HHP Pulse Student Newsletter: January 11, 2017

Published: January 11th, 2017

Category: Academic Advising, Current Students, News and Events Feed, Pulse Newsletter

The Pulse Newsletter

January 11, 2017: In this issue


  • Student Government (SG) Academic Advising Survey
  • HHP 2017 Scholarship Application Open *New*
  • 2017-2018 University Scholars Program Application Open
  • Spring 2017 Degree/Graduation Application Deadline: Jan. 27
  • HHP Academic Advising Hours/Availability


  • Walk Alachua County *New*
  • TRSM Summer A 2017 Study Abroad Programs Info Session
  • 2017 Collegiate Sports Sustainability Summit (CS3) *New*


  • Volunteer Opportunity: FIT for All *New*
  • Florida Cicerones: go BOLD *New*
  • McNair Scholars Program Information Session: Jan 13 *New*
  • Volunteer Opportunity: Equal Access Clinic *New*
  • Student Health Interdisciplinary Program (SHIP) *New*
  • Volunteer Opportunities: Gainesville Sports Commission *New*
  • Volunteer Opportunities: Balance 180 *New*
  • Health and Wellness Scholarship from UF Health *New*
  • 2017 MIT Amgen-UROP Scholars Program
  • 2017 UF Global Health Case Competition
  • Summer Health Professions Education Program (SHPEP)
  • Study Participants Needed for Social Anxiety Study *New*

Student Organizations

  • Undergraduate Public Health Assoc. First Meeting: Jan 11 *Today*
  • Sex in the Swamp 2017: Condom Accessory Design Challenge *New*
  • Sex in the Swamp 2017: Feb 23 *New*
  • Phi Sigma Pi: National Honor Fraternity *New*


Student Government (SG) Academic Advising Survey
You should have received an e-mail from the Student Body President urging your participation in the Undergraduate Academic Advising survey. Your participation in this survey is incredibly important, as it will help us as advisors learn how we can better improve your academic advising experience.

The survey should take about 5-10 minutes. Should you participate, your feedback will provide invaluable information and help us achieve preeminence in academic advising.  Undergraduate Academic Advising Survey

If the link above doesn’t work, you can cut and paste the following into your browser: https://ufl.qualtrics.com/SE/?SID=SV_74BnrUmMKfkJz5X

If you have any questions, please contact Student Government at Assessment@sg.ufl.edu.

HHP 2017 Scholarship Application Now Open *New*
The college awards over $36,000 in scholarships annually, in amounts ranging from $500 to $2000. All HHP students who have completed a minimum of 1 semester in HHP are eligible to apply if you meet the minimum GPA requirements (3.0 UF gpa or higher). Students can apply for up to three scholarships (with a maximum of one award per student). For application and eligibility information please visit http://hhp.ufl.edu/index.php/current-students/scholarships/.

Qualifications vary by scholarship (major/department specific or students interested in leadership, service, etc.), so please review the criteria carefully before applying. The 2017 scholarship application and supporting materials must be submitted by 4 p.m. on Wednesday, February 8, 2017. Late and/or incomplete applications will not be considered.

2017-2018 University Scholars Program Application Open
The University Scholars Program presents University of Florida undergraduates with the opportunity to work closely with faculty mentors while pursuing fundamental research, exploring scholarly inquiry, and developing new knowledge. University Scholars will receive a $1750 research stipend. Faculty mentors will receive $500. Scholars also have the opportunity to publish their work in UF’s on-line Journal of Undergraduate Research, and will present their research in the University Scholars Symposium.

Applicants must have at least one more year of undergraduate studies remaining and an overall GPA of 3.00 or better. To be eligible, you must not earn your bachelor’s degree before spring 2018. For the 2017-2018 competition, the student can conduct the research during summer and fall 2017 as well as spring 2018. Selected students must register for 0-5 credit hours of Undergraduate Research during Summer A/C, fall 2017 and spring 2018.

To find out more about USP, attend the information session on January 18th from 3:00p-3:30p in FLG 235. For more information, please visit http://hhp.ufl.edu/index.php/current-students/current-students/university-scholars-program/. Applications are due February 9, 2015 by 4:00pm.

