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Student leader recognized at health conference

May 03, 2010 12:00AM

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Alexa Deghand

A Pittsburg State University student has received a top award at a regional health education conference.

Alexa Deghand, a junior communication major from Roeland Park, Kan., was presented with the Area 5 Outstanding Student award at the BACCHUS Network Peer Health Education Conference in Kansas City last month. Themed "Meeting of the Minds," the regional prevention and health education conference is for college and university peer educators, their advisers, administrators, and campus and community law enforcement.

During the three-day conference, training and education was offered to the students and professionals from campuses across the Midwest. Peer health groups from Kansas, Missouri, Oklahoma, and Nebraska joined experts in substance abuse prevention and wellness education, presenting programs on effective strategies, model programs, and best practices.

At PSU, Deghand has been highly involved with the PSU wellness and prevention group Gorillas In Your Midst, AIDS Week, the campus Smokeout, and is author of a monthly online health column "Ask Alexa." She is executive director of PSU's Up 'til Dawn, the fundraising effort for St. Jude Children's Research Hospital. She is also president of University Student Ambassadors, a Pitt Cares leader, and has served in many other student leadership roles.

"Alexa uses hard work, intelligence and creativity to further not only the efforts of Gorillas In Your Midst but also the healthy choices of the campus as a whole," said J.T. Knoll, campus prevention and wellness coordinator, who nominated her. "Her compassion knows no bounds."

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