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Contact: Christina Chapple
Date: 3/3/04
 
STUDENTS CREATE PROGRAMS FOR SLU’S “PROJECT SAFE CAMPUS”
      HAMMOND -- Project Safe Campus, an initiative to promote safe and responsible behavior among Southeastern Louisiana University students, is featuring programs designed for students by students on issues such as tobacco, OxyContin, and drug use and pregnancy.
      The programs, created by Southeastern heath studies graduate students, are among a series of Project Safe Campus presentations scheduled in March. Project Safe Campus is sponsored by the Division of Student Affairs with the goal of encouraging students to “be smart and be safe.”
      Ralph Wood, an assistant professor in Southeastern’s kinesiology and health studies department, said his graduate level “Drug Education Programming” class was approached about partnering with Project Safe Campus by Carol Magendie, assistant to the vice president for student affairs. Since giving students hands-on experience in teaching strategies is a staple of his class, Wood said devising presentations on safety issues for students was a good fit. The course is taken by students earning a master’s degree in health and kinesiology with a concentration in health studies.
      “The students came up with the topics and are diligently putting the information together,” Wood said. He said they plan to use a variety of presentation styles from PowerPoint to puppetry to convey the information.
      The first of three teams of students will present “Tobacco: The Straight Facts” on March 9 in the War Memorial Student Union Ballroom. On March 16, also in the ballroom, a second student team will give details on “OxyContin -- Friend or Foe.” On March 23 in the union’s Southeastern Room (room 223) the final team will talk about “Drug Use and Pregnancy: Giving Your Unborn Child a Chance.” All presentations begin at 6 p.m.
      Also during March, Project Safe Campus will sponsor “Eating Disorders vs. Healthy Choices” at 6:30 p.m. March 18; “For Males Only – Leadership or Violence” by guest speaker Don McPherson at 6 p.m. March 29; and “For Parents Only – the Drugs of Today’s Youth,” a program also sponsored by the 21st Judicial District Court and North Oaks Health System, at 6:30 p.m. March 30. The programs will all take place in the Student Union Theatre.
      Wood said two other student teams are developing programs for Southeastern athletes.
      Project Safe Campus programs are free and open to the public. For additional information, contact Magendie at cmagendie@selu.edu.