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Don’t worry, be happy…

Hiya everyone,

I hope that you are all doing well and enjoying some peace after election week.

Over the past few months we have been working in partnership with the University in order to create an action plan for the Time to Change Pledge.

I am excited to announce that the action plan has now been submitted and we will be signing the pledge Thursday 27/3 at 12 noon.

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The pledge includes a collaborative and ongoing programme of initiatives across the University to raise awareness and enhance the mental well being of all students and staff.

Time to Change is a nationwide awareness-raising campaign organised by mental health charities MIND and Rethink Mental Illness and we are proud to be a part of it. We hope to encourage people to worry less and talk more, with a programme of events designed to challenge mental health stigma and discrimination and highlight the support available.

Check out other organisations that have signed the pledge here –  http://www.time-to-change.org.uk/pledgewall you can even sign it yourself!

As part of the campaign,  we will also be hosting a Mental Health and Well day, called Worrying Changes Nothing, Talking Changes Everything, which aims to show staff and students that talking about their concerns is the first step to making positive changes.

Come along to the hub to enjoy free anxiety-easing head massages and reflexology sessions, work out your stresses on gym equipment and talk to well being experts from the University and external organisations,  including Anxiety UK and Papyrus, a charity dedicated to the prevention of young suicide.

Find out more here –

http://www.edgehill.ac.uk/studentservices/2014/03/14/worrying-changes-nothing-talking-changes-everything/

See you all there!

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All the women, who are independant!

Morning lovely Edge Hill people!

First of all, IT’S PANCAKE DAY! Pancakes are (in my opinion) one of the best things ever so I’ll definitely be making more than my fair share! I’m pretty terrible at making them though, so more of them than I’d like will either end up being flipped onto the floor or thrown in the bin, but I shall still try!

I’ve got a pretty busy week ahead of me, with our International Women’s Day event this Friday!

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Lots of planning has gone into this and I’m super proud of what we’ve achieved in terms of getting the event sorted! The theme for International Women’s Day this year, is inspiring change.

Following that theme, we’ve got some rather inspiring women coming along to speak to us, including:

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Raechel Mattey, NUS Vice President of Union Development (Speaking at 1pm)

Raechel is a prominent female officer at the front of the student movement – having met Raechel at numerous NUS conferences, I’m really excited for her to come along and talk to us about the NUS Women in Leadership campaign, where she stands on Lad Culture in universities and how she got to where she is today.

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Anna Rothery, Labour Councillor for Liverpool (Speaking at 3pm)

Anna is extremely well known in her field – she has fought strongly for (and to represent) people of colour and ethnic minorities. We’re incredibly lucky to have her agree to speak at our event and she’ll be talking about what it’s like to be a woman in politics, her experiences being a guest on question time, working with Jesse Jackson and what she had to do to fight to get to her current position.

Anita Walsh, Managing Editor at BBC Sport (Speaking at 2pm)

Before working for BBC Sport, Anita taught the TV Production module here at Edge Hill – it was a sad day for her students when she left, but she’s coming back to talk to us about what it’s like to work in the Sports side of things, her route throughout the world of Media and just what it was like to be a lecturer!

Lucy Brady, Director and HR Consultant (Speaking at 2pm)

It may be a common misconception that business is a male dominated, but Lucy will be here to offer an insight into how she started and build up her own HR consultancy business and what she thinks is in the future for women in business.

Of course, this is not a ‘women only’ event – anyone of any gender (or lack thereof) and any age/course can come along!

It’s gonna be a great event and I can’t wait to get it started!

If you want to come and hear what everyone’s got to say then come along to E1 this Friday at 1pm!

That’s all from me for now, I’m off to finalize some details – bye for now!

Em-J
Vice President of the Faculty of Arts and Sciences.

Contact Us!

E-mail

SU President (Gareth) – supresident@edgehill.ac.uk

Vice President of FAS (Em-J) – suvpfas@edgehill.ac.uk

Vice President of Health (Christian) – suvphealth@edgehill.ac.uk

Vice President of Education (Kayley) – suvpeducation@edgehill.ac.uk

Twitter

Gareth – https://twitter.com/EHSUpresident

Em-J – https://twitter.com/EHSUvpfas

Christian – https://twitter.com/EHSUvphealth

Kayley – https://twitter.com/EHSUvpeducation

So long, Farewell, Auf Wiedersehen, Goodnight!

