Public Health Club Nominations/Elections



Hi everyone! My name is Abby Ray and I am running for President or Vice President of the Public Health Club for the upcoming academic year. However, I think that my skills and desire to lead would make me a better fit for President. Ultimately, I would be honored to serve the club in any capacity. When I attended my first public health club meeting everyone went around the circle and introduced themselves. I was astounded at the wide variety of interests of the members and the passion each person had. I knew I had found a group of people that I wanted to be a part of. I found my way to the first meeting by applying to the Public Health major on the science track midway through my first semester. I am also an Animal Science major. I am not sure what I want to do with my double major, but I know it will be health related. Right now I am considering medical school and specializing in women’s health, but we’ll see! In high school I was part of a huge student leadership organization called FFA (Future Farmers of America). I led over 300 students as the President for this organization at my home chapter. I went to the national convention multiple times to compete in contests with the top teams from all 50 states. I also went as a chapter representative and worked with other students from around the country to network and brainstorm ideas for chapter improvement. In addition, I raised awareness about our program and went to state representatives and legislators to ask for increased financial support. I gained a lot of experience in this position and I know that I have the skills to make sure deadlines are met, goals are accomplished, and everyone’s voice is heard. The club is incredibly well organized and has a lot of forward momentum. I would like to keep that momentum going for the next year. I also would like to integrate more community and campus awareness about our club. I want to work hard this year to continue the excellent work of this group and to provide a place for students with an interest in Public Health to express that opinion. If you elect me as President, I know that with my past leadership experience and enthusiasm for public health, we can build on the past successes to make the most of next year! Thank you for your time and consideration.


My name is Alexandria McGowan, and I am a junior pursuing a Bachelor's degree in Public Health. I am running for President and Vice President of Public Health Club in the hope that I will be able to give back to the Public Health community and continue to meet like-minded people. When I first transferred to UMass last semester, Public Health club was the one I immediately wanted to join. I am passionate about Public Health, and I knew that joining this club would expose me to incredible people and amazing experiences. Sure enough, I have met ambitious, supportive, and intelligent people through this experience. Additionally, I have had the opportunity to raise awareness about health around campus and help educate other students. I have been an active member of Public Health Club for two semesters now, and I would love the opportunity to become a member of the executive board.

I believe I am a strong candidate for President and Vice President because I am organized, focused, personable, and supportive. I am a natural-born planner and enjoy facilitating events and planning activities. I am both organized and reliable; if entrusted with responsibilities, they will be completed in an efficient and enthusiastic manner. I am also personable and approachable; I love meeting new people, especially those who share Public Health as an interest. I support and encourage my peers, and believe my role as the President or Vice President would be, in part, to offer advice or support to those in the club who need it. Sarra and Jess have been amazing role models for me. Not only do they both demonstrate handwork and dedication, but both are approachable, kind, and encouraging. I am constantly impressed with how invested Sarra and Jess are with all of their peers who are involved with Public Health club. Jess and Sarra have both personally expressed their support for me and have given me invaluable advice when I need it. They both work tirelessly and still manage to foster relationships with those in the club. I would love the opportunity to mentor and support other students, as Jess and Sarra have supported me. Although I have big shoes to fill, Sarra and Jess have set excellent examples of what Public Health Club officers should look like.


Hey Public Health Club members! My name is Elizabeth Marcuse, and I'm running for Public Health Club President! I apologize for not being there this evening to join you for the elections but I'm currently studying abroad and will be back at UMass in the fall.

I've decided to run for President of Public Health club because I feel very strongly about participating, I've been involved for two and half years, and would truly enjoy accepting a leadership position in a group at UMass that I'm really passionate about!

My past qualifications as a leader include various positions, from President of my school's Volunteer Club, class representative in student council, to Community Service coordinator for my freshman year residence hall. My recent qualifications include a current position as a Public Health peer advisor, as well as being a very active member of the Public Health club since coming to UMass. The experience, time, and enjoyment I have had working with the club and this community make me an ideal person for this position. I'm knowledgable about our Public Health program on campus academically, and I'm familiar with the traditional events the club organizes every year, like goodie bag tabling, CPR and resume night. I plan to continue the success of these fun events and hopefully add some more!

