Departmental activities

MCH Family Reunion: Our students - our future
Alumna Sharon Epstein and faculty member Kavita Singh-Ongechi review program
Attending Family Reunion are faculty members Miriam Labbok and Jonathan Kotch with scholarship donors Lynn Knauff, Gladys Siegel and Sarah Morrow (l-r)

2014 Family Reunion |Thanksgiving | Student Conversations | Posters |

Our alumni are staunch supports for our students and the department through donation of both their time and their generous gifts. This year the class of ’82 held a multi-day mini-reunion joining the Family Reunion as well as touring the campus, school and department facilities, and the broader Chapel Hill area. 

MCH class of '82 alumni talk with student Katie Dight

MCH class of ’82 alumni talk with student Katie Dight

Meg Pollak and Nicole Ippoliti share plans for summer practicum with the International Center for Research on Women in Mumbai, India

Meg Pollak and Nicole Ippoliti share plans for summer practicum with the International Center for Research on Women in Mumbai, India

 

New members of the MCH family – our students, who are our future – were welcomed and encouraged to connect with other members of the family including alumni, faculty, staff and other students. Lew Margolis, faculty chair of the awards committee, spoke of the benefits of sharing experiences and giving back to help others. Many discussed their plans for summer internships, which range from local, state, regional, national and international destinations. 

Alumna Sarah Morrow, MD, MPH (MCH '60) talks with Elyse Keefe, who is the recipient of the Sarah Taylor Morrow Scholarship.

Alumna Sarah Morrow (MCH ’60) talks with Elyse Keefe, who is the recipient of the Sarah Taylor Morrow Scholarship.

 

A roundtable networking session provided an opportunity for students to connect with alumni and faculty in the areas of local, national, international government workers, research and higher education, non-profit and community-based organizations and the Department of Maternal and Child Health.

MCH Chair, Bert Peterson, visits with Lynn Knauff and Gladys Siegel during meet and greet.

MCH Chair, Bert Peterson, visits with Lynn Knauff and Gladys Siegel during meet and greet.

Program highlights included the following MCH awards:

  • Sidney S. Chipman Alumni Award: Emily C. Taylor, MPH (MCH ’07), IHI-IA, LCCE, CD(DONA)
  • Earl and Gladys Siegel Student Support Fund in MCH: Leila Dal Santo
  • John and Sallie Shuping Russell Scholarship in Global Health:  Julia Brasileiro, Chrissy Godwin, Sarah McDaniel, Ayodeji Sanusi
  • Katherine Ann Wildman Memorial Scholarship: Anna Falkovich, Brianne Kallam, Holly Krohn, Hannah Legerton, Katie Schultz
  • Carolina Global Breastfeeding Institute Scholarship: Jeniece Alvey
  • Edem Effiong Memorial Scholarship for Student Travel: Katie Dight, Nicole Ippoliti, Meghan Pollak
  • Cynthia H. Cassell Doctoral Dissertation Award in MCH: Kristin Black, Kristen Brugh
  • Global Health Internship Fund: Joanna Davis
  • Jimmie Lee Rhyne Scholarship: Rachel Gillman, Allie Stevens
  • Sarah Taylor Morrow Scholarship in MCH: Elyse Keefe
  • Melinda Kellner Brock Scholarship in MCH: Emily Barrows

Delta Omega:

  • Student Inductees: Sarah Bradford, Alice Pollard, Liz Regan, Kelly Strutz, Leigh Tally
  • Alumni Inductee:  Anisha Patel
  • Academic Excellence Award:  Samantha Charm
  • Service Award:  Kristin Black

Maternal and Child Health Leadership Fellows: Charissa Gray, Shelley Hoekstra, Hannah Legerton, Rachel Ross, Leigh Tally, Emily Waters, Zakiyah Williams

MCH Bureau Leadership Traineeship: Joanna Davis, Rachel Gillman, Christine Godwin, Kathryn Houk, Brianne Kallam, Allison Stevens

MCH Bureau Epidemiology Health Disparities Traineeship: Kristin Black

 Graduate School Awards

  • Annual Fund Scholars: Nicole Ippoliti, Naomi Sadighi
  • Class of 2013 Annual Scholarship: Lakshmi Gopalakrishnan
  • Miriam L. Cole Scholarship: Susannah Zeitz
  • Gillings Merit Scholar: Lorenzo Hopper
  • Donald & Jennifer Holzworth Merit Scholarship:  Ayodeji Sanusi
  • B. Erick and Mabel S. Johansson Scholarship:  Anna Bozovich
  • Jean T. Lassiter Scholarship: Shelley Hoekstra
  • Fred and Pearle McCall Scholarship: Amy Korbe
  • Center for Global Initiatives, Pre-Dissertation Travel Award: Chinelo Okigbo
  • Dr. Jesse Satia Scholarship: Rose Feinberg
  • Smith Travel Award: Jennet Arcara
  • University Cancer Research Fund: Kristin Black 

Leadership Recognition

  • SPH Student Government Co-President: Leigh Tally
  • SPH Student Government Publicity Chair:  Sarah Bradford
  • SPH Student Government MCH Representative:  Sarah Bradford
  • SPH Minority Student Caucus Co-President: Zakiyah Williams
  • SPH Student Global Health Committee Co-President: Lakshmi Gopalakrishnan 

North Carolina and Regional Awards

  • Carolina Population Center Traineeship:  Shoshana Goldberg, Lorenzo Hopper, Bianka Reese, Christine Tucker, Andra Wilkinson
  • Southeast MCH Scholar Collaborative Meeting UNC Scholar:  Sarah Bradford
  • Lettie Pate Whitehead Foundation Public Health Scholarship:  Sarah Bradford

National and International Awards

  • Florence McCord Level II Scholarship: Jenice Alvey
  • Population Reference Bureau Policy Communication Fellowship: Chinelo Okigbo
  • MCHB Trainee Meeting- Making Lifelong Connections 2014: Jennifer Schroeder, Chinelo Okigbo, Jaimie Lea
  • Rotary International Peace Center Award: Tekleab Mekbib
  • Women’s College Hospital Research Institute Summer Health Equity Fellowship, Toronto: Kathleen Kenny
  • World Islamic Economic Forum-Changing World, New Relationships speaker: Smisha Agarwal

Staff Recognition: MCH Staff Longevity Award:  Viet Nguyen—10 years, Dorothea Calhoun-Smith—5 years