February 22, 2002
PEP recognized as project house of the yearPeers Educating Peers was honored Wednesday, Feb. 20 at the annual Student Volunteer Day awards ceremony as this year's recipient of The Dorothy M. Anderson Award for Outstanding Project House of the Year.
The group volunteers its time and efforts to educating the community on the dangers of drug and alcohol abuse. Members promote healthy living and smart decision-making, through events on campus and in the community.
Dean of Student Life, Dorothy Anderson, who presented the award, remarked on the group's activities and contributions, also commenting on their high level of volunteering. Last semester the group averaged a total of 45 volunteer hours per person.
Peers Educating Peers coordinates programs such as Alcohol Awareness Week and the Great American Smoke-out. They also attend local high schools and coordinate hall programs at Susquehanna. Through activities such as these, the group targets issues of great importance to everyone, according to Anderson.
Sophomore Rebecca Enish, a member of Peers Educating Peers, said she was surprised and proud that the group won the award.
"Making a difference through volunteering is a reward in itself, but it is definitely nice to be acknowledged for your efforts," Enish said.
Also honored at the awards ceremony was sophomore Ashley Shade, winner of The Lynn H. Askew Award for Outstanding Student Volunteer of the Year. Shade participates actively in both the Selinsgrove Center Project and Student Awareness of the Value of the Environment
Dr. Barbara Lewis, associate professor of psychology, received The Joel L. Cunningham Award for Outstanding Service Learning Faculty Member of the Year.
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