The Faculty of Health Sciences successfully hosted another March Break Open House on Saturday. More than 1500 people registered to visit our building - we probably saw between 700 and 800. Special thanks to Academic Affairs Officer Neil Fulford for organizing the day and to Associate Dean Meg Cheesman, Matt Quin, and Rick Strange.
We started off the day with a slight twist to our usual format. FHS was the first stop for Western President Amit Chakma. Knowing that one of his areas of interest is internationalization, we Skyped in a welcome from graduate student and former student council president, Michelle Allain, who is interning at the World Health
Organization in Geneva, Switzerland. Following President Chakma's welcome to the group in HSB 40, we treated him to USC President Emily Rowe's rousing campaign video. Emily has graciously given her time to join our Fall Preview Day and March Break events, even though she is not a member of our Faculty.
Our visitors enjoyed the hospitality of our undergraduate program presentations, the wisdom of our Academic Counsellors and tours of our labs and facilities in the building. Many thanks to all of the staff and faculty who opened their doors to hundreds of people who wanted to see our Anatatorium, simulated hospital ward, International Centre for Olympic Studies, Laboratory for Brain and Heart Health, and the Exercise and Health Psychology Laboratory.
Special thanks to our student volunteers who welcomed visitors, directed traffic, and held panels to discuss student life at Western. What a great day - thanks to all.