The BACCHUS Network, a national educational network that promotes healthy and safe lifestyle practices among young adults, will hold its 2012 regional conference at DeSales University on Saturday, March 31. This is the first time DeSales is hosting the event, which includes participation from colleges and universities in New York, New Jersey, and Pennsylvania.
The theme for this year’s conference is “Be Who You Are and Be That Well,” a quote from St. Francis de Sales, the patron saint of DeSales University. The theme was nominated by DeSales and selected by other colleges in the area chapter.
The conference will include programs presented by DeSales’ Peers Advising Counseling Educating (PACE) students as well as other student leaders. Planned programming includes a presentation on diversity entitled “Digging Deeper: The Diversity of Individuality,” and a program on cyberbullying called “#sorryimnotsorry.”
At the end of the conference, programs and students are nominated for awards. At last year’s 2011 National General Assembly, DeSales student Bill Schmoyer ’12, was honored with an Outstanding Student Award.
Wendy Krisak, director of the counseling center and a PACE advisor, values the BACCHUS Conference because it is “a networking event where PACE members can meet their peers. It’s validating because you can see what’s going on in other schools, and we can see we’re doing something right.”
The DeSales PACE team comprises students trained in peer counseling. The team is certified by the BACCHUS Network and has been a chapter member since 2004. PACE presents educational programs that focus on student wellness, personal growth, and alcohol safety for the University community. The PACE team is advised by Krisak and Andrea Grube, assistant director of the health center.
BACCHUS is a network of more than 32,000 student leaders and advisors who work with more than eight million peers on more than 900 campuses throughout the world. Their affiliates are found on more than two thirds of four-year public colleges and universities, a large number of private and two-year institutions, and 19% of historically black colleges and universities, predominantly Hispanic population campuses, and tribal colleges.
For more information, contact Wendy Krisak, director of the Counseling Center, at 610.282.1100, ext. 1462.
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