What’s happening in SPHA:


Wow, hello, SPHA! What a month it has been. We started off with Fall recruitment and Good Vibes tabling on the Quad during the week of 9/8. The week of 9/14, SPHA volunteered at Sunny and Stress Free tabling, as well as a street clean-up on 9/17. We also got to know our peers a little better at an ice cream social on 9/14. The week of 9/19, we worked another round of Sunny and Stress Free tabling. We ended the month by welcoming our new members on 9/28, and wellness tabling throughout the week. Fundraising chair, Chaney Cooper, designed a Health & Exercise quarter-zip to raise money for SPHA.

Have a great week, SPHA!


Week 4/11- 4/18

This week, we initiated our Spring 2016 class into the Student Public Health Association. We also reviewed several changes to the constitution that will be voted on at the April 27th meeting. These possible changes include:

  • Opening membership to include non-Health Science majors
  • Requiring an additional social event (for a total of 2) each semester
  • Addition of an associate member status
  • Requiring that one must have previously served on the SPHA Executive Board in order to become President or Vice President

There was a presentation on single-payer health care this week, which serves as an opportunity for professional development for members.

SPHA will be sponsoring our annual Sunny and Stress-Free tabling this upcoming week, April 18th-22nd.

There will also be a volleyball game on April 18th and a yoga night on April 21st.
Have a great week, SPHA!


Week 4/3-4/10


Remember to bring dues and apparel money to the meeting on Wednesday, April 13th if you have not already!

Members helped out those going to the scholar bowl by bringing practice questions to their meeting on April 5th

A reminder from the MOPIP liaisons that there is an intern position available for work study or scholarship. Apply through TruPositions if you are interested

There are plenty of service and education positions coming up, and members are encouraged to attend the Student Research Conference on April 19th for Professional Development points!

Have a wonderful week!


Hey, SPHA!

This week, SPHA met on 3/30/16 for a general meeting. We discussed service and education opportunities, social events, and met with our committees.

Dues and apparel money are due by the 4/13/16 meeting, as well as attire money for new members.   

SPHA tabled in the SUB this week for Sleep Awareness Week, handing out Kleenex, bubbles, and pamphlets on sleep health.

Upcoming service opportunities for this week involve Human Trafficking Awareness Tabling. Also, a HLTH 440 Capstone group is putting on Mental Health Awareness Week: Shake the Stigma, and needs your help tabling in the SUB as well.

On 4/1/16, SPHA hosted a movie night in Magruder. Members watched the Will Smith movie Concussion and had a great time! There will be a volleyball game on 4/19/16 at the Ryle Sand Courts, so come out to have fun, play some ball, and socialize.

There is an opportunity to earn 4 conference hours on 4/19/16 at the Student Research Conference.

Truman is looking for a MOPIP Intern. Applicants must be a Junior or Senior in the Fall, and be eligible for scholarship or work study. Apply on TruPositions if you’re interested in this great opportunity!

Have a great week, SPHA!


Week 3/14-3/20

We were very happy to see that everyone completed their hours and got off probation before the deadline!

This week involved getting back into the groove of SPHA activities and events following spring break the week prior. We had a general body meeting on Wednesday, March 16 in MG 1000. The general body email was sent out the same day with information from the exec board. It was announced that the Student Research Conference (SRC) hosted by Truman would count towards conference hours, of which general body members (not new members as of this Spring semester) need 4 to complete their hour requirements. The SRC will be held on Truman’s campus on April 19, 2016. During the meeting, all attending members split into concentrations in order to have an upperclassmen-led discussion about classes, professors, and 4-year plans in the light of the approaching registration season. SPHA t-shirts were distributed by fundraising chair, Chaney Cooper. Dr. Wodika announced upcoming HLTH 366 fundraising events as well as the dates for Earth Week 2016 (April 18-22).

There was a Sleep-Awareness tabling event that some SPHA members participated in on Tuesday, March 15. Big Event (April 2) registration (truservice.truman.edu) continued this week for this annual, school-wide service event. Registration will close on March 25 at 5pm.

According to secretary, Tori Thompson, SPHA had submitted 389 hours up to this point in the semester (40% of the total required semester hours for all members combined).

Have a great week, SPHA!


Hey, SPHA!

Just a few reminders, If you are graduating this semester, please contact Ben Peters (bop5286@truman.edu) so that the exec board can compile a list. Also, if you are currently on probation, your previous semester hours are due this Friday, March 4th. If they are not completed by then, you will no longer be a member of SPHA.

We had several multiple education events this week! The first event was assisting MOPIP with their awareness tables for Safe Spring Break Week. The second event was helping SPHA member Micha Tomczak with her capstone project by running awareness tables about skin health. Thanks so much to everybody who volunteered their time for these causes!