Hello, wonderful Edge Hill people!

I’m back with another blog post and a tonne of things to tell you!

It’s been a pretty hectic in the SU over the last 2 weeks as we’ve been planning, planning and more planning!

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Last week was S.H.A.G (Sexual Health Advice and Guidance) week, so we had loads of great stalls set up in the Hub, with lots of health officials here to give you advice on how to keep an eye on your sexual health. We had some absolutely lovely ladies from Coppafeel, a registered breast cancer charity, come in and give a talk on how to regularly check yourself lumps or irregularities – my mum has had breast cancer twice so, although I was already aware of this information, I found it really helpful and almost a little bit scary to here it from women my age who have been affected. Of course, it’s not just about us girls! Anyone of any gender (or lack-thereof) should regularly check themselves. It’s better to be safe than sorry!

We also had staff from Best2Know bring in some chlamydia tests (as there’s nothing better than peeing in a pot) and you could get some free condoms, free key rings or free boxers just for using the test!

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The biggest event of S.H.A.G week was Edge Hill’s very own ‘Fake Me Out’, which took place in The Quad. I’m super happy with how many people turned up and took part – it was a great night full of laughs and lights! Many thanks to everyone involved and a big, BIG thanks to VP Education Kayley and the bar managers for organising the event.

Moving on into this week, Kayley and I are ploughing through with plans for International Women’s Day, we’re all getting super excited for Grad Ball AND we’ve got THE SU ELECTIONS COMING UP SOON! GAHHHHHH!

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The elections (in case you hadn’t realized) are super important! This is your chance to select your VP Health, Education, Arts and Sciences and your President for next year. I’ve had an absolutely brilliant time in this job, so if you want to give it a go yourself, nominations open on Wednesday 26th Feb so get planning your manifestos and campaigns! More information can be found by following this link ——–>  http://www.edgehillsu.org.uk/elections

Now. I’m afraid I must end my blog on a sad note. Today, we say goodbye to our Development Services Co-ordinator, Sarah Ellis, who is off to go and work for the RSPCA.
Sarah’s worked in the SU for as long as I’ve been at Edge Hill and I became good friends with her last year, when I worked as an SU Receptionist. She’s a total babe of a human being, who’s always been willing to help me with any issues I might have had, to give me any advice on how to do things in the SU and to give me any support when life’s been getting me down. Sarah was generally the person who trained the sabbatical officers and I’ve got great memories of all the laughs we had during my training. I’m incredibly sad to see her go (and sad that the new sabb officers won’t get the same training I did!) but I’m happy that she’s going off to do what she loves and be around more kittens than she can handle! I wish her all the best in everything she does and hopefully she knows just how much we’ll all miss her!

So that’s it from me for this week – next week is reading week for most FAS courses, so I hope you all had a great time away from the stresses of lectures, but don’t forget to come back!

I’m off to sort out the continuous issues that is feedback!

Bye for now!

Em-J
Vice President of the Faculty of Arts and Sciences.

Contact Us!

E-mail

SU President (Gareth) – supresident@edgehill.ac.uk

Vice President of FAS (Em-J) – suvpfas@edgehill.ac.uk

Vice President of Health (Christian) – suvphealth@edgehill.ac.uk

Vice President of Education (Kayley) – suvpeducation@edgehill.ac.uk

Twitter

Gareth – https://twitter.com/EHSUpresident

Em-J – https://twitter.com/EHSUvpfas

Christian – https://twitter.com/EHSUvphealth

Kayley – https://twitter.com/EHSUvpeducation

Let’s talk about sex…

SHAG WEEK? 

Okay…so you may be wondering why we’re talking about sex! Well, after Edge Hill topped the tables with the number of sexual partners we decided that we should hold a Sexual Health Advice and Guidance week (SHAG week) next week from the 10th to the 14th of Feb. The weeks aim is to promote safe sex and regular health check-ups!

