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Public Health Chapter Alumni Speakers' Bureau
Program Description



SCSU/PUBLIC HEALTH ALUMNI CHAPTER
SERVICE COMMITTEE

PUBLIC HEALTH ALUMNI SPEAKERS' BUREAU

Program Description
By Betty C. Jung, MPH, '93, Bureau Director

INTERNET EDITION, 1997 - 2002


7/2014 - The online evaluation form that was used with the program has been removed, but here is a copy of how it looked like: Speakers' Bureau Online Evaluation Form
12/2011 - Note: This page is historical, for those who are interested about the SCSU Public Health Alumni Chapter's various activities.
Citation: Jung, BC (1997-2015). Southern Connecticut State University Alumni Association Public Health Alumni Speakers' Bureau Description.
June 2004 - The Bureau is now part of The Public Health Expertise Network of Mentors because many alumni who were speakers were also mentors. Originally created to meet the needs of full-time faculty looking for alumni speakers, over time the need was fulfilled by contacting mentors. This page is being maintained for historical purposes only. See PHENOM Directory for current alumni speakers.
PURPOSE

One of the major suggestions offered by alumni on annual MPH alumni surveys for enhancing current curriculum offerings is to provide students with opportunities to learn from public health practitioners as part of course offerings. Because the practice of Public Health is not limited to any particular setting, the experiences of alumni who are public health practitioners, from a variety of work settings, can offer a multi-faceted perspective to the courses taught as part of a Public Health curriculum.

Practitioners can talk about what works and does not work, as well as what it is really like in the real world. The Public Health Alumni Speakers' Bureau lists alumni who are willing to be part of courses taught at Southern Connecticut State University's public health courses. Faculty are free to call anyone listed and arrange a mutually agreeable speaking engagement.


MISSION, GOALS, OBJECTIVES

MISSION: To provide SCSU's Department of Public Health faculty with a resource bank of alumni expertise.

GOAL 1: To provide DPH faculty with a roster of alumni who have offered to speak in Public Health classes and department events in which they can offer a practitioner perspective to the theory taught in the classroom.

  • Objective 1a : To provide an annual directory of alumni who have volunteered to offer real-world input regarding Public Health Practice.
  • Objective 1b: To provide an annual directory of alumni who have volunteered to talk about career experiences in their work-specialty area(s).

GOAL 2: To provide alumni the opportunity to share their professional expertise and work experiences.

  • Objective 3a: To provide alumni a means by which they can provide a needed service to their alma mater.
  • Objective 3b: To provide alumni the opportunity to share with others what they know best.


EVALUATION PROCESS

The goal of the evaluation process is to ensure that the bureau is a meaningful venture, fulfilling expressed wants and needs of participants and those who utilize the program.

An annual evaluation form is sent to each volunteer alum speaker to assess satisfaction with the bureau, as well as to gather comments, questions and suggestions for improving the program. A summary of the bureau's activities is compiled in an annual report. This report is part of the Public Health Chapter/Service Committee's report to the Alumni Association.

Faculty are welcome to submit suggestions for improving this program. Comments, suggestions, etc. are vital in making this a useful program in which alumni can provide a beneficial service to the Department and to the future public health practitioners being prepared in the classroom.

The objective is to collect qualitative data that can be used to quantitatively:

  • Assess the bureau's progress towards achieving its stated mission, goals and objectives;
  • Provide feedback that can be used to improve the program.

Speakers are asked to keep a log of their speaking engagements and to submit this, or a summary of its contents, to the bureau director at the end of each yearly tenure.

At that time, each speaker:

  • (1) Is asked to fill out a one-page form, evaluating his/her speaking experience;
  • (2) Has the option of continue or discontinue with the bureau .

The bureau director analyzes the data collected by speakers and submit an annual report to the Alumni Association director and to the Public Health Chapter's Service Committee.


RECRUITMENT INFORMATION

WHAT ARE WE ALL ABOUT?

Started during the 1997-1998 academic year, alumni of the Department of Public Health volunteered to make themselves available for speaking engagements with the Department of Public Health. The need for this bureau grew out of faculty requests for alumni who would be able to speak in class about their experiences with program requirements and their work experiences.

WHAT IS THE ROLE OF A SPEAKER?

As a public health alumnus you can provide valuable insight into the practice of Public Health in a variety of settings. You can talk about the skills required by the workplace, the skills you have developed, and how you used the theories and concepts you learned in school in your place of work.

Also, having completed a program of study in Public Health you can share your experiences with fulfilling degree requirements (i.e. internship, special project and thesis) in the Department of Public Health's courses and activities.

Annually, a directory of volunteer alumni speakers is provided to the Department of Public Health faculty. During the course of the year, you may be contacted by a faculty member to speak in a class or at a departmental activity. The specifics of the presentation would be worked out between you and the faculty member who contacted you.

As a public health alumnus you can provide valuable insight into what employers expect of those with a college preparation in Public Health. Also, having completed a program of study in Public Health you can share your school experiences with those who are interested in making the most of their academic pursuits.

HOW DO I BECOME A SPEAKER?

Renewable one-year voluntary terms of service follow the academic calendar. By filling out a Public Health Alumni Speaker File Form a profile can be developed and included in a brochure that is then distributed to Department of Public Health faculty. Faculty members interested in your areas of expertise would then contact you to arrange a speaking engagement.

Recruitment usually occurs during the Spring for the following academic year. However, forms are now available on the Net for year-round recruitment. If you want more information, e-mail Betty C. Jung.

WHAT IS EXPECTED OF ME AS A SPEAKER?

For the time you are serving as a volunteer speaker, you will need to keep track of your contacts on an annual log form. This will help the director to assess the types of services the bureau is providing and to develop other types of activities to meet the needs of faculty and volunteer speakers. At the end of the academic year you will be expected to turn in your log and to fill out an evaluation form. At that time you can choose to continue for another year or take a break.

WHAT CAN I EXPECT AS A SPEAKER?

You may or may not be contacted by the faculty during the course of the year. However, if you are contacted and agree to speak, then you should make every effort to fulfill your promise to speak.

If you provide an e-mail, you may be contacted electronically, in which case, you can make all the arrangements via e-mail.

QUESTIONS, COMMENTS, ETC. can be directed to the Bureau Director: Betty C. Jung. She can be reached:


SCSU/PUBLIC HEALTH ALUMNI CHAPTER
SERVICE COMMITTEE

Public Health Alumni Speakers 1997-2002 (N = 14)
Betty C. Jung, MPH, '93, Bureau Director

Thanks To All


SPEAKER YEARS OF SERVICE
Michael J. Basso, BS, (MPH)
1
Margaret Coolican, RN, MS 89
1
Maura Valentine Esposito, BS 90, RS
2
Lisa Flaherty, MPH 94
1
Deborah Flynn, RN, MPH '00
1
Charles Jarmon, MPH '97, MBA
1
Betty C. Jung, RN, MPH 93, CHES
5
Sadiann Ozment, RN, MPH 96
5
Joann Petrini, BS 89 (MPH, PhD Candidate)
5
Barbara Pickett, MPH 94 (MS)
5
John Adam Ropiak, OTRIL, MPH 00, CHES
1
Eric Triffin, BS 84 (MPH)
5
Michele L. Vancour, MPH 94 (PhD Candidate), CHES
5
Susan Willow, BS 89 (MHA)
1



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