6 February 2007
JSU Peer Educators Up for
Area 8 Program of the Year Award
Jacksonville State University Peer Educators are once again up for the Area 8 Program of the Year Award
at the Spring 2007 BACCHUS Network™ Conference.
This distinguished group has received the Area 8 Program of the Year award for the last four
years in a row ('02-'03 through '05-'06).
JSU Peer Educators comprise the local chapter of an
international organization known as The
Bacchus Network . The BACCHUS Network™ is a university- and community-based network focusing on comprehensive health
and safety initiatives. The organization promotes student and young adult
campus- and community-wide leadership on healthy and safe lifestyle decisions
concerning alcohol, tobacco and illegal drug use, unsafe sexual practices, and
other high-risk behaviors. The Network also
supports affiliated schools’ peer
education efforts with programming ideas, recruiting techniques, membership
retention, leadership training, team building, and educational materials and
The BACCHUS Network™ is divided into 12 areas throughout the
Each area holds an annual conference during the spring, with a different state
hosting the event every year. This year is Florida’s
turn to welcome the schools of Area 9, comprised of Florida,
Georgia, Puerto Rico, and
Florida State University’s Peer Educators, sponsored by
Center as part of the
Healthy Campus 2010 initiative, will host this year’s annual BACCHUS Network™ Area
9 conference February 16 – 17. The Area 9
conference will be held on Florida
campus in the Student
The BACCHUS Network™ activities
and workshops are scheduled Friday, Feb. 16 from 8 a.m. to 9 p.m. and Saturday,
Feb. 17 from 9 a.m. to 3:30 p.m.
Area 9 has invited Area 8, which includes
schools from Alabama, Mississippi,
to participate in the symposium this year. JSU will be sending a group of advisors and students to attend the conference.
They will leave campus on Friday, Feb. 16th and return Sunday, Feb. 18th.
This spring conference is instructive, inspirational and fun, while
also being a reminder of the impact peer education groups have on prevention
and educational efforts on college campuses. Peer educators and advisors who
attend the Area 9 conference will have a chance to meet with other students and
instructors to share ideas, knowledge, expertise and experiences. The symposium
is a great opportunity for attendees to learn what other colleges and
universities are doing with their peer education programs, pick up new ideas
for fundraising and publicity, and meet the area leadership team.
Highlights of the conference include a keynote address by Tony Carvajal, a consultant and trainer
on leadership, teambuilding and management issues; Certified Peer Education
Training for advisors and students; and a SIDNE (Simulated Impaired DriviNg
Experience) demonstration. The SIDNE is a battery-powered vehicle that
simulates the effects of impairment from alcohol or other drugs on a motorist's
driving skills. Nationally recognized speaker Mark
Sterner also will share his DUI experience with conference attendees.
In conjunction with the BACCHUS Network™ conference, the Florida Higher
Education Alliance for Substance Abuse Prevention (FHEASAP) will present a
one-day workshop on February 17 for advisors, community members and
higher education professionals interested in underage and high risk alcohol use
by college students from a national and statewide perspective.
speakers for the higher education workshop are Dr. Mark Goldman, associate
director of the National Institute on Alcohol Abuse and Alcoholism and faculty
member at the University of
South Florida, and Dr. Alex Wagenaar, professor of
epidemiology and health policy research at the University
College of Medicine.
A panel discussion with Mr. Bill Janes, Director of the Florida Office of Drug
Control, and Dr. Steve Hougland, Director of the Florida Division of Alcoholic
Beverages and Tobacco, will also take place.
forms for the higher education workshop are available by emailing Bob Ruday at firstname.lastname@example.org. The registration deadline is
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