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Dean's Alumni Advisory Council Meeting - March 2013

DAAC March 2013

Members of the Dean’s Alumni Advisory Council (DAAC) met on March 22 for the 18th annual meeting.  Alumni from across the nation and around the world met with the Dean, senior staff and faculty to discuss current issues facing the School.

This year, the meeting featured discussions on the upcoming Centennial celebration, an update on the School’s $600 million dollar campaign to meet the ever increasing public health needs of the 21st century, an overview of the School’s current enrollment and challenges sequestration will have on the research funding opportunities, and insights on the leadership role the School has taken on providing online public health courses. 

One of the featured presentations was from Remy Serge Manzi Muhire, a current MPH student from Rwanda.  He is the recipient of the DAAC Scholarship Award.  Remy discussed how his studies have impacted his ability to see opportunities in a country where most only see challenges.  He plans to return to Rwanda upon graduation and expressed his appreciation to the Council for their support of the scholarship fund. 

As Dean Klag has mentioned on several occasions, “ The science of public health has never been more powerful, and the Bloomberg School’s leadership in the field has never been more demonstrable—yet the problems we face have never loomed so large.”

Alumni from California, Oregon, Kentucky, Florida, Germany, Nepal and throughout the Baltimore/Washington DC/Philadelphia area attended.  The School’s alumni representatives of the Alumni Council, who serve as ex-officio members, joined the meeting as well.  It was noted by several members how important it is to bring our alumni who serve in various leadership roles together. 

Members of the DAAC are appointed by the Dean.  The purpose of the Council is to provide advice, feedback, and support for the School’s mission and strategic goals; and by doing so, strengthening relationships between the alumni and the school.