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Weekly Update 02-29-12

Program Annoucements
Important comments from the program office

Provide Feedback about the MPH Program!
The MPH Program invites you to participate in two very important quality improvement activities that will help us to make the administrative processes and procedures within the MPH Program better for you and for future students.

First, we would like to invite you to participate in a brief survey about the program.  The survey will take approximately 10 minutes to complete. Take the survey by following this link:

Please take the survey no later than Thursday, March 15, 2012. Information gathered from the survey will help to inform discussions at the subsequent listening sessions (read further).

Secondly, please plan to participate in one of three listening sessions that are planned for mid-March, prior to Spring Break.

Save these dates:
    Listening Session I on Monday, March 19, 2012 from 2:30 – 3:30 PM in Room G5/164 CSC
    Listening Session II on Wednesday, March 21, 2012 from 4:00 – 5 PM  in Room 1210 HSLC
    Listening Session III on Thursday, March 22, 2012 from 9:00 AM – 10:00 AM in Room 1202 HSLC

The listening sessions will be facilitated by a representative from the Office of Quality Improvement, UW-Madison.  Refreshments will be provided.  I will forward an agenda and reminder for the listening sessions again prior to each of the sessions.

Please plan on taking the survey and participating in one of the scheduled listening sessions. In the past, the information we have collected through similar surveys, interviews, and listening sessions has helped us to make improvements in the program such as offering the Field Work Seminar as an on-line course, modifying the ways in which we advise students, and expanding our methods of communication within the program.

Public Health Symposium
Mark your calendars for the Spring 2012 Public Health Symposium on Friday, May 11, 2012.   There is a long list of students who are to be presenting on that day. A note has been sent to those are presenting.  If you haven’t received an email from Barb about the Symposium and you are planning to present this spring, please contact her immediately.

Remember, Symposia are held twice each year, once in May and once in November.  You must present at one of these two events, unless you make special arrangements with me well in advance of the event.

Here are important milestones to note if you are presenting:

·         Project title, abstract, capstone members, and student bio due on Friday, April 6, 2012

·         Practice day on Friday, May 4, 2012

·         Final PPT presentations due on Monday, May 7, 2012

Even if you aren’t presenting, you should come and support your student colleagues and see how the symposium runs.

Spring Commencement
Just a brief note about May Graduation and Spring Commencement… 

If you are planning to officially graduate and/or are planning on participating in the spring reception and ceremony, you MUST notify Heather Cote.

Spring commencement for MPH students will take place on Friday, May 18, 2012 at 5:30 pm at the Kohl Center. The MPH program will hold a graduation reception for graduates and their families at the Nicholas Suites in the Kohl Center from 3:30 – 5:00 pm prior to the commencement ceremony.  If you plan on completing your graduation requirements this semester and/or participating in the ceremony please notify Heather Cote by March 15 so that your graduation warrant can be issued and your name can be included in the commencement brochure.  Those students who plan to complete all their requirements by May 2012, should indicate their intent to graduate in MyUW.  Additionally students who anticipate graduation in August or December 2012 are encouraged to participate in the May 2012 festivities.

Detailed information on ordering your commencement attire, seating at the Kohl Center, schedules and parking can be found on the Secretary of Faculty website.

Scholarships for Returning Adults, Single Parents, and Other Nontraditional Students for 2012-2013

  • Are you a returning adult or nontraditional student looking for funding to finish your UW-Madison degree?
  • Do you have at least one academic year remaining before completing your degree (Fall 2012-Spring 2013)?
  • Are there challenges affecting your academic progress (e.g., struggling with finances, raising a child while coping as a single parent, adapting to school after a significant break in your education)?

Then you may be eligible for one of our academic-year scholarships, awarded annually in several categories.  The application deadline is March 1, 2012 for scholarships beginning in Fall.

For full details and application instructions, see our website at:

Or simply go to our home page at  and look for the link to financial assistance.

With funding from a number of generous donors, the office of Adult Career & Special Student Services (ACSSS), a part of UW-Madison’s Continuing Studies, offers a number of annual scholarships.  These awards are designed to help returning adults, single parents, and other nontraditional students at UW-Madison who are pursuing undergraduate, graduate, or professional degrees.  Scholarship amounts vary by the type of award.  Last year scholarships were awarded to 22 students, and the amounts ranged from $1,000 to $5,000 for the academic year.

