PHS Newsletter Issue # 35

Issue Number 35, Date 10/31/2013


Fall Advising Workshops

Seniors:           Monday, November 4th, 4:30-5:30 PM

                        Campus Center Room 905-909

Course Enrollment 101: Receive assistance with enrolling in courses and using Spire

                       Tuesday, November 5th 6:00-7:00PM

                       Campus Center Room 905-909

                 **BRING A LAPTOP TO THIS SESSION**

Juniors/Sophomore:  Thursday, November 7th 6:00-7:00 PM

                        Campus Center Room 903

                       Monday, November 18th 5:30-6:30 PM

                        Campus Center Room 904-908


                         Tuesday, November 19th 6:00-7:00 PM

                         Campus Center Rm 905

Collateral Field 101: Understand and plan your collateral field

                        Thursday, November 21st 5:30-6:30 PM

                        Campus Center Room 905

If you have questions about program requirements, BRING:

•      Your Academic Requirements Report (ARR) from SPIRE

•      Your tracking form (from the SPHHS website)

•      Your ENTHUSIASM!!!

Find answers to classes, studying abroad, internships, resources, and any other questions you may have!  See you there!

Course Enrollment for Spring Semester

November 6th

Registrar’s Office said that courses offerings should be available on SPIRE around November 6th. At that time you may search for available options for this coming semester. You can add classes to your shopping cart and will be able to enroll on your personal enrollment date.

Time to fight the flu!

Walk-In Flu Vaccination Clinics on campus

November 7th and 21st, 1:00 - 4:00pm

University Health Services room 302

Flu season is upon us, and as Public Health majors, we know how important it is to get vaccinated to protect ourselves and others from the nasty flu!  Luckily, you can get vaccinated conveniently on campus. Your insurance will be billed, so make sure to bring your insurance card. UHS offers the injected and inhaled forms of the vaccine.

Academic Opportunities

Grassroots Community Organizing!

Applications due November 15th to Gordon Hall

GCO is a student-facilitated Spring semester class where YOU can be empowered to take action & work towards social change. GCO is a 5 credit honors Anthropology course open to all majors that meets on Thursday nights from 4pm- 7pm. It also includes an alternative spring break. This can count as part of your collateral field! To find out more about this awesome opportunity, click here!

The Political Economy of Health Service Delivery in Kenya

Thursday, November 7th, 4:30pm

Smith College Neilson Browsing Room

Speaker Peter Anyang' Nyong'o is a Senator for Kisumu county, Kenya, and former Professor of Political Science at the University of Nairobi. Is a Gro Harlem Brundtland Senior Leadership Fellow at the School of Public Health, Harvard University. Prof. Nyong'o served the Minister for Planning and National Development (2002-2006) and Minister for Medical Services (2008-2013). He is also a fellow of the African Academy of Sciences.

SPHHS Practicum Presentations

Friday, November 22nd, 11:30am - 12:30pm.

321 Arnold House

Learn about graduate work and research happening at UMass in the School of Public Health! Topics include community health education in Ghana, maternal and refugee health. This is also a great opportunity to meet and network with professors and graduate students at UMass if you’re interested in research or independent study opportunities.

The Fullbridge Program Internship Edge

Application due Monday, November 4th

The Fullbridge Program offers an immersive, life-changing event to help you acquire the tools and skills to bridge the gap between education and employment. The program consists of 12 intense days that will help you gain a competitive edge in landing the internship or career you want. You will build your confidence as you acquire practical, real-world skills. Learn more and apply today!

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.


Swedish Scholarship Awards 2014

This scholarship includes a full tuition fee waiver for either of the following Master’s programs in International Development and Management at Lund University or in Social Ecological Resilience for Sustainable Development at Stockholm University.

Start the process by signing up and completing the online application! This will include answering multiple choice questions, a short essay question and writing a motivational statement.

Click here for the competition details, rules, and eligibility.



Nuestras Raices Data Analysis Intern

The role of this internship would be to assist Membership Coordinator in transcribing Client intake forms into a spreadsheet, conducting interviews of gardeners, farmers, incorporate youth data to develop a report about quantitative and qualitative measures of Nuestras Raices impact. For more information please click here.

Mass in Motion

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.

Volunteer Opportunity!

From January 23rd - March 6th. Monday - Friday at 8:20am

Wildwood Elementary will be having their morning American Heart Association Jump Rope for Heart and need volunteers to help promote healthy lifestyle and behaviors to their kids! February is Healthy Heart month.

The positions includes set-up, break-down, and engaging with kids during the activity.

Contact Elizabeth Fernandez O'Brien if you’re interested at

Public Health Club

Like the UMASS Public Health Club facebook page for fun posts and meeting information! Become a member on CampusPulse to learn about our November events.

Contact us at if you have any questions!

Campus Announcements and Activities

Freedom Cafe Grand Opening

Sunday, November 3rd. 9am-2pm

Freedom Cafe is a nonprofit, donation-based cafe that raises money to help victims of human trafficking. It is a full-running coffee shop that serves fair-trade, organic coffee roasted in Orange, MA. The coffee and tea do not have prices, but customers are asked to pay a donation of what they would normally consider spending on their drink, which will go to building vocational centers in India for survivors of human trafficking. This Sunday will be the "grand opening," launching the cafe's new weekend hours. We encourage all to come by, whether they want to just try a sample of coffee and learn about our cause, or grab a drink and hang out! You can learn more at our website,, and you can join the Facebook event, which is called "Freedom Cafe Expo and Coffee Tasting."

UMass Student Farmers’ Market

Goodell Lawn every Friday from 12:00pm - 4:00pm.

We are entering the last month of the season for the UMass Student Farmers’ Market this year!  UMass students come together with produce they have grown to sell to the UMass community.  This is a great place to get some fresh, locally grown produce and support your fellow students.  The Farmers’ Market also sells flowers and pumpkins if your room is in need of some authentic fall decor!

Amherst Mega Dessert Crawl

Saturday, November 2nd. 12:00 - 3:00 PM.

Tickets are $20 each and benefit Reader to Reader, a nonprofit organization devoted to increasing literacy and fostering a love of reading at all ages. There are 20 restaurants in Amherst Center participating by giving away mini-sized desserts throughout the day. There will also be student performances and activities in Kendrick Park!

Tickets can be purchased downtown at A.J. Hastings, Amherst B.I.D. office, Amherst Chamber of Commerce, and Loose Goose Cafe. You can also find tickets at their table in the Campus Center until November 1st from 9-3.

The first 80 ticket buyers will receive a free $5 gift card to Antonio's or White Hut!

Health and Wellness on Campus

Staying On-Task and Stress-Free in the Middle of the Semester!

We just finished our midterms but we still have to keep working hard all the way through finals! It can be hard to find the determination and the energy to keep up the effort, so here are some tips to keep you motivated!

  • Keep a to-do list!  While a list of all the tasks you need to get done might look daunting, writing everything down will give you peace of mind so you don’t have to keep a running list in your head.  Plus, it is very satisfying to cross off a task on paper when you get it done!
  • Take care of your body.  This means getting enough sleep, or as much as you can, on a consistent basis, and making sure you try to eat healthy even though junk food snacks can call your name during long nights of studying.  You will feel better and have more energy to get through your busy days!
  • Stay organized.  Try to keep your room clean and your school supplies as organized as you can.  This will help you focus when you need to get stuff done.  If you are already stressed about school work and extracurricular activities, being surrounded by a mess is the last thing you need!
  • Talk to a friend!  If you are feeling stressed, chances are you have a friend who is in the same boat.  Try to make some time to chat with a friend because it might help too.

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 Tracking Form.

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