Student Clubs Host Bistro Night

From left: Young alumni panelists Ingrid Ludwig, Kayleigh O'Connor, and Zac Lamb

The undergraduate student clubs in the School of Public Health and Health Sciences, including the Public Health Club, the Kinesiology Club, the UMass Nutrition Association, and the UMass chapter of the National Student Speech Language Hearing Association, hosted the SPHHS Bistro Night on February 1, 2012, in the Campus Center’s Amherst Room. Bistro Night was supported through a student grant awarded by the Student Alumni Association to Jessica He, an undergraduate Public Health Sciences major. Ms. He co-organized the event along with Public Health Club president Catie Piccolo and vice president Sarra Sabouri.

Bistro Night served as an informal career and information resource for students pondering life after graduation. The event drew students from within and outside the SPHHS considering careers in public health or the health sciences. Numerous student groups and organizations, including representatives from each of the four SPHHS student groups, service and philanthropy clubs, Career Services, the International Programs Office, the American Cancer Society, the Pre-Med Society, EMS, and Habitat for Humanity, tabled the event to provide an opportunity to talk with students informally and to answer questions.

Bistro Night’s featured event was a young alumni panel discussion. Recent alumni from each of the four undergraduate majors fielded questions from the student audience.

The young alumni panelists included:

  • Abbie Doucette, ’11, Public Health Sciences
  • John Kleschinsky, ’04, Kinesiology, ’07MPH, Public Health
  • Laura Hutchinson, ’04, ’08PhD, Nutrition
  • Ingrid Ludwig, ’09, Communication Disorders
  • Kayleigh O’Connor, ’10, Communication Disorders
  • Zac Lamb, ’10, Kinesiology
  • Rebecca Thibault, ’11, Kinesiology

The alumni panelists shared their various experiences upon life after graduation, including career options and choices, applying for internships and graduate school, and volunteering for community-based service organizations.