One application covers all award categories, so don’t miss this opportunity.  If you are eligible, apply today!

Welcome Day Poster Session
As many of you know, the 2012 Welcome Day Poster Session is scheduled for Monday, March 26th.  We are encouraging everyone to submit an abstract, whether it is for a work in progress or a completed study (mine will definitely be a work in progress!).  Please limit each abstract to 500 words, and feel free to submit more than one.

Please use the following link to submit your abstract no later than Friday, March 2nd!

The Scott Kloeck-Jenson (SKJ) Fellowship program is accepting applications for Summer 2012 awards
Global Studies awards two grants annually:
- International Internship Fellowships to support graduate students interested in undertaking practitioner internships on social justice issues

- International Pre-Dissertation Travel Fellowships to support overseas travel to potential field research sites for doctoral students planning to conduct preliminary dissertation field research related to social justice

The program is open to students of any nationality enrolled at the University of Wisconsin-Madison.

The deadline to submit applications is 5 March 2012.

Complete details on the application requirements are available online at:

For a full overview of the fellowship, its mission, and history, see:

Questions about the SKJ Fellowship should be directed to Mark Lilleleht,Outreach Coordinator, Global Studies, by email ( or phone at 608.265.6070.

Student News
News from and about students

The WiCHPHET Manitowoc Group Placement was recently featured in the Herald Times.  Read all about what they are doing as part of the mental health services task force!

MPH Students immersed in 21st-Century Public Health
Read about what students from the MPH Program have accomplished in the Quarterly!

Photos of Rural Wisconsin Contest
So we're holding a photo contest - with cash prizes!  We're looking for photos of small towns, rural landscapes, rural health care and recreation. So dig through your hard drive, tell your friends, and pull out the camera for some stunning winter shots.  We'd love photos from all seasons, and all parts of the state.

We're taking entries until March 31, 2012.  Please email us digital versions only, and send in as many as you'd like.  We'll put all the (appropriate) entries up in an online gallery, with credit to the photographer.

One of the reasons we're doing this is to have real rural Wisconsin photos to use on our new website (unveiled Spring 2012) - no actors and stock photography for us!  So please understand that by submitting a photo you grant us rights to use them online. We won't give or sell them to others, and we'll make every effort to always include credit to the photographer when used. We're happy to link to your site if you're selling them.

We'll pick our favorite 3 photos in each category, and the prizes (1st place: $100, 2nd place: $50, 3rd place: $25) will be awarded for each category!

Photograph categories:
·Rural Health Care: anything health care related (hospitals, clinics, EMS, etc); facilities, features or staff - no identifiable patients please.

·Small Town life: from Main Street to the outskirts, casual cookouts to town festivals, whatever catches your eye in town.

·Rural Landscape: our beautiful scenery in rural Wisconsin; whether horizon shots or macro images of flowers - if it's the natural world this is your category.

·Recreation: a photograph depicting how people spend their free time in rural Wisconsin.

Submissions can be sent to Maria Radtke at by March 31, 2012; 11:59pm.  When emailing, indicate “Rural Wisconsin Photo Contest” in the subject line.  In your email, indicate your full name, each photograph's document name, category, and city/town in Wisconsin the photograph was taken.

....for all the details, visit us online at  Help us display the beauty and fun of rural Wisconsin!

Upcoming conferences and seminars

Nutritional Sciences Spring 2012 Seminar
Seminars held on Thursday, 11:00 a.m. in 290 Nutritional Sciences, 1415 Linden Drive

March 1    James LaGro                        Planning healthy communities: challenges and opportunities
               Urban and Regional Planning       

March 8    Karen Hansen                      Calcium absorption in post-menopausal women   

See flyer for full schedule.

Wednesday Graduate Student Seminar
Jung-Im Shin will be presenting on The Association Between Food Insecurity and Dyslipidemia Among SHOW Participants on February 29, 2012 from 12-1pm  in WARF 132. Come and join! For upcoming seminars, please see flyer.

