Hands-on opportunities lead to a bright future
"Once you become a University of Evansville student, you become part of the family.”
Class of 2015
Major: Public Health (BS), Health Services Administration (MS)
Creating a Strong Network
Eric Stoessel was among the first students to go through the public health program at the University of Evansville. His individualized educational path and determination enabled him to graduate with both a bachelor’s degree in public health and a master’s degree in health services administration. He said he is excited to stay connected and become a mentor for future students, a trait common in the strong alumni network at UE.
“Once you become a University of Evansville student, you become part of the family,” said Eric. “You feel at home on this campus. Everyone is friendly with everyone. Professors treat you like their sons and daughters. They care about you. The activities to get involved in are endless. People join Greek life, religious life, academic societies, and academic clubs. Students can also make their own clubs. UE is an amazing place that I definitely thought of as my home away from home.”
Lead by Example
Eric was involved in quite a few activities at UE, but enjoyed one activity in particular. “I always loved being an Orientation Leader. I gave orientation to freshmen and their parents. It felt good to relax nerves and anxiety before parents leave their kids for the first time. We each had a group of freshmen to mentor, and if the freshmen have problems or questions, we were there to help them,” Eric said.
UE’s emphasis on experiential learning and personal attention provides students with real-world opportunities. One of Eric’s professors, Payal Patel-Dovlatabadi, PhD, brought him along as a public health expert for a television interview about Ebola preparedness in the Tri-State area. He was able to share his knowledge of the disease in a platform to reach thousands.
In addition to his hands-on experiences as a student, Eric served as an intern in the Future Public Health Leaders Program, worked at the Swedish Medical Center in Englewood, Colorado, used his knowledge of public health and business to market a local dementia care facility, and even found time to study abroad at Harlaxton College.