Saint Martin’s peer health educators chosen to speak at conference
April 14, 2005
Lacey, Wash. – Ten Saint Martin’s College students
have been invited to give a presentation on student health issues at the
Bacchus & Gamma Peer Education Network Regional Conference, April 15-17
in Amboy, Wash.
The conference will bring students from colleges and
universities across Washington, Oregon, Montana, Idaho and Alaska to
discuss the biggest health issues – including alcohol or drug abuse,
smoking, and safe sex – facing today’s college students.
The Saint Martin’s group will host a session of
“College Jeopardy,” a fast-paced take-off on the popular television
show. Students at the conference will compete in such categories as
“Between the Sheets” and “Drugs Are Bad, m’kay.” The group uses the
format to share basic information with fellow students to help them make
healthy choices about sex, alcohol, drugs and relationships.
Saint Martin’s College’s Peer Health Educator Program
features trained student volunteers providing answers to their
classmates’ questions about healthy lifestyles and safety.
“Our peer health educators are a fun and dedicated
group of student leaders who facilitate access to health-related
information and resources,” said Lynne Welton, director of the college’s
Counseling and Wellness Resource Center and the group’s advisor. “They
are trained in active listening and problem-solving and can assist
students with healthy decision-making concerning alcohol and drug use
and sexual behavior. I’m so proud of them for contributing their program
proposal to the regional conference and earning the “closing” spot for
the entire conference with their presentation of “College Jeopardy.”
The following students will be representing Saint
Martin’s College this weekend:
Jason Richard, Forks
Marie Christensen, Gig Harbor
Lennon Bronsema, Sumas
Tracie O’Neill, Olympia
Haley McInnes, Port Angeles
Julie Guzman, Salem, Ore.
Samantha Minzel, Tacoma
Damini Djenaba, Tacoma
Steven Diaz, Tacoma
Sean-Michael Ortiz, Pearl City, Hawaii
The Bacchus & Gamma Peer Education Network is an
international association with the mission to actively promote peer
education as an important part of campus health and safety efforts.
For more information, please call Welton at 360-438-4513, or e-mail her at
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