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Student Wellness Team and Adviser Receive Recognition from Peers

RELEASED: April 18, 2005

EAU CLAIRE — Members of the University of Wisconsin-Eau Claire's Student Wellness Advocacy Team were recently recognized with several awards at the Bacchus and Gamma Peer Education Network's Area 4 Conference. Bacchus and Gamma is the largest national peer education organization, and Area 4 includes peer education programs from Wisconsin, Illinois, Minnesota and North and South Dakota.

Health Educator Sarah Harvieux received the Outstanding Advisor Award; senior special education major and SWATeam member Jessica Evers, Kaukauna, received the Outstanding Student Award; and "Condom Sundae" won for Outstanding Program.

The SWATeam consists of 12 peer health educators who facilitate educational programs on a variety of wellness topics, including alcohol education, sexual health, stress management and relaxation. It is housed in Student Health Services and coordinated by Harvieux.

"I cannot say enough good things about Sarah Harvieux," said Evers. "Our numbers are up and our program is stronger than ever due in large part to her dedication to her job and the team. She is an excellent role model and has helped me become the student leader I feel I am today."

Harvieux attends Chippewa Valley Technical College full-time for nursing and runs the successful SWATeam program as part of her duties as health educator.

"I feel very honored the students nominated me for the award," said Harvieux. "The fact that I actually received the award is just icing on the cake!"

The Outstanding Student Award, given to Evers, is awarded to students who go above and beyond the call of duty to motivate and educate the student body and campus community.

Evers said she believes strongly in educating students about health risks in order to empower them to make educated decisions.

"I do not do this job for recognition," said Evers. "I do it because I truly care about the work I'm doing and believe it is very important."

The winning program," Condom Sundae," is an interactive program created several years ago that encourages students to make healthy choices about their sexual health. Significant emphasis is placed on partner communication and how this can impact a relationship.

Harvieux said one of the keys to the success of this program is co-sponsorship by Housing and Residence Life. The individual Hall Councils provide the funding for the ice cream and sundae supplies and help promote the program.

"I am so proud of the recognition our program is receiving at the regional level," said Harvieux. "It speaks highly of UW-Eau Claire's commitment to wellness and student leadership."

For any more information about the awards or the SWATeam, contact Harvieux at (715) 836-2001 or at harviesm@uwec.edu.

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