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May 3, 2021

Student Spotlight: Ana Balthazar

Ana Balthazar, a health promotion major with minors in both global health and disaster management, has relished the opportunities offered through #UGAPublicHealth to gain hands-on experience in the field while exploring different aspects of public health.

Why did you choose your particular concentration?

I chose to focus on health promotion because it offered me a range of program development trainings and hard skills. Health promotion is an incredibly hands-on major, and we are encouraged to go out into the community to volunteer and learn from those around us. I also feel that the program has greatly prepared me for research opportunities, developing programs, and being able to analyze and distribute health information.

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Spring Commencement at Sanford Stadium

Saturday, May 15th

Gates open: 5:30 p.m.

Ceremony start time: 7:30 p.m.

In light of changing public health guidance from the CDC and DPH, as well as an updated Executive Order from the Governor, the University of Georgia is amending plans for Spring Commencement.

Eligible Spring graduates will be provided a ticket to sit on Dooley Field at Sanford Stadium, if they choose, and there will be no limit on the number of guests in the stands. The dates for the individual Undergraduate and Graduate Commencement ceremonies remain the same, spread over three days. Dates and times are listed below.

All levels of the stadium will be open to promote social distancing, as strongly encouraged by the Governor’s Executive Order. Masks will also be strongly encouraged.

Commencement planners are hard at work, and the Commencement site will be updated as soon as additional details for these celebrations are available.

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MPH Virtual Capstone Showcase

Mark your calendars! Learn more about the work our students do! Join us as our graduating Master of Public Health (MPH) students present their capstone projects during our Spring 2021 Virtual MPH Capstone Showcase. The event will go live on Wed. May 5 and conclude Thurs. May 6. Audiences will be able to visit the UGA College of Public Health’s Kaltura Channel to view and comment on each student’s 5-minute video presentation. The Kaltura channel is accessible to anyone, no password necessary. Click here for more details. Please contact Mumbi Anderson with questions or for additional information.

YouTube Playlist: Spring 2021 Global Health Seminar Series

Miss any sessions from the Global Health Institute’s monthly seminar series this Spring Semester? Revisit these talks via this playlist featured on the UGA College of Public Health’s YouTube channel.

Speakers include: Chase Sova, Senior Director of Public Policy and Thought Leadership, World Food Program USA; Jim Thomas., Director of the Carolina Population Center's MEASURE Program, University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill; Adam “Zhuo” Chen, Associate Professor, Department of Health Policy & Management, UGA College of Public Health; along with a slate of UGA student researchers from the annual Global Health Student Research Symposium.

Become a UGA Vaccine Ambassador

I look forward to the day when our campus is full with students attending classes and experiencing Bulldog Life! The greatest opportunity we have to resume and maintain normal operations is through vaccination. You can be a part of the solution!

I am recruiting twenty-five UGA Covid-19 vaccine ambassadors. From June 7-December 7, student vaccine ambassadors will work in their personal contexts to build trust in the vaccine through personal conversations and storytelling, community presentations, social media engagement, and other innovative communications opportunities. The work will begin this summer and conclude at the end of the fall semester. This effort is supported by Interfaith Youth Core with funding from the Arthur Blank Foundation. Vaccine ambassadors will be trained by Interfaith Youth Core. My role will be to support the campaign and facilitate your creative communication in your spheres of influence. The UGA vaccine ambassadors will collaborate to develop the best ways to reach the UGA community. Ambassadors will receive $1500 for their efforts.

I want to involve highly motivated campus leaders including those working with SGA, Greek Life, student housing, public health, campus ministries, etc., as well as social media influencers. To apply go to the UGA Vaccine Ambassadors' Application. Applications will be accepted until all positions are filled. All positions will be finalized by May 24, 2021.


Dr. Derrick Lemons

Associate Professor of Religion

Director, Center for Theologically Engaged Anthropology

Willson Center Fellow of Religion

Regional Coordinator, American Academy of Religion-SE Region

Phone: 706-206-1927

Website: http://research.franklin.uga.edu/tea/

UGA Writing Center Summer Hours

Do you have some writing to do this summer? Whether you are working on an application to a job or graduate school, coursework for a summer class, or anything else writing-related, the UGA Writing Center is here to help!

The UGA Writing Center will be open this summer from May 19 to August 4. Anyone with a uga.edu email is invited to make a 45-minute online appointment with one of our expert writing consultants up to two weeks in advance.