Spring 2017 Graduation Application Deadline: Jan. 27
The deadline to apply for Spring 2016 graduation is Friday, January 27, 2017. Spring graduates must complete an online degree application in ONE.UF by this deadline. (Under the section entitled “My Record”, select “Certification/Degree Application”)

Academic Advising Hours/Availability
If you need to speak with an HHP academic advisor, please view each department’s advising availability online here. Advisors have both appointments and walk-in advising during any given week. Appointments must be scheduled 24 hours in advance.

When you visit the advising office, please sign in using the kiosk system (sign in using your gatorlink & password). If you have a form that needs a signature, you can leave it with the advisor’s assistant if you do not want to wait for an advisor.


Walk Alachua County *New*
The UF Diabetes Institute is inviting the community to participate in Walk Alachua County. The program consists of 10 free wellness walks that will be kicked off by a Zumba warm up and end with a yoga cool down led by Alter Ego Fitness. The family-friendly walks will take place – rain or shine –  every Saturday morning between January 7th and March 11th from 8:30 a.m. to 10:30 a.m. at Santa Fe College Track. Food and drinks will be provided. Local businesses and student organizations are welcome to participate as vendors. Vendors must provide a free activity to benefit walk participants, bring their own table and supplies, and they must be pre-approved. For more information visit the Walk Alachua County website http://diabetes.ufl.edu/news-events/community-events/walkalachuaco/ or email Gina Aulisio at gaulisio@ufl.edu.

TRSM Summer A 2017 Study Abroad Programs Info Session
TRSM is offering three interdisciplinary study abroad programs with a focus on sustainability. For more information, please attend the information session on Wednesday January 18th from 4:30-6:30 in FLG 235.

North Queensland, AustraliaLEI 4955/LEI 6931 (6 credits) May 13th-June 11th, 2017. Field-based course including two research days on the Great Barrier Reef, live with an Australian farm family and study rural life, spend two nights in the Outback experiencing “life off the grid”, take part in a service learning project on an Aboriginal owned ranch, and finish the program exploring Sydney.

Fiji – LEI 4955/6931 – (3 credits) June 11th-20th 2017.  Field-based course with three days working on an ecotourism project on Barefoot Island in the Yasawas, experience life in a traditional Fijian village, and visits to the Nadi craft markets. This program can be taken by itself for 3 credits or may be added to the North Queensland program for a total of 9 credits.

New Zealand – LEI 4955/6931 (6 credits) May 26th -June 21st , 2017.  Field-based course with a focus on sustainability and natural resource management across the South and the North islands of New Zealand.  Learn about eco-tourism in Kaikoura and swim with dolphins, experience adventure tourism in Queenstown, learn about Maori culture, and visit Hobbiton and learn about movie related tourism

Contact Dr. Heather Gibson, hgibson@hhp.ufl.edu for more information.  www.floridadownunder.org. Instagram @FloridaDownUnder; Twitter @FloridaDwnUnder

2017 Collegiate Sports Sustainability Summit (CS3) *New*
UF is hosting the 2017 Collegiate Sports Sustainability Summit (CS3) on February 15-17, 2017. This year’s CS3, co-hosted by the EPA and the University of Florida, offers attendees the chance to network, learn, and exchange ideas with peers from around the country on ways in which athletic and sports programs can join the campus movement to engage students, fans, and alumni in making collegiate sports socially, economically, and environmentally responsible. The summit offers engaging speakers, collaborative round table discussions, and breakout sessions that allow participants to dive deeper into topics regarding sustainability.

Who should attend: Faculty, staff, students, or professionals researching or involved with: collegiate athletics, recreational sports, campus sustainability, recycling and waste reduction, facility management, food service, behavior change, marketing and communications, psychology, social sustainability, or fan engagement.

For more information or to register for this event, please visit cs3.sustainable.ufl.edu
Regular Attendee Registration – $200 ($250 after January 21, 2017)
Student Registration – $50 ($75 after January 21, 2017)


Volunteer Opportunity: FIT for All *New*
FIT for ALL is a fitness program for individuals with special needs.  Not only does this program benefit the athletes involved, but it can have an impact on the volunteers as well.  By getting the opportunity to work with an athlete one on one, you change their lives by getting them excited to live a healthier lifestyle. The athletes create friendships with the volunteers, which drive them to come back to each class. Our mission for this program is to become the fitness models for adults with special needs all around the world.