There will be lots going on throughout the week and your chance to get free entry to the bar on Wednesday night! Check it out here – SHAG week programme

Remember the team with the highest number of players tested will get free entry into the bar on Wednesday night and everyone else who gets tested will £1 entry, so come and find us in the hub Monday, Wednesday and Thursday to get tested!

See you next week!

Kayley

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Humans of New York! (Well, of Edge Hill really)

Consider this to be your lucky day, oh lovely Edge Hill students – you get 2 blogs in one week!

I’m back again but this time, I won’t be updating you of the perils of sabb life, instead I’m here to tell you all about HONY.

HONY (or Humans of New York as it’s more commonly known) is the creation of Brandon Stanton, an American photographer who wanted to create a ‘photographic census’ of New York and the people who live there. He began in the summer of 2010 but as he went on, his census changed into more of a documentation of the inhabitants of the city.

Brandon Stanton (on the right, with the camera. Obvs.)

Brandon Stanton (on the right, with the camera. Obvs.)

Brandon travels around New York taking pictures of the people he meets – he asks them questions about themselves, which result in some funny/serious/emotional stories. As HONY (and Brandon’s fame) has risen, more and more people approach him and ask to be documented by him.

Some of you may have seen HONY through Brandon’s website, on Facebook or (like me) you might follow the blog on Tumblr. I’ve been a fan of the project for around a year and I find it absolutely fascinating just how willing people are to open up to Brandon and tell him about what makes them happy, who has affected their lives and about the struggles they’ve faced on their journey throughout their time on this little old planet!

So. You’re probably wondering why I’m telling you all this.

On Tuesday 4th February, Facebook will be having its’ 10 year anniversary (I know right, I can’t believe it’s been that long either!) As a sort of celebration for this, we here at EHSU are running our own HONY event (but I suppose it’s more like HOEH – although that doesn’t have the same ring to it…)

Gareth, Christian, Kayley and I will be strolling around campus today (Jan 30th), tomorrow (Jan 31st) and Monday (Feb 3rd), taking pictures and collecting stories for the project and we need your contributions! You don’t have to open up to us if you don’t want to, you can tell us about your week, a friend who means a lot to you, the happiest moment of your life, the saddest moment of your life or what your hopes for the future might be.

We really want this to be a big hit so we need as many contributions as possible! If you see us walking around and want to be a part of it all, just come on over and let us know!

For those of you who haven’t heard of HONY before, click this little link over here and head on over to the HONY website to see what all the fuss is about!
http://www.humansofnewyork.com/

I’m super excited about all of this, so I’m off to get things sorted – see you all around campus later!

Bye for now!

Em-J
Vice President of the Faculty of Arts and Sciences

Contact Us!

E-mail

SU President (Gareth) – supresident@edgehill.ac.uk

Vice President of FAS (Em-J) – suvpfas@edgehill.ac.uk

Vice President of Health (Christian) – suvphealth@edgehill.ac.uk

Vice President of Education (Kayley) – suvpeducation@edgehill.ac.uk

Twitter

Gareth – https://twitter.com/EHSUpresident

Em-J – https://twitter.com/EHSUvpfas

Christian – https://twitter.com/EHSUvphealth

Kayley – https://twitter.com/EHSUvpeducatio

 

Rate Your Landlord, supported by Endsleigh!

facebook-rate-your-Landlord-bannerWelcome to Edge Hill’s first ever Rate Your Landlord, supported by Endsleigh!

Here at the Students’ Union, we have identified that students must look for accommodation from sometime around Christmas and into the second term.

There is a bad perception that every student must run around and grab a house as soon as possible without really knowing anything about landlords or letting agencies or even visiting properties!

While we would encourage students to hold off a little and wait to make sure they’re happy with the people they’ve chosen to live with, we have decided to introduce Rate Your Landlord.

This scheme will ask for those living in off campus properties to rate their landlord/letting agency/accommodation based on a variety of factors.

The results will then be analysed by the Students’ Union who will award the landlords who score highest.

As there are a number of categories, we feel the results will help inform students on who they wish to rent from the following year.

