||Vol 2, Issue 9
a monthly update from the
NC Health Careers Access Program
at Chapel Hill
|The Director's Corner |
For more than a decade, health
professions pipeline work has been my passion. During my
tenure with NC-HCAP, I have enjoyed working with students committed to becoming
health care professionals and colleagues committed to helping them achieve
their goals. The added bonus is that I have been able to so
right here at UNC, my alma mater.
14 years at UNC, I leave to begin serving as the Assistant Vice President of
Academic Affairs at Langston University. Although I am excited about
this new venture, I will truly miss this great
institution, an outstanding organization, wonderful colleagues and fantastic
want to thank all of you for your unwavering support. We have been able to do
what we do because of your belief in our mission and your desire to see our
state grow a more diversified health care work force. It
has been my pleasure to serve you, the university and the
state at large. Homecoming will mean even more to me now.
Patrena N. Benton, Ph.D.
From the Interim Director:
I am excited to serve as
Interim Director for NC-HCAP and hope to follow in the footsteps of
administrators who have provided outstanding leadership over the years.
On behalf of the NC-HCAP
team, we thank you -- students, alumni, colleagues and friends -- for allowing
us to be a part of your lives. We look forward to a continued relationship.
NC-HCAP Staff Updates
Paula Borden, associate director and college outreach
coordinator, has been named interim director for the organization. Effective
September 1, 2009, she follows Dr. Patrena Benton, who was recently named the
associate vice president for academic affairs at Langston University in
Additionally, Borden has been selected to participate in the 2009 BRIDGES
Academic Leadership for Women program which will be held September 11 -
November 1 at UNC. This year's theme is "Personal and Professional Journey of
Transformational Leadership." BRIDGES is an intensive professional development
program for women in higher education to strengthen their leadership
Jessica Levitt has joined the NC-HCAP team as a program coordinator. As such, she will assist with fiscal management,
coordinate with the university's Unified Business Clusters (UBC) and
assist with programmatic planning for pre-college and college
initiatives. She is the co-advisor for the NC-HCAP Health Careers Club. Before joining NC-HCAP, Jess spent three years as a financial aid
counselor for the Rocky Mountain College of Art and Design in Denver,
CO. She has a Bachelor of Science degree in art history from the
University of Wisconsin - Madison.
Rivera has been appointed to the admissions committee of the Global Public Service Academy for Health program at Duke University. GPSA
is a summer program for high school sophomores and juniors interested in
careers in medicine, nursing, pharmacy, biomedical engineering, dentistry and
NC-HCAP now has a home on Facebook. Be sure to check us out and become a fan!
|Schedule a Health Careers Information & Enrichment Workshop today!
you looking for a way to get your students geared up for college while
exposing them to one of the fastest growing career fields in North
Carolina? If so, this free workshop is a must!
Each workshop is highly interactive and
focuses on small group and cooperative learning activities while
providing students with general information about health careers and
educational programs as well as academic enrichment activities. Workshop outlines and other information can be found on our Web site
To schedule a workshop, complete the online registration form
or call us at (919) 966-2264.
NC-HCAP's Health Careers Day on 'the Hill' to be offered twice
North Carolina high school students interested in becoming health
professionals now have two opportunities to participate in NC-HCAP's Health
Careers Day on "the Hill."
The program, designed to expose high school students to various
health careers and to provide access to college preparation information, will
be held Saturday, October 17
from 10 a.m. until 4:30 p.m. and Wednesday,
October 28 from 10a.m.-4:30 p.m.
Featured disciplines will be medicine, dentistry and nursing, and the
UNC undergraduate admissions office and NC AHEC Program will also present.
For more information about this event, contact Koyah Rivera, our
pre-college outreach coordinator at (919) 966-2264.
|NC-HCAP Health Careers Club membership drive
The NC-HCAP Health
Careers Club is accepting new members for this academic year.
HCC members have the opportunity to
participate in graduate/health professional seminars and panel
discussions, receive academic and career counseling, secure shadowing
experiences, and give back to the community through Health on the Block
and other service learning projects.
The club is open to all undergraduate students at UNC. Please have students interested in joining contact the membership chair at email@example.com.
New Health Careers Club officers inducted
Front row (l to r): Tyela Smith, Crystal Barnes, Heather Venant;
Back row (l to r): Imani Fuller, Franklin Diaz, Brittany Macon
Not pictured: Maria Miranda
for the 2009-2010 year were inducted at the club's recognition
celebration in April. Congratulations to the new executive board!
President - Crystal Barnes
Vice President - Franklin Diaz
Secretary/Treasurer - Brittany Macon
Historian/Reporter - Maria Miranda
Parliamentarian - Heather Venant
Membership Chair - Tyela Smith
Programming Chair - Imani Fuller
2010 SEP Program
Do you know an
undergraduate student interested in becoming a health professional - one in
need of an academic and enrichment boost to become a more competitive applicant for graduate/health professional school? Then SEP is just
what the doctor ordered.
is an eight-week academic enrichment program for undergraduate underrepresented
minority and socioeconomically disadvantaged students who plan to pursue
careers in the health care.
2010 SEP Program will be held Saturday, May 15 - Friday, July 9.
The online application will be available October 1. If
you are interested in hosting an SEP informational session at your school, please
contact Paula Borden at firstname.lastname@example.org
or (919) 966-2264 today.
SEP Photo Gallery
what our SEP scholars experienced this summer! They were busy
with classes, tours of local health professional schools and research
facilities, seminars, and much more! We've documented it all on our photostream at Flickr.com.
perform health care internships
participated in NC-HCAP's Clinical Health Summer Program at UNC-Pembroke. The six-week
program is for aspiring health professionals to gain experience and examine
health careers by interning in a variety of health care settings.
2009 participants and their placements were:
Avon Banks III
- Sophomore biology major, Southeastern Regional
Medical Center's (SRMC) Dr. Arthur J. Robinson Clinic, Lumberton, N.C.;
Olivia Bird -
Sophomore chemistry major, Walgreen's Drug
Store, Lumberton, N.C.;
Bullard - Junior biology major (biomedical emphasis),
Robeson Family Practice, Red Springs, N.C.;
Cynthia Correa -
Sophomore, Robeson Health Care, Lumberton (N.C.)
Michelle Hammonds -
Junior biology major (biomedical emphasis), Pembroke
Chelsey Locklear -
Sophomore biology major, Waters Drug Company,
Melinda Locklear -
Junior biology major (biomedical emphasis), Scotland
Healthcare Systems, Pembroke Family Practice;
Leslie Lovette -
Junior biology major, Scotland Health Care Systems,
Iner Lowery -
Senior chemistry major, Southeastern Regional Medical
Center, Lumberton, N.C.; and
Jannaka Oxendine - Junior biology major,
Robeson Health Care Corp., Maxton (N.C.) Medical Center.
|Give to NC-HCAP
Pave the way for a future health professional by giving to NC-HCAP.
You may make a gift online or contact Dr. Patrena Benton, director, at email@example.com or (919) 966-2264.
When using Online Giving, please be sure to choose "NC Health Careers Access Program" under the University Designation List, then select "NC Health Careers Access Program (3894) " from the Select a University Fund menu.
Or, mail Check or Money Order Payable to "UNC-CH"to:
University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill
Office of University Development
PO Box 309
Chapel Hill, NC 27514-9931
PLEASE Write In "Designation #3894 - NC Health Careers Access Program" on the "FOR" line of your check.
|North Carolina Health Careers Access Program
University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill
Student & Academic Services Building South, Suite 3307
Chapel Hill, NC 27599-8010
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