Celebrate Phil Appreciation week April 24-27

Phil Appreciation Activities – 2017

Phil stands for philanthropy. At Iowa, Phil is everyone who gives to the UI and everyone who benefits from those gifts. That means you are Phil, too! Learn more at PhilWasHere.org.

Monday, April 24  –  9:30 to 11:30 a.m.

CPHB Atrium
UCC – Registry and Biostats

Please stop by a location close to you to celebrate Phil Appreciation  in the College of Public Health!  Enjoy treats!


Wednesday, April 26 – 11 a.m. to 2 p.m.

Faces of Phil
T. Anne Cleary Walkway

The event, hosted by the UI Foundation, will include a postcard-signing table, a Polaroid station and a large chalkboard for Faces of Phil photos, and a station to tape a video message for donors. There will also be food trucks!


Thursday, April 27 – 3:30 p.m.

“Life with Phil” Talk featuring Sheri Salata
C20 Pomerantz Career Center

The UI Foundation invites you to learn more about Phil from media powerhouse Sheri Salata (1980 BBA), the former executive producer of “The Oprah Winfrey Show” and the former president of Harpo Studios and the Oprah Winfrey Network.  Salata’s latest professional venture is the launching of STORY, a media company that produces print, television, film, and digital content.

Alumni and friends help UI and CPH surpass fundraising goals

A portrait of Dr. Sue Curry, dean of the University of Iowa College of Public Health.
Sue Curry

This week, the University of Iowa and the University of Iowa Foundation announced the successful conclusion of For Iowa. Forever More: The Campaign for the University of Iowa. More than 272,000 UI alumni and friends—enough to fill Kinnick Stadium four times—contributed more than $1.975 billion to help the UI remain at the forefront of education, research, health care and athletics.

More than 1,913 donors contributed a total of $40 million to the UI College of Public Health, surpassing its $25.8 million goal. Donors supported students; faculty; the leadership fund; rural health, comparative effectiveness research, and community engagement; the community outreach fund; facilities; and unrestricted support for the college’s greatest needs.

“We are deeply grateful for the extraordinary and broad-based support provided by so many generous friends of the College of Public Health,” says Sue Curry, dean of the College of Public Health. “This campaign was successful because of the tremendous commitment of our long-time supporters and the enthusiasm of so many new donors, including our alumni, current and former faculty and staff, students, community members, and corporate and foundation partners. Their gifts are making a difference today and will continue to pay dividends in terms of better public health for years to come. ”

Steve Ummel
Steve Ummel

Curry specifically acknowledged the support of Steve Ummel, the College of Public Health’s representative to the For Iowa. Forever More campaign. Ummel earned an MA in Hospital and Health Administration in 1965, which launched him into a distinguished career as a top executive in several multi-hospital health systems in the United States. He has been a long-time supporter of the College of Public Health, serving on its Board of Advisors and in numerous philanthropic capacities since the formation of the college in 1999.

“Steve Ummel has been an exceptional friend and advisor to the College of Public Health,” says Curry. “Over the years, no one has been more dedicated to our success. I am grateful to Steve for his tremendous generosity, loyalty, and vision.”

The campaign has benefited students and faculty throughout the College of Public Health, including Isabella De Soriano, who is making a difference in the world around her. As a master’s student in the UI College of Public Health, De Soriano is working to reduce obesity in local communities by promoting healthy eating.

Isabella De Soriano with Dr. Nancy Sprince
Isabella De Soriano with Dr. Nancy Sprince

“We’re looking at how store layouts, pricing, promotional materials, and infrastructure influence customer decisions to purchase fresh fruits and vegetables,” says De Soriano, who completed her undergraduate degree at Iowa in medical anthropology and is currently studying community and behavioral health.

In 2016, De Soriano —who is from London, England, and will graduate in May—was the inaugural recipient of the Craig Zwerling and Nancy Sprince Award for Social Justice. This scholarship, which was created by two longtime UI faculty members during the For Iowa. Forever More. campaign, supports a Department of Community and Behavioral Health graduate student who is pursuing an interest in addressing health disparities and alleviating social injustice. De Soriano, who is working to build stronger communities through her research and her work with the UI Women’s Resource and Action Center, hopes to one day establish an organization that addresses public health issues in prisons.

“The generous scholarship from Nancy and Craig not only was welcome recognition for my achievements, but it provided invaluable financial support,” says De Soriano. “Their encouragement has been further inspiration for my continued pursuit for social justice.”

The UI Foundation is the preferred channel for private contributions that benefit all areas of the UI, and its mission is to promote the UI’s commitment to excellence through engagement and philanthropy.

For more information, please visit the UI Foundation website.


Results for Food Bank, Shelter House donation drives

Thanks to everyone who donated to the Johnson County Crisis Center Food Bank donation drive organized by the CPH Student Association in December. The College of Public Health collected 537 pounds of food and donations.

The break down by department is as follows:

  • Biostatistics – 138 lbs
  • Non-departmental CPH Admin – 99 lbs
  • Health Management and Policy – 91 lbs
  • Occupational and Environmental Health – 76 lbs
  • Epidemiology – 60 lbs
  • MPH – 45 lbs
  • Community and Behavioral Health – 28 lbs

Thanks also to those who participated in the Shelter House donation drive organized by CBH students last November.

