PHS Newsletter Issue # 27

Issue Number 27 Date 5/1/13


The Peer Advising Center will close early on Thursday, May 2nd at 5:00pm for the summer.

Commencement Information:

Academic Opportunities

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

National Service Agency Announces AmeriCorps Funding Opportunities for Indian Tribes (Deadline: May 30)

The Corporation for National and Community Service  (CNCS) today announced that Indian Tribes now have the opportunity to  apply for funding that would position them to identify ways that  AmeriCorps members could help them tackle the unique challenges facing  Native American communities.

The AmeriCorps planning grants provide up to $75,000 for a one-year  period to provide support to an Indian Tribe for the development of an  AmeriCorps program that will engage AmeriCorps members in order to  address pressing community problems. Planning grant recipients are  expected to be better prepared to compete for an AmeriCorps program  grant in the following grant cycle.
More information:

Professional Grant Development Workshop

June 11-13, 2013

9:00 a.m.- 5:00 p.m.

University of Massachusetts Boston

Master the techniques of writing superior and winning proposals


Amherst Health Department Summer Internship with the Amherst Food Handler Safety Program (Deadline: May 6, 2013)

May 15-August 30 with the possibility of continuing afterward

10 hours per week, unpaid

The goal of the program is to decrease the risk of foodborne illness by providing education to English and non-English speaking, multinational food handlers and restaurant managers.

Specific responsibilities will include assisting the Health Department with,

1) Developing, implementing and analyzing a survey for restaurants

2) Creating educational material based on survey results and established protocols

3) Translating the survey into Spanish and Mandarin, (if applicable) and

4) Conducting multi-cultural forums

Requirements: Computer Skills (Knowledge of Word, Excel and Survey Monkey), Language (Spanish and/or Mandarin are a plus but not required)

Apply: Please e-mail your resume to Javeria Mir 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

Departmental Assistant for the President’s Office’s Research and Evaluation Department at The Donahue Institute

Hadley, MA

Time commitment: 20 hours per/week, my fluctuate as summer progresses, possibility of extending work into the Fall 2013 semester

Requirements: hardworking, experiencing with Microsoft Office and Adobe, capable of working in a team and independently with a flexible attitude and ability to stay mentally organized while juggling multiple different projects.

Duties: Transcription, data entry, optical scanning of forms and general office assistance (training is provided)

Apply: Send e-mail with resume to Kristen Gibbons at

Receptionist/Clerical Support for the Environmental Health and Safety Department

Environmental Health and Safety Department, Draper Hall

25 hours a week (12:00 -5:00 Monday through Friday), may rise over the summer


Description: Looking for someone to answer department telephone, radios, distribute mail, computer inputting and general typing and filing and other various clerical duties. Assist in the different safety program areas as needed.  

Requirements: Knowledge of Microsoft Word, Excel, Access and Paradox for Windows - Previous experience helpful

Apply: Please send a resume to Michele Blajda, Environmental Health & Safety,  If you have any questions, please call 545-2682.

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

2013 National Transgender Health Summit
The Center of Excellence for Transgender Health and the World Professional Association of Transgender Health invite health care providers, health and human service professionals, mental health professionals, health administrators, researchers, students and advocates to attend the 2013 National Transgender Health Summit. Programming includes plenary sessions by world-renowned experts in the field of transgender health care, training tracks for medical and mental health care providers interested in building their skills for working with transgender patients and clients, a research track for the dissemination of cutting edge developments in the field of transgender health, and a transgender health policy institute.

Full program information is available online at

Early bird registration ends April 25, 2013. Register today! CME and CEU course credit available.

Culture, Health, and Science Pizza Party for all CHS students!

Thursday, May 2nd, 2013 at 7pm

Cape Cod Lounge, Student Union, UMass

We will be honoring our graduating seniors, having speed-date style meeting, and collectively brainstorming about the future of CHS.

RVSP: Please contact Ashley Cox at chs@FIVECOLLEGES.EDU

Become a Certified Healthcare Emergency Professional (CHEP)

May 8th-May 10th

Orlando, Florida

Cost: $475.00 (excludes application and exam fees)

Instructor: Jerry T. Anderson, MS, FAAMA, FAACP,CHEP

Attend both the CHEP workshop and 2013 PERRC, and receive $50 off your registration*!!

The CHEP course provides attendees a 1 day CHEP preparatory course which will include the offering of the CHEP credentialing examination.  The morning session includes a Power Point presentation designed to highlight those emergency management areas outside the average attendees day-to-day work related duties and responsibilities.  Following lunch the attendees will have the opportunity to review sample test questions representative of the full spectrum of emergency management as delineated in the CHEP Study Guide.  (Note: Enrollees will be provided a copy of the CHEP Study Guide prior to arrival at the PERRC Conference.) Immediately after the test review the CHEP certification examination will be administered.  Enrollees will have 3 hours to complete the exam.  
Apply: Attendees wishing to participate in this course offering must first submit an application to the International Board for Certification of Safety Managers at not later than 2 weeks prior to this program in order to receive the CHEP Study Guide. Register Today!

Public Health in the Pioneer Valley

Tips for the End of the Year

As many of you may know, the end of semester is quickly approaching. The last day of classes is May 1st, 2013, meaning that finals are swiftly approaching. The first day of finals will be May 3rd. PHEW!!! Time Does Fly! If you have not already, now would be a great time to take a look at your final exam schedule, which is posted on SPIRE. Maybe even mapping out a schedule for how, where, and when you plan on tackling all your final projects, papers, and exams. Some secret quiet places to study on campus are the engineering library, 24 hr. quiet floors of some dorms, the lounge area of ISB, the computer lab in Arnold, higher floors of the library, just to name a few. But SHHHHHH! It’s a secret. After all we only want the best for you. With that being said wish you the best and the most success on your final midterms.

Written by Sattia B.

Edited by Becky B.

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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