Mayllyn Luz and Kelsey Bratcher
Mayllyn Luz (left) and Kelsey Bratcher

UTSA student elected BACCHUS Network adviser

By Tim Brownlee
Assistant Director of Public Affairs

(Dec. 3, 2008)--UTSA student Mayllyn Luz was elected to the student advisory committee of the BACCHUS Network at the group's general assembly Nov. 12-17 in Columbus, Ohio. BACCHUS is an international organization that promotes peer education regarding healthier behaviors among college-age adults.

As president of the UTSA student organization, Be A Responsible Roadrunner (BARR), Luz will represent BACCHUS Network Area 6 (Texas, Oklahoma, New Mexico, Louisiana and Arkansas) for one year. BARR is UTSA's BACCHUS Network affiliate. A sophomore communication major, Luz was voted UTSA Student Leader of the Month for October 2007.

Luz was accompanied at the assembly by Kelsey Bratcher, UTSA assistant director of risk education, alcohol and drug programs, who presented "Bottoms Up: A Practical Approach to Risk Management." Bratcher serves as the Texas state coordinator for the BACCHUS Network.

"This is an excellent opportunity for Mayllyn to serve on the national level with the BACCHUS Network," said Bratcher. "Her training opportunities and experiences will be priceless and life changing. She is excited about serving Area 6 and the BACCHUS Network."

BACCHUS (Boosting Alcohol Consciousness Concerning the Health of University Students) is a network of more than 32,000 student leaders and advisers who work with more than 8 million peers on more than 900 campuses around the world to promote healthier behaviors and raise awareness on issues surrounding alcohol, drug and tobacco use.

The organization promotes student peer education and community leadership on sexual health issues and safer, healthier decisions regarding fitness, sexual behaviors and the use of alcohol, drugs and tobacco. The network includes a team of nine full-time professionals at its headquarters, 12 area consultants and 32 state coordinators serving in professional roles on campuses, and 14 elected student leaders.

At the assembly awards banquet, BARR won the Outstanding Creative Publicity for an Event award for UTSA's "Keep It Dry" project. "Keep It Dry" shower tags were distributed throughout UTSA's Laurel Village and Chaparral Village housing complexes before the fall student move-in.

Each UTSA residence shower had a tag with the "Keep It Dry" message and the housing alcohol policy. On move-in day, BARR consultants staffed information tables to answer questions from students and parents about UTSA's alcohol policy. The "Keep It Dry" campaign was made possible through the collaboration of BARR and the UTSA Office of Housing and Residence Life, along with a grant awarded by UMADD and the Carmax Foundation.

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