My past leadership opportunities have given me a passion for working with people, made me comfortable speaking among large groups, and capable of taking the lead to organize projects and events. I believe the skills I've acquired through my leadership, work, and education prepare me well for this position. My goals as the President of the Public Health club are to strongly promote our efforts toward healthy lifestyle choices within the UMass community, enhance interaction between the club and other Public Health related networks, while finally encouraging good relationships among our members that can form a valuable network of future Public Health professionals.

I am truly passionate about Public Health at UMass, and as a senior in the Fall I look forward to being as involved within the community as possible. Hopefully I can demonstrate this leadership and passion by being the President of your Public Health Club! Thank you!


I think that I would make a good addition to the Public Health Club Executive Board as Vice President because of the many events I have experienced at UMass so far. Having lived off-campus last semester, I have become familiar with the numerous resources both on and off campus. As Vice President, I would be a great coordinator with events for the club. During high school, I was apart of my city’s Mayor’s Youth Council. As chair of the Recruitment Committee, my job was to plan meetings for potential new members. I had to compose the schedule for these meetings as well as a general introduction. In order to find new members I did a lot of advertising for the youth council meetings.

Currently, this semester I am studying abroad in Japan. In order to do so, I had to endure much paperwork and meetings with advisors. It was a great hassle because I am a part of the Commonwealth Honors College, Pre-Med track, and Public Health major. I had to go to each department to sign papers and get the “okay” to study abroad. There were numerous deadlines to meet and because of this experience I have become quite well at managing my time and at planning ahead. Thank you for your consideration and I hope that you will choose me to be your next Vice President!


My name is Thien Bui. I am a sophomore. I come from a family of six including me. I am also the first generation of my family to go off to college; I was born and raised in Vietnam till I was seven years old when I moved to America. Therefore, going and graduating from college is a big deal for my parents and I. I just recently transferred into the Public Health major on the social science track in the beginning of this semester. It took me a long time and several classes to finally know what I wanted to do with my life, but I made it. Before applying for the Public Health major, I did a lot of research. I went through hyperlinks after hyperlinks and even added the UMass Public Health Club Facebook page. After clicking like for the page, I knew that it was one small step for me, a giant leap for my future. I knew that I was going to be a part of a life changing experience.
To me the Public Health Club and Public Health major can be said in one word: proactive. The internships, the events and activities, and the involvement within campus and community are to name a few in a sense of being proactive. In high school, I was involved in a lot of clubs and activities. I was the president of my Asian American Club, Latin Club, Quiz Team, and Math Team. I was involved and very proactive. However, once I transitioned into college I became unsure of what I was going to be and who I was. I did not want my major to define who I am as a person but rather allow me to create who I am as an individual. Being a Public Health major is my destination, but the journey that I will take starts with being a treasurer or secretary for the Public Health Club.

Hello! My name is Bridget Aumais and I am running for Secretary and Treasurer of Public Health Club. When I transferred to UMass Amherst this semester as a sophomore, one of the first organizations I looked for to become involved in was Public Health Club. I wanted to get involved in my major beyond the classroom and get to know some of the students I would be in classes with for the rest of my time here. I have really enjoyed working with some of the people in my classes, helping create Monday’s tabling and goodie bag event for Public Health Week, and volunteering with Public Health Club at the DKMS Bone Marrow Registry. While this was just my first semester in Public Health Club, I will be a junior next fall and I would love to take more of a leadership position as an upperclassman. I am running for a position on the Executive Board of Public Health Club because I want to help keep the momentum of this expanding and successful club going. I would make a great secretary because I have experience with note-taking, program writing, attention to detail and timeliness from my role as a peer health educator at my previous school. This position also gave me experience in balancing budgets that would benefit me as treasurer. Please consider voting for me and allowing me to support and help build our club as we head into the 2013-2014 school year!


