PHS Newsletter Issue # 34

Issue Number 34,  Date 10/23/2013


Campus Sustainability Day

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

UMass Amherst

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!

Alternative Break Interest Meeting

Thursday, October 24th. 7:15pm - 8:00pm.

Campus Center Room 905-09

A way to learn more about alternative breaks that will be offered this spring.

Academic Opportunities

Building Sustainable Leaders: Green Jobs Panel

Wednesday, October 23. 3:30pm.

Earthfoods Cafe

The Campus Sustainability Initiative presents a green jobs panel of local and regional sustainability related employers featuring UMass alums in the green jobs industry. Keynote speaker: Kevin Doyle, Workforce Leader for New England Clean Energy Council (NECEC) Institute. Other speakers include: Heather Henrikson: Director of the Harvard Office for Sustainability, Keri Fitzpatrick: Regional Environmental Manager at Schnitzer Steel, and Stephanie Ciccarello: Sustainability Coordinator for the Town of Amherst. Learn more here.

Maternal Health Doctoral Proposal Presentation

Thursday, October 24. 12:30pm.

Arnold House 412

Ms. Megan Ward Harvey will be defending her doctoral proposal entitled, "Gestational Weight Gain and Maternal Health Among Hispanic Women." Learn more about Ms. Harvey here.

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.

National Institute of Health Scholarship

The NIH offers a scholarship to students from disadvantaged backgrounds who plan to pursue a career in biomedical, behavioral, or social science research upon graduation.  This scholarship is worth up to $20,000 per school year and includes paid research training at the NIH in the summer as well as guaranteed employment at the NIH after graduation!  The online application does not open up until January 2014, but this is a huge scholarship to keep in mind if you are serious about a career in research!  More information about the application and its deadlines can be found here.


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:

Mass in Motion

Fall/Spring Internship available

Located in Springfield, this company works to increase residents’ physical fitness and improve their eating habits in the places they live and work. They are looking for unpaid interns for the Spring and/or Fall semester. Interns will complete various tasks such as conducting weekly outreach, nutrition education programs, and mapping out safe places in the city to exercise, among other things. Learn more about this internship here.

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

Meeting tonight!

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

Arnold House 120

We will be making healthy Halloween goodie bags, signing up for tabling in the Campus Center, hearing more about Big Brothers Big Sisters and how we can volunteer for them as a club, and learning about all of our upcoming events!

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 First Not Ready For Bedtime Player Show!

Wednesday, October 23rd. 8:00pm.

Campus Center 101

UMass Amherst’s award-winning peer sexuality education theater troupe is performing this week! By students, about students, for students, the Players’ shows are smart, sexy, funny, and always different. The Players are a sexual education troop that aims to educate through comedy. Free condoms are always available!

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

Advising Tip!

Attention students!

There is still time to apply for a study abroad program for Spring 2014. Many of the programs have a due date of November 1st, so if you’re considering a semester abroad, the time can be now! SIT, one of the biggest sponsors of study abroad programs, has extended their deadline for applications from the 1st to the 15th of November.

Be sure that you attend one of the financial aid workshops that are hosted by the office of financial aid; here you will learn what university aid will count towards your program and how to budget your costs. This is a mandatory requirement for all students who wish to study abroad for Spring 2014. You will be given you own budget worksheet to fill out on your own and submit to the office of financial aid for review.

If you have any questions pertaining to studying abroad you can contact the IPO office located at:

455 Hills South, 4th Floor

Hours: Mon-Fri 8:30am-4:30pm

Tel: 001 - 413 - 545 – 2710.

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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