On Tuesday, there was an MSU Skype Speaker about OT School. Thank you Allison and Abby for such an interesting professional development experience.

There are opportunities for service with Green Thumb! Contact Josh Ellerman (jme7748@truman.edu) for more information!

Have a safe spring break, SPHA!


Week 2/22- 2/28


Three groups received funding from SPHA for their Health Capstone projects. We are excited to learn about the details of their project and hear their results at the end of the semester!

Truman State’s Career Center hosted Career Week, with events for all majors. Events included networking, information about internships and jobs, and speeches about career success. Career Week provided SPHA members with Professional Development opportunities.

Fundraising Committee closed the sign ups for T-shirts. Thanks for supporting SPHA if you purchased a T-Shirt!

SPHA met on Wednesday, 2/24, and was followed by an ice cream social for members!

Members contributed tissues, cough drops, and band-aids, then met on Thursday night, 2/25, to assemble wellness packs. The packs were distributed to students in the SUB the next day.

For an education opportunity, SPHA is teaming up with MOPIP to have awareness tables for safety during spring break! The tables will run 2/29-3/2.

SPHA member and former education chair, Micha Tomczak, is doing her capstone project on skin health awareness. Members can get education hours by working tables for the week of 2/29-3/2.

Good luck with midterms, and have a safe spring break, SPHA!


Weekly Update


Hello, SPHA!

This past week, fundraising committee continued to collect money for SPHA t-shirts, with signups open through February 24th. The shirts are $16 each, and you can contact Chaney Cooper (cgc1331) with any questions.

A new way to document hours was put in place by the secretary last week and can be accessed through Google Docs.

Education Committee continued their tabling in McClain this past Thursday for the “Loving Safe” event.

If you are interested in competing in the fun and competitive public health scholar bowl, email Alex Connor (awc7647) or Dr. Clark as soon as possible.

After our next meeting (2/24), there will be an ice cream social from 8 to 8:30pm!

Have a great week, and enjoy the amazing weather!


Weekly Update

Week 2/28/14

Hello SPHA!

This past week we really kicked off the semester. Everyone was placed into their committee for the first time. If you missed this meeting and are unsure of your committee please email our Present Ben Peters (bop5286@truman.edu) and he can let you know.

We had our 13 new members attend their first general meeting!

Fundraising committee began collecting money on the new T Shirt for SPHA. Talk to the Committee Chair Chaney Cooper (cgc1331@truman.edu) if you are interested in getting a shirt or seeing the design!

Education Committee finished a successful week of tabling for sexual education under the name “Loving Safe”. They plan on continuing this table next week!

Our secretary implemented a new way to submit hours using google forms.

Our treasurer informed everyone of the budget for the semester.

MOPIP liaison Sydney Gosik set up the “Safe Spring Break” table as a great opportunity to get service hours.

We elected Ashley Bond as a Co­MOPIP liaison and Autumn Shepherd as the new Webmaster.

Have a fantastic week, SPHA!


Weekly Update


Hello, SPHA!

This past week we voted on 16 changes to the constitution; they all passed. If you have any questions about them, contact Bonnie Kempker (bek1812@truman.edu).

Our Speaker’s Bureau gave a presentation on Thursday, November 5th entitled “The Sex Ed You Didn’t Get in High School”. Great job, team!

At the last meeting, we nominated members for next year’s executive board. SPHA will be voting on the positions at the next meeting.

This Tuesday, November 27th, the Wellness Zone is hosting an education table about the cold and flu in the SUB from 10:30 AM to 3:00 PM. Stop by and support your fellow SPHA members!

Have a great week, SPHA!


Last Week in SPHA:


Hello, SPHA!

This past week, the Wellness Zone had an informational table. We also had “Get Fizzed Up” tabling to provide alcohol awareness.

At this week’s meeting, SPHA will be nominating members for next year’s executive board. Also, if you are a new member and haven’t picked up your attire yet, you can get it from Bonnie at this meeting.

If you haven’t turned in dues yet, please email Ashley Bond (alb1228@truman.edu) to work something out. An extra $5 will be added for every week that they are late.

Make sure you have November 14th on your calendar! We will be having a Western Dance Party at the Life Ability Center.

Have a great week, SPHA!


Last Week in SPHA:

Welcome back, Student Public Health Association!


Dues are due October 21st. They are $25 for the semester. You could also pay $45 for the entire year. If you need to set up a payment plan, email Ashley Bond (alb1228@truman.edu).

