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Students Certified at New Jersey Peer Institute

Allyson B. Cox, left, and Maggie J. Bauman Kristi L. Hammaker, with students from Penn College and Rowan University, after their presentation to high school students about what to expect when they go to college New Jersey Peer Institute participantsKristi L. Hammaker, health and fitness specialist, and applied human services students Maggie J. Bauman and Allyson B. Cox joined 160 students from New York, New Jersey and Pennsylvania colleges May 24-26 at the 2011 New Jersey Peer Institute at The College of New Jersey in Ewing, N.J. Sponsored by the TCNJ Alcohol Drug and Education Program and the New Jersey Division of Highway Traffic Safety, the Peer Institute featured two full days of leadership training for peer educators. Additionally, on the third day of the institute, peer educators presented to local high school students on topics including “What to expect when going to college;” “Surviving your first semester of college;” and tips for stress management, healthy coping skills and forming healthy relationships. College peer educators also had the opportunity to take the BACCHUS Certified Peer Educator exam. The BACCHUS Network is a nonprofit university- and community-based resource focusing on comprehensive health and safety initiatives. Its mission is to actively promote student- and young adult-based campus and communitywide leadership on healthy and safe lifestyle decisions concerning alcohol abuse, tobacco use, illegal drug use, unhealthy sexual practices and other high-risk behaviors. Bauman, of Bloomsburg, and Cox, of York, passed the CPE exam and are now Penn College’s first BACCHUS Certified Peer Educators. As CPEs, they will present health- and wellness-related topics to students in classrooms and residence halls or at other scheduled programs in the 2011-12 academic year. They also will continue to represent and promote the college’s newly formed student wellness coalition, Healthy Wildcats. Photos provided by Kristi L. Hammaker

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