PHS Newsletter Issue # 31

Issue Number 31 Date 10/3/13


UMass Revolution Run Homecoming 5K

Saturday, October 19. 8:30am - 11:30am

Return to campus for the UMass Amherst homecoming and join Team SPHHS for the Homecoming Revolution Run 5K. Meet your fellow alums and current faculty, staff, and students at the SPHHS tent before and after the race.

Register now! Register by October 10th and get a free tee-shirt!

Volunteers needed at Elaine Specialized Nursing Rehabilitation

Program begins: Thursday October 17th

Transportation will be provided!

Zachary Clements, a senior in Public Health and Kinesiology is starting a volunteer program and is looking for Public Health students to JOIN!

There will be weekly trips to the Center (2 miles off campus). Students will have the opportunity to work for 2 hours every Thursday 6-8 pm with the residents.

Volunteer hours will be documented and certified by the Elaine staff so that these hours may be added to your resume. the documented hours are often needed for admission to graduate schools or jobs in the field of public health and medical care. Note- there is limited space. If interested, contact Zach soon.

Volunteers are in high demand. This is a great opportunity to give back to the community!

Contact: Zachary R. Clements

(978)-870-6927 (Cell)

Distinguished Teaching Awards

Due: Friday, October 18th

Celebrate excellence in teaching! Nominate your favorite teacher for a Distinguished Teaching Award, the highest recognition of teaching awarded to faculty members and teaching assistants/associates.

Want to nominate someone? In a brief paragraph, tell us why you think your nominee should receive a Distinguished Teaching Award. All nominations must include your name, mailing address, and email address.

Nomination forms are available online at Nominations may also be submitted by email to

Only current and former students may nominate faculty members. Teaching assistants/associates may be nominated by faculty members or current and former students.

Please submit all nominations by Friday, October 18, 2013 to:

Distinguished Teaching Award Committee

Center for Teaching & Faculty Development

301 Goodell

(413) 545-5142

(413) 545-3829 (fax)

Academic Opportunities

Your invited to the Climate Science Convocation!

Friday, October 18 at 4:00 p.m.

Bowker Auditorium, Stockbridge Hall

Honorary Doctorate of Science degrees will be awarded to three of the world’s leading climate scientists. The ceremony will include brief presentations by the honorees. RSVP by e-mail. Topics include climate models and human effects on the atmosphere. Stop in for some inspiring ideas and eye opening information!

iCons Integrated Concentration in Science

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

Information session:

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

Scholarships and Support

Applying for Scholarships

Read about strategies for finding scholarships and other types of merit aid

Internship & Volunteer Opportunities

SPHHS Internship Resources

Be sure to always check out the SPHHS’s internships, practicum, and volunteer page for other opportunities in the area and recent postings.

All Things Local - Food Co-op

Volunteer positions available. Academic credit available for Five College students.

Seeking a creative and passionate person interested in the development of non-profit organizations. This position would consist of grant writing, fundraising, research on development and management of cooperative stores, and designing promotional materials. Follow the link above for more information.

Unite for Sight

Global Impact Corps Volunteer

Become a global health volunteer abroad and gain experience in high quality healthcare delivery programs. Volunteers have interests in public health, medicine, international development, social entrepreneurship, and the social science. Global Impact Fellows support and learn from the partner clinics’ talented medical professionals who are social entrepreneurs addressing complex global health issues. Follow the link for more information.


Internships, recent graduates, and fellows programs.

The Pathways Programs offer clear paths to Federal internships for students and careers for recent graduates, to provide meaningful training and career development opportunities for individuals who are at the beginning of their Federal service. As a student or recent graduate, you can begin your career in the Federal government by choosing the path that best describes you and where you are in your academics.

ABCD Elder Services

Volunteers and Internships

ABCD Elder Services is seeking interns and volunteers to assist with various healthy aging programs, including Food Dollars Foster Grandparents, and SHINE. If you are interested in making a difference in the lives of low-income seniors in the Boston area, please contact them.

Interested volunteers should contact Nicci Meadow, Director of ABCD Elder Services.

Call for Health Writers!

Amherst Wire, a culture and lifestyle magazine is seeking writers for the Health Column. Topics include anything pertaining to health and wellness, but some examples include: Food, recipes, health tips, exercise classes, holistic health, local farms, a project/thesis, local health concerns and public service announcements.

Writers can submit a single article, weekly articles, or monthly articles. The next deadline is October 13th, but submissions are welcome at any time. 

Please e-mail questions and submissions to Kelsey Jordan at

Job Opportunities


Friday & Saturday nights. 10:00pm - 2:00am through Nov. 3

The purpose of the Walk this Way initiative is to encourage students to walk quietly off campus or to stay on campus rather than along residential streets as they move to and from Southwest. It is non-confrontational and positive. This is a volunteer or job opportunity.