Monday Seminar
The Department of Population Health Sciences and the UW Population Health Institute are pleased to announce our seminar on Monday, March 5, will be presented by Jeffrey Drope, PhD, Assistant Professor of Political Science at Marquette University.  He will be speaking on “Changing the Norms: Tobacco Control Confronts Free Trade."  The seminar will be held in Room 1309 Health Sciences Learning Center from 12:00 noon to 1:00 pm.

UN World Food Programme Speaker on Campus
International Student Services, along with several other campus programs, will be hosting Bettina Luescher from the United Nations World Food Programme (WFP) on campus in two weeks.  We’d like to invite you to attend her presentations and would also appreciate your help in spreading the word to students and interested colleagues.

We are honored to have Ms. Luescher back on campus.  She graduated from UW-Madison in 1985 with a Masters Degree in Political Science. In addition to talking about work of the WFP to address hunger around the world, her 4:30pm presentation on March 8 will focus on her journey from the UW to CNN to the UN. We think that students may be particularly inspired by her story. The Information below could be shared with them. I would also be happy to send hard copies of fliers your way if you let me know.

Please note that in concert with her visit, we are encouraging everyone on campus interested in supporting the WFP to play the online game called Free Rice.  For every correct answer, grains of rice are donated. All one has to do is sign-up at, join the group Badgers Worldwide, and play often! It’s simple and fun. Please join us in this effort and invite your students to take on the Badger Rice Challenge as well.

WI Comprehensive Cancer Control Summit
It's a free event (March 29, The Concourse Hotel) and this year we are focusing on policy, systems and environmental approaches.  Our keynote speakers are pretty big names in public health -- Lawrence Wallack spoke (plenary session)  at a recent APHA mid-year meeting and Jeffrey Levi chairs the federal advisory committee on Prevention, Health Promotion and Public Health, appointed as chairman by the Surgeon General.   This is the committee that advises the Government on the Affordable Care Act on "all things prevention."  There are also some interesting breakout sessions.  We also have two skill-building sessions planned that might be especially relevant to non-profits and academic organizations. 

Please visit the website for more information and to register:

WPHA 2012 Conference: Save the Date
It is never too early to make your reservation! Rooms are available at the Madison Marriott West at the special group rate of $70 single/$90 double.  To reserve your room, call the Marriott's reservation department at 800-228-9290 or call the hotel directly at 608-831-2000 and tell the reservation agent you are booking a room for the WI Public Health Association 2012 Conference.  Reservations must be made by April 28, 2012 to guarantee the group.

2012 Public Health Nursing Conference-Save the Date
Strengthening Public Health Nurse Community Connections
August 20-21, 2012
Holiday Inn Hotel and Convention Center
Stevens Point, WI

Discovery Challenge Poster Symposium
The Wisconsin Alumni Research Foundation (WARF) announces the inaugural edition of the Discovery Challenge, a two-part research competition for graduate student and postdoctoral researchers. WARF invites participants to the competition, to be held at the Town Center of the Wisconsin Institutes for Discovery on May 23, 2012.

The Discovery Challenge, part of the WARF Student Ambassador program, aims to promote cross-disciplinary research. It will be a forum for students to share research results, exchange ideas and improve their communication skills. Graduate students and postdoctoral researchers will compete for a total of $2,000 in cash prizes at a poster symposium and a chance to apply for mini-grants providing up to $5,000 to pursue original, cross-disciplinary collaborative research.

For more information, please visit:

Employment and Opportunities
Public health training and employment

Health Literacy Wisconsin Event Planning/PR Intern
Health Literacy Wisconsin is recruiting for an Event Planning/Public Relations Intern to assist with event planning and promotion for our 2013 Wisconsin Health Literacy Summit.  We are seeking an undergraduate or graduate student with an interest in event planning, mass communications, public relations, or a related field.  The internship will run from October 2012 - April 2013.  We are willing to work with a student who may have a capstone or thesis project idea that aligns with our agency needs.

Project Assistant Position with WPP
This 50% time Project Assistant position includes tuition remission. Hours are flexible between 8:00 a.m. and 5:00 p.m. Monday through Friday, typically 20 hours per week.

