Alpha Lambda works on Personal Safety Campus Project

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The Alpha Lambda Chapter at the University of Florida (UF) worked on the Personal Safety On Campus project that aimed to explore students’ perceptions of their safety while on campus during the 2012-2013 academic year. Preliminary research narrowed the campaign focus and brought attention to a possible need on campus. As part of the formative research, a cross-sectional survey design served as the primary needs assessment, and was developed, administered, and gathered by chapter members (the researchers). Analysis of the initial data facilitated the need to collect more qualitative data to further explore students’ specific concerns regarding their safety on campus, as well as determine which safety measures (currently available to students) are utilized. Read More

Being Lifesavers

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For the past few weeks the flyer circulating on the SHSU campus began with the following:

Eta Sigma Gamma, Health Education Honorary, is proud to be the official SHSU sponsor for the:

BE THE MATCH REGISTRY®

OPERATED BY THE NATIONAL MARROW DONOR PROGRAM®

The National Marrow Donor Program is a nonprofit organization that is the global leader in providing umbilical cord blood and bone marrow transplants. The Be the Match Registry contains the world’s largest list of potential marrow donors and donated cord blood units. They also raise funds to help provide such transplants to all patients. Another role of Be the Match is to match patients with donors, conduct research through the Center for International Blood and Marrow Transplant Research, and to educate healthcare professionals.

This organization facilitates more than 5,800 transplants a year and since 1987, has participated in 55,000 transplants to give patients a second chance at life.

This amazing organization has been on the Sam Houston State University campus for several years for the purpose of recruiting young people to register and be potential donors. One of the initial and very important aspects for an agency recruiter to come into the classrooms to provide education on the process and to encourage students to donate as well as volunteer on campus at the recruitment tents. As with any volunteer process, it is important to provide minimal training in the process if possible. The classroom is where many students get ‘hooked’ and enticed. It is a natural fit for the organization to educate within the health and kinesiology classrooms. In addition, many of the courses in this department require volunteer and or civic engagement hours from the students.

So, where does Eta Sigma Gamma fit into this scheme? Beginning this semester, “Be the Match” will be Eta Sigma Gamma’s philanthropic endeavor each time they are on campus. Between the members of Eta Sigma Gamma and many other health education students, the volunteering was essential in making a successful campaign.

The members of the organization were initially educated on the program by Benita Davis, a Be The Match Recruiter who not only shared the registry process, but shared several poignant and touching stories. As a result, many dedicated members were on board. In addition, flyers were created and distributed across campus including the office student organizations.

The donor project began on Monday, April 1st – Thursday, April 4th. On Monday, April 1st, Eta Sigma Gamma sponsored a campus wide program held at our student center theatre. Over 50 individuals attended this inspirational evening. Two speakers shared their stories to kick off this week of recruiting ‘life savers’.

The first speaker was Tomi Garrison, SHSU Health Student Alum, and former Kat softball player. While Tomi was in her senior year of college, she was informed that she was a match for a patient with multiple myeloma. Tomi shared her story of the process, of the excitement and of waiting the official year after ‘her patient’ recovered to begin communication with her.

The second speaker was Rachel Neihart, recruiter for Be the Match as well as a bone marrow recipient. Rachel shared her sweet story of having met her donor as well as pictures of him attending her wedding which included a bride/donor dance. There were very few dry eyes in the crowd.

The long week of dragging tables, tents and chairs across campus; of stepping out (literally) into zones of discomfort while encouraging fellow students to at least listen to the registry process; and of developing a true understanding of what volunteerism means culminated on Thursday afternoon with 349 potential donors (life savers). One could look into the picture of this week and see that lives were changed. Many of the members of Eta Sigma Gamma will mark this adventure as a wonderful opportunity and a learning experience that will long be with them. In addition, there will be excitement generated for the next semester that we once again seek ‘life savers’ on the campus of Sam Houston State.

The University of Alabama Collaborating with the Community to Promote Culture and Awareness

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The University of Alabama’s Chapter of Eta Sigma Gamma, Delta Xi, has teamed up with the Holt Community Partnership, a non-profit that is dedicated to advancing the Holt Community. Since 2010, the Holt Community Partnership has assembled a festival that focuses on Holt’s unique culture. This festival draws from local talent to national headliners for music, food, and activities for all ages. It provides Holt an outlet in which to display the creativity, resiliency and service of Holt community members.

In April 2011, a devastating EF4 tornado carved a path through the Tuscaloosa community, producing the most damage in Holt. Since Holt is the most economically depressed community in Tuscaloosa, it has not since had the resources or attention that other areas in Tuscaloosa have, and this community is still reeling and trying to rebuild. The advisor of Delta Xi Chapter of Eta Sigma Gamma learned about Holt’s story and about the Holt Community Festival, which needed another partner for 2013. Since November 2012, Delta Xi members have been regularly attending Holt Community Partnership executive board meetings in order to produce strong bonds and understand the needs of the community.

On April 13th, 2013, the fourth annual Holt Community Festival will take place. Delta Xi will be in charge of four activity stations for elementary aged children. There will be two nutrition stations and two physical activity stations. Several members of Delta Xi have been hard at work preparing for the Holt Community Festival, and are hoping for an excellent turn out. More importantly, this is an opportunity for Delta Xi to forge a long-term partnership with a community partner that is actively working to improve their community.