It gives students, particularly first years, the opportunity to identify which attributes matter most to them, and pick the landlord or agency appropriately.

What we do need from all those living in off campus is to take part in this survey so we can award our local landlords for their excellence in key areas.

The survey is COMPLETELY ANONYMOUS and so we would ask you to be as truthful as possible.

There will be an awards night in early April where we will be releasing the results to landlords, the local media, and most importantly to you the students.

So make sure to click here NOW and take 2-3 minutes letting us know how your landlord or letting agency has performed during your time in the property.

Fanacht leat Cnoc Imeall iontach (You stay classy Edge Hill)

Gareth

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Brace Yourselves, Grad Ball Is Coming!

Goooooooood morning everyone! I’m back with a brand new blog and a brand new sense of optimism! Yes, it’s Monday, yes, we have a long week ahead of us, but that doesn’t mean we have to be sad about it!

Last week was jam-packed with meetings for me, but it seemed to go a lot quicker than I wanted it to!

Last Tuesday was our Refreshers’ Fair in the Hub, where you all had the chance to sign up with any societies and/or sports teams that you missed back in September. It was great to see so many society presidents and members turn up to showcase the wide range of activities that we have here at Edge Hill, so many thanks to you all! I was covering the SU Reception desk for most of the morning, so it was nice to get back to my old job and take a break from the organised chaos that is the role of a sabb officer!

On Wednesday, our humble SU was graced by the presence of NUS President Toni Pearce. Having met Toni before on an NUS Conference, I was super happy for her to come and visit us – we all had a lovely chat about how far EHSU has come over the years and how far we still have to go, Kayley and I talked to her about some of the great events we’ve got coming up and she let us know what’s happening at NUS. This visit was specifically a highlight for me as I hope to one day work for NUS, so it was super helpful to have Toni here to ask about how she became the President, what routes she took to get to where she is now and who are the best people to get in contact with.

Thursday was a relatively serious day, with my fellows sabbs and I meeting with staff from the SIC to discuss National Student Money Month and how we can carry on our work from Mental Health Awareness Day with our Time To Change pledge. For those of you who were unable to come along on M.H.A Day (or just can’t remember!) the Time To Change pledge is our pledge to end mental health discrimination and stigma in the work place and in an educational setting. We’re working with university staff to get members of Directorate including our Vice Chancellor, John Cater, to sign the pledge so watch this space!

Friday was generally quite relaxed – Christian, Gareth, Kayley and I took this time to go over all the meetings we’d had earlier in the week and discuss opportunities for more events, better use of social space and how we can best tackle the issues facing you lovely students on a day-to-day basis.

This week isn’t as jam-packed as last week, but our schedules can change at any time, so we’ll just have to see how things go!

One piece of super, SUPER good news to start your week with, is that Graduation Ball tickets are NOW ON SALE AT THE SU RECEPTION!!!!!! I’M SO EXCITED!

It seems like only yesterday that I was getting ready with my friends and making my way to my own Grad Ball. I absolutely loved it and it was a great way to celebrate the end of my time as an EH student with all my friends.

My lovely friends and I at Grad Ball last year! L-R: Megan, Cherry, Claire, Me, Rosita, Anastasia, Lyndsey.

My lovely friends and I at Grad Ball last year! L-R: Megan, Cherry, Claire, Me, Rosita, Anastasia, Lyndsey.

The details for Grad Ball this year are:

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Date: Saturday May 17th 2014
Location: Aintree Racecourse
Price: £35
Buy tickets from: SU Reception desk in the Hub.

I highly, highly recommend coming along, it was a fantastic night for me and I’m sure it’ll be amazing for you! 😀

That’s it from me for this week, I’m off to organise some meetings, answer some e-mails and try to get some Catering Facilities in Creative Edge!

Bye for now!

Em-J
Vice President of the Faculty of Arts and Sciences.

Contact Us!

