Tuskegee University College of Veterinary Medicine Graduate Public Health Program (GPHP) Holds Inaugural Pinning Ceremony
By Anissa L. Riley TUSKEGEE, Ala. (January 27, 2017) - The Tuskegee University College of Veterinary Medicine’s Graduate Public Health Program (GPHP) students celebrated their Inaugural Pinning and Induction Ceremony on Jan. 23 at Patterson Hall in the College of Veterinary Medicine. Public Health graduate students received their official GPHP blazers and lapel pins before being given the “Student Challenge“ by keynote speaker Renee Freeman. Freeman is a public health analyst for the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention National Center for HIV/AIDS, Viral Hepatitis STD, and TB Prevention Division of HIV/AIDS Prevention Program Branch.
“This inaugural celebration inducted first year students into the program as well as provided the official blazers and newly designed GPHP lapel pins for our students,“ said Attorney Crystal James, director of the Graduate Public Health Program. Attorney James was appointed as director of the program by Dean Ruby L. Perry at the beginning of the new spring semester.
Honorees included first year students Mylo Howard, Candy De La Cruz, and Nathalia Beras Rarmirez all of whom received the official GPHP blazer to be worn when attending regional and national meetings, presenting research findings, providing public health services to the community and any other official public health function of the program.
Second year students were also recognized with receiving the official blazer and the newly designed GPHP lapel pin commemorating their completion of the core course requirements of the program and signaling their readiness to engage in independent public health service in the community through externships, fellowships, and employment opportunities. The second year student honorees included Destinee Grant, Leondria Hinds, Juma Kamara, Alicia Roberts, Rena Blakely, Samina Akhter and Alva Walston.
“These students have all worked hard to achieve the milestones in the program they were recognized for during the program and were also challenged to make an impact through their unique leadership, knowledge, skills and technology by our guest speaker Ms. Renee Freeman,“ James said. The president of the GPHP Public Health Club, Leondria Hinds, accepted the challenge put forth by the keynote speaker on behalf of her peers as they eagerly look forward to further community engagement and future employment opportunities.
“The First Annual Pinning and Induction Ceremony was exciting for all of us as we anticipate the future of these students to make a difference from the experience and exposure they are receiving here at Tuskegee University,“ said Dr. Ruby L. Perry, dean of the College of Veterinary Medicine.
“Attorney James, with her in depth experience in the field of public health covering over 15 years of teaching public health courses at the undergraduate and graduate levels and her experience of more than 17 years of practicing law and serving as the CEO of a public health consulting company, serves our students well as the director of the program. Also, our other Graduate Public Health Program’s core faculty members share a devotion to helping our students succeed.
“ The Graduate Public Health Program (GPHP) at Tuskegee University is uniquely positioned and aligned to the only Historically Black College or University with a prestigious veterinary training program. The GPHP has been assisting to meet the urgent need for more Public Health Professionals nationally and internationally, given the numerous public health concerns that continuously arise due to communicable and non-communicable diseases, health conditions and co-morbidities, environmental challenges, and disaster threats.
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