PHS Newsletter Issue # 25

Issue Number 24 Date 4/17/13


Caps and Gowns

Caps, gowns, and tassels (the cost of which has already been paid by your student fees) may be picked up the week before commencement. Garment pickup will be located in the Campus Center, Room 165-69, from 9:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. starting Monday, May 6th until Thursday, May 9th.  Pickup on Friday, May 10th will be in the same location, with limited hours of operation from 9:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m..   On Commencement Day, May 10, caps and gowns may be obtained after 3:00 p.m. at McGuirk Alumni Stadium. Students who are not on campus may request to have their cap and gown shipped by visiting

Shipping will be by FedEx and the destination must be a street address. The cost is $15.00 for regular delivery and $25.00 for next day delivery. A student ID number is required to confirm eligibility.

Volunteers for Senior Recognition Ceremony (Deadline: April 18)

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) if you are interested.

Nominating Public Health Club Officers

1) The club is taking nominations for next year’s Public Health Club Executive Board! Everyone is eligible to self-nominate or nominate a fellow club member who would make a spectacular candidate. The positions available are:

            President, Vice President, Treasurer, Secretary

Nominations along with a brief description (~2 paragraphs) of your qualifications for the role can be sent to between April 8th-April 16th. Short speeches will be held during the LAST Public Health Club meeting on Monday April 22nd, location TBD!

2) Applications for Public Health Peer Advising can be picked up in Arnold House 330 or at! Please look into this 3-credit internship option on campus for the Fall 2013-Spring 2014 semester! Applications are due Tuesday, April 16 at 5 PM in Arnold House 330.

Academic Opportunities

Public Health Peer Advising Program is now accepting applications for Fall 2013 & Spring 2014

The Peer Advising Program is designed to foster personal and professional development in public health leadership, as well as, providing guidance to students in the Public Health Sciences major. Additionally, the program is aimed to improve the Public Health Sciences Program as a whole. This will be gained through the following modalities: in ­class dialogues and learning activities, assigned readings, and working with groups and individual students in the drop-­in advising center. Through a two semester internship, you’ll be able to refine your own knowledge of public health, articulate the major and the field to others, hone leadership skills and qualities, and take advantage of countless opportunities to create community, support your peers, and be part of a dynamic and innovative advising program. Go to the Public Health website for a description of the position and application.

Lecture: The Impact of Airborne Particulate Matter on Human Health: Current Scientific Evidence and Remaining Challenges by Dr. Michelle Bell of Yale University

Friday, April 26, 10:00am

Auditorium 119, Engineering Lab II

Seniors! Get your voice heard by taking the Integrative Experience Survey!

April 16-May 3

Now that your Capstone experience is drawing to an end, make sure to fill out this survey to help individual instructors develop the program. Results will be kept confidential and will be analyzed only after being grouped with those of other students. Once results are grouped by course, the anonymous results will be sent to IE instructors so they can use the information in their ongoing development of their IE courses.

Link to survey:

More information: Martha Stassen 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.  For additional internships, please visit the Workforce Development page on the Public Health website and Career Service’s  Career Connect.

Job Opportunities

Career Services Boot Camp

April 18, 12-4 MP

Campus Center 911-15

12-12:45: Resume writing critique

12:50-1:35: Job searching review

1:40-2:25: Interviewing how to

2:30-3:15: Social media tips and tricks

3:20-4:00: Job security

For additional job listings, please visit the Workforce Development page on the Public Health website and Career Service’s  Career Connect

Campus Announcements and Activities


April 16-19th, 2013

Join your friendly neighborhood peer health educators for Healthapalooza, a week of awesome events! We will be all around campus hosting a variety of fun activities to promote healthy living and community interaction. Click here for a full schedule of events!

Watch the Phallacies perform!

Friday April 19th at 7pm & Saturday April 20th at 7 pm.

Campus Center Auditorium

Phallacies is a men's dialogue and theater group. The group is based on the notion that individual and community health is improved by challenging acceptance of traditional masculinity and supporting expression of multiple masculinities, and that men need to be actively supporting these views in their communities and in society.

