The students welcomed Mr. Barry Momyer, President of AM Health and Safety and President-Elect of the Pittsburgh AIHA to speak about IH Sampling on November 9, 2023.
The Meeting was opened by the SRU AIHA Student Section President Shayla Wilkinson who updated the attendees on current events and planned tours.
She then introduced the SRU AIHA Student Section Executive Committee members:
Sophia spoke about the I AM IH project they have going on. The program encourages the SRU Safety Management Students to take selfies or videos of them using or near the IH Lab or equipment to promote IH and to hold up I AM IH stickers. A very fun way to engage the students with the focus on IH. They then post onto the SRU AIHA Instagram and Facebook pages. The SRU ASSP group and SRU Safety Instagram reposts this for maximum distribution and followers.
The Spring plans for the SRU AIHA Student Section is to attend the Annual Meeting for the Pittsburgh Section and numerous tours at Berry Global and, hopefully, NIOSH.
Thank you to the SRU AIHA Student Section and Dr. Rona Smeak for providing this update! The Pittsburgh AIHA is proud to support this amazing group of rising safety/IH professionals! Please consider following the SRU AIHA Student Chapter on Instagram at sru_aiha.
The Pittsburgh AIHA is happy to announce that Sophia Naugle from Slippery Rock University is the recipient of the Pgh. AIHA Local Section scholarship awarded through the American Industrial Hygiene Foundation (AIHF). Sophia was recognized along with all AIHF scholarship recipients at the 2023 AIHce Conference.
Sophia is pursuing a bachelor's degree in Safety Management and a minor in Leadership. She also serves as the Social Media coordinator for the SRU Student AIHA Chapter. Sophia is spending the summer working as an intern at DAVIS Construction.
Congratulations to Sophia!
A big shout out to our two leaders from the SRU AIHA Student Section!
Jacob Brand (President) and Hannah Roberts (Vice-President) recently graduated from the SRU Safety Management Program on May 6, 2023.
Jacob not only received a degree in safety, but also earned a second major in Professional Spanish. Jacob was a member of the Dean’s List his entire time at SRU and was not only the President of AIHA Student Section, but he was also the President of the Spanish Club, secretary of the Men’s Club Soccer Team, and an active member of the SRU ASSP Student Section. He is Interning in Springdale, PA with PPG Industries, as a part of the Environmental Health and Safety team. Jacob is returning to SRU in the fall to begin work on an MBA.
Hannah Roberts, who was the AIHA Student Section Vice-President/Treasurer, was also a member of the Dean's list during her academic journey and was an active member in the SRU ASSP Student Section. She assisted in the research project focusing on noise during Division II basketball games and co-presented this research at the WPA ASSP Conference. Hannah is spending the summer Interning with Bozzuto Construction Company in Alexandria, Virginia. Her future goals are to continue in the construction industry, and eventually do some environmental work.
Slippery Rock graduated approximately 40 students on May 6, 2023, and approximately 44 students will be complete August 2023. Congratulations and good luck to you all!
We are happy to announce the new and exciting group of SRU AIHA Student Section leaders for academic year 2023-2024:
Dr. Rona Smeak, PhD, CSP, Associate Professor, Slippery Rock University
Special thanks to Pgh. AIHA Secretary, Frank Pokrwyka, Ed.D, CIH, who was the lone sponsor judge for the 2023 annual science fair held on March 29, 2023 at the Carnegie Science Center. This year's Pgh. AIHA Science Fair award recipients are presented below. Each student received a $500 award sponsored by the Pittsburgh Local Section. Congratulations to these talented high school students and their teachers!
After a few years hiatus, the WVU section of AIHA is active again! The organization is officially recognized by both AIHA and WVU Student Engagement, allowing the student group to connect students with local OEHS professionals. In addition to industrial hygiene students, the club has seen interest from industrial engineering students and hopes to host networking and educational socials for students and community members from a variety of disciplines. The organization is led by Ryan Titus (President), Emily Smith (Vice President), Sada Wright (Secretary), Cole Cantor (Treasurer), and Dr. Sergio Caporali (Faculty Advisor). WVU AIHA hopes to see some of you at one of their events sometime soon!
Ryan Titus, Chapter President
The Slippery Rock University AIHA Student Section leadership changed slightly this fall with Mr. Jacob Brand taking over President duties, while Ms. Hannah Roberts assumed the role of Vice President. They stepped up and did an outstanding job this past semester. We want to give a big thank you to outgoing President Reece Leotta for the excellent work he did for the past two years! Thank You Reece!
On October 4th, Dr. Bernardo, Dr. Smeak (Faculty Advisor), and SRU Safety Management students; Annalyse Hoover and Hannah Roberts participated in the AIHA tour of the Carrie Blast Furnace. The day was beautiful and very informative. Well done AIHA Pittsburgh Chapter!
The AIHA student section welcomed Michael McCaffrey, CIH, (pictured below) to campus in the Strain Safety Building, where he talked about his career as an Industrial Hygienist and gave students a glimpse into a day in the life of an Industrial Hygienist. Mike did an outstanding job and gave great advice to our students. Mike, thank you for your time and dedication!
The semester ended with the SRU AIHA Student Section leadership working with the ASSP SRU Student Section leadership on a research project that will be conducted upon the return for the spring semester. Dr. Bernardo, Dr. Medford, and Dr. Smeak are the faculty assisting the research project.
Lastly, the student section leadership is working on a tentative spring technical meeting with a tour of the NIOSH Center for Direct Reading and Sensor Technologies.
For a group just getting back into the groove of in-class/in-person meetings, they are doing an outstanding job at reaching out to increase student membership and participation.
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