All of our appointments will be online; you can choose to meet with a consultant via video chat or you can receive feedback on your writing via email. More information about our appointment types is available on our website: https://engl.franklin.uga.edu/appointments

We work with all writers at any stage of any writing project! Whether you want another set of eyes on a final draft or you could use some help getting started, our consultants are ready to give their support.

If you have any questions, email us at writingcenter@uga.edu

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Future Health Promoters Club

The Future Health Promoters club has some exciting events coming up. These are a great way to further involve yourself in our club and we hope you’ll consider attending.
Follow here: https://www.instagram.com/uga_fhp/

Every Monday

  • Sydney’s Workout Class | Zoom @7PM
    *No sign-up necessary; All fitness levels are welcome

    Zoom Link: Meeting ID: 986 704 8475

    Passcode: B8sDAg

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Choosing a Career in Healthcare, Part 2

We are excited to share with you an upcoming event:

"Choosing a Career in Healthcare, Part 2"

The virtual event will be held on Thursday, May 6 at 7:30 pm EST via Zoom and FB Live at

YB Consultants, LLC

Zoom details: 896 9438 0442 Passcode: 664092

The panel this time includes practicing professionals: two pediatricians, an OB/GYN doctor, a cardiologist, a nurse who has worked in the hospital setting and now works as a director of a healthcare corporation, a CEO of a health clinic, a research scientist, an optometrist, and an engineer working in the pharmaceutical industry. They have all been working in their fields for years and can provide you with great insight into what it actually means to work day to day in their respective professions, why they chose those professions, how to get into these professions, and much more.

We hope that you will join us. If you plan to do so, kindly register at https://forms.gle/LSYmW9z9kfZdcyn28.

Stressed about getting a job in the field of public health after graduation? CPH alumna Erika Watkins (BSED ’99, Health Promotion & Education) took the rare step of pursuing a career path outside of her public health major. Listen in on May 10 at 4 p.m., as Erika reflects on her 21-year career path in the insurance industry and the unique insights she has gained as a proud CPH Dawg who cares about advancing the health of all.

Join us during Mental Health Awareness Month for our second CPH Black Alumni Connection conversation commemorating the 60th anniversary of desegregation at UGA and honoring UGA public health changemakers of color. Hosted by CPH’s Alumni Working Group.

About our guest speaker: Erika Watkins, AIC, AIC-M, is a commercial claims adjuster for the Donegal Insurance Group. She has 21 years of experience in the insurance industry with expertise in liability exposures and claims litigation. Born and raised in Decatur, GA, Erika graduated from Towers High School in 1994. She attended the University of Georgia from 1994 – 1999. While at UGA, she served as a Resident Assistant in Brumby Hall, was involved in the Black Educational Support Team (B.E.S.T) and Black Affairs Counsel (B.A.C.), and was a member of the Eta Xi Chapter of Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority, Inc. She graduated with a BSEd in Health Promotion & Education in 1999.

Finals & Academic Honesty Reminders Video

Academic Honesty
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CPH Research Opportunity

Hello! My name is Dr. Janani Thapa. I am a Professor and Researcher at the Department of Health Policy and Management/College of Public Health at the University of Georgia. My team is conducting a research study on mental health among college students. We invite you to participate in this study to help us understand mental health issues facing college students and evaluate an intervention to provide mental health support.

This research study has two phases. Phase 1 is a survey that takes 10 minutes to complete. Phase 2 is an intervention to provide mental health support. The intervention lasts 4 weeks and involves sharing and engaging with information about mental health online. You may choose to participate in only Phase 1 of the study or both Phase 1 and 2.

We will randomly select 15 participants from Phase 1 to receive $100 gift cards. Participation is not required to enter the drawing. All Phase 2 participants will receive a $20 gift card for their participation. If you are interested in participating in the study, please click the link below to learn more and access the Phase 1 survey:


Your participation in this research is entirely voluntary. There are no consequences of any kind for choosing not to participate. Thank you for helping us learn about these important issues! If you have questions or would like more information about the study, please send an email to jrthapa@uga.edu with “mental health study” in the subject heading. If you would like to enter the drawing, but do not want to participate in the research, you may send an email to jrthapa@uga.edu with the subject heading drawing entry.

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CPR & First Aid Classes

Adult and Pediatric CPR/AED/First Aid Training.

Classes are offered every Wednesday at 9 am in Athens and in Winder.

(706) 549-5882

Well-Being Resources on Campus

As we near the end of the semester and head into finals and final projects, we encourage you to seek support from the many resources available on campus. These resources are designed to help in any type of academic or mental health need. Reach out to your instructors and advisors for more information and referrals if you don't know where to start. Stay involved and connected.

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