Five Questions with Britt Clampitt
For Britt Clampitt, North Carolina means public health and green spaces.
Name: Britt Clampitt
Position: Public communications specialist, Department of Biostatistic
Years at Gillings: Almost one (I started in August of 2015.)
What I do at Gillings (and why I love it): I help the biostatistics department advance its goals through communication. My efforts focus on promoting the good work of our faculty, current students and alumni, boosting our rankings and attracting the best students. Essentially, I was brought on to tell the department’s story.
What I really like about my job is the diversity the department offers. Biostatistics has the potential to touch every aspect of human health, so I get to learn about a wide range of public health topics. Also, the UNC campus is so nice. On my breaks, I take a lot of walks and admire the green spaces.
When I’m not at work, I: explore! I just moved from Kansas to North Carolina last year, so I spend much of my free time getting to know the area. I’ve gotten involved with a local church and have made some great friends. One thing I love about the east coast is how close everything is. The Midwest is quite large, and when I lived in Kansas it always took a long time to get anywhere else. Here, I can reach several big cities, the beach and the mountains, all in a matter of hours. I’m still playing the tourist at this point, and my only complaint so far is that the bugs here are on another level.
The first job I ever had was: working as a bar back at a restaurant in Wichita. I started that job when I was 17, which was a bit weird because I wasn’t allowed to serve alcohol or even touch the bottles. My job was all about carrying customers’ empty glasses away and washing them! I have to say, the weekly half-price martini nights did mean big tips for me.
Three words I’d use to describe myself are: Independent. Introverted. Blessed.
Something most people don’t know about me is: that I once sang in Carnegie Hall. My high school choir was invited to participate in a celebration there, and we performed Franz Joseph Haydn’s “Mass No. 6 in G (Missa Sancti Nicolai)” and Joseph Martin’s “The Awakening.”