Career fair, faculty prestige and Wilkerson lecture

Jobs for our students

I was really impressed to walk into our atrium last week and see table after table of employers—about 40 of them—and hundreds of students for out annual Career and Internship Fair. Thanks to all the companies who participated! They had real jobs available. This is exciting news that either confirms the vitality of the health sector and/or may presage future job growth in larger economy. In either case, prospects for our students look better and better.

The career fair was successful, because a lot of people worked really hard on it, starting with Amy Hitlin, MsEd, Director of Career Services. Other people who contributed include: Lewis E Binkowski, Kristin Black, Jillian  Brown, Nicole D Chenault, Megan Donovan-Ellenson, MPH, Paige Eppenstein-Anderson, MA, Anita M Farel, DrPH, Melissa  Hobgood, Amanda Holliday, MS, Robert Kark, Linda Kastleman, MA, Melody Levy, Felicia Mebane, PhD, Kene Onuorah, Cathy Padgett, Sherryl Rhodes, Shakeelah Sutton, Karen Thompson, Brent Wishart and Yasmeen Zamamiri.

President Obama appoints our faculty and alumni to key committees

Over the past few weeks, President Obama appointed several of our faculty and alumni to important committees.  To Advisory Group on Prevention, Health Promotion, and Integrative and Public Health: Elizabeth Mayer-Davis, MS, MPH, Professor, Nutrition, and alumni Charlotte Kerr, RN, MPH, MAc and Sharon Van Horn, MD, MPH.  Alumna Andrea Bazán, MSW, MPH was appointed to President’s Advisory Council on Faith-Based and Neighborhood Partnerships.

I am really proud of these folks and appreciate the influence they will wield on very important decisions.

Isabel Wilkerson lecture

I am excited about the upcoming visit and lecture from Isabel Wilkerson, author of The Warmth of Other Suns. Ms. Wilkerson is the first African American to win the Pulitzer Prize for individual writing. Her lecture, book signing and reception are open to the public. Please come! Most of us know far too little about the Great Migration in when six million Black Americans migrated from the South to points North, Midwest and West to escape Jim Crow. Her book chronicles that migration through compelling stories about three different individuals caught up in the Great Migration. Sponsoring the lecture (with the School of Journalism and Mass Communication, Center for the Study of the American South and  Center for Global Initiatives) is part of our desire to give back for Black History Month.


To John Paul, PhD, Clinical Professor Health Policy and Management for being awarded the Distinguished Teaching Award for Post-Baccalaureate Instruction. Peggy Leatt, chair of HPM, I and John’s many colleagues and former students are so proud of him. At this School, we value teaching and celebrate teachers like John Paul!

Happy Monday! Barbara

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