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Jimmie Lou DeBakeyLetter from the Director

Jimmie Lou DeBakey, Director of Constituent Relations

I wanted to take a moment to thank you for your part in making 2016 an incredible year here at the School. From our year-long Centennial celebration to Michael Bloomberg’s American Health Initiative to our wonderfully attended events, this year was truly one for the books.

Just to recap, 2016 marked…

- a record number of alumni and friends attending events and providing support
More than 25 School-sponsored events were held around the globe with attendance totaling nearly 2,000 alumni and friends! We also saw record numbers of alumni giving back to the School through financial gifts, mentoring, volunteering, and more.

 -our global celebration of the School’s centennial anniversary
With more than 200 Centennial dinners, a School-wide celebration on June 13th (the School’s founding date), and a variety of events and activities around the world, we kept the party going all year long!

- the biggest Alumni Day yet
The day included a talk on scientific diplomacy and Cuba by Nobel Laureate and JHSPH faculty member Peter Agre; a phenomenal Stoop Storytelling event featuring various faculty and alumni; and a special awards luncheon to recognize alumni doing incredible things!

-the establishment of the Global Alumni Network and six regional networks 
These regional alumni networks are allowing alumni to connect with one another in their own cities while staying engaged with the School!

 - the launch of this e-newsletter, The Standard Deviation 
We hope you’re finding the newsletter to be useful and informative, as well as interesting! Thanks to all of those who have responded to our polls – it helps us learn more about our readership and how best to engage with you in the future!

- and, much more.

Whether you call yourself a Bloomberg School of Public Health alum or a member of the School of Hygiene and Public Health alumni community, please know I am grateful for the many ways you express your pride each and every day. There’s a reason we continue to be the #1 School of Public Health in the nation – because our alumni are so dedicated, hard-working, and committed to saving lives – millions at a time.

As you enjoy this holiday season, I hope you’ll stay tuned and look forward to getting involved in the coming year.

Sending my very best!

Jimmie Lou DeBakey