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ESG Advocacy Summit Scholarship


COVID-19 has led to virtual delivery of the 2021 Health Education Advocacy Summit. The Summit allows for participants to “engage in effective advocacy for a common agenda at national, state and local levels. Participants new to advocacy learn the basics to enhance their confidence. Seasoned advocacy veterans are exposed to advanced sessions” (SOPHE, 2019, para. 1). The theme this year is Health Equity. This mini-grant will support all or most of the cost for Eta Sigma Gamma student members to attend the virtual Summit at $100, with 10 scholarships available. After the Summit, scholars must submit a reflection to National ESG.

Eligibility: Student members who are eligible will meet all of the criteria below:

  • Current (dues are up to date) National Eta Sigma Gamma student member
  • Be enrolled full-time or part-time in classes during October 2021

Summit Information:


To apply for this scholarship, click HERE.

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National Consensus on School Health Education

JUNE 14, 2021 – ATLANTA, GEORGIA – The American School Health Association, Eta Sigma Gamma national health education honorary society, Foundation for the Advancement of Health Education, Society for Public Health Education, and Society of State Leaders of Health and Physical Education proudly announce the launch of the National Consensus on School Health Education.

The initiative will focus on what students and out-of-school youth need to know and be able to do to create and maintain a healthy lifestyle and to succeed in school. Products of the initiative will serve as resources for educators interested in quality school health education as a component of the Whole School, Whole Community, Whole Child model. Developers will address critical contemporary health education issues such as social justice and anti-racism; social and emotional learning; mental health and trauma; misinformation, disinformation, and social media; and virtual learning; among others.

See the full document here, which includes Development Team members.

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Dr. Mal Goldsmith

With sadness we report the death of Dr. Mal Goldsmith, who passed away in June 2021 at the age of 68. Dr. Goldsmith was born in Brooklyn, New York and has long been recognized for his major contributions to health education. Dr. Goldsmith earned his bachelor’s degree from the State University of New York at Brockport, his master’s degree from Indiana State University, and his doctorate from Southern Illinois University at Carbondale.

Dr. Goldsmith taught health education courses at Southern Illinois University at Edwardsville from 1978 until 2010. While in Edwardsville he served as faculty adviser for the Gamma Delta Chapter of Eta Sigma Gamma. In addition, Dr. Goldsmith served as the national president of Eta Sigma Gamma from 2001-2003 and served as Eta Sigma Gamma’s Director of Chapter Development. Dr. Goldsmith was the recipient of the Eta Sigma Gamma Distinguished Service Award and the Eta Sigma Gamma National Honor Award. 

In addition to his service for Eta Sigma Gamma, Dr. Goldsmith served on the board of the National Commission for Health Education Credentialing and was the chair of the Coalition of National Health Education Organizations’ Task Force on Ethics. In addition, Dr. Goldsmith was recognized for his professional contributions by the American School Health Association and the American Association for Health Education.

Dr. Goldsmith made tremendous contributions to the health education profession and he will be greatly missed. Eta Sigma Gamma extends its condolences to his wife Holly, his daughter Sierra and his brothers Steve and Lon.

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American School Health Association is offering student membership for a low rate through July of this year, and the annual conference is being held during the summer – also at a low rate for students.

Learn more about ASHA member benefits and fill out an application on their website:

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Virtual T-shirt Exchange!

@nationalesg #GamFam #ESGtshirt #ESG2021 #SOPHE2021dX

We are so excited to see you online at the SOPHE 2021dX virtual conference! ESG will be hosting this year’s t-shirt event online. We will miss in-person interactions, networking, and learning about each chapter. Fortunately, to keep the tradition alive we have created a plan for this event to take place online. Interactions will now be virtual through our social media accounts: Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram. We invite every chapter to participate in our social media activities during the SOPHE 2021dX Annual Conference. Below are the details on how to participate:

Create a social media post with your chapter’s ESG/School t-shirt. We recommend posts are created and posted starting on April 5. (Monday!) We will share/retweet your posts during the conference week. 
We suggest posts include:

  • Pictures (max of 4) of t-shirt, chapter members, recent activity or chapter meeting
  • Name of school/chapter
  • Short description (250 characters max) introducing the chapter, can include semester highlights, recent events/activities, member shout outs, description of your ESG t-shirt
  • Use a hashtag trending during the conference (ex: #GamFam, #ESGtshirt, #ESG2021, #SOPHE2021dX)
  • Mention/tag @nationalesg 

Social media posts can be on Instagram, Twitter, or Facebook. If a Tiktok video is created, it can be attached to a post on any of the other mentioned media accounts.

  • If you have multiple media accounts, the post can be shared on all to increase interactions.
  • If you do not have social media accounts you may email your post/pictures to, and we will post on your behalf. 

We encourage you to retweet/like/comment on other chapter’s posts and pictures. This a great opportunity to interact and learn about each other. 
We hope to see you all next week, and look forward to reading and sharing the posts you create!

