I must have said “congratulations” a thousand times. On June 11, OSU held its 147th Commencement Ceremony, and I stood with my OSU Alumni Association colleagues as we handed out alumni stickers to the new graduates. Besides a sore throat, I also gained a sense of awe at the sheer number of new alumni – 6,406 in total with more than 1,000 of those graduating from the College of Public Health and Human Sciences. That’s a lot of well-educated and prepared individuals entering the workforce! I know our communities, state, nation and world will be healthier and happier because of the work they do. Congratulations again, graduates of 2016!
June also saw the introduction of the college’s joint effort with the OSU Alumni Association – Small Bites happy hour. Small Bites is a series of short presentations on the latest health research in an informal atmosphere where you can interact with experts and network with fellow Beavers. Alumni joined us in Portland for our first Small Bites happy hour on June 22 featuring Emily Ho, endowed director of the Moore Family Center for Whole Grain Foods, Nutrition and Preventive Health. Emily discussed nutrition for cancer prevention.
We will be holding another Small Bites happy hour on August 8 at Widmer Brothers Brewery in Portland. There will be beer tasting and plenty of food. Come and mingle with fellow Beavers as Sam Logan, assistant professor of Kinesiology and Adapted Physical Activity, discusses the benefits of mobility and social interaction on childhood development. Sam directs the Go Baby Go! Program, which provides modified ride-on cars to children with limited mobility. Come enjoy a pint with us! Register here.
Stay tuned next month when I’ll bring an exciting update on a new alumni-student mentoring program. Until then …