Service Committee has already been putting in work and has decided to have a themed dance party promoting wellness through dance and healthy snacks on a Saturday in November at the Life Ability Center. You can get service hours outside of the Life Ability Center, but you are encouraged to volunteer there.

SPHA sold ice cream at Oktoberfest this past week as part of a fundraising effort led by Gillian Mwangi.

PRISM is interested in co-hosting a LGBTQ+ panel with SPHA. If you are interested, please let Dr. Wodika know!

SPHA active members Kacie Isaacson, Carly-Jo Scott, Leyna Craigmile, and Sung Huh won first place for their poster at the Missouri Public Health Association Conference on Wednesday, Sept. 23. Congratulations!


Have a great week, SPHA!


Last Week in SPHA:

Goodbye Seniors!


The meeting Wednesday, the 29th, was SPHA’s last of the semester. Members enjoyed a pasta night while seniors announced their plans for after graduation and received their senior SPHA alumni shirts.

SPHA sponsored Health and Exercise Science apparel sold by the fundraising committee is in and available for pick up this coming week. Shirts will be at a table in the SUB 10am-4pm Tuesday, the 5th, and in the music computer lab Monday, the 4th, 3:30-7:30pm. To arrange a special pickup time contact Gillian at gwm7612@truman.edu

Study hard, and have a great finals week and summer!


Last Week in SPHA:

Last Events of the Semester, Preparing for the Last Meeting


The last education events of the year took place this past week. Cup decorating happened Wednesday, the 22nd, and the lemonade table was out again Friday, the 24th. Both were in promotion of healthy skincare practices.

Special Olympics was this past Saturday, the 25th. SPHA members ran the events, handed out awards, and were buddies to the athletes.

Another volunteer opportunity for members on Saturday was the YMCA’s Healthy Kids Day. Volunteers helped with set up and take down, assisted vendors, and ran activities.

MOPIP also held a Zombie 5K Walk/Run Saturday. The purpose of the event was to bring awareness to the abuse of prescription drugs in Northeast Missouri. SPHA members volunteered for the event, giving out water and helping with set up.

There are a couple of things to be aware of before the last SPHA meeting of the year, Wednesday, the 29th. Senior gifts will be given away, so all seniors graduating this May need to email Bonnie at bek1812@truman.edu with shirt sizes before noon on Tuesday the 28th. Additionally, each grade level will be in charge of bringing things for a little end of the year celebration. Items are listed below:

  • Freshmen – Garlic bread
  • Sophomores – Desserts
  • Juniors – Drinks
  • Seniors – Cups

Those who received funding for their capstone projects need to turn in all receipts and remaining funds to Ashley before or at the next meeting, the 29th. Contact Ashley at alb1228@truman.edu with any questions.

Tuesday, the 28th, there will be a Career Center speaker discussing networking in MG 1096 at 6pm. This is the last professional development opportunity of the semester.

If you still need hours, contact the exec member associated with that area ASAP.

Have a great week SPHA, and study hard!


Last Week in SPHA:

New Members Initiated and New Philanthropy Chosen


This past week’s meeting on Wednesday the 15th was a very eventful one. Twenty two new members were initiated into Student Public Health Association. After speeches from three individuals, it was voted that Freshman Chaney Cooper will be taking over Keilah Sullivan’s spot as secretary next semester.

The graphics committee’s hard work was on full display as members voted on the new senior shirt. The final t-shirt design has yet to be announced. There was also a vote for the new SPHA philanthropy. Between The Life Ability Center, The Food Bank, and NEMO AHEC, The Life Ability Center was chosen.

Cup decorating happened again after this week’s meeting. The cups had facts and reminders about skin safety and were handed out at the lemonade table on the quad Thursday the 16th and Friday the 17th.

Also Thursday the 16th and Friday the 17th members helped fellow member Lauren Maag with her capstone project, Hearing Awareness Week. They helped by operating a robot named Jolene who aided in the education process.

There’s still time to sign up for Special Olympics this coming Saturday the 25th. If interested in helping with track and field events contact Caroline Larson at cel4755@truman.edu, if interested in handing out awards to athletes, contact Rachel Sommerer at res7426@truman.edu.

MOPIP is also having a Zombie 5K Walk/Run Saturday the 25th! If interested in volunteering, contact Erica Supple at esupple@pfh.org.

Reminder: Get those hours in, there are only three weeks left in the semester! Have a great week SPHA!


Last Week in Student Public Health Association:

SPHA’s Trivia Team Takes 3rd at SLU, SPHA Takes on Meeting of the Minds


This week SPHA hosted a “Sunny & Stess-Free” table, handing out cups of lemonade with facts about skin cancer and general skin safety. These were handed out on the quad by members Thursday the 9th and Friday the 10th.

