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'Do the Gorilla Thing' Achieves National Recognition

Members of Gorillas in Your Midst, Pittsburg State University peer education group, has won national recognition for “Do the Gorilla Thing,” its campus-wide program on diversity, vision, honor, academics and leadership. The program was selected as the Outstanding Prevention Program at the BACCHUS National General Assembly in Reston, Va. Tambree Wilson, program coordinator, also received the Outstanding Peer Educator award at the assembly. CONTRIBUTED PHOTO

Tambree Wilson Wins Outstanding Peer Educator

Tambree Wilson


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What Is Gorillas In Your Midst
We are a Peer Health Education group interested in reaching our peers concerning various social issues through interactive skits, performances and presentations in order to help them make healthier, more informed decisions. We have produced a variety of programming on such topics as:

  • Drug and Alcohol Abuse
  • Rape, Acquaintance/Date Rape, and Sexual Assault
  • Sexually Transmitted Diseases and HIV/AIDS
  • Eating Disorders
  • Contraception and Unexpected Pregnancy
  • Suicide
  • Depression
  • Stress Management

These programs are provided to PSU student groups and local schools to help them become better informed to make healthier decision in their own lives and to assist in the lives of others around them. We provide our services without charge, but gladly accept donations.

Why Peer Education
It is our belief that peer education is an effective instrument in which one may deliver information to a target audience, since the messenger is more like them in lifestyle and circumstances. In other words, you are more likely to listen to someone you identify with than someone who is going to lecture you.

What To Expect
Our programs are highly versatile and adaptive, giving us the opportunity to cater our message to our target audience. We use a variety of formats to accomplish this, including skits, individual vignettes, games, guided discussions, informal presentations, songs, and dramatizations. Most of our programs can be done in one hour, and consists of a warm-up activity, a brief introduction, the performance itself, a question and answer time, de-rolling, and closure. We only ask that you give us at least two weeks notice to prepare for your program. A sound system is requested as well, but not necessary for our presentation for your school or group.

SafeRide/Gus Bus/ P.A.C.T. Plus

SEK-CAP provides a van and a Kansas Department of Transportation trained and certified driver for the PSU SafeRide program Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday, Friday & Saturday 11 p.m. – 2:30 a.m. Rides are provided in the Frontenac – Pittsburg area. Because SEK-CAP also runs the Pittsburg Area Call 719-0135 and look for the grey Windstar van with the "CHOICES" sign in the front and "PSU SafeRide" signs on the sides.

The GUS BUS will operate Thursday, Friday and Saturday nights, 11 p.m. – 3 a.m. (see map attached).  Students along this route can expect the GUS BUS every 30 minutes. Please note: the GUS BUS does not replace the SafeRide service accessed by calling 719-0135 Wednesday – Saturday nights 11 p.m. – 2:30 a.m. but the SafeRide driver may suggest you to catch the GUS BUS if you’re on, or near, the fixed route, as it is intended to free up the SafeRide van to provide rides to those not on the bus route.

                                             Gus Bus

  1. Park & Broadway                             8. Bowen, Trout, Tanner Halls
  2. PSU & Broadway                             9. Crimson Commons
  3. Dellinger & Nation Halls                 10. Washington & Joplin
  4. Chatters                                       11. McCarthy’s Pub
  5. Summerfield                                 12. Bubba’s 311 Pub
  6. Crimson Villas                               13. 6th & Broadway
  7. Axe Library                                   14. 5th & Broadway

 

Students can plan ahead by calling 687-4278 for a free ride anywhere in the Frontenac-Pittsburg area on the P.A.C.T. Plus Bus. from 9pm-11pm and thereby not have to worry about leaving their car behind when using saferide for a ride home from a bar or party. For more information, contact J.T. Knoll at 235-4062 or jknoll@pittstate.edu.

Some examples of valid SafeRide/Gus Bus/ P.A.C.T. Plus uses
    •     Getting to a safe location after a car breakdown within city limits.
    •     You have been studying late at the Library and there is no alternative to getting back to your residence unless you walk by yourself.
    •     You are out with friends. Somehow, you get separated and have no alternative but to walk home alone or accept a ride with people you have just met.
    •     Your date (friend or acquaintance) becomes difficult and you need a ride back to your residence hall.
    •     It's 11:30 p.m. and you need a ride to your residence hall on campus.
    •     You're at a party in town or an area bar and you know you’ve had too much to drink to drive or walk home alone safely.


SafeRide/Gus Bus/ P.A.C.T. Plus Etiquette
    •     Please be respectful to the driver, vehicle, and other passengers at all times.
    •     Be ready to go when your vehicle arrives and enter and exit your vehicle promptly, every minute you keep our driver waiting is another minute the person after you has to wait.
    •     Clean up after yourself. Do not leave any garbage in the vehicle and make sure you have all your possessions before exiting, especially your keys and cell phone.
    •     If for whatever reason you can't make your pickup, please call us, to reschedule or cancel it. By not showing up you are wasting a ride that somebody else could have used.

Please contact Nicole Bishop- Student Coordinator gorillasinyourmidst1@yahoo.com or J.T. Knoll at 620-235-4062 or by email at jknoll@pittstate.edu for more information. Or stop by our office - 105 lower level Overman.

Upcoming Events


Karaoke Nights, 8pm- 10pm, U-Club:

February 6

March 6,

April 3

May 1


Healthy Relationship Week

February 10 – 14

 


Valentine’s Day Flower Sale

February 14 

 


Safe Spring Break Week

Mar. 10 -14


Love Your Body Month

April

Stressed Out?

Sressed Gorilla

Feeling Stressed? Test Anxiety? Log off in one of the five massage chairs in the Relaxation Room adjacent to the U-Club in Overman Student Center or try one of these useful Relaxation/Visualization Exercises!