The Wisconsin Partnership Program (WPP) promotes health research, education, practice, and policy through its grants making programs for the UW School of Medicine and Public Health (SMPH). The WPP is seeking a graduate project assistant in the area of public or community health. This position will provide an opportunity to gain experience in grants management, program planning and evaluation and improving health in the community.

The graduate project assistant will assist with the administration of the WPP’s grant programs, which include community academic partnerships and research and education projects. The project assistant will also assist with the Lifecourse Initiative for Healthy Families, a large-scale funding effort that aims to eliminate African-American health disparities in birth outcomes in Wisconsin.

You are cordially invited to join colleagues from the Allied Health Professions for the 21st Annual Employment Reception for Allied Health Professionals
Thursday, March 1st, 2012
Union South—Varsity Hall
3:00-6:00 P.M.

This event is open to ALL Health Professional students and alumni!

Cost: FREE
Dress: Professional Attire
(Please bring a resume)
Appetizers & Beverages will be provided

This is an excellent opportunity to network with potential employers from WI & MN.  Institutions and organizations attending have current employment openings!

Nelson Institute Environmental Jobs Board
The Nelson Institute recently established an environmental jobs board on our web site (  Please post positions here and feel free to direct others to this resource.

Beginning with the new semester, we'll launch a new list ( that will generate an email every Monday with all the jobs posted in the last 7 days, including job titles, job types, application deadlines, and the links to the full listing on our website.

Planned Parenthood of Wisconsin Professional Training Confrence: Save the Date!
Safe, Healthy, Strong 2012: Promoting Sexual Health Among Our Youth
Professional Training Conference
May 1-4, 2012
Milwaukee, WI

Planned Parenthood of Wisconsin invites all youth-serving professionals to learn about effective practices and innovative approaches to promote positive, healthy sexuality among our youth.

Public Health Fellowship in Government
Calling for applications for the 2013 APHA Public Health Fellowship in Government. This is the sixth year that APHA is offering this fellowship which has been described as an "amazing" and "phenomenal" experience by previous fellows. Read the lessons learned from past fellows at

Candidates must have strong public health credentials and be interested in spending one year in Washington, D.C. working in a congressional office on legislative and policy issues related to
health, the environment or other public health concerns.

The fellowship will begin in January 2013 and continue through December 2013.The fellowship provides a unique learning experience and demonstrates the value and need for basing policy on
sound science. Throughout the year, the fellow will gain a practical knowledge in government and how the public policy process

Applications and additional information are available at
The application, including a CV and three letters of recommendation, are due to APHA by April 9, 2012.

Employment Opportunities!
The following employment opportunities are posted to the WPHA website.  For more information, go to

Career Opportunities (provided by the University of MN School of Public Health)
Career Opportunities (provided by Emory Rollins School of Public Health)
Public Health Supervisor
Wisconsin WIC State Nutrition Coordinator
Nurse Manager, Maternal and Child Health
Public Health Sanitarian II
Director, Public Health Madison & Dane County
Workforce Development Specialist
Environmental Health Specialist
Public Health Nurse
Environmental Health Manager
Health Educator (NEW)

WiCC AmeriCorps*VISTA Host Site Application
Wisconsin Campus Compact is pleased to announce the availability of the 2012-2013 WiCC AmeriCorps*VISTA Host Site Application.  VISTA Members will begin their term of service in July and August.

The scope of the VISTA work must be to address poverty issues in their local community in Wisconsin.  The proposed project is broadly focused at the state level to address the AmeriCorps*VISTA priority areas of:  1) economic opportunites, 2) educational opportunities and 3) improved health and healthy lifestyles (outlined in detail in Section B of the Host Site Application).

Review of applications will begin March 2nd, 2012 and will continue until a full complement of sites has been selected.  First priority will be given to applications with all material submitted by March 2nd, 2012.

Questions & assistance with proposals can be obtained by contacting: Stephanie Jung,WiCC AmeriCorps*VISTA Program Director @ 608.890.3223 or

For more information, see Resource Packet, Application, Application Appendix A, and Application Appendix B.

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