Dean’s Welcome

Wow! The Fourth Annual CHHS Health and Human Services Week was a great success! The programs and activities were in a word, OUTSTANDING, and to know that it impacted someone in our college, university and community makes it worth our time. As I was participating in the last event – Gentle Yoga – I become aware of just how fortunate I am to be a part of this special college. To work around great colleagues, interact with amazing students and learn from our community partners, it just doesn’t get any better! Our motto of “Together we make a Difference” in the health and quality of life of individuals, families and communities was on full display this week. In the words of Dr. Stephanie Smith, “We are living the Dream!” 

I want to thank all the faculty, staff, students and community members who made our weeklong celebration a success. Your tireless efforts made the week the best Health and Human Services Week ever! I hope you enjoy the pictures we have included in this issue—for more great memories please visit the CHHS Facebook and/or Instagram.     

The CHHS Strategic Planning Task Force continues to engage in the revision and adaptation of our vision, mission, values, goals and objectives. Under the leadership of Jared Kerr, we have prepared a draft to share with all in the very near future. I have been encouraged by the discussions and commitment of our faculty, staff and students in this process. I think you will be pleased with the draft and our attempt to clearly define and measure our why

On March 6, the CHHS Service Team Advisory Council hosted their first annual Service Team Appreciation Breakfast! The CHHS Service Teams include Academic Affairs Operations, Communications and Events, Data Analysis and Grant Writing, Student Success Center and Business Core Services. With nearly all CHHS service staff members in attendance, great food and heartfelt testimonials were shared amongst everyone. Thank you, CHHS Service Teams for everything you do to provide services to the faculty, staff and students! 

The Spring CHHS Advancement Council meeting was held March 23. Attendance was at an all-time high, with over 30 people enjoying an excellent program planned by Director of Major Gifts, Tanya Armour and School of Health and Applied Human Sciences Director, Chris Lantz.  Advancement Council members were provided the opportunity to undergo testing with the equipment in the Human Performance Laboratory. Testing was conducted by our faculty and students. Members also heard CHHS updates from the CHHS Leadership Team and University updates from Vice-Chancellor for Advancement, Eddie Stuart. I want to thank the faculty (Wayland Tseh, Tamlyn Shields, Lisa Sprod, Michel Heijnen and Robert Boyce) and students (Savannah Knight, Cat Hoyt, Jacob Bowie, Blair Bonner and Amber Ausley) for all their work in designing a WOW tour of the lab for our Council members. As we move toward the Comprehensive Campaign, the CHHS Advancement Council will assist us in raising funds to support the continued growth and development of the CHHS. I am confident that under the leadership of Louise Coggins, chair of the Advancement Council, CHHS will tell its story loud and clear! 

March is National Social Work month! Social workers are committed to standing up for millions of people every day. These include people who are experiencing devastating illnesses and mental health crises, our veterans, children, families and communities. This year, the National Association of Social Workers theme for this month is “Social Workers Stand Up!” This campaign seeks to educate the public about the contributions of social workers and give social workers and their allies tools they can use to elevate the profession. Please join me in thanking our social work faculty, staff and students for what they do to enhance the health and quality of life for individuals, families and communities, locally and globally. 

CHHSTalk is a stakeholder communication tool. The purpose is to communicate about the many things going on within the CHHS to remind us to remember why we do what we do. That is to say, this e-newsletter is the CHHS being its best self! It is our hope that you find joy while reading CHHSTalk. Please send your feedback and future stories to hardyc@uncw.edu.

Please mark your calendars for the Annual CHHS Spring Picnic to be held April 27. It’s going to be AWESOME! Events Coordinator, Leslie Owens will be sharing more information about this event in the very near future. 

Cheers,

Dean Charles Hardy