After putting a lot of thought and consideration into running for the Public Health Club Executive Board I’ve decided to nominate myself for the secretary and the president position. I’m a sophomore Public Health major with a focus in psychology. I definitely have the experience necessary to be a successful member of the Public Health Club Executive Board. I was the secretary for my student government in high school for two consecutive years and I know how to work well with a team. I’m extremely outgoing and sociable and have a passion for Pubic Health, as I’m sure all of you do as well. I’ve also volunteered for the Amherst Chamber of Commerce; organizing events and networking with people in the area. These experiences taught me plenty of skills that definitely would assist me with being successful in the position of secretary or president.

I wasn’t aware of Public Health Club until the end of last semester; however ever since I discovered it I’ve been attending all the meetings and trying to get involved with the club as much as possible. I took part in public health week, and volunteered at the DKMS bone barrow drive. I also took an interest in the Boltwood project here on campus. My goal for Public Health Club is to make it more advertised on campus. I’m tired of having to explain to my friends what Public Health actually is. By this time, everyone at UMass should be informed about the major and how great it is! The more people who know about Public Health, the more power the public health club has campus-wide. I understand the commitment I’m making and I’m dedicated to making the club as successful as possible. Let’s go Public Health!


I would like to nominate myself, Samantha Giffen, to the position of Public Health Club Secretary for the 2013-2014 school year. I feel that I would be a good candidate for this position for a number of different reasons. I started off as a public health science major coming in as a freshman this year, and my love for public health has only grown since I started the major. I love what the field has to offer and the variety of opportunities that it provides for students like us. I have been a member of Girl Scouts for over 12 years, which has provided me with countless leadership opportunities to prepare me for a position such as club secretary. I have very developed organizational skills that I feel will work well for the position of secretary. I like to stay on top of things and get tasks done early. If I were to be nominated to the position of Public Health Club Secretary, there is a lot that I would like to do to help improve the club and make it the best that it can possibly be. I would like to work with the other officers to develop more events for the public health club throughout the year. Some ideas for events may be a casual meet and greet night for students to network with different professors or developing a research panel for professors to talk about the research they are doing and how students can become involved. I think it might also be fun to organize social events for the members of the public health club to get to know each other and brainstorm ideas or projects that the club can do. All in all, I really feel that my dedication for the field of public health qualifies me for the position of Public Health Club Secretary, and I know that if I am given this position, I can really work to inspire other public health students to make a difference. If you have any questions or concerns, please do not hesitate to contact me. Thank you again for your time and consideration.


Hello! I’m Kathryn Doyle and I’m running for Treasurer and President of the Public Health Club. I’m currently a sophomore and I just joined the club this semester after being abroad in the fall. I ended up changing my major to public health this semester when I realized I wanted to educate people on how to lead a healthier and happier life. I was very influenced by my public health class, “My Body, My Health”, which covers many public health issues that college students face today. I’m a very enthusiastic and determined person and I keep things organized and up to date. I love to engage people into things I’m passionate about, and being a part of the public health club this semester has been absolutely amazing. I have a lot of energy and I really want to get everyone pumped up for next year and implement new ideas for events and fundraising. I am team-oriented and I always have an open mind to other ideas and opinions.

For the past four years, I’ve worked at a day camp as a counselor for our teen leadership program. My duties included organizing and assisting with activities and events, and I would love to apply these skills in a role within the club. In high school drama club, I served as a manager for the props department. My duties as a manager involved budgeting, organizing, and leading projects with the props crew. I’ve also been involved in a number of fundraisers, and I have some ideas on how we can fundraise for next year such as a scavenger hunt, and a coffee stand with coffee and pastries donated by local businesses. I’d appreciate the chance to take on a bigger role in helping to spread the word of public health. I am well informed of the health issues present in our community, which will help us plan events concerning alcohol, drug use, healthy sexuality, diversity and stress reduction. In addition to helping the community, I want to give members of the public health club network opportunities. If elected, I want to create more chances for students to meet and connect with professors and graduate students.

I’ve really enjoyed my time in the public health club, and I’d love the opportunity to get more involved as Treasurer or President. Thank you!


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