PHS Newsletter Issue # 29

Issue Number 29 Date 9/18/13


Welcome back to UMass! I hope that you had a great start to the semester!  You will receive weekly public health newsletter from the Public Health Advisor. The newsletters will include information on internships, job opportunities, advising updates, classes, etc. It is crucial that you read the newsletters!

Overview of Public Health Academic Advising
*When meeting with an advisor, always bring a completed tracking sheet*

The Peer Advisors are your first stop. Meet with our Peer Advisors to review your class schedule, major requirements, and talk about different public health opportunities.

Drop-In Office hours:
Monday: 9:10am-3:10pm
Tuesday: 9:30am-12:00pm & 1:00pm-4:45pm
Wednesday: 9:30am-4:00pm
Thursday: 9:30am-12:30pm & 12:45pm-5:00pm
Friday: Closed

You can also email quick questions to the Peer Advisors at or give them a call during office hours at (413)545-3816

Making an appointment with the Program Advisor

If you are in academic trouble, need personal assistance, or the peer advisors recommend you to see me, you can schedule an appointment during my office hours, Arnold House Rm 305. You can sign up for an appointment through visiting our public health advising website:

Do you need:
- a credit override (more than 19 credits)
- have your internship/independent study approved
- or get study abroad courses approved?

Find the appropriate form on the SPHHS website and submit it to Dr. Gloria DiFulvio in Arnold 302. If Dr. DiFulvio is not in her office, put a hard copy of the form in her mailbox and email an electronic copy and state that you left a copy in her mailbox. If you need to make an appointment with Dr. DiFulvio, there is a sign-up sheet outside her office. Her office hours are Wednesdays 1:00-3:00pm (except for Sept. 25th) and Thursdays 10:00-12:00pm.

Advising Forms

All advising forms and requirements are posted online:

For information for Fall internships:

For information about studying abroad:

Have friends who want to apply to the major?

Priority Deadline: October 15th, 2013  

Encourage your friends to attend the information sessions for prospective students:

Monday, Sept. 30th 5:30-6:30pm- Campus Center Rm. 905

Tuesday, Oct. 8th at 6:00-7:00pm- Campus Center Rm. 905

Application and Program Requirements:

Have YOU done an internship?

If yes, we want to hear about your experience! Have a poster at the SPHHS Career and Internship Workforce Development Fair!

Friday, September 27th, 2013

10:00am-1:00pm in Student Union Ballroom

Please include the following on your poster:

• Description of internship

• Roles and responsibilities

• Accomplishments

• What you learned and how it applies to public health

• Photos

If interested, contact the Public Health Undergraduate Program Advisor,

Megan Griffin, at

UMass Amherst Medical Reserve Corps (MRC) wants you to BE THE RESPONSE!

Are you interested in public health and emergency preparedness?

COME TO MRC 101! Learn how you can be part of the MRC’s plans for FalL 2013

Monday, September 23rd, 5-6 PM, Skinner Hall

Everyone welcome, snacks provided!

Academic Opportunities

iCons Integrated Concentration in Science

Tomorrow’s science leaders are starting today. Join them!

Information session:

Tuesday, October 1st, 7:00pm ISB 145

Wednesday, October 9th, 7:00pm, ISB 145

Apply online:

Tuesday, October 15th deadline

Meet iCons students and MIT engineer Robert Langer

Thursday, November 7th, 6pm, ISB 135

Holyoke Bound
September 21, 2013

Holyoke bound is a daylong orientation for students who will be working or volunteering in Holyoke. Learn about the rich history and community in Holyoke through interactive workshops, panel discussions, and a cultural performance. Free lunch and transportation provided. Preregistration required:

Springfield Bound

September 28, 2013


Springfield bound is a day-long orientation for students who will be working or volunteering in Springfield. Learn about the rich history and community in Springfield through interactive workshops, panel discussions, and a cultural performance.

Activities: a history of Springfield presented by a panel of local residents and experts, workshops run by students for students, a viewing and discussion of digital stories developed by Springfield residents. Free lunch, light breakfast, and transportation provided. Preregistration required:

Community Development in Cameroon

Spring semester study abroad program (mid-March to late June).

Students have the support of a lead faculty who teaches the Community Development Seminar, engage with local communities through service learning as part of the Seminar, and experience academic life through elective courses at the University of Buea.

We invite you to explore the following links to learn more about this exciting opportunity!

Curriculum: 4 courses for 16 semester credits. All students take the Community Development Seminar, and select three elective courses in their areas of interest.

Service Learning: As an integral component of the Seminar, each student works throughout the semester with a local organization in their area of interest.

Location: Buea is in one of two English-speaking regions in predominately French-speaking Cameroon.

Leadership: Dr. Agborbechem Peter Tambi of the University of Buea leads the Seminar course and serves as a site coordinator. Kelly Brannan Trail, Assistant Director of AEA, team teaches the Seminar, and leads an onsite orientation.