During each semester we will have several one-hour workouts to condition the entire body. These workouts will include strength training, using our safe and effective circuit line equipment, group exercise classes incorporating cross-lateral integration (which studies have shown to improve cognitive functions), and a multitude of other sports-related activities. Each participant will be partnered with at least one coach for customized assistance.

We are starting our Spring session on January 9th and the program runs Monday-Friday for the entire semester at a time with a one-week break for Spring Break (March 6th-10th). There are three different classes per week:
Tuesday, Thursday: 2-2:45pm
Tuesday, Thursday: 3-3:45pm
Monday, Wednesday & Friday: 3-3:45pm

Please do not hesitate if you have never worked with individuals with special needs before.  We have trainings that will teach you everything that you will need to know to inspire them throughout their workouts.

If you are interested in volunteering with us, please contact me, Olivia Davis, Volunteer Coordinator for FIT for ALL at odavis425@ufl.edu

Florida Cicerones: go BOLD *New*
Do what the ordinary fear because great things never came from comfort zones. The Florida Cicerones are the official student ambassadors of the University of Florida. We are sponsored by the University of Florida Alumni Association and have standing campus partnerships through the Office of Admissions, Office of the President, and the University Athletic Association.

Come out Thursday, January 12th to Emerson Alumni Hall at 6:00pm to learn more about our organization and application process where suggested attire is business casual. Our official 2017 application is open and closes Friday, January 13th at noon.


McNair Scholars Program Information Session: Jan 13 *New*
Would you like to learn more about the McNair Scholars Program? Are you planning to apply and have questions you would like to get answered before you submit your application? If so, then meet us next Friday, January 13th for a brief information session. The event will take place from 3:00 – 4:30 pm in 302 Infirmary. The McNair Director will discuss the program history, eligibility, requirements and benefits. Current McNair Scholars and McNair Peer Advisors will be present to share their experiences.

If you can’t make it in person, logon from any computer, tablet or smart phone. Just type in the URL below and select “Enter as a Guest.”

About McNair
Funded by a grant from the U.S. Department of Education, the McNair Scholars Program prepares undergraduate students for doctoral studies through involvement in research and other scholarly activities and encourages their entrance into teaching and research careers. McNair Scholars are students with strong academic potential who are either first-generation college students with financial need or members of a group that is traditionally underrepresented in graduate education. There are currently 151 McNair programs throughout the U.S. and Puerto Rico.

The McNair Scholars Program has been funded at UF since 1995. Recent graduates are enrolled in competitive graduate programs at institutions such as Harvard, UC Berkeley, UC Irvine, UC Santa Barbara, Columbia University, Cornell, Notre Dame, Mayo Clinic, Johns Hopkins, Emory, University of Rochester, University of Maryland, University of Florida, USF, UCF, and others.

Visit our website for more information or follow us on Facebook.

Volunteer Opportunity: Equal Access Clinic *New*
The Equal Access Clinic Network, which works with the Health Outreach and Quality Improvement Program (HOQI), is a student-run free clinic that has four different locations around Gainesville. The clinic is comprised of pre-health undergraduate volunteers that work with health professional student volunteers to serve the underprivileged community.

Applications will be open on January 9th, 2017 at 6 am. Applications must be completed no later than 5 pm on Wednesday, January 18th, 2017.

For more information or to apply for a position, please visit equalaccess.med.ufl.edu/for-volunteers/undergraduates/

Student Health Interdisciplinary Program (SHIP) *New*
Student Health Interdisciplinary Program (SHIP) is a campus-community outreach program with the mission of bringing undergraduate and graduate students from various disciplines together to volunteer at local elementary schools and after school organizations in at-risk/low income neighborhoods.  More specifically, SHIP volunteers teach third through fifth grade students about the fundamentals of health and safety, as well as coach them on how to live a healthy lifestyle. SHIP seeks to increase quality of life through the delivery of age-appropriate activities that promote healthy behaviors and instill hope for a better, brighter future for Alachua County youth. Applications for SHIP will be available until January 19th. To apply, please fill this form https://goo.gl/forms/qIPIjjqeANcMV6VL2.
For more information, please contact Brendon Martin at bdm626@ufl.edu

Volunteer Opportunities: Gainesville Sports Commission *New*
The Gainesville Sports Commission spring semester is underway and our first event is the FHSAA Competitive Cheerleading State Championships on the 28th and 29th of January. We need volunteers on both days of the event.

