DeSales University Pace Team Honored at Regional Convention
The DeSales University PACE (Peer Advising, Counseling and Educating) program was recognized as Outstanding Chapter at the 2008 General Assembly of The Bacchus Network, the regional convention of peer educators and advisors, held at Montclair University in Montclair, New Jersey, in March. Other honors included Wendy Krisak, assistant director of counseling and the coordinator of character U, the first year experience at DeSales, who was named Outstanding Advisor, and Liz Pongia, senior psychology major at DeSales, who was named Outstanding Student.
As a member of The Bacchus Network, DeSales belongs to a national and international group of approximately 1,000 schools. At the regional convention, the DeSales PACE Team took home 3 out of 4 awards in Outstanding Chapter, Outstanding Student, and Outstanding Advisor categories.
Established in May 2004, the DeSales PACE team consists of eight Bacchus certified students who assist in peer counseling on campus and talk with other students on issues such as alcohol, sexual assault, relationships, time management and health / social education. They also work with high school, middle school and elementary school students to address a variety of topics.
Attending the regional conference with Krisak were the following members of the DeSales PACE team: Christian Barber, '08, forensic psychology and criminal justice major from Minersville, Pa; Tom Neville, '09, political science major from Philadelphia, Pa; and Elizabeth Pongia, '08, psychology major from Chester Spring, Pa.
Krisak, a resident of Emmaus, has been a member of the DeSales staff for 4 years.
"Receiving the Outstanding Advisor award is a great honor," said Krisak. "Working with the members of this great DeSales PACE team has been an amazing and rewarding experience. The hard work and dedication of everyone involved has contributed to the program's success."
During the convention, Barber and Pongia were selected to make presentations on PACE programs in which they were involved. Pongia discussed "The New Normal," a program focusing on body image. Barber addressed "Let's Talk Dirty," a program informing students about STDs
"The recognition from my peers and my advisors means a great deal to me," said Pongia, who was named Outstanding Student at the conference. "I am immensely thankful for the opportunity to work with this great team to educate and support the DeSales community. I am grateful for the manner in which my work has been received by university students and I hope it has contributed to the wellbeing of many."
Press Release: DeSales University Pace Team Honored at Regional Convention | Posted on: 4/22/2008
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