|SVSU Student Health Education Group Earns National Honor|
November 19, 2013/SVSU News
Saginaw Valley State University's Peer Health Education group has received national praise for their work to encourage fellow students to make healthy decisions. The student-led group won an Outstanding BACCHUS Affiliate award Saturday, Nov. 16 at the BACCHUS General Assembly Conference in Reston, Va.
SVSU’s Peer Health Education group promotes good decisions among students regarding alcohol, drugs, sex and other health-related topics; they were recognized as the best program for institutions with enrollment between 5,001 and 12,000 students. The award was given by The BACCHUS Network, a national group dedicated to college campus leadership.
"This is very exciting," said Sara Martinez, the group's adviser and assistant director of SVSU's Student Counseling Center. "As an adviser, I always knew they were good at what they did. To be recognized nationally solidifies what I knew."
Martinez said the organization's outreach included 15,000 student contacts over the last year.
SVSU is one of 330 institutions associated with The BACCHUS Network nationally. Seven institutions in total won Outstanding BACCHUS Affiliate awards. SVSU won the award once before in 2006.
In addition to the institutional award, one of the Peer Health Education's student members, Sarah Devitt, was voted as one of 12 representatives for the BACCHUS Student Advisory Committee for Area 7, which serves more than 75 higher education institutions within Michigan, Ohio, Indiana and Kentucky. Devitt is pre-occupational therapy major from Hartland.