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Front row from left: Jennifer Poe, Kiffini Dula, Tomi Yamamoto
Back row from: Howaida Werfelli (SHADES adviser), Ana Oliveira, Ashley Plagge,
Ro Gomez, Casey Farley, Lindsey Coley, Catrina Delos Santos, Alicia Chism
and Nick Holstein
Members not available for the photo: Nmeoma Dura-Onweni, and facilitators/advisers
Kathy Ceresoli, Barbara Reyes and Melissa Hernandez.

Peer health educators participate in training

By Kathleen Ceresoli
Health Educator, Student Health Services

(Oct. 10, 2006)--Sixteen students and advisers participated in joint training on health topics for the upcoming fall campaigns that will teach UTSA students about important health issues that may affect them personally.

The peer educators were schooled on information and resources for the fall events of Alcohol Awareness Week and World AIDS Day as they learned how to present and plan properly for these events.

UTSA students can volunteer to help educate their fellow students on important health issues through SHADES (Sexual Health Alcohol and Drug Awareness for Students), FACES (Finding Awareness by Creating Educated Students) or SHAC (Student Health Advisory Committee).

Each semester, the student organizations develop a university-wide event such as World AIDS Day, which will be at the Downtown Campus at the Frio Street Building commons from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m., Nov. 29. The observance at the 1604 Campus will be 10 a.m.-2 p.m., Nov. 30 in the University Center second floor lounge.

The Safe Spring Break Fling is set for March 6. In order to have peer educatiors ready for spring information events, training will be conducted the first week in February including training on sexual health and safer sex, substance abuse, safe spring break issues and sexual assault.

Students interested in becoming peer educators can contact Melissa Hernandez (FACES, FACES drama and mental health issues) at (210) 458-4140, Kathy Ceresoli (SHAC and medical health issues) at (210) 458-6428 or Howaida Werfelli (SHADES and HIV/substance abuse and alcohol issues) at (210) 458-4142.

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