Frostburg State University’s BURG Peer Education Network and its adviser, Don Swogger, were recently honored at BACCHUS Network’s annual General Assembly in Reston, Va.
Members of FSU's BURG Peer Education Network who attended the BACCHUS General Assembly include, first row from left, Caitlin Weems, Veronica Morris, Chrissy DelloStrito, Jasmine Wilson, Shayna Kramer, Samantha Hammett and Sam Johnson. Second row from left, Erin Ramsey, Otega Okurume, BURG adviser Don Swogger, Sheldon Jackson, Nicole Mangold and Bobby Croft.
BURG Peer Education Network received the National Outstanding Network Affiliate award for the second year in a row. Swogger received the National Outstanding Advisor of the Year Award. FSU student Sheldon Jackson, who serves as BURG’s recruitment chair and last year’s Area 12 Student Advisory Council representative, was elected for one of two Student Trustee positions for the upcoming year.
At this conference, peer educators from across the country gather to share what they are doing on their campuses. BURG was nominated for a number of awards and individual positions.
BURG is a group of peers who believe in empowering, educating and creating change among peers at FSU and in the community. They promote healthy choices on campus and provide recreational alternatives to drinking and drugging. BURG is a nationally certified peer education group through the BACCHUS Network. Its members serve as peer educators by presenting several educational programs and awareness campaigns on campus each year.
Swogger has been advising the network for the past 20 years. In that time, the organization has won more than 35 awards, most of them on the national level.
For more information about peer education at Frostburg State University, call the S.A.F.E. Office at 301-687-4761 or visit www.burgpeereducationnetwork.com.