degree in social work, human services or related field or 3 years’ related experience. Knowledge of Springfield area is strongly preferred. Bilingual (English/Spanish), bi-cultural individual is strongly preferred. Must have a demonstrated ability to build relationships in the community and advocate on behalf of residents. Successful applicant must possess experience developing strategies to overcome barriers that prevent clients from accessing services. Ability to complete the MDPH-required Patient Navigation Course within the first 12 months of hire is required. Excellent writing, computer and people skills required.


NOEL is a new community-based prevention and early detection program for underserved and hard-to-to reach populations. The program will conduct outreach and education and promote screenings for breast, cervical and colorectal health in these populations in Springfield. The Community Health Worker will be responsible for outreach and education, as well as advocating for residents and linking them with services.

Application instructions: Send cover letter and resume to Sharon Hall-Smith, 147 Norman Street, West Springfield, MA 01089 or

Teen Pregnancy Prevention Trainer

Gandara has an opening for a part-time youth Trainer (20 hours/week) to work with a new Teen Pregnancy Prevention Program.  The Trainer will provide training to youth in the target population from an evidence-based curriculum.  The Trainer assists the Director in recruiting youth, record-keeping and creating and maintaining community connections.  Must have a college degree or positive youth development skills.  Excellent verbal and organizational skills.  Familiarity with Springfield is a plus.  Bi-lingual-bi-cultural required. Must have reliable transportation. Send resume and cover letter to Sharon Hall-Smith: or Gandara Center, 147 Norman Street, West Springfield, MA 01089.  No phone calls please.

Organization: Holyoke Food and Fitness Policy Council

Email Laura Porter at

Mailing Address: 230 Maple St. Holyoke MA 01040

Phone: 413-420-2861

Brief Project Description: Communication Intern:  Development of more current social media tools, including updating the HFFPC website to reflect current activities, our updated Community Action Plan and leadership structure; expansion of HFFPC's community outreach through regular Facebook postings and Constant Contact mailings to our contact list; research of cutting edge options to incorporate a text-a-tip program  into our communications strategies.

Intern Duties: The Intern would be responsible for learning about HFFPC's activities and our current communications outreach methods, and working with us to grow our healthy eating / active living messaging efforts through social media tools.  The Intern would also develop a social media toolkit for all HFFPC staff to use, supporting the sustainability and incorporation of social media use throughout our activities.

Specific Skills Requested (ex. bilingual, event planning, statistics, etc.):

Excellent written communication skills, as well as experience managing and administering social media platforms for community outreach.

Summer (May-August) 

Hours per week (5, 8, 10): 8-10

Public Health Club

April 1-5 is National Public Health Week! The Public Health Club will be celebrating by hosting various events listed below:

        Monday, April 1

  • Positive Psychology Goody Bags and What is Public Health Mural
    • 10:00 AM-3:00 PM, Campus Center Concourse
    • Come pick one up to promote positive well-being!
  • CPR Night
    • 6:00-8:00 PM, Student Union Ballroom
    • $10 mandatory registration fee in 330 Arnold House prior to the event!
  • Tuesday, April 2
  • SPHHS 16th Annual Research Day
    • 2:00-5:00 PM, Cape Cod Lounge of Student Union
  • Linked-In Workshop
    • 4:00 PM, Goodell 508
  • Wednesday, April 3
  • De-Stress Event
    • 1:00-3:00 PM, Arnold House Lobby
  • Thursday, April 4
  • Yoga Night
    • 6:30-7:30 PM, Kennedy Tower 12th floor
  • Friday, April 5
  • Empowering a Healthy UMass Community
    • 10:00 AM-3:00 PM, Campus Center Concourse

Public Health Club in conjunction with UMass DKMS  is hosting a 3-day school-wide bone marrow registration drive on April 18, 19, and 20. We are looking for volunteers to help register students to join the registry to potentially become a match for an individual who needs a transplant. This is a very great cause that we are very passionate about. Please contact us with any questions about the organization/ mission/specific duties.

Link to sign-up:

Contact with any questions

“Like” us on Facebook

*There is a volunteer training TONIGHT 3/27 at 7pm in Campus Center Room 163. This is a mandatory training if you plan on volunteering with us.

If you are interested in being involved with the PH Club or have any questions  please email

Campus Announcements and Activities

Dinner and Fundraiser to Support Student Run Projects in Haiti

April 4th, 6-8 PM

Amherst Co-Housing 1120 Pulpit Hill Road

Join us for a raffle, delicious Haitian Food, Haitian cultural performances, slideshow, stories, and discussion about opportunities to get involved! Donations welcomed!

Tickets: sold in advance!

            $25 for adults (non student/faculty)

            $22 for faculty

            $10 for students

            $5 for kids over 5

            $5 extra per person on the day of

Questions: Please contact Travis at

Attention Former Smokers!

Looking for former smokers who would like to share their cessation success story! Sharing your story is a fun and inspiring way to showcase your personal experience and honor your achievements. Short interviews will be conducted by the Hampshire Council of Governments' Tobacco Free Community Partnership.

What is in it for you?