CPH faculty, staff, and students donated more than 400 items to the Shelter House of Johnson County.



Food drive to benefit Crisis Center ends Dec. 16

The CPH Student Association is co-sponsoring a food drive December 5-16 to benefit the Johnson County Crisis Center Food Bank. The College of Public Health is holding a friendly competition with the Public Policy Center, College of Dentistry and Dental Clinics, Obermann Center, Army ROTC, and Air Force ROTC to see which unit can donate the most food!

Drop off your donation in the bins located around the main stairway in CPHB. On Dec. 16, the donations will be tallied and the winning department within the college will be determined.

View a list the the Food Bank’s Top 10 Needed Items.


On December 18, the 2nd Annual Last Dash Food Bank Fundraiser will take place. Organizers will announce how many pounds of collections each participating group collected for the Food Bank.

Place: The Mill, 120 E. Burlington St

Time: Doors open 3:00 p.m., music from 3:30 – 6:00 p.m.

Entertainment: Iowa bluesman Kevin BF Burt and IC rockabilly and blues band HomeBrewed.

Admission: 3 non-perishable food items or minimum donation of $5

Raffle items available during the show (donation of items for the raffle are welcome).


‘We Are Phil Week’ offers food, music, and fun

we are philThe UI We Are Phil Faculty and Staff Giving Program Campaign Week is Oct. 10-14.  Here are some of the fun activities planned for CPH:

  • Stories about Phil in CPH!
  • Flyers, posters, email messages!
  • Spotlight on Phil with food and music on Wednesday (See details below)
  • Daily drawings!
  • Daily opportunities to talk with committee members at We Are Phil table in the CPHB atrium!
  • Put your Phil message on the chalkboard display!
  • Herky in the house on Friday!

Standing, locked, deposit boxes are available in CPHB, IREH and UCC to collect contribution envelopes.  In addition, online giving is at:  www.givetoiowa.org

Celebrate the UI College of Public Health with good food, music, and conversation!


Caribbean Kitchen Food Truck – $8 lunch special 

Music by Brandi and Marc Janssen 

Wednesday, October 12
11:30 a.m. – 1:30 p.m.
CPHB East Doors

The Caribbean Kitchen food truck will be parked by CPHB east doors and be offering a special $8 menu that features a vegetarian dish (rice/beans) along with chicken and pork entrees. They will provide reggae music for the first hour. Then, Brandi and Marc Janssen will take over playing music in the Atrium for the second hour. CPH Faculty and Staff Councils will be providing dessert.

The CPH We Are Phil Committee invites all faculty and staff to buy a lunch or bring their own. Come together to enjoy the music and social time with peers. Look for the We Are Phil table where giving information will be available throughout the time.

Hosted by the CPH We Are Phil Committee

Help celebrate We Are Phil Appreciation Day on April 28

we are philStop by the location nearest you as CPH celebrates We Are Phil Appreciation Day on Thursday, April 28!  The UI Foundation is providing celebratory cupcakes!

First Floor Atrium
7:30-9:30 AM

123 IREH
9:30 AM

2400 UCC &  2625 UCC
10:00 AM

There will also be an opportunity to sign “thank you” postcards at CPHB that will be sent to those who annually support the College of Public Health.


The Preemie Project Donation Drive runs through March 16

The Preemie Project provides much-needed services to families of extremely ill children at the University of Iowa Hospitals and Clinics. The CPH Staff Council is holding a donation drive from March 1-16, 2018.

These donations will be used by social workers for needy families in the Pediatric Intensive Care Unit (PICU) and the Neonatal Intensive Care Unit (NICU).

Needed Items

  • Newborn and Size 1 Diapers 
  • Formula (especially Neosure/Enfacare, Enfamil and Similac (regular) )
  • Snap-front sleepers size newborn and 0-3 months (gently used are accepted)
  • Bibs
  • Burp cloths
  • Bottles
  • Wipes (unscented preferred)
  • Gas cards to local stations
  • Pack N Plays

Again this year there is the option of purchasing through the amazon.com baby registry.  Purchases will be directly mailed to the Preemie Project and specific items are listed on the registry. Go to amazon.com then go the baby registry search.  Type in College of Public Health’s Preemie Project for the Registry Name.  You will then see items that the Preemie Project needs. Contact Michele Hogue if you need a receipt.

The Preemie Project is especially looking for donations of Pack N Plays for babies to have a safe place to sleep.  More info can be found about the Safe to Sleep Public Education Campaign through the following link https://www.nichd.nih.gov/sts/Pages/default.aspx

If you would like to donate funds directly through PayPal or need additional information about The Preemie Project, visit their web site http://www.thepreemieproject.com/or contact Michele Hogue at 384-1545 or michele-hogue@uiowa.edu.

The CPH Staff Council has placed donation boxes throughout in the College of Public Health:

Epidemiology                                                 S409 CPHB

Biostatistics                                                    N306 CPHB

Community and Behavioral Health                 N406 CPHB

Occupational and Environmental Health        S309 CPHB

Health Management and Policy                         N206 CPHB

Administrative 2nd Floor                                     S268 CPHB

Student Commons                                                  2nd Floor CPHB kitchen/bulletin board area

Preventive Intervention Clinic                             SE257 GH

State Health Registry of Iowa                               2600 UCC

State Hygienic Lab                                                  134 HLI

Student Services                                                      N174 CPHB