Schedule: Spring semester. Approximately mid-March to late June.

Scholarships and Support

Apply for Spring 2014 Honors Research Grants and Assistant Fellowships
Commonwealth Honors College
Deadline: Tuesday, October 1, 2013

For application guidelines, eligibility, and a link to the online application, please go to the Commonwealth Honors College website or click here.

Note- Faculty sponsors must submit their supporting documents online by Friday, October 4, 2013.

Questions may be directed to Debra Lapointe,


Paid Internship Opportunity!

The Franklin County Regional Housing and Redevelopment Authority is seeking a  Research Assistant (RA) who will work with professional staff to develop a database of distressed residential properties in Orange, Montague and Greenfield.  RA will gather information and data about the properties and assist in communications with property owners that will result in the dwelling units returning to viable occupancy.  RA will work with program staff from FCHRA working in collaboration with the Registry of Deeds, staff from  the Attorney General Office Abandoned Housing Initiative, banks and municipal planners, health agents and building inspectors as we assist in developing strategies to bring the apartments back into use.

Looking for an undergraduate student who is comfortable with MS Access (or similar database program) and who has access to reliable vehicle for occasional field work.  Would prefer an intern who could stay with the project for the full academic year. Internship is paid and 10-15 hours/week.  Please send cover letter and resume to - to start ASAP.

Do you have a passion for social justice?  Interested in Immigrant Rights? Intern with Just Communities of Western Mass!

Just Communities is an exciting new immigrant justice organizing project based in Springfield, MA, with members from Greenfield down to Springfield and out into the Berkshires.  We working to stop deportations and detentions in Massachusetts, to win Drivers Licenses for All, and to make Massachusetts the anti-Arizona state.

We are hoping to secure interns early in the semester to support this important work. Internships include Arts and Activism, Community Outreach, Graphic Design, Legal Support and Media/Communications. We are also interested in working with graduate student and would consider research possibilities for graduate students as relevant.

Contact for more information!

The Caring Health Center in Springfield, Massachusetts is interested in two students for the fall.

One student would be responsible for scanning hard copy medical records into the new electronic health record. The other is needed as a liaison, “information gatherer” in clinical to help facilitate certain initiatives that require back and forth communication. Both positions require being very organized, efficient, and self-directed. The liaison role is meant for advanced BA or new MA students.

Contact Cristina I. Huebner Torres at for more information.

Public Health Club

Come to our next meeting on Wednesday, September 25th at 7:00pm!

Location: TBA, but ‘like’ us on facebook to view the most updated information!

There will be a guest speaker from Career Services to present about professional resume building and communication skills in preparation for the SPHHS Career Development and Internship Fair! She will be available for quick 1-on-1 sessions to help tailor your resume to potential employers in public health and sciences.

Facebook page: UMASS Public Health Club

Become a member on CampusPulse

For questions, contact:

Campus Announcements and Activities

Attend the SPHHS Career Development and Internship Fair
Friday, September 27th

Students: No matter what level of your academic training you are at, you can find volunteer work, an internship, practicum or even a job by attending the Fair, and meeting a variety of wonderful people from your field.

Agencies: There will be agencies looking for students studying Communication Disorders, Kinesiology, Nutrition or Public Health.

The event is open to the public and free to all students, and has featured a wide variety of  vendors. For more information about the vendors and the event, please visit our SPHHS website.

STUDENTS NEEDED for Alumni Celebration Student Calling Session!

The Public Health Department is looking for students to call alumni to personally invite them to the fall campus events. A script will be provided.  If you are interested in reaching out to our alumni or have questions, please contact David Catrambone

LET’S TALK: The Conversation Starts Here.

Live speaking events. Bringing the world's brightest minds to Downtown Springfield to answer YOUR questions!

All events are held at Springfield Symphony Hall at 7:30pm and are FREE TO THE PUBLIC.

Events with foreign affairs analysts, political commentators, authors, historians, educators, scientists, environmentalists, health experts and economists. Described by audience members as "informed, inspired, stimulating." These live speaker events and related programming promise that you will arrive curious and leave inspired!

Public Health in the Pioneer Valley

Get some fresh air and take a hike up Mount Sugarloaf!
Mount Sugarloaf offers a beautiful view of the Connecticut River, Pioneer Valley, and Pelham and Berkshire Hills. You can even see UMass in the Distance!

300 Mt. Sugarloaf St
S. Deerfield, MA 01373

For map trails and more information, please visit:

Peer Advising Hours

Monday: 9:10am-3:10pm
Tuesday: 9:30am-12:00pm & 1:00pm-4:45pm
Wednesday: 9:30am-4:00pm
Thursday: 9:30am-12:30pm & 12:45pm-5:00pm
Friday: Closed

Please bring a copy of your tracking form.

Visit the SPHHS Facebook page for news and events.

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