Event: FHSAA Competitive Cheerleading State Championships
Location: Stephen C. O’Connell Center
Date: January 28th and 29th
Estimated time: Saturday 7:30 A.M. – 8:00 P.M. Sunday 10:30 A.M. – 8:00 P.M.
Shifts Available: Morning and afternoon

Email: info@gainesvillesportscommission.com or call (352) 338-9300 with your name, contact information, and which shifts you want to volunteer.

If you cannot make this event and are still interested in volunteering, our next event is the Five Points of Lift Marathon at the end of February.

The Five Points of Life Marathon will be held on Sun, Feb 26, 2017. We are in need of volunteer to help accommodate for all different scheduled shift times for course monitors. The shift start times vary from 6:45am to 1:00pm

The marathon itself includes a Half Marathon and Marathon Relay that will take place around the Gainesville area. The little over 25 mile stretch starts at Hull Road and includes several major routes around the Gainesville area, including 34th Street, 16th Avenue, Williston Road, and roads and streets around the University of Florida campus. We ask that volunteers bring whatever they can to keep them going; this includes chairs, music, signs to encourage the runners, etc. This event is great way to receive service hours for a club or class while simultaneously spreading awareness of life saving donations.

Volunteer Opportunities: Balance 180 *New*
We are a local non-profit organization that focuses on integrating children with varying abilities through sports. This semester we are offering two separate programs and are recruiting volunteers that are excited to work with children with special needs!

The first one is our Special Olympics Young Athletes Program (YAP) that runs on Tuesday evenings 4:30pm-5:30pm. It is an inclusive program for children between the ages of 2 and 7 years old. During YAP, the athletes work on basic skills like relays, kicking, hitting, jumping, climbing, and many more. Our volunteers are the primary source of support and encouragement through the stations. Students who are interested in this program can email Shannon Marble, our YAP Volunteer Coordinator, directly at balance180volunteers@gmail.com.

The second program is our Adaptive Gymnastics class that runs on Saturday afternoons 12:30pm-1:25pm (for kids 2-16 years). It is a gymnastics class specifically designed for children with varying abilities. We set the gym up in 4 rotations that includes vault, floor, beam, and bars, so that our athletes can work on a variety of motor skills. The athletes have a range of disabilities including autism, Down Syndrome, ADD/ADHD, and cerebral palsy. Students who are interested in volunteering in this program can email me directly at balance180adaptivegymvolunteer@gmail.com.

Being part of our volunteer team is a wonderful rewarding experience and students learn many valuable hands-on skills! All of our volunteers work one-on-one or two-on-one with the participating athletes.

Health and Wellness Scholarship from UF Health *New*
The annual $500 Gareth Kerr Memorial Scholarship Award recognizes students that consistently support campus and community health programs and/or work diligently to promote a cause related to health and wellness.

Open to full-time undergraduate and graduate students in good standing with UF (GPA of 3.0 or above), award nominees must demonstrate a special commitment to a health-related cause and/or have made a significant contribution that benefits students and/or the community in a health-related area.

To review all award information and to submit a nomination, visit the Student Health Care Center website at http://shcc.ufl.edu/gareth-kerr/. DEADLINE TO APPLY: March 17, 2017, at 4:30 p.m.

2017 MIT Amgen-UROP Scholars Program
Now entering its eleventh year, the Amgen-UROP Scholars Program invites undergraduates to participate in faculty-mentored summer research in MIT laboratories. This intensive nine-week program focuses on cultivating and supporting partnerships between MIT faculty and undergraduates in the areas of science and biotechnology. Students indicating a strong desire to engage in research collaborations within these areas will be selected from colleges and universities from around the U.S., as well as the MIT undergraduate population.

Students participating as Amgen Scholars will:
• Gain hands-on lab experience and contribute to the advancement of science and engineering;
• Receive guidance from MIT faculty and research scientists;
• Engage in networking activities, including faculty-led seminars;
• Participate in a mid-summer symposium on research in the biotechnology industry, held at UCLA; and
• Present at a MIT poster session concluding the summer program.

To learn more about the MIT Amgen-UROP Scholars Program and how to apply,
please visit: mit.edu/urop/amgenscholars.
For more information, please contact MIT Amgen-UROP Scholars Program staff at
(617) 253-7306 or by emailing mit-amgenscholars@mit.edu.

