BACCHUS Network honors Peer Health Educators
To say Marcy Hufendick was thrilled for her students would be an understatement. The senior counselor in the university's Student Health and Counseling Center, was animated in a recent email to Chancellor Debbie Ford about national awards for her student organization.
"On behalf of the Peer Health Educators, it is with great pride and excitement that I share with you that I have been notified by the BACCHUS Peer Education Network's national office that the UW-Parkside PHE team and one of its members were honored with two national awards," Hufendick wrote.
PHE members Julie Evans, captain; Jasmine Anderson, Colleen Cummings, Karisa Laskowski, Florine Ndakuya, Dennis Polzin, Jayk Retasket, and Valencia Williamson were name an Outstanding Bacchus Network Member. The award was measured on the group's accomplishments, unique qualities, measured evaluation, and history on campus. PHE was joined by DeSales University's Peers Advising Counseling Educating (PACE), Northwestern's Sexual Health and Assault Peer Educators (SHAPE),
Harvard's Drug and Alcohol Peer Advisors, SUNY Albany's Middle Earth Peer Assistance Program, and the University of Missouri MU Student Wellness Advocates.
PHE Team Captain Julie Evans received the Bacchus Outstanding Student Award. Evans was selected based on her contributions to the peer education group, academic success, and leadership. Other Outstanding Student Award recipients were Annie Boyle, University of North Carolina Wilmington; Kevin Wright, Hastings College; Sarah Gayle Ballagh, Radford University; and Matt Matich, University of Montana WesternBACCHUS is a network of more than 32,000 student leaders and advisors who work with more than eight million peers on campuses throughout the world.