PHS Newsletter Issue # 33

Issue Number 33, Date 10/17/2013


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!

Campus Sustainability Day

Wednesday, October 23. 3:00pm - 8:30pm

A time to recognize the successes, challenges, and innovation of sustainability in higher education. At UMass Amherst, we will celebrate our recent commitment to the Real Food Challenge, make major announcements about sustainability on campus and discussing ways that the UMass community can make our region more resilient and adaptable to a changing world.

Check out all the activities here!

Academic Opportunities

SUSTAINABILTY: A Crisis Caused by the Scarcity of Natural Resources or by their Distribution and Use?

Friday, October 25. 1:30pm - 3:00pm. Thompson Hall 919

Mukul Sanwal was among the group of scientists who contributed to the award of the 2007 Nobel Peace Prize to the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change. He represented the Government of India at the Rio Conference in 1992, and was a lead negotiator for Agenda 21 and the Rio Declaration. He has served as policy adviser to the United Nations Environment Programme and the UN Framework Convention on Climate Change.

Community Development in Cameroon: Spring study abroad!

Application deadline: October 30

Students explore the successes and challenges of community development while living and studying in an English-speaking region of Cameroon. You will have the support of a lead faculty who teaches a required Community Development Seminar, engage with local communities through service learning, and take courses at the University of Buea. Students select three elective courses in their areas of interest.

Visit their website for details here!

Scholarships and Support

Applying for Scholarships

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


SPHHS Internship Resources

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

Public Health Internship

The Pioneer Valley Planning Commission (PVPC) is currently accepting applications for an internship position in its Community Development section. The responsibilities of the position include assisting the Hampden County Health Coalition, consisting of local boards of health and health departments in their emergency preparedness planning, i.e. reviewing and updating emergency dispensing site plans, shelter plans and continuity of operations plans. Other duties will include assisting a subcommittee with health education and outreach strategies, assisting with day-to-day local health department duties, assisting in grant writing and other projects as needed. The typical starting pay for this position is $10.00 per hour.

Interested candidates should send resume to Nikki Nixon,

Massachusetts Rural Domestic and Sexual Violence Project

Looking for a student intern for the academic school year (or semester) to assist in the planning and implementation of community engagement initiatives that address issues related to preventing intimate partner and sexual violence in rural Massachusetts.

The internship available would assist the Project Director and program partners in the planning and implementation of three community based initiatives.


To apply, please send a resume and letter of interest to: Amy Waldman, MA Dept. of Public Health, Project Director, Massachusetts Rural Domestic and Sexual Violence Project by Email:

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.

Bridging the Gap

Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday from 3:00 – 6:00pm

Seeking volunteers passionate about helping youths, communities, and making a difference through education. BTG aspires to improve youth self-esteem and reduce confrontation with peers. They work to strengthen communication, trust, and understanding in relationships. End goals are to improve attendance and performance of youth in schools by providing appropriate resources, recognizing and encouraging development of natural talent and abilities.

Contact for further details and opportunities.

Job Opportunities

Walk this Way

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

Next Meeting!

Wednesday, October 23rd. 7:00pm - 8:00pm. Location TBD

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.

Stockbridge Pumpkin Festival

Saturday, October 19, 4:00pm - 6:30pm

Hockey Tailgate @ Lot 25 Near UMass Parking Services

Carve a pumpkin or admire the artistry of others as lit pumpkins surround the Mullins Center. Alpha Tau Gamma coordinates this Pumpkin Festival for students, alumni, families and friends. Come celebrate Homecoming and the fall season!  Pumpkin creations will be judged and awards announced at 6:30 p.m.

Academic Advising Tip

Meet with the Public Health Peer Advisors!

These are the type of questions we can help answer:

Are you on track to graduate?

Do you want to do an internship, but do not know where to start?

Are you confused about major requirements or the collateral field?

Do you have a plan for after graduation?

Do you want to get involved around campus or in the community?

If you answered yes to any of these questions, the public health peer advisors are a perfect resource for you!

The Public Health Program Advisor, Megan Griffin, trains the peer advisors in major requirements, how to find internships, ways to enhance one’s public health degree, and much more. The nine peer advisors are vastly knowledgeable and outstanding public health students who want to help you enhance your public health degree! Next time you feel you need some guidance, advising, or reassurance, stop by the public health peer advising office in 330 Arnold House. Our drop-in hours are listed below.

Peer Advising Hours

Walk-In 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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