2017 UF Global Health Case Competition
Looking to improve your professional public speaking skills? Want an opportunity to work with different-minded individuals from many backgrounds in a one of a kind competition? The 4th annual UF GHCC is being hosted to give students a unique opportunity to collaborate and be exposed to an international health dilemma.

The GHCC is a campus-wide, interdisciplinary event in which student teams compete to create and present a solution for a pressing global health issue to a panel of judges.

All UF graduate & undergraduate students are encouraged to apply for the competition on Jan.25.

Application: http://bit.ly/2fLDo5v
Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/UFGHCC.
Email: ghcc.uf@gmail.com

Summer Health Professions Education Program (SHPEP)
This 6-wk summer program is free and aims to expand horizons for racially, ethnically, and/or economically/educationally disadvantaged freshman and sophomore US citizens, permanent residents, or with DACA status, and a minimum 2.5 GPA. The program is designed to academically enrich, provide exposure to the various healthcare professions, and facilitate career development opportunities in the early formative college years.

Interested qualified students with interest in any of the healthcare professions – medicine/PA, nursing, pharmacy, public health and other health professions (PT, OT, etc), dental, vet med – should be encouraged to apply.

Applications are open now.  The national website at www.shpep.org provides necessary details and is the location where students should be sent to read more and apply.  Applicants are asked to select and prioritize (3) schools of interest.  Early Application Deadline is Feb 1 and Final Application Deadline Mar 1.

The University of Florida has all (6) Health Science Colleges participating and may be the only school with Veterinary Medicine and PA Medicine representation.  SHPEP dates at UF will be May 22 – June 30, 2017.

UF’s current website is located at www. dental.ufl.edu/education/dmd-program/student-multicultural-affairs/outreach-programs/summer-learning-program/ or www.facebook.com/shpepconnect  

Study Participants needed for Social Anxiety Study *New*
If you are experiencing fear or avoidance of social situations or anxiety about how other people may evaluate you (i.e., social anxiety), between the ages of 18 and 30, and enrolled as an undergraduate or graduate student at UF, then this research study may be right for you. We are seeking volunteer participants for a free therapy for UF students experiencing social anxiety.

If you would like additional information, please contact bzaboski@ufl.edu

Student Organizations

Undergraduate Public Health Assoc. First Meeting: Jan 11 *Today*
Join the Undergraduate Public Health Association (UPHA) for our first meeting of the semester. We will be focusing on professional development tips for all aspiring health professionals. The meeting will take place on Wednesday, January 11th at 5:30 pm in the HPNP Building Room G-103. Sara Gould, Assistant Director for Career and Industry Engagement at the CRC will be presenting on how to prepare for upcoming health-related career opportunities.

Sex in the Swamp 2017: Condom Accessory Design Challenge *New*
Presented by the Student Health Care Center & the Alpha Lambda Chapter of Eta Sigma Gamma at UF.
Grab a friend, get creative and transform condoms into the next must-have accessory! As part of its Sex in the Swamp event on Feb. 23rd, the Alpha Lamba Chapter of Eta Sigma Gamma is hosting a condom accessory design challenge. Each winning team member will receive a Fitbit Flex Wireless Activity + Sleep Wristband! Teams of one to three current UF students must register for the challenge by Jan. 30, and the design must be completed by 5 p.m. Feb. 21. For more information and to register a team, visit http://shcc.ufl.edu/2016/01/12/condom-accessory-design-challenge/

Sex in the Swamp 2017: Feb 23 *New*
Presented by the Student Health Care Center and the Alpha Lambda Chapter of Eta Sigma Gamma at UF on February 23, 2017 at 7pm in the Florida Gym (gym floor). Join campus and community organizations for a variety of great Spring Break tips, information and freebies, including:

  • A Live SEXpert Panel
  • Spring Break Tips
  • FREE Food & Giveaways

Phi Sigma Pi: National Honor Fraternity *New*
Phi Sigma Pi is a co-ed National Honor Fraternity that is One-Third social, One-Third service and One-Third honor. Phi Sigma Pi is built on a Tripod of three ideals: Scholarship, Leadership and Fellowship. This Tripod provides direction in our organization, our programming and in our actions as Members of the Brotherhood. With these ideals combined, the Tripod guides our Members to be successful contributing citizens while on campus and extends into their professional careers.

For more information about our organization, please visit pspufge.wixsite.com/pspuf

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