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March 29, 2021

Student Spotlight: Itzel Vela Hernandez

Motivated by a desire to contribute to the greater good, environmental health major Itzel Vela Hernandez is learning how to apply scientific solutions to large-scale community problems. After graduation, I plan to obtain a master’s degree in environmental engineering. After that, I would like to work for an environmental consulting firm or as an occupational health specialist or engineer. I don’t think the pandemic has shifted my goals. In fact, I think it has strengthened my motivation towards achieving my goals. Making environmental health a priority in our personal lives, in our communities, and in politics makes fighting with situations like the one that we are in less detrimental. <Read More>

100 Days 'til Graduation Scavenger Hunt

Hey Seniors! Want to end this semester down memory lane and end with a BANG?! The Student Alumni Council has been hosting the annual 100 Days ‘til Graduation event and wants you to join! Celebrate the last 100 days of school with a giveaway/scavenger hunt of our favorite UGA and Athens traditions and bucket list activities! Each week during the scavenger hunt we will give away a UGA graduation basket (worth a value of $400!!) with grad essentials such as a diploma frame and UGA alumni accessories. Click the link below to participate and your chance to win! Don’t miss your chance to win an amazing prize and celebrate all your Georgia Bulldog memories! Go Dawgs!

Link to Giveaway Details: https://ugeorgia.ca1.qualtrics.com/jfe/form/SV_bPJqgwMF8mI6iCF

Spring, Summer, and Fall 2021 Graduates Eligible for Senior Signature

Attention seniors! To participate, students are asked to make a minimum gift of $30.00. Of this gift, $20.00 goes to any fund of their choosing, and $10.00 goes to the Class Gift. All students who make a gift through Senior Signature will be recognized by having their names engraved on the Class of 2021 plaque that will be installed in Tate Plaza a few days before commencement in May. The deadline to give is March 31, 2021, and this deadline applies to May, August, and December 2021 undergraduate and graduate students.

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Deadline Extended: Strategic Health & Risk Communication Professional Certficate

UGA HPRB has partnered with Grady College of Journalism and Mass Communication to develop a Strategic Health and Risk Communication Professional Certificate. This 18-credit certificate will be co-administered by the Advertising and Public Relations Department in Grady College of Journalism and Mass Communication and the Department of Health Promotion and Behavior in the College of Public Health. The purpose of creating the program is to provide students with knowledge, skills, and experience related to applying strategic communication principles to addressing public health problems. The Covid-19 pandemic has illustrated the importance of effectively communicating scientific data and information to the public and the problems that arise when information is misrepresented. With an aging population and healthcare playing an integral role in our society, there really is a strong demand for training and experience on communication in the healthcare area. The availability of this certificate will help to prepare students to meet the needs of society at large and use their health promotion and/or communication skills in an applied manner. We expect students to come out of the program ready to illustrate the process of developing empirically-informed health communication campaigns for public health purposes. In addition, students will have the opportunity to practice the application of strategic public health communication through project-based and experiential learning opportunities.

I am excited about this collaboration and applications for the certificate open today. Only a small cohort (~15 HPRB students) will be accepted into the certificate program for Fall 2021. Applications are due by April 15th at 11:59pm.

Apply here: https://ugeorgia.ca1.qualtrics.com/jfe/form/SV_cSHu1dogXJ84dKK

Minor in Law, Jurisprudence, and the State

I write as the Director of Undergraduate Studies with news we at the law school are very excited to share: we’ve officially opened our new Minor in Law, Jurisprudence, and the State for applications. The details of the minor are on our website here, https://www.law.uga.edu/law-minor.

As you’ll see there, the minor aims to help students better understand how the law works, how the law matters, and how it can be used to create a career that makes a difference. And though the core classes of the minor are taught by same law faculty that teaches our J.D. students, it is not a minor aimed just at pre-law students. Instead, we’ve designed the minor so that students interested in the law and its impact can use classes from more than 20 different colleges and departments to build a version of the minor that matches their interests.

Minor in Biomedical Physiology

the Minor in Biomedical Physiology has been officially approved starting this fall. We're still working on the major. This is through the College of Veterinary Medicine, but the focus is on human health. Students who are interested in health-profession careers, or who just want to learn more about how the body works (physiology) may be interested. The proposal, which is now official, is attached.