Don’t forget to mention/tag @nationalesg

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2021 ESG NCHEC Outstanding Undergraduate Major of the Year Awards

Paul Abraham, Eastern Illinois University

Melissa Aceves, IUPUI

Diana Asieduwaa, Prairie View A&M University

Lauren Asmus, Clemson University

Chelsey Bad Moccasin, Minnesota State University Mankato

Z’Nya Banks-Donaldson, University of Indianapolis

Bradi Brooks, University of Central Arkansas

Rachel Brown, Idaho State University

Lauren Buscarino, The University of Scranton

Hannah Campbell, Boise State University

Brianna Dugan, University of Maine at Farmington

Kristen Emory, San Diego State University

Kyndal Fletcher, Miami University

Sabina Galami, Mississippi University for Women

Camryn Giem, Western Michigan University

Mary Hogan, Truman State University

Julia Kalusniak, Central Michigan University

Ifeoluwa Kayode, Georgia Southern University

Jayna Lattig, Liberty University

Wolfgarr Lobo, SUNY Brockport

Paige Lundberg, University of NC Wilmington

Maryam Makhdoom, Southern Illinois University Carbondale

Madison Malott, Texas A&M University

Jonathan Mariani, SUNY Cortland

Jose Martinez, Texas State University

Wesley Mills, Buffalo State College, SUNY

Ty’Anna Neale, North Carolina Central University

Alexandra Nestel, University of Utah

Kristin Pachy, Eastern Michigan University

Taylor Palmer, University of Maryland, College Park

Ella Rastegar, Hofstra University

Danielle Rowe, Eastern Kentucky University

Jacqueline Sandoval, UNC Greensboro

Olivia Tyler, Salisbury University

Lorinda Volzer, University of Wisconsin- La Crosse

Rachel Walker, University of Central Oklahoma

Teresa Wang, Illinois State University

Claire Weiss, University of Alabama

Emily White, Kennesaw State University

Taylor White, University of North Florida

Jalia Wilkins, University of Tampa

Sia Williams, Otterbein University

Rachel Yee, University of Cincinnati

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2021 ESG Award Winners!

Student Awards

Founder’s Award – Olivia Tyler, Epsilon Xi Chapter, Salisbury University

John P. McGovern, M.D. National Scholarship Award – Angelic Floyd, Alpha Nu Chapter, UNC Greensboro

Loren B. Bensley, Jr. Gamman of the Year Award – Alison Yelsma, Gamma Mu Chapter, Western Michigan University

Mohammad R. Torabi Best Student Paper – Mckenzie Rooney, Robert Phillips, and Courtney Olds, Communal Motivation and Pregnancy Prevention Among College Students

Elena M. Sliepcevich Professional Development Award – Graduate, none awarded for 2021           

Elena M. Sliepcevich Professional Development Award – Undergraduate – Valerie Garcia, Gamma Pi Chapter, Hofstra University

Chapter Activity Awards

Service Activity Award – Delta Chi Chapter, Texas State University

Teaching Activity Award – Alpha Lambda Chapter, University of Florida

Advocacy Activity Award – Gamma Eta Chapter, University of Cincinnati

Research Activity Award – Beta Phi Chapter, University of Wisconsin, La Crosse

Chapter Recognition Awards

Chapter Recognition Award – Beta Delta – Eastern Michigan University

Chapter Recognition Award – Beta Nu – Eastern Illinois University

Chapter Recognition Award – Delta Chi – Texas State University

Chapter Recognition Award – Rho – Kent State University

Chapter Recognition Award – Kappa – SUNY Cortland

Chapter Recognition Award – Gamma Lambda – University Texas El Paso

Chapter Achievement Award – Gamma Mu – Western Michigan University

Chapter Excellence Award – Alpha Gamma – University of North Florida

Chapter Excellence Award – Alpha Lambda – University of Florida

Chapter Excellence Award – Alpha Pi – Texas A&M University

Chapter Excellence Award – Beta Phi – University of Wisconsin, La Crosse

Chapter Excellence Award – Epsilon Sigma – University of Tampa

Chapter Excellence Award – Eta – Central Michigan University

Outstanding Chapter Sponsor of the Year Award – Meagan Shipley, Alpha Pi Chapter, Texas A&M University

Professional Awards  

Robert J. Synovitz Distinguished Service Award – Dr. Alexis Blavos

Honor Award – Dr. Amos Aduroja

W.E. Schaller Presidential Citation – Dr. Holly T. Moses

W.E. Schaller Presidential Citation – Stacey Abrams, JD, Fair Fight

W.E. Schaller Presidential Citation – Dr. Karl Larson

Chapter Spotlights

Eta Chapter Spotlight!

Eta Chapter Gammans working a mobile COVID vaccine clinic, 2021.

Chapter Spotlights

Kappa Chapter Spotlight!

Kappa Chapter Gammans doing important work, 2020.

Annual Meeting

Zoom Paddles!

We have some great ideas regarding virtual meeting “paddles” for members/chapters to use during the awards ceremony and social events.  Essentially, each chapter could have a social/event where the members of their chapter create paddles to show off and use during the awards ceremony.  There are kits that can be purchased online to create paddles, and lots of DIY options via Pinterest. See examples of some paddles. More examples can be found…

The above examples are to provide ideas… be as creative as you like!  And, how easy to use chopsticks or a popsicle stick as the handle, and plain white paper as the paddle?!  The idea is to jazz up our awards ceremony and facilitate whole-group activity, while allowing chapters to come together and create individual paddles for those members planning to attend the awards ceremony. 

You can download the ESG logo to use on your paddle below, by right clicking and selecting “save image as”.