E-mail

SU President (Gareth) – supresident@edgehill.ac.uk

Vice President of FAS (Em-J) – suvpfas@edgehill.ac.uk

Vice President of Health (Christian) – suvphealth@edgehill.ac.uk

Vice President of Education (Kayley) – suvpeducation@edgehill.ac.uk

Twitter

Gareth – https://twitter.com/EHSUpresident

Em-J – https://twitter.com/EHSUvpfas

Christian – https://twitter.com/EHSUvphealth

Kayley – https://twitter.com/EHSUvpeducatio

Meetings, meetings and more meetings!

It’s that time of the week – yes, it’s blog time!

Last week was pretty hectic in terms of meetings, so I’m glad that this week is going to be a bit calmer! Some of the topics of my meetings were:

– Library: I met with Zoe Clarke (the FAS Academic Liaison Manager) to discuss ways in which the library staff can help you directly and involve you in decisions made by the staff.

– FASTEL: This is the Faculty of Arts and Sciences Technology Enabled Learning group. This is basically numerous members of staff from FAS, FOE and FOH (including yours truly) meeting to discuss and change the ways in which you lovely students use and engage with technology during your time at Edge Hill. We’re looking at improving Blackboard, fixing any problems with Turnitin, changing the way technology is used in lectures and seminars and we’ll be inviting students to join to the group to directly give us their opinions on technology at EH.

– Library: My fellow sabbs and I met with Helen Jamieson (Customer Services Manager in Learning Services) to reconsider the ways in which library fines work, including how much you should be fined, how long the fines last for and how you can avoid the fines altogether. We’re looking at how other universities run things in their libraries so keep an eye out for some changes to the charges!

– International Students: We had a lovely bunch of new international students arrive last week – they were given a campus tour by yours truly, then a tour of Ormskirk by a group of student volunteers and your SU President, Gareth. Hopefully they’re all settled into their halls and enjoying their time here!

I’ve got quite a few meetings this week, discussing things such as: National Student Money Week, continuing plans from Mental Health Awareness Day, International Women’s Day, Grad Ball and much more.

Don’t forget, we’ve got our Refreshers Fair tomorrow (Tuesday 21st January) so come on over to the Hub to sign up to any societies and/or sports teams that you may have missed back in September. I’ll be covering the SU Reception desk, so drop by and tell me about what you’ve signed up for!

That’s it for me this week, I’m off to send out some e-mail invites to the exciting events we’ve got coming up!

Bye for now!

Em-J

Vice President of the Faculty of Arts and Sciences.

Contact Us!

E-mail

SU President (Gareth) – supresident@edgehill.ac.uk

Vice President of FAS (Em-J) – suvpfas@edgehill.ac.uk

Vice President of Health (Christian) – suvphealth@edgehill.ac.uk

Vice President of Education (Kayley) – suvpeducation@edgehill.ac.uk

Twitter

Gareth – https://twitter.com/EHSUpresident

Em-J – https://twitter.com/EHSUvpfas

Christian – https://twitter.com/EHSUvphealth

Kayley – https://twitter.com/EHSUvpeducation

Give us a smile! :)

Hiya,
Happy New Year everyone!

I always find it strange saying Happy New Year after the initial New Year celebrations, it’s like when is the actual cut off point to stop saying it? It must be soon because we’re like 2 weeks in now! But anyway I’ve said it now!

I hope you all managed to get some kind of a break and all managed to make the most of Christmas… I know I did, I definitely think I ate my own body weight in food and more haha! Eating Turkey sandwiches for days.

Anyway I know that January is everyone’s favourite month… with all the deadlines and exams 🙁 and on top of that trying to keep your New Year resolutions! Dry January? Joining a gym? Healthy eating? Spend less? … Bleugh! No seriously we can do this!

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Yesterday I came across the 100 happy days challenge and thought what a better time to do it! ! So I think that everyone should try it! – Check it out! http://www.100happydays.com/ Can you be happy for 100 days? I dare you #100HappyDays

Give us a smile guys! Haha, such a happy office!

