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In light of the continued and steady growth in both programs, the Department will be adding three new faculty in August 2021. Congratulations and welcome to Dr. Trevor Bopp (Sport Hospitality), Dr. Jinsu Byun (Sport Hospitality), and Dr. Deniz Azarmanesh (Human Nutrition)!
PhD Students in Health Education and Promotion took first place in a student competition at this year’s Society for Public Health Education Annual Conference in April. The team sponsored by Dr. Amanda Wilkerson won the prize for their response to a challenging scenario that demonstrated their health education specialist competencies, uses of technology, and emerging methodologies.
Jala Lockhart of Virginia Beach, VA, Megan Williams of Durham, NC and Ny’Nika McFadden of Montgomery, AL crafted #ProtectPickens: A Campaign to Improve COVID-19 Vaccination Rates Among Black Residents in Pickens County, AL.
In response to the scenarios provided by SOPHE for the competition, the students designed a proposal for a health education and communication campaign to increase COVID-19 vaccination rates among Black residents in Pickens County, AL. The students selected Black residents as their population of interest due to lower vaccination rates and increased barriers to vaccination among this segment of the population. Their mock campaign included several components to increase demand and access to vaccines, including community-wide education sessions, mobile vaccination sites, vaccine incentives, vaccine reminder and recall systems, and a vaccine assistance hotline. They also designed several health communication materials, including a website, graphics for social media posts, and flyers, as part of their project. The students will have an opportunity to share their project nationally in an upcoming SOPHE webinar.
Each member of the first-place team will receive a $150 cash award, a SOPHE award certificate, recognition, and the opportunity to present their innovative winning approach during a future SOPHE webinar.
In addition, Williams was selected as a 21st Century Scholar and received a 21st Century Scholarship to support her attendance at the conference.
Congratulations Jala, Megan and Ny’Nika!
The University of Alabama Board of Trustees has endorsed the appointment of two CHES faculty, Dr. Lizzie Elder and Dr. Robert Nielsen, to named professorships for their excellence in scholarship, research and teaching.
Nielsen, Chair of the Department of Consumer Sciences, has been appointed the inaugural Helen M. Goetz Endowed Professor. This professorship was made possible by the generosity of the late Lieutenant Colonel Marwood H. Goetz and the late Professor Emeritus Helen M. Goetz. Its purpose is to attract or retain a nationally recognized scholar in the Department of Consumer Sciences who will make a difference in the quality of teaching and research in the College of Human Environmental Sciences.
Elder, director of the Athletic Training Program, will become the first Dr. A.E. Maumenee, Jr., Endowed Professor in Athletic Training. Named for the fund donor, this professorship provides support funds to promote faculty excellence in the area of Athletic Training.
The appointments will strengthen the teaching and research efforts of Dr. Elder, Dr. Nielsen and faculty in their respective programs.
Endowed professorships recognize excellence among our individual faculty members but also enhance the quality and reputation of our academic programs. Faculty scholars make significant contributions to the research and teaching missions of the University, and they increase national visibility of our College, which aids in attracting high-caliber faculty, excellent students and external research funding opportunities.
Congratulations to these two deserving faculty members who have excelled in fulfilling the CHES mission of improving lives.
Karen Carpenter, Academic Advisor in Student Services, has been awarded the Dr. Minnie C. Miles Endowed Excellence Award by The University of Alabama. The award, established in 1995, honors non-faculty administrative employees. To be considered for this university-wide award, nominees must have performed in an exemplary manner, above and beyond their normal duties, to further the mission of The University of Alabama. Carpenter fits that bill and this isn’t the first time that she has been recognized for going above and beyond. Last year, she received the CHES Staff Professional Excellence Award for exempt employees.
Carpenter serves the students of CHES as an advisor, but she also works closely with the faculty and their academic departments. As Coordinator of Bama Bound Orientation, she does an outstanding job of collaborating with academic departments to ensure that prospective students are receiving accurate information and personal attention. She also provides training and important information to Avanti students, faculty, and advisors in preparation for the very busy orientation season.
Carpenter voluntarily assumed responsibility to serve at-risk populations of newly admitted students to ensure that they received specialized advising and resources throughout their college career. Although CHES no longer oversees this group, she continues to assist these students in whatever way possible.
Her knowledge and experience regarding registration issues, degree requirements, course offerings, and the graduation process are vital to the College’s success. She has developed a keen understanding of the importance of various policies and procedures. Carpenter also serves as an active member of UA-AAA, an organization that strives to enhance communication to properly support the academic advising community within our University.
For these reasons and many more, The University of Alabama singled out Karen Carpenter for her exemplary service. Those who nominated her for the 2020 Minnie Miles Award said it best.
“Karen works diligently to ensure that students are meeting all program requirements to graduate with their desired major in a timely manner. Most of all, Karen displays a stellar example of what it means to fulfill the CHES mission and ‘empower individuals with knowledge and skills to bring about positive change in our world.’ She continuously strives to improve the lives of others through acts of kindness and practicing a keen work ethic,” said Dr. Jennifer Humber, Director of CHES Student Services.
“Karen is a colleague that is always willing to help out. She goes above and beyond to help her college, other staff members, students, or faculty. As a faculty member, I cannot tell you how many times I have called Karen with a simple question. I can guarantee that at the moment of that call she is swamped. However, Karen is always willing to stop what she is doing and answer my question. She does it because she is a kind person but mostly because she is a staff member who embodies a desire to serve her university and its students,” said Dr. Sherwood Burns-Nader, HDFS faculty.
“She has been a great asset to the University for many years now and continues to exceed expectations on a daily basis. Because of her dedicated work ethic and thoughtful personality, Karen deserves recognition of our sincere appreciation for her continued service to our students, faculty, and staff,” continued Humber.
The award is named for the late Dr. Minnie C. Miles, a long-time professor in the College of Business who served The University of Alabama from 1942 until her retirement in 1978. Miles left a legacy of leadership, civil service, and activism that lives on at the University and beyond.
In 1962, she traveled to Los Angeles where she became president of the Federation of Business and Professional Women, and when President John F. Kennedy signed the Equal Pay Act in 1963, Miles stood at his left shoulder. That same year U.S. Secretary of Defense Robert S. McNamara appointed her to the Defense Committee on Women in the Services, and during her tenure on the committee, a bill removing restrictions on promoting women in the military was approved by Congress.
In 2000, The University of Alabama's Board of Trustees issued a resolution on the occasion of Miles’ 90th birthday stating, “. . .this soft-spoken, determined, influential leader, humanitarian, and teacher has affected the lives of decades of students, citizens, and women nationally and internationally. . ."
Like Miles, Karen Carpenter has influenced the lives of students and colleagues in positive ways and she has done so for more than 15 years. CHES is proud to have her on our team, we appreciate her exemplary service and look forward her continuing and dedicated service to the College and its students.
We hope you can join us on October 7 for this virtual talk with Dr. Innis-Jiménez in celebration of Hispanic Heritage Month! Click anywhere on the flyer for the zoom link.