The DeSales PACE Team's reputation continues to grow, with the latest recognition of Wendy Krisak, assistant director of counseling and coordinator of Character U, DeSales University’s First Year Experience Program, and Chad Serfass, resident hall director and assistant coordinator of Character U. Krisak and Serfass received the Outstanding Advisor award and Outstanding Alumni award, respectively, at the 2009 National General Assembly of The Bacchus Peer Education Network, the national convention of peer educators and advisors, held in Orlando, Florida, November 5 to 8.
This marks the third time DeSales PACE has received national recognition since it was established in May 2004. Since PACE was first introduced, the organization, as well as individual members, have received many honors on both regional and national levels for its notable programs and accomplishments.
Serfass, who graduated from DeSales in 2007 with a degree in elementary education, serves as an advisor of the DeSales University PACE (Peer Advising Counseling Educating) program. A resident of Lehighton, Serfass became a member of the inaugural PACE team in 2004, while an undergraduate, and was named co-advisor in 2007.
“Winning this award at the national level is truly a humbling experience,” said Serfass, a resident of Lehighton.”PACE is a vital and elite group at DeSales. It is a great privilege to travel with the team as an advisor and watch them bond as a group and present their programs to other students from across the country.”
Krisak, a resident of Emmaus, has been a member of the DeSales staff and also has served as an advisor for the PACE Team for almost six years.
“Working as an advisor for the PACE Team is one of the best parts of my job, and being recognized along with Chad Serfass makes the occasion even more special,” said Krisak. “The students are fun to work with and energize me every day with their humor, dedication, and love of education. Receiving an award for something I love to do is so gratifying.”
Also, individual members have been honored for their work previously, including both Krisak and Serfass. In March 2009, Serfass received the Outstanding Alumni award at the 2009 Bacchus regional conference in Scranton. In 2008, Krisak received the Outstanding Advisor award at the 2008 Bacchus Peer Education Network regional conference in Montclair, New Jersey.
In addition, Dr. Gregg Amore, director of the DeSales University Counseling Center and an advisor to PACE, received the Outstanding Advisor award at a national convention in 2006 .
As a member of The Bacchus Network, DeSales is in Area 11, which includes all of Pennsylvania, New Jersey and New York, and also belongs to a national and international group of approximately 1,000 schools.
Also attending the national convention were the following DeSales students:
Micah Beckstead, a junior medical studies major from Lansdale, Pa.; Susan Briggs, a senior dance major from Rockledge, Pa.; Kelly Dixon, a junior pharmaceutical marketing major from Limerick, Pa.; Mike Fortuna, a senior biology major from Boothwyn, Pa.; Phil Glover, a senior computer science major from Denver, Pa.; Mike Jaskelewicz, a senior marketing major from Warminster, Pa.; Caitlin Scott a junior communications major from Schnecksville, Pa.; and Chris Stevens, a junior theatre major from Somerdale, N.J.
During the convention, the DeSales PACE Team also was selected to present two of their programs: Flying High, which focuses on drug education, and It Takes Time To Be a Superhero, which addresses time management.
Flying High is an interactive program that shares factual information with audience members in order to educate them on street drugs and pharmaceutical drugs. It features live polls and addresses a variety of perceptions and misperceptions during discussions. It also includes a question and answer activity, and an opportunity to exchange ideas on how to improve the program, as well as create programs on other campuses.
It Takes Time to be a Superhero takes a detailed look at responsible time management and how to use time wisely and efficiently. It offers techniques on how to utilize time to its full advantage and combat time-related stress. Also, it helps students to set priorities and goals, and how to determine what is important and what is urgent.
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.
For more information on the DeSales University PACE Program, please contact Wendy Krisak, assistant director of the counseling center at DeSales, at 610-282-1100, ext. 1462, or at Wendy.Krisak@DeSales.edu.
Press Release: DeSales Pace Team Receives National Honors | Posted on: 11/20/2009
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Tom McNamara, Executive Director of Communications
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