Federal Resume and Application Process Workshop

April 25, 4:00 PM
508 Goodell

Participants should bring resumes

Learn the appropriate resume guidelines for federal application processes to land you a career in public service! This workshop will highlight best practices in the application process, including identifying appropriate job matches, resume development, identifying key skills and abilities (KSAs).

Federal Resume and Application Process Workshop

April 25, 4:00 PM
508 Goodell

Participants should bring resumes

Learn the appropriate resume guidelines for federal application processes to land you a career in public service! This workshop will highlight best practices in the application process, including identifying appropriate job matches, resume development, identifying key skills and abilities (KSAs).

Students Rising: A Room to Read

Join the Communications Peer Advisors in the month of April to think globally and act locally by participating in awareness and fundraising efforts for global literacy and gender equality in education. $1 pledges will be sold throughout the month of April - look for them in the Library deck and in the Campus Center!

April 17: Chili’s Giveback night

April 23: Dining to Donate at Applebee’s

More information:

Contact: E-mail Rachel Levine at

Have a say in awarding a grant to a local organization. One of our students works for Fitspiration (the third one) and is asking for our support! It's a program that brings youth fitness and nutrition to underserved communities.

An example of a true public health intervention, the Fitspiration program has demonstrated improving the physical and mental health of children. Participants reported improved physical outcomes, such as increased ability to do jumping jacks, pushups and running laps; and mental health outcomes, including feeling more confident and knowledgeable about health. These outcomes impact children often not able to play outside due to safety concerns and no longer have recess at school. HCF’s premier youth wellness program is called Fitspiration (Healthy Inspiration meets Perspiration!), a fitness and health education program for boys and girls ages 5-12. To learn more about the organization, go here:

Promising JUNIORS with outstanding academic performance and an interest in public policy should apply for the UMass Center for Public Policy's accelerated Master's in Public Policy Program. The program is appropriate for ambitious, thoughtful students who wish to acquire interdisciplinary policy analysis skills and a proven marketable degree quickly and at highly-reduced cost from most programs. We are the only such program in our region, and will be admitting our third class of students next month.

The application deadline is April 30. Our application requires only a transcript, essay and two recommendation letters. More information can be found at:

Public Health in the Pioneer Valley

Puppy Petting Can Help You De-Stress During Finals!

In April, we know spring is finally here when the flowers begin to bloom and the trees are budding! While some students embrace the opportunity to relax in the warm sun and feel the crisp, fresh air, others can be found in the library until all hours of the night stressed about studying for finals.

We all have ways to cope with high stress, including over-eating, slacking off from exercise and other unhealthy behaviors. These habits can decrease optimal levels of physical and mental function. Ask do you find yourself coping with high stress levels when finals roll around?

Recently, schools have started providing healthy alternatives for students to relax during finals time. One school decided to bring puppies to campus in order to provide a playful and entertaining way for the students to de-stress. An article published in USA Today described an event held by St. Lawrence University where faculty members brought in their pets and students were able to share calming experiences with the dogs. Other schools, such as the University of South Carolina made their puppy event into a community service opportunity sponsored by a campus fraternity.

All of these events had a great turn out, and gave students a much-needed way to relax. Overall, it was able to provide laughter, fun, and often help create a sense of community while bringing together students that are all experiencing similar amounts of stress!

So the next time you find yourself zoning out at your computer screen in the library or reaching for that bag of potato chips when you’re stressed, consider your healthier alternatives! Check out what UMass or the surrounding Amherst area has to offer regarding popular “de-stressing events” such as puppy petting, yoga classes, or crafting at the art center. You might be surprised at how much better you feel after a brief break from studying!


By: Ally Dunn

Edited: Becky Balk

Hello from the Public Health Peer Advisors! We are a group of experienced and involved students on campus with a two-fold objective: to support you in your academic needs and promote the understanding of public health. In order to fulfill this mission, we will highlight public health related events in the Pioneer Valley that will help you become better informed about this field and make decisions that can lead to a healthier lifestyle.

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 tracking form.

Visit the SPHHS Facebook page for news and events.

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