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I hope the stuff that we have coming up makes it in to some of your 100 happy days pictures…

We have our re-sign up fair on the 21st of January! So if you missed Fresher’s Fair now is your chance to meet all of our societies again! Here’s vibe medias coverage of our Freshers Fair check it out here – http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=uq2Np4pRScg&list=UUXH0csLfHcVXM7nkBA7X8yQ&feature=share

Sexual health advice and guidance (SHAG) week
… is also coming up from the10th to the 14th of Feb just in time for Valentine’s Day!  There will be lots going on during the week and free condoms and chlamydia screening tests will be available. All student who take a chlamydia test will be given £1 entry into the bar on the Wednesday night and the sports team with the highest number of players tested will also gain free entry to the bar on the Wednesday. More details about SHAG week will be published shortly so keep an eye on our Facebook and SU website!

 Time to Change pledge signing
We are currently  putting together an action plan  to sign the time to change pledge. If you have any ideas on how you think we can challenge mental health discrimination and raise awareness let us know!

So yeah interesting stuff… I’ll leave that with you! Make sure you get involved! & I hope I see everyone’s 100 days of happiness photos very soon!

Goodbye! x

My details:
suvpeducation@edgehill.ac.uk

https://www.facebook.com/EHSUvpeducation

https://twitter.com/EHSUvpeducation

Updates, Events and Benedict Cumberbatch!

Welcome back everyone!

Yes, Christmas is over and we’ve powered through into 2014. I hope you all had a great New Year – I spent mine in Milton Keynes, being taunted for being Northern. What a way to celebrate *insert sarcasm*. Nah, it was fun really.

So, now that we’re all back and into the swing of things, I’ve got some updates and events for you!

On January 21st, we’ve got our Refresher’s Fair – this is another chance for you to sign up to any sports teams and societies that you might have missed at Fresher’s Fair in September. We’ve got a number of societies coming along including some faculty based societies such as the Health Care Society (always a good one to be a part of if you’re in the faculty of Health and Social Care). Of course, your lovely sabbatical officers (myself included) will be there to tell you about all things that your Students’ Union does for you so feel free to give us a wave or come along and have a chat!

We’ve also got International Women’s Day coming up in March – Kayley and I have got some great ideas and we’re working on getting some special guests so watch this space!

All of us have been continuing work on our Mental Health campaign, which we organised last year (thanks to everyone who donated to Mind and came to speak to us about the Time To Change pledge) and now we’re taking it to the Vice Chancellor to get him to sign the pledge as well! It’s really important that we all work together to help end stigma and discrimination against those with mental health issues in the workplace and in an educational setting. If you’ve got any ideas on how the Students’ Union can tackle the issue of discrimination and stigma, then please let us know!

One final non-uni related thing from me – it’s something I spent all of last year looking forward to and it finally started on New Year’s Day, yes that’s right it’s……SHERLOCK!!! I’m a HUGE Sherlock fan so of course I was ready and waiting for Series 3 to begin and it was so worth it! The first 2 episodes have already been on (I’m sure you can track them down on the BBC website or IPlayer) and the final episode will be shown this Sunday at 8:30pm. I’m not mentally or emotionally prepared for it, I just know it’s gonna pull on our heartstrings and give us all the feels! GAHH!Benedict Cumberbatch as Sherlock Holmes and Martin Freeman as Dr John WatsonBenedict Cumberbatch as Sherlock Holmes and Martin Freeman as Dr John Watson

Anyway, I’m off to answer some more e-mails, plan some more events and swoon over Benedict Cumberbatch.

If you want to ask us anything or tell us what you did over the Christmas break, then leave a comment in the box below, send us a message on Facebook, tweet on Twitter or just come on over to the Hub and say hi in person.

Bye for now!

Em-J

Vice President of the Faculty of Arts and Sciences.

Contact Us!

E-mail

SU President (Gareth) – supresident@edgehill.ac.uk

Vice President of FAS (Em-J) – suvpfas@edgehill.ac.uk

Vice President of Health (Christian) – suvphealth@edgehill.ac.uk

Vice President of Education (Kayley) – suvpeducation@edgehill.ac.uk

Twitter

Gareth – https://twitter.com/EHSUpresident

Em-J – https://twitter.com/EHSUvpfas

Christian – https://twitter.com/EHSUvphealth

Kayley – https://twitter.com/EHSUvpeducation