Students in Dr. Angela Keaton’s “Theory and Practice of Citizenship” class recently spent two days educating their fellow students about health issues, the flu, the perils of alcohol and drug use and several other health-related educational topics.
The students hosted a campus mini health fair in October and set up displays in the Niswonger Commons focusing on how to prevent flu on campus, emotional wellness and stress relief strategies, safe sex practices and drug and alcohol abuse.
“The projects were part of the service learning component of this course,” said Keaton, assistant professor of commons and history. “Instead of going into the Greeneville community, they wanted to do something for fellow students at Tusculum in their campus community.”
Students conducted research and prepared displays and were ready to attract student attention to the issues that they felt most affected the college-age student.
Free hand sanitizer was distributed at the flu station and at the emotional wellness booth students were able to make their own stress balls in a hands-on activity.
“Several students worked with the college nurse and counselor and with the Greene County Health Department to learn about their topics,” said Keaton. “They educated themselves and then worked to make their displays appealing to other students so they could share the information.”
She added that two groups also conducted independent research for the project, conducting surveys on the sexual habits of students and on drug and alcohol use.