PACE Member Wins Outstanding Student Award at National Conference

by Janelle Hill | Dec 08, 2016



Members of the DeSales University Peers Advising Counseling Educating (PACE) team recently attended the 2016 BACCHUS Initiatives of NASPA General Assembly in Kansas City, Missouri, where one student took home a top honor.

Michael Romano (above right) was one of five students to receive the Outstanding Student Award. Winners are selected based on criteria including their contribution to campus peer education efforts, academic successes, and leadership.  

“It was definitely a humbling moment, but very special to me to know that my advisors and colleagues think highly enough of me to nominate for the award,” said Romano, a political science major. “I also feel like the entire PACE group is filled with outstanding people, and I wouldn't be able to do anything that I do without the support of Wendy [Krisak] and the rest of the PACE crew.”

Five DeSales students, including Romano, attended the conference. They went to keynote speeches and workshops, networked with other students, and spent quality time with their fellow PACERS. “One of the main reasons we like to go is to bring back ideas for our campus,” said Krisak, director of counseling at DeSales. “We want to bring ideas back to better support and educate our campus.” 

Each student also submitted an educational program to present at the conference. Both Romano and Nikole Klatka’s programs were selected. Klatka presented Mind, Body, Health: What's the Correlation?, which focused on the correlation between our thoughts and how our bodies respond to our thoughts physically. Romano’s program, Bulk or Sulk: Combating the Myth of Masculinity, explored the societal expectation placed on men and society’s view of masculinity.

This was Romano’s third time attending the conference but the first time he was tapped to present. “It was very cool, because the majority of my program consists of my personal experiences, so to be able to share that and possibly help someone is really important to me.”

Krisak couldn’t be more proud of Romano and the PACE team for all of their hard work and dedication. “They put in so much work and so much effort and so much time, it's great. To be appreciated on a national level adds a whole other level to it that just really validates what we do here. We're such a small campus but we do big things.”

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