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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

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Welcome Back Eta Sigma Gamma Students, Alumni and Chapter Leaders

Our hope is that you are safely returning to your places of school, work, and communities with more hope and peaceful days ahead.  

This comes to you in the week we celebrate and observe the legacy and activism of Martin Luther King Jr. and it is also the Inauguration of the 46th President Biden and Vice President Harris bringing hope and healing.  Eta Sigma Gamma stands firm that the horrific events at the U.S. Capitol on January 6th were an atrocity for the American people and democracy. This was a terrorist attack and the insurrectionists have no place at our Capitol or any other place in this Nation.  This continued violence is rooted in historical and systemic racism. For us in Eta Sigma Gamma the work we do and can do more of in our communities, Chapters, campuses, states and other organizations is imperative. Together we will seek further social justice actions, stronger policy work, conversations, and education that continues to dismantle White Supremacy. We are committed to working even harder with the new administration, further strengthening our collaborations with public health leaders and organizations, and bring our Chapters meaningful opportunities to learn, dialogue, and further the mission of our organization to the “promotion of the discipline by elevating the standards, ideals, competence and ethics of professionally prepared individuals in Health Education”.   

We also know you are all continuing as health educators to battle a virus. We know that many of you have served your communities as essential workers, navigated months of virtual classes and work, juggling the health and well-being of your families and friends, while addressing inequalities in your communities around access to healthcare, food, financial insecurities and housing shortages. We strengthen when we come together and share our stories, best practices, and coping strategies to prevent compassion fatigue and burnout. Take care of yourselves and each other. We will continue to need a strong workforce in the coming months and years to battle this pandemic.  

Our National ESG Board is working on many initiatives, new projects, and strategic planning for the coming academic term. We are engaged in Strategic Planning, working on our outreach to Chapters, and stay tuned for more information about the SOPHE/ESG Annual meeting this spring. Watch for opportunities to share your Chapters engagement and how to involve you in either a call for abstracts, manuscripts, webinars, awards and scholarships. Your Board is also working to connect virtually with your Chapters for further development opportunities, networking, and learning opportunities this spring. Stay tuned and be sure to keep your addresses updated in the Membership portal to be sure you are receiving all the member updates. 

As your President and as your Executive Board of Directors we vow to be better listeners, continue to unlearn and learn better understand our roles only your leaders, colleagues, and humans in our community and nation to move forward with hope and restored faith. 

Keely Rees, President 
Robert Bensley, Vice President 
Holly Moses, Immediate Past President
Denise Seabert, Secretary/Treasurer
Julie Soules, Executive Director

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