Receive a small compensation for your time

You get to inspire others to quit smoking

Your story will be showcased at Ex-Smokers' Hall of Fame events throughout Massachusetts

What do you have to do?

Share your story (15 minute interview)

Provide a photo of yourself

Contact: or (413) 584-1300 x174

3rd Annual Daffodil Fun Run

Sunday, April 28th

The Daffodil Fun Run is a 5k Road Race (Run / Walk) through Amherst that raises funds for Big Brothers Big Sisters of Hampshire County, a program of the Center for Human Development. In this fun and festive community event, participants race past many of the thousands of daffodils that were planted in celebration of the Town of Amherst's 250th Anniversary. Last year the event raised over $30,000 to support Big Brothers Big Sisters - and we are hoping to top that this year!

Register: We are excited to offer FREE registration to anyone who commits to raising money for Big Brothers Big Sisters of Hampshire County. Simply choose "Start Something for BBBS" when you register online (this option is only available to online registrants)! Just raise $150 by March 28th and your registration is on us! In addition, only those who register before April 1st will be guaranteed a FREE signature event t-shirt!

MRC Shelter Functional Exercise

Thursday April 11th, 3:00-9:00pm

UMass Amherst

The UMass Medical Reserve Corps, 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. Questions?

Fire Safety and Fire Extinguisher Training

Monday April 22nd, 5:00-7:00 PM

Skinner Hall Rm 201

Ever wanted to pull the trigger on the fire extinguisher? Join the UMass MRC as we learn about Fire Safety and participate in a hands-on Fire Extinguisher demo. Please RSVP to


A Symposium Celebrating the 21st Anniversary of the Five College Women's Studies Research Center

April 4-6, 2013

Mount Holyoke College / Hampshire College

Amherst College / Amherst Cinema Arts Center

Free and open to the public

This symposium marks the twenty-first year of the Five College Women’s Studies Research Center by celebrating the work of leading scholars in women’s, gender, and sexuality studies, including former and current Research Associates, Five College faculty, students, and community partners. Through a series of keynote presentations by Anne Balsamo, Alex Juhasz, Lisa Nakamura, Susan Squier, and Jackie Stacey, panels on Bodies/Embodiment, Digital Mapping and Archiving, Genealogies of Science in Feminism, Feminist Protest in the Digital Age, and Networking on FemTechNet, this interdisciplinary, transnational symposium will offer opportunities for sharing ideas about current work in progress and new approaches to integrating media in (re)emerging areas that intersect and are shaped by gender studies.   

More information and to register:

Free Zine Workshop- Transforming Sex Education with Comics

Saturday, April 6th, 12:30 - 2:00pm

Harold F. Johnson Library, Hampshire College

Saiya Miller, the coeditor of Not Your Mother's Meatloaf, A Sex Education Comic Book will discuss the importance of creating spaces where marginalized experiences of sexuality and often silenced realities of sexual health can be visible, both in the material and digital worlds. The workshop will address the unique opportunities that comics provide as tools in an educational setting, as well as the inherently complicated questions of positionality, aesthetics, and censorship that arise during this work. Participants will create a collaborative comic project and discuss examples of other comics and zines that deal with sex, sexual health, gender, and sexuality.

Due to limited space, please RSVP to by March 30th.

Public Health in the Pioneer Valley

Giving your body the essential nutrients that it needs to get through midterms and final exams may mean the difference between excellent and sub-par performance, both academically and physically! Here are some suggestions to better dieting:

  • If you find yourself getting stuck in the same routine of eating the same types of foods at the dining halls or in Blue Wall, don’t be afraid to switch up your diet! There are tons of student-run businesses that offer very healthy (not to mention vegan and vegetarian) options like Earthfoods Cafe (accepts YCMP swipes!) and People’s Market, both located in the Student Union first floor to the right of the Student Union Ballroom
  • For on-the-go days, try to pack your own snacks from home that you can enjoy during the day when you are in a hurry. This will help you avoid feeling starved or over-indulging on quick, processed foods that primarily offer up a convenience factor but lack nutritional value
  • Great ideas for healthier cooking substitutions:
  1. substitute applesauce for olive oil (especially when making baked goods like brownies or cookies)
  2. Use low-fat greek yogurt as a substitute for sour cream in dips, on tacos or nachos, or with burritos
  3. Fish and tofu are excellent alternatives to red meat, especially since they offer substantial amounts of protein and omega-3’s
  4. Use egg whites for your omelets instead of whole eggs
  5. Opt for dark chocolate instead of milk or white chocolate! It is commonly considered a superfood because of it’s provision of antioxidants!

Written by Ally D. ‘13

Edited by Kelsey L. ‘13

Peer Advising Hours

Monday: 9:30am-4:30pm
Tuesday: 8:00am-11:00am, 11:15am-12:30pm, 12:45pm-2:00pm, & 2:30pm-5:00pm
Wednesday: 8:45am-4:00pm
Thursday: 8:00am-11:00am, 11:15am-12:30pm, 12:45pm-2:00pm, & 2:30pm-5:00pm
Friday: 8:30am-11:00am & 11:15am-1:45pm

Please bring a copy of your Academic Requirements Report (ARR).

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