Welcome to SPH 2018 Events Recap

By Beth Rogers | October 12, 2018

Starting with New Student Orientation 2018, the School of Public Health hosted its first Welcome to SPH Series of events for incoming students, current students, staff, and faculty. More than 500 students participated in nine events across campus. Thanks to all who attended to welcome students, faculty, and staff back to campus!

Aug. 29-30 — The School of Public Health welcomed over 260 new students to a two-day long orientation. The first day, incoming students gathered at the McNamara Alumni Center in the morning to hear important information about the school, faculty speeches and the Dean’s address, before breaking out into program-specific sessions later in the afternoon. The second day of orientation, new international students participated in an additional specialized event hosted by the Student Services Center. The Student Services Center also provided five tours of campus and sponsored a “Relationship Building for Success” workshop in collaboration with Jan Morse from the Student Conflict Resolution Center.

Tue, Sept. 4 — The Welcome to SPH Series kicked off with Dish with the Deans, Division Heads and Directors in the Mayo Lobby, utilizing the former cafe space. Over 30 students spoke with staff and faculty leadership, including Dean John Finnegan, over coffee, tea, and treats.

Wed, Sept. 5 —  Student Senate recruited new membership in the Student SPHere over lunch. Current Senate representatives spoke to students regarding how to get involved in future meetings and events.

Thu, Sept. 6 — The Student Services Center and Divisions located in the Mayo Building collaborated on the first Mayo Building Open House. The Divisions of Health Policy & Management, Biostatistics, and Environmental Health opened their doors to speak about programming, discuss certificates and minors, and introduce faculty. The Student Services Center tabled in the hallway outside of the office, providing food, raffle signatures, and resources to 40 students throughout the day. On Fri, Sept. 14, the Division of Epidemiology and Community Health held their Open House in the West Bank Office Building, in conjunction with a seminar presented by Assistant Professor Jesse Berman.

Fri, Sept. 7 — The Public Health Review, a student-led journal, sought submissions, reviewers, and editors in the Student SPHere lounge. The first full issue of the Public Health Review will be available in November 2018.

Wed, Sept. 12 — The annual School of Public Health Engagement Fair took place in the Mississippi Room of Coffman Memorial Union. Twenty-five organizations, both on and off campus, connected students to a variety of resources, from conflict resolution to saving the environment. At the fair, students also had portraits taken by a professional photographer.

Thu, Sept. 20 — The Career and Professional Development Center presented two career sessions in Mayo 3-100. Students learned about networking, interviewing and choosing a career in public health during the morning and afternoon. Announced at the sessions, career counselors will be in the Student SPHere every Friday during Fall 2018 semester from 9:00 A.M. – 12:00 P.M.

Two Welcome to SPH Series Events will recur this semester: International Student Roundtables and SPH In/Color. Students from outside of the United States now gather monthly over lunch (12:00-1:00 P.M.) in Mayo D330 on Oct. 19, Nov. 9, and Dec. 14. SPH In/Color, a space for students who identify as indigenous or people of color, returned on Sept. 28. Future dates include Oct. 26, Nov. 16, and Dec. 7 in Mayo D330 from 12:00-1:30 P.M.

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