Sign up for a shift on Sign Up Genius at

We welcome RSO’s, community service volunteers and friendly people!

Public Health Club

Health Education Jeopardy & Fall Service Projects

Wednesday, October 9th. 7:00pm - 8:00pm. Campus Center 165

Come join the Public Health Club for a night of health education jeopardy! A fun way to learn basic but important health facts and tips to staying healthy that you can benefit from and share with your friends. It’ll also be a great way to meet other members of the club. Winners, runner up, and third place will all receive prizes!

We will also be having members sign up for our volunteer and service projects for this fall. If you’re interested in getting more involved and community service as a group, be sure to come!

Like the UMASS Public Health Club facebook page for our fun posts and meeting information or become a member on CampusPulse!

Contact us at if you have any questions!

Campus Announcements and Activities

The Business of Creating Social Value

October 17, 7:00pm - 8:00pm

Integrated Sciences Building Rm. 135. FREE!

Inequality, climate changes, and access to medicines are generally considered public policy issued, but at their core, they are management issues. In this talk, an acclaimed senior researcher and TedxTalk presenter shares her thoughts on how business can create value not just for shareholders, but for everyone.

Leading Toward Healthy Equality: Lessons from the Field

Wednesday, November 13. 11:30am - 2:00pm

Museum of Science, Boston.

To welcome Mildred Thompson, Director of the PolicyLink Center for Health Equity and Place, for an engaging, thought-provoking conversation on how to create environments free of health disparities. No cost to attend. Lunch will be served.

Space is limited, so please RSVP by Oct.18th to

Your invited to the Climate Science Convocation!

Friday, October 18 at 4:00 p.m. Bowker Auditorium, Stockbridge Hall.

Honorary Doctorate of Science degrees will be awarded to three of the world’s leading climate scientists. The ceremony will include brief presentations by the honorees. RSVP by e-mail. Topics include climate models and human effects on the atmosphere. Stop in for some inspiring ideas and eye opening information!

Sexuality Education Certification Series (SECS)

Hosted by Planned Parenthood.

Fall training dates: November 19, 20, 21. December 3, 4, 5.

Comprehensive training designed to help you develop the skills and awareness it takes to be an effective sexuality educator. This lively, interactive three-day course combines lectures, discussion, and group activities.

Location details and directions will be sent to participants prior to the training.

Public Health in the Pioneer Valley

It’s officially Octoberfest!

October is one of the most beautiful months in western Massachusetts, from the leaves to the brisk fall afternoons. This means it’s peak foliage and festival season - a perfect time to explore winding roads to see the spectacular yellows, oranges and reds on the way to fun events while enjoying those final days of autumn. These weekend activities are a great way to spend time with friends or family, de-stress from school and work, and relax among a fun, local environment. Check out these awesome October festivals and events close by!

Haunted Happenings. Salem, MA

The month of October

A month-long festival in the bewitching seaport of Salem includes a series of spooky events that involve haunted houses, storytelling tours and a Grand Parade.

North Quabbin Garlic and Arts Festival. Orange, MA

October 5 - 6. 10:00am - 5:00pm. Rain or shine.

The fabulous 'Festival that Stinks’. Enjoy and support the bounty of amazing, regional artists, farmers and organizations; strengthen communities by purchasing locally crafted and grown. Gain vision and skills for local living: learn to grow garlic, press cider, mill lumber, grind grain, go solar.

3rd Annual Riverside Blues and BBQ Festival. Greenfield, MA.

October 11 - 13. 12:00pm - 6:00pm.

Features professional BBQ competitors from all over New England, regional and national blues musicians, and local and national breweries at the Samplin' Saloon.

Paradise City Arts Festival. Northampton, MA

October 12-14. 10:00am - 6:00pm.

Meet 275 of the nation’s very best craftsmen and artists showing their newest work. Dine on sensational cuisine by Northampton’s best chefs under the Festival Dining Tent. Catch the excitement of live performances by nationally and regionally acclaimed musicians. Ranked #3 among all art and craft fairs nationwide, it’s an experience like no other – beautiful, unique, festive and fun!

Trinity UMC Arts and Crafts Festival. Springfield, MA.

October 19. 10:00am - 3:00pm.

Will offer the work of over 30 community vendors plus the Kitchen Cupboard featuring homemade baked goods and goodies. Come join the fun. Admission is FREE.

Keene Pumpkin Festival. Keene, NH.

October 19. 7:00am - 6:00pm.

The sun starts to set and hundreds of volunteers rush to light thousands and thousands of carved pumpkins. Visitors from around the world watch the dark become illuminated by nearly 30,000 votive candles.

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.

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