Promoting Wellness for Self and Community
2011-12 Civic Engagement Theme
Civic Engagement scholar
As the civic engagement scholar for 2011-12, Dr. Ross Kauffman, assistant professor
of public health, presented the annual civic engagement lecture.
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Civic Engagement Day
March 28, 2012
Ambassador Tony Hall delivered the keynote address titled Changing the Face of Hunger on the evening of Civic Engagement Day. Hall has served both as a U.S. Representative
from Ohio's third district and as the U.S. Ambassador to the United Nations Agencies
for Food and Agriculture. He is executive director of the Alliance to End Hunger.
In all these roles, Ambassador Hall has been a tireless public health advocate for
efforts to meet people s basic needs for food, education, and healthcare.
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A full day of presentations and activities were held Wednesday, March 28, for Civic Engagement Day programming related to the theme of Public Health: Promoting Wellness for Self and Community.
Summer reading/fall convocation
First year students read Strength in What Remains by Tracy Kidder before arriving on campus in the fall. Deogratias Niyizonkiza, whose story is told in this book, spoke at fall convocation.
Strength in What Remains is story of Deogratias Niyizonkiza who arrives in the United States from Burundi in search of a new life. Having survived a civil war and genocide, he lands at JFK airport with $200, no English and no contacts. He ekes out a precarious existence until he meets the strangers who will change his life, pointing him eventually in the direction of Columbia University, medical school and a life devoted to healing. Kidder breaks new ground in telling this unforgettable story as he travels back over a turbulent life and shows us what it means to be fully human. (back cover)
Deo's visit was supported by academic affairs and a grant from the Luce Foundation secured by the advancement office.