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Jeff DiGiovanni

Director of Clinical Affairs Jeffrey DiGiovanni, who hopes to grow a handlebar mustache by month's end.

Photographer: Lauren Dickey

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Health Sciences and Professions stages faculty 'No-Shave' competition for men's health


If “Race for the Cure” fairly characterized the College of Health Sciences and Professions’ fundraising initiatives during the month of October, then a new slogan — “Grow Fur for the Cure,” perhaps — can summarize November’s efforts equally well.

All month long, select CHSP faculty and staff will be ditching their razors in favor of mustache wax, as they participate in a No-Shave November competition to champion the cause of men’s health issues.

Competitors will be attaching weekly photo updates to their beard boards, which will track their facial hair as it grows throughout the month. The boards will be on display across from Atrium Café in Grover Center. Passersby will chose their favorite beard by placing a donation in the corresponding jar.

Donations will be collected between 10 a.m. and noon and 2–4 p.m. each Monday in November, as well as online all month. 

Notable CHSP participants include Dean Randy Leite, Director of Clinical Affairs Jeffrey DiGiovanni, and Department Interdisciplinary Health Studies Chair Michael Kushnick.

Physician assistant students at the OHIO Dublin campus, looking for engaging ways to raise money for men’s health, first came up with the idea for the competition. The organizers, with the help of participating faculty and staff in Athens, are hoping to achieve their $500 goal.

Potential beneficiaries include groups that fight men’s cancers, including prostate cancer.

“I am proud that our physician assistant students want to raise awareness of men’s health issues through their ‘No Shave November’ fundraiser. I’ve decided to join them in the hope that we can increase the money they raise,” Dean Leite said in an email.

“Every dollar contributed will go to support men’s health awareness and research. I hope everyone reading this will consider making a donation,” Leite said.

The campaign can be followed on social media using the hashtag #CHSPnoshave.