Message from your Alumni Association President
Dear Fellow Alumni/ae,
Greetings from your Alumni Association! As a graduate of the department, you are automatically enrolled into the Association. As your Association representatives, we serve as liaisons between you and the School of Public Health and Department of Epidemiology. Some of our more visible activities include hosting various social functions for both alumni (such as the social at the annual SER meeting) and students (remember the bagel breakfasts during exam time?); and sponsoring the H.A. Tyroler Distinguished Alumni Award, the EPID Career Day, the biannual alumni lecture, and the Kaplan Student Publication Award. We also work closely with the department chair, the dean, and other department alumni groups to represent your interests to the school and the University at large. We are proud to have supported the nominations of two of the school's Harriet Hylton Barr Distinguished Alumni Award winners - Drs. Allen Wilcox and Aaron Blair.
We have been working hard behind the scenes this past year to lay the groundwork for a successful future. As you can see here, one of the fruits of our labor is to try to keep you better informed about the department, activities of the Alumni Association, and also announcements and tidbits from your fellow alumni. Please take a look, and let us know what you think!
In order to continue to keep you informed, we ask that you do two things:
- If you haven't already, visit www.alumni.unc.edu and click on Online Services to sign up for a free email forwarding service. This service will give you an email address that ends with "@alumni.unc.edu" that you can keep forever. This email address will automatically forward to whatever email account you designate, so that you can keep this no matter if you change internet service providers or email addresses. It's a convenient tool to keep in touch with those you care about.
- Please update your contact information at the same website. We look forward to hearing news from you and continuing to serve your interests.
Finally, we would like to take this opportunity to announce that Ed Wagner, MD, MPH, has been selected as recipient of the H.A. Tyroler Distinguished Alumni Award for 2007. Dr. Wagner is a senior investigator in the Center for Health Studies of the Group Health Cooperative in Seattle, Wash., as well as director of The W.A. MacColl Institute for Healthcare Innovation. His contributions to public health are far-reaching in the arenas of redesigning health care practice, health services research and health systems change. You can read further in this newsletter about the scope of Dr. Wagner's career.
Anneclaire De Roos, president (PhD, 2000)
Richard Kwok, past president (MSPH, 1999; PhD, 2003)
Penny Padgett, president-elect (MPH, 1999)