The University Record, September 24, 1997

School of Public Health Fair promotes networking

More than 40 community-based organizations from southeastern Michigan participated in the School of Public Health's Community Service Learning Fair earlier this month. The fair allows students to meet with representatives from the organizations to arrange internships, community service opportunities and employment. Last year, nine students reported finding employment through contacts made at the fair. Faculty use the fair to arrange for guest speakers, talk about research ideas and arrange for experiential learning activities.

Among the community participants at this year's fair, the fourth to be hosted by the School of Public Health, were the Washtenaw Council on Aging, Midwest Migrant Health Information Office, Taylor Teen Health Center, Focus Hope, Joy of Jesus, Flint Neighborhood Improvement and Preservation Project and Detroit Health Department.

The fair commemorates the late Albert Wheeler, former mayor of Ann Arbor and the first African American to hold a tenured faculty position at the U-M. Wheeler earned a master's degree in health and a doctorate in health and public hygiene from the University in 1938 and 1944, respectively. His daughter, state Sen. Alma Wheeler Smith of Salem Township, gave the fair's opening address. Photo by Jean Muscat