Saturday the 11th, SPHA’s Trivia Team had their long awaited competition at Saint Louis University. The team is very happy with the results. They took 3rd overall in the competition. The team won their first two matches, both 11-7 but lost in the semi finals with a very close 9-8 score.

Thursday the 9th- Saturday the 11th, four SPHA members attended and presented at Missouri’s Meeting of the Minds (MOM) conference in Kansas City, Missouri. MOM is a prevention and health education conference.

MOM picture

Presenters from SPHA at the Meeting of the Minds Conference 2015


Also on the 11th, members attended the Environmental Studies Conference held here on campus.

That’s it for this past week, but there are lots of things to be aware of as the coming week begins!

At the SPHA meeting on Wednesday the 15th the new spring 2015 members will be initiated, so everyone make sure to wear professional SPHA attire.

Also at this meeting, anyone who would like to take over the secretary position will be able to give a short speech. Our current secretary Keilah Sullivan has changed her major, and we are sad to see her go but the position will be open next semester.

Also in the coming week, member Lauren Maag needs help with Hearing Awareness Week. Volunteers will help with a table on the quad Thursday the 16th and Friday the 17th.

Don’t forget to vote for a movie for an upcoming social event! Saturday the 18th 7-10pm in the Ryle Conference Room there will be an SPHA movie night.


There will be tables in MaGruder, Monday the 13th 1-4pm and Thursday the 16th 1-5pm, to collect payments for the Health and Exercise Science shirts sold as a part of fundraising.

Lastly, remember that the Student Research Conference is this Tuesday the 14th and can count towards the required four hours of conferences for the year.

Have a great week SPHA!


Last Week in Student Public Health Association:

Members Participate in Big Event, Yoga, and Shirt Fundraising Begins!


Wednesday the 25th SPHA members had the opportunity to meet with former member Briana Bonner to ask her questions and listen to her talk about occupational therapy school.

Thursday the 26th SPHA yoga was held at the recreation center. With a big turnout, it was a new experience for many; and members really seemed to enjoy the time to relax.

Also the 26th was an educational presentation titled “The Great Hospital Adventure” put on for kids at Faith Lutheran School. The presentation talked about what visits to the doctor entail and why kids shouldn’t be afraid of them.

Saturday the 28th was Truman State University’s annual Big Event, where students go out and do service in the Kirksville community. These activities ranged from painting, to cleaning windows, to picking up sticks, and lot and lots of leaf-raking. SPHA had its own team and many members also participated while representing other organizations.

The spring fundraiser has officially begun. Health and Exercise Science bro-tanks and t-shirts are currently on sale. Money raised will go to fund future expenses of SPHA, including paying for new member name plates, funding capstone projects, and paying for the fees associated with social, educational, and service events. The deadline to order the shirts is April 3rd, and they’re $15 each.


As a general reminder, the end of the year is nearing and so is the deadline for members to complete their required hours. The executive board has many events planned for April, so get involved and get those hours done! Also, don’t forget to submit your hours as soon as possible!

Lastly, tomorrow, Monday the 30th, is the last day to sign up for Alpha Dog, an event hosted by Truman’s ROTC and GlobeMed that counts as a social event if you create a team of 3 or more SPHAers. More information is available on their Facebook page “Alpha Dog Competition”. Have a great week SPHA!


Last Week in Student Public Health Association:

Attire, MCHBS, Fundraising, Oh My!


New members to SPHA were very excited this past week, as their polos and cardigans came in.Everyone who ordered attire will also be receiving a $5 refund, as SPHA was given an unexpected discount. Meanwhile, name tags have shipped and should be arriving in time for the next meeting.

Our fundraiser selling SPHA shirts from past years was a success. We raised $30 and were able to get rid of a lot of the old shirts. The fundraising committee is also working on choosing a t-shirt design to be sold to Health and Exercise Science students this semester. Pictures are below and feedback should be emailed to Gillian Mwangi (gwm7612).

The Trivia Team is studying hard in preparation for their competition at Saint Louis University on April 11th.

The 2015 Missouri College Health Behavior Stats survey got a 30% response rate, and the new data will be available in May.

Hours are also updated and available on the SPHA website.

In the coming week we are looking forward to the Big Event on Saturday the 28th, and this Thursday, the 26th, there will be yoga for SPHA members only in the REC center at 8:05 pm.

Keep working on MOPIP internship applications for a position on campus next year; they are due this Friday, the 27th.

Finally, don’t forget to “LIKE” Student Public Health Association on Facebook. Have a great week SPHA!

Tank and Shirt


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