First Friday College Connect

College of Health

Get in on the fun and camaraderie each Friday at First Friday College Connect events!

These are an opportunity for you – faculty and staff throughout our college – to come together, socialize and learn more about one another, including your work and hobbies off campus.

From extreme athletes to cave explorers and rescue dog moms, our faculty and staff are out in the world learning, striving toward excellence and making a difference.

The FFCC events are held the first full Friday of every month (except summer and breaks) from 2-4 p.m. in the Hallie E. Ford Center for Healthy Children and Families.

Light snacks and drinks are provided, and a trivia contest kicks off every event. Add the FFCC to your calendar and connect with colleagues!

2024 Schedule

February 9, March 8, April 5



Play FFCC Trivia for October 

Professor Mark Hoffman shared his experiences of fighting wildland fires during his summer "vacation" and how he envisions incorporating athletic training as a standard for wildland firefighting crews.

Aria Minu-Sepehr, director of Team Oregon, read from his New Your Times best selling We Heard the Heavens Then: A Memoir of Iran, his childhood memoir about escaping Iran during the revolution when his family was under threat.


Play FFCC Trivia for November 

(artist rendition of Russ in a very dark cave)

Professor Russ Turner shared stories and photos of exploring caves around the world.

Professor Urszula Iwaniec talked about her chance encounter with OSU professor and entomologist George Poinar Jr., who along with his wife, Roberta, inspired the original science behind the book and movie Jurassic Park, and how she and George used specialized imaging to learn more about what’s inside pieces of amber.

Associate Professor Stephanie Grutzmacher talked about fostering hundreds of senior dogs and creatively sharing the dogs’ personalities over social media. Get to know Professor Schnitzel.


Play FFCC Trivia for December

A Peace/Service Corps panel featured moderator Allison Myers, associate dean for Extension and Engagement and FCH program leader, along with Jared Hibbard-Swanson, program manager for food security and safety; Professor Megan MacDonald; Instructor Ashley Vaughn; and Janet Swensen. They talked about their service abroad, and in the United States, and what they learned from those experiences.

Jared Hibbard-Swanson

Jared Hibbard-Swanson

Year of national service through AmeriCorps and 6 months of international
service through the Chilean government’s Ingles Abre Puertas program.

Megan MacDonald

Megan MacDonald

Served with Canadian International
Development Agency Internship 2003-2004 in Maseru, Lesotho, Africa.

Ashley Vaughn

Ashley Vaughn

Teach for America
Trained in Philadelphia and taught in urban New Jersey and Detroit.

Janet Swensen

Janet Swensen

RPCV Tunisia, 1994-1996
Focus was on youth development


Play FFCC Trivia for February

Retired professor Karen Hooker shared photos and stories of her adventures searching the world for petroglyphs.

MPH Administrative Director Hanako Justice performed stand-up comedy.


Play FFCC Trivia for March

Associate professors Sam Logan and Diana Rohlman showed how creative and fun teaching can be by using popular culture as a touchpoint for learning.

Sam Logan

  • 3rd generation Star Trek fan and hope to raise his daughter Ryker as the 4th
  • Two-time Mac50k finisher
  • Established the Florence Wood Award of Impact and Legacy in honor of his grandmother
  • 10+ years of research, teaching, and community outreach related to Go Baby Go, a program that modifies off-the-shelf ride-on toy cars for children with disabilities to use for exploration and play
  • Currently finishing up a project with our college’s librarian liaison assessing the reference accuracy of empirical studies about reference accuracy

Diana Rohlman

  • Integrated her love of Star Trek into an Honors college colloquia, Science, Ethics, and Star Trek, now taught in-person and online. (Won Course of the Year in the Honors College)
  • Worked with the Oregon Health Authority to translate results of a cancer analysis in an environmental justice community in Oregon.
  • Worked with the Swinomish Indian Tribal Community to develop the 13 Moons Environmental Health Curriculum, now available online through the Native Plants and Foods Curriculum Portal.
  • Worked with interdisciplinary researchers to respond to Hurricane Harvey within three weeks of flooding to collect personal chemical exposure data and reported individual data back to the over 200 participants


No trivia for April … we had too many great guests to focus on!

A panel of talented athletes in our community shared their experiences.

Heidi Wegis

Heidi Wegis
Clinical Associate Professor
collegiate basketball player, Ironman

Mary Arnold

Mary Arnold

Kate MacTavish

Kate MacTavish
Associate Professor, competitive runner

John Schuna

John Schuna
Associate Professor, collegiate track & field, strongman

Matt Robinson

Matt Robinson
Associate Professor, mountain bike trialing

Kathy Gunter

Kathy Gunter
Professor and Extension Specialist, collegiate mountain biker, Olympic level cycling

Megan McClelland

Megan McClelland
Professor, collegiate dancer

Erica Woekel

Erica Woekel
Clinical Associate Professor, collegiate volleyball player

Alan Calvert

Alan Calvert
Web communications manager, ultra distance trail running