There are 6 simple steps to earning a Minor in Biomedical Physiology:

  1. Any of the basic physiology courses on campus (CBIO, EHSC, PMCY, POUL, VPHY, WILD) serve as the gateway course into the minor.
  2. 1-credit physiology seminar (VPHY 3101),
  3. 1-credit lab where they get to take physiologic measurements on themselves (fun!, VPHY 3107L, CBIO labs count for this),
  4. 2nd semester physiology course for 3 credits (VPHY 3108),
  5. one of our 4000-level electives (VPHY 4200 and 4600 fall, 4300 spring),
  6. and a couple of courses from a long list of physiology-related electives across campus. (Note: BCMB 3100 and research credits are being added to the list).

All of these VPHY courses exist and may be registered for beginning this fall.

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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/



    • National Public Health Week - 4/5-11
    • Outdoor Yoga Class- 4/7 | 5PM @Myers Quad (Zoom optional)
    • FHP Nutrition Guide + Zoom Yoga Class - 4/14 | 7PM via Zoom
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    Augusta Nursing Info Session

    March 30th from 4:00pm-5:00pm.
    Join us via zoom to meet with Augusta University’s Nursing school. They will be discussing the BSN and CNL options as well as answering any questions that you may have.
    Zoom Link: https://zoom.us/j/95029678582?pwd=S1lmZ0w2cG9FR09GeVd3RW95Qm1ZUT09.

    Environmental Health Research Symposium This Friday

    Annual EHS Student Research Symposium

    Please join us on Friday, April 2 for the annual EHS Research Symposium, showcasing the latest research from the University of Georgia’s Department of Environmental Health Science. The event will take place virtually from 10:00 am to 4:00 pm via Wonder.


    10:00am – 12:00pm: Morning Session (Presentations)

    12:00pm – 2:00pm: Break

    2:00pm – 4:00pm: Afternoon Session (Alumni Panel + Networking)

    Register to attend at bit.ly/3cm46h7. Email questions to ehsgrad@uga.edu.

    National Public Health Week

    During the first full week of April each year, APHA brings together communities across the United States to observe National Public Health Week as a time to recognize the contributions of public health and highlight issues that are important to improving our nation's health.

    We may be physically distant from each other, but now it’s more important than ever to come together. That’s why our 2021 theme is “Building Bridges to Better Health.” Making communities safe and healthy is public health’s top priority. COVID-19 has made that even more important. Even though we won’t gather in person, social media and virtual platforms make it easier than ever for us to connect, create and take action.

    NPHW 2021 will take place completely virtually April 5-11, 2021. Check out the events page for a full list of events each day. We're adding more all the time!

    Schwarzman Scholars - A Call for Future Leaders

    Schwarzman Scholars is pleased to announce a virtual info session for prospective applicants. Anchored in a fully-funded 11-month Master’s Degree in Global Affairs at Beijing’s Tsinghua University, we are seeking high-caliber applicants who will represent the world’s next generation of leaders.

    If the last year has taught us anything, it is that we are all far more interconnected than we ever realized. Global challenges require global solutions and leaders who are well-informed and well-equipped to develop them. With a front row seat to global crisis leadership and practical opportunities to construct interdisciplinary solutions, Schwarzman Scholars are better positioned to succeed and more in demand around the world than ever before.

    Schwarzman Scholars is open to students and young professionals between the ages of 18 and 28 years old, regardless of nationality, who are proficient in English and have obtained an undergraduate degree. Applicants from all academic disciplines and career paths are eligible. For more details on eligibility, refer to our website.

    For the next cohort, this unparalleled opportunity will begin in Beijing in August 2022 at Schwarzman College.

    Join this webinar to learn more about the program and application process. To attend, register below:

    Schwarzman Scholars Virtual Session – University of Georgia

    Tuesday, April 6 6:00-7:00pm EST

    Register: https://slate.to/Y0oLJMWM

    UGA Contact: Jessica Hunt, Major Scholarships Coordinator, UGA Honors Program - jhunt@uga.edu

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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

    Research Participants Needed

    The following is a link to a Qualtrics survey for a School of Social Work Capstone project. The survey is anonymous and takes approximately 3 minutes to complete. This survey is intended to gather the opinions of the student body on diversity and inclusion instruction at UGA, and its findings will be presented to the Office of Institutional Diversity.
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