It’s no secret that in the USF College Public Health “Our practice is our passion.” However, the college is also passionate about fellowshipping together.
Case in point, in the past 14 days members of the COPH family had an opportunity to unite in Boston and Tampa for the sole purpose of building community.
On November 4, more than 120 alumni, faculty, friends, current and prospective students gathered at the Westin Waterfront in Boston. The annual event is held in conjunction with the American Public Health Association’s national meeting.
“The APHA reception is always a blast with good food, good spirits, and good people spilling over into the hallway!,” said Brian Creel, MEd. In addition to serving as the recruitment and career services coordinator in the college, he hosted the Boston reception and organized the college’s four-day, recruitment efforts in the APHA Exhibition Hall.
Back on the home front, first-year epidemiology students Alexis I. Brinkerhoff and Adam Slotnick conceptualized, planned, and hosted a happy hour at Shells Seafood Restaurant near USF.
The community-minded students invited COPH alumni, faculty, staff, and graduate students to an exclusive networking event on November 15. They provided complimentary appetizers and spirits for legal-aged attendees. Door prizes were given away every 15 minutes, including two pairs of USF football tickets.
When asked what moved them to coordinate such an event, they enthusiastically responded “Why not!”
Alexis and Adam both shared, “in such a technologically-driven society, we’ve found it extremely beneficial to be able to reach out and shake hands with the people we correspond with. We devoted countless hours to make this event a success, motivated by our desire to help cultivate an intelligent, helpful, and compassionate interdepartmental network of colleagues.”
Given that more than 40 students, alumni, and faculty showed up with less than one week’s notice, the students’ “Why not!” approach proved to be a win-win!
Story by Natalie D. Preston, USF College of Public Heatlh. Photos by Brian Creel, Natalie D. Preston, and Adam Slotnick