PACE Presents at Regional Conference, Earns Student Award

by Katherine Kusik '15 | Mar 20, 2013

PACE Team Members Who Travelled to BACCHUS Regional Conference
Members of the DeSales PACE Team include (from left) Lindsey Wyglendowski ’15, Jordan Roman ’14, Kristen Taormina ’13, Colleen Gavin ’13, and Kathy Griffin ’15

Five members of the DeSales University Peers Advising Counseling Educating (PACE) team and their advisors recently traveled to Buffalo, N.Y., for the BACCHUS Network Regional Conference at the University at Buffalo.

The students presented two programs at the conference and received an award for Outstanding Program. The theme of the conference was “Small Change Adds Up.”

“We saw keynote speakers, had group discussions, and most importantly had the opportunity to share what our school is doing,” said Lindsey Wyglendowski ’15. “We also got a chance to learn new ideas from other schools and bring them back to our campus.”

Colleen Gavin ’13, Kristen Taormina ’13, and Jordan Roman ’14 gave the first presentation— #sorryimnotsorry— about cyber bullying.

“Our presentation went really well,” said Gavin. “It stimulated a lot of discussion and I think the other students at the conference really liked our take on the issue.”

The other presentation, “Kindness Can Change the World,” was given by Wyglendowski and Kathy Griffin ’15. The two talked about kindness and its ripple-like effects that it can have on people. Through the presentation, Wyglendowski and Griffin had the opportunity to show the Positively DeSales Facebook page, an anonymous page that leaves compliments on DeSales students’ Facebook walls.

“People mentioned at the presentation how impressed they were by Positively DeSales,” said Gavin. “A lot of the students were saying how they wanted to create one for their campus.”

During the closing ceremony of the conference, Taormina received the Outstanding Program Award. Her winning presentation was called “Break the Silence: A To Write Love on Her Arms Benefit Concert” and highlighted a benefit concert held last spring.

“The educational portion focused on depression and suicide,” said Wyglendowski. “This program was special to Kristen because she shared her story with the student body and raised awareness.  Her program really made an impact on campus and was able to raise money to help people struggling.”

DeSales senior Gui Lopes ’13 was nominated for the Outstanding Student Award.

PACE is advised by Wendy Krisak, director of counseling, and Andrea Grube, assistant director of the health center and health educator.

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