DeSales University PACE Team Wins Two Awards
The DeSales University Peer Advising, Counseling and Educating (PACE) team was honored with two awards at the regional conference held at Temple University recently. The DeSales PACE team was recognized as Chapter of the Year for Area 11 Bacchus Network. Also, DeSales senior Jonathan Andrews was named Outstanding Peer Educator of the Year for Area 11. Area 11 includes chapters in Pennsylvania, New Jersey and New York.
Established in May 2004, and not yet two years old, the DeSales University PACE program already has distinguished itself in many ways. Members of the team are specially trained students who assist in peer counseling on campus. They meet and talk with other students to help them deal with issues such as alcohol, sexual assault, relationships, time management and health / social education. They also work with high school and elementary school students to address a variety of topics.
In addition to Andrews, a biology major from Lebanon, Pa., the DeSales PACE team includes: Tracy Brady, '06, elementary education major from Philadelphia; Jackie Camm, '06, senior psychology major from Philadelphia; Mike Eastlack, '07, political science major from Swedesboro, N.J.; Liz Pfister, '07, nursing major from Shippensburg, Pa.; Brian Radziwill, '07, communications major from Cherry Hill, N.J.; Chad Serfass, '06, elementary education major from Lehighton, Pa.; and Monica Yates, '07 psychology major from Schnecksville, Pa. Dr. Gregg Amore, director of the counseling center at DeSales, and Wendy Krisak, assistant director of counseling, serve as team supervisors.
"The awards go beyond the shiny plaques," said Pfister. "They are a testament to the people we help and to the quality of education and counseling we are able to provide. They speak volumes of a mere two years of health education, counseling and advising, on this campus and in the community."
PACE also reaches out to the Lehigh Valley by providing educational peer theatre to middle school students through an anti-bullying program called "Bully Busters," and extended peer educator training to high school students through fall and spring training at PACE Academy. They have educated over 150 middle and high school students.
"The best part about the conference at Temple was seeing our PACE group get the award for Best Chapter because it encapsulates all our efforts with many different individuals," said Andrews. "The real outcome is the positive change for the person we helped and for his or her circle of friends and groups."
According to Krisak, Andrews was nominated by DeSales for the Outstanding Student Award because of his positive involvement in PACE. Krisak said he has distinguished himself as an insightful, energetic, compassionate leader, who has set both a pace and the standard for the rest of the group.
"The PACErs are not inclined to rest on their success. They're about to launch their biggest initiative to date," said Dr. Gregg Amore, director of the counseling center at DeSales and also a team supervisor. "This coming fall, PACE, through the division of student life, will debut the DeSales University First Year Experience, which will include orientation and adjustments for first-year students."
To become a member of PACE, students are nominated by members of the university community because they possess strong leadership, interpersonal and communication skills. Also, they have a desire to contribute to the social and personal development of others, good time management skills, and the ability to establish rapport with other students. Students complete an application process and an interview, before officially becoming part of PACE.
"Winning these awards simply helps to solidify the fact that the work we do is very worthwhile," said Eastlack. "It is amazing to be recognized on such a large scale, especially since we have only been around for two years."
Press Release: DeSales University PACE Team Wins Two Awards | Posted on: 4/18/2006
For more info:
Tom McNamara, Executive Director of Communications
DeSales University | 2255 Station Avenue | Center Valley, PA 18034
610.282.1100 x1219 | Tom.McNamara@desales.edu