The peer education groups Students for Violence Prevention and Gorillas In Your Midst presented programs at the Meeting of The Minds Area 4 West conference in Kansas City, earlier this year, and were selected for three awards.

Ali Smith, PSU coordinator for violence prevention and victim advocacy, received the “Outstanding Adviser Award For Excellence” for her work as adviser, trainer and mentor for Students for Violence Prevention.

Students for Violence Prevention, meanwhile, received the “Outstanding Program Award For Excellence” for their 2015 Domestic Violence Awareness Month program.

The group was selected to give a break-out presentation titled “Paint Your Campus Purple: Addressing Campus Violence” to other peer educators and advisers in attendance.

Kelsey Lueck, student coordinator for Gorillas In Your Midst, received the “Outstanding Senior Award For Excellence” for her four-year commitment to creativity, leadership and promotion in peer health education.

Gorillas In Your Midst also presented a break-out session. Titled “Gorilla Warm-Up,” the session outlined the group’s DO THE GORILLA THING (DO THE RIGHT THING) campus programming, which starts with the peer theater program presented to all incoming freshmen and continues throughout the year.

Lueck was also selected for the “Outstanding Leader” award at the Leadership and Awards Banquet. Kelsey’s sister Sarah, a member of both Students for Violence Prