PHLP’s Lindgren inducted into Order of the Old Well

May 5, 2014

Spencer Lindgren, master’s student in the UNC Gillings School’s Public Health Leadership Program, was inducted into the University of North Carolina’s Order of the Old Well on May 3.

Jerry Salak (left) and Lori Evarts (right) attended The Order of the Old Well induction ceremony to celebrate the induction of PHLP student Spencer Lindgren (center).

Jerry Salak (left) and Lori Evarts (right) attended The Order of the Old Well induction ceremony to celebrate the induction of PHLP student Spencer Lindgren (center).

Founded in 1949, The Order of the Old Well is an honorary organization that honors UNC students for exemplary and otherwise unrecognized service to the University.

Over the past five years, as both an undergraduate and graduate student at UNC, Lindgren has been actively involved with the South Orange Rescue Squad in Carrboro, N.C., volunteering more than 2,000 hours as an EMT and rescue technician to provide emergency care services in ambulances and at UNC sporting events. He has continued to take on more responsibility with the organization, mentoring new trainees and, for the past two years, serving as assistant chief of the EMS division.

“Spencer’s passion and dedication to his organization portray the core values that UNC endows to its students and is a fine example of the quality of individual the University holds in high regard,” read the inscription in the induction program.  “In not only helping his patients, Spencer helps the University community as a whole to be safe and prepared for potential emergencies.” 

For five years, during UNC’s spring break periods, Lindgren participated in the Global Medical Brigades Program, providing medical relief to people in Honduras and Panama. He served as Brigade president of the Panama medical trip in 2013 and 2014, organizing and leading the work of more than 25 students.

Lindgren has served as a representative on the Gillings School’s Student Government and as the Student Scholarship Fund chairperson. In 2013, he coordinated a campaign that raised more than $8,000 for student scholarships and allowed the School to award eight scholarship awards, one to each academic unit in the School. The 2014 scholarship campaign is still in progress and is expected to offer another eight awards this year.

He also serves as a senator on the Graduate and Professional Student Federation, representing the Public Health Leadership Program in making decisions that affect all graduate studies departments at UNC.

He will receive his Master of Public Health from the Gillings School this spring.


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Gillings School of Global Public Health contact: David Pesci, director of communications, (919) 962-2600 or dpesci@unc.edu.