Monmouth University’s Eta Sigma Gamma Chapter Promotes Healthy Body Image and Quitting Smoking

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At Monmouth University our chapter of Eta Sigma Gamma believes in promoting physical and mental wellness throughout the campus. Some of our big events include “Change the Conversation Week” and “The Great American Smoke-out”. During Change the Conversation Week a series of events, such a speakers and exercise classes, are held on the campus. The goal of the week is to promote healthy body image, and keep the campus free of negative talk about self-image. ESG’s role during this week is to promote the events and encourage all students to participate. Additionally, our members gathered and compiled research on eating disorders and distributed it to students throughout the Monmouth University campus. Our members encouraged students to steer-away from negative image, and to accept available help if suffering from and eating disorder and/or body dysmorphia. The “Great American Smoke-out” was also run by ESG this year. Our members set up an area in the student center and decorated it with posters and research on the affects of smoking cigarettes. Pamphlets about the damage that smoking does to the body, as well as pamphlets, flyers, and books on how to quit smoking were given to students. A carbon monoxide detector was used to test smoking students’ lungs. Our members set up “quitting buddies” to keep smokers who wanted to quit accountable to each other. Additionally, prizes were given to students who gave up their packs of cigarettes.

Pi Chapter Gets Colorful

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On Saturday, March 23 Illinois University, home of Eta Sigma Gamma’s Pi Chapter to be part of the Color Craze 5k. This was the inaugural year of the 5k which supported Special Olympics Western Illinois Area 4. The objective of the event, which took several months to plan, was to not only raise funds, but also to get people active and show them that exercise can be enjoyable. Read More

Bring it Back to Normal

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ESG-Omega Chapter, along with many other Illinois State University organizations and students, volunteered for the “Bring it Back to Normal” event. The event asks students to help local businesses and houses near campus by raking leaves, cleaning windows, picking up sticks, or any other chore they might need help with. This is just a small way we college students say “Thank you” to our campus neighbors.

Alpha Lambda Chapter Takes Students to CDC and American Cancer Society

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HEB Students at the American Cancer Society.
Dr. Janet Collins speaking with students about the weight chronic disease carries in federal research.

Dr. Janet Collins speaking with students about the weight chronic disease carries in federal research.

This Spring Break, a collective group of undergraduate and graduate Health Education and Behavior students travelled to Atlanta to tour and speak with representatives of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and the American Cancer Society. Over the course of two days students would be exposed to many potential interests and opportunities post-graduation. Dr. Bernhardt lined up a number of presentations to be delivered at each facility, helping students gauge a better understanding of the impact the CDC and ACS have on the health promotion field.

Students engaged and taking notes during CDC presentations.

Students engaged and taking notes during CDC presentations.

At the CDC students heard from different personnel about their role within the agency and their career advice for health education graduates. Dr. Katherine Lyon Daniel spoke first about the agency’s duties and responsibilities under the United Stated government, and health education’s role within the federal agency. Detrice Munir and Leslie Gross provided students information about fellowship opportunities offered by the CDC and the steps and requirements needed to pursue those opportunities. Holly Hunt, Chief of School Health Branch, spoke with students regarding health promotion in schools and program development across the country toward the improvement of children’s health. Dr. Janet Collins, Associate Director for Program in the Office of the Director, shared information on the extensive transformation from infectious to chronic disease within the American population and sparked discussion about student’s thoughts and perspectives on the issue. Jeanine Cory and Jill Roark, from the Health Communication Science Branch, shed light on the field of communication science by talking about their expertise through the context of vaccination research.

HEB Students at the American Cancer Society.

HEB Students at the American Cancer Society.

From the CDC, the group went downtown to the global headquarters for the American Cancer Society. At the ACS, students were honored to hear from CEO, Dr. John Seffrin about his background in health education and how that academic background prepared him for his current position at the ACS. He was gracious enough to share his advice with students on how they can build a career based on their passion within the Health Education field. He then introduced, Dr. Brawley, Chief Medical Officer, who shared incredible information about his research in oncology. When asked for his advice towards student professional development, he told students to follow their passion while trying to predict and pursue “hot topics” within the field for the next 10-15 years.

In addition to the presentations that were given, students were lead by tour guides through each of the facilities. At the CDC they walked through the David J. Senser CDC History Museum, reading exhibits about the health and innovation of the informal communities around the world, the CDC’s original role as a US Public Health Service branch, polio lungs, and the increasing AIDS epidemic. Students were also privileged to tour the Emergency Operations Center, which operates at the command of national and international health outbreaks. While at the American Cancer Society, the tour guide showed students the administrative work of a non-profit. They had the chance to step into the press-room and hang out in Dr. Seffrin’s office with a beautiful skyline view.

This real-life exposure of our profession was more than inspiring to students. They had the opportunity to converse with many people about their career goals and passions and learn how to integrate those in health education. Both a governmental and non-profit perspective was offered to students to compare and contrast. This experience was ideal for our students. They left feeling hopeful for their futures by way of exposure to people with high standards and exceptional character to follow.

Serving Habitat for Humanity

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Painting doors with Habitat for Humanity

Painting doors with Habitat for HumanityOmega members volunteered with Habitat for Humanity. This was such a great experience for everyone involved. We helped paint closet doors and walls for a very deserving family in the Bloomington-Normal community. We ended up having paint on our hands, our clothes, and in our hair—but it was so worth it!