The BURG Peer Education Network of Frostburg State University was honored as National Outstanding Affiliate at the 35th Annual National BACCHUS General Assembly in Indianapolis, Ind., in early November.
Frostburg State University’s BURG Peer Education Network was named National Outstanding Affiliate at the BACCHUS General Assembly. Attending from FSU were, front from left, Alyssa Ballard of Odenton, Md., Greg Brightbill of Frederick, Md., and Mark Freeman of Pasadena, Md.; second row from left, Shayna Kramer of Bowie, Md., Devon McDaniel of Milbridge, Maine, Caitlin Weems of Cumberland, Md., BACCHUS Executive Director Drew Hunter, Cat McGregor of Cumberland, Bria Beddoe of Washington, D.C., and Katie Deal of Salisbury, Pa.; back row from left, adviser Don Swogger, Garrett Minnick of Cumberland, Sheldon Jackson of Laurel, Md., Otega Okurume of Laurel, Desiree Despertt of Upper Marlboro, Bobby Croft of Frostburg, Md., Chrissy DelloStritto of Greencastle, Pa., Brittany Alvarez of Baltimore and Laura Fehle of Westminster, Md.
Individual FSU students were also honored during the conference, including Mark Freeman and Katie Deal, who fulfilled their roles as BACCHUS national and regional leaders, and Sheldon Jackson, who was elected as the new member of the Student Advisory Committee from BACCHUS Region 12. Jackson is a second-year peer educator at FSU, and is the seventh FSU student to hold this regional leadership position. Frostburg has consecutively held the position for five years.
“I am privileged to work with such courageous, talented and compassionate young people. These student leaders are a valuable asset to our university,” said BURG adviser Don Swogger. “I am proud to serve as their advisor and appreciate their commitment to help challenge minds, heal hearts and save lives.”
During the conference from Nov. 4 to 7, Swogger and 17 students from BURG attended numerous workshops each day regarding collegiate health issues. BURG members will be instrumental in planning the BACCHUS Region 12 Conference at College Park, Md., on April 1, 2011.
The BURG Peer Education Network, a student organization whose members encourage healthy choices among their fellow students, has been active on campus for 23 years. For more information, contact the S.A.F.E. Office at 301-687-4761 or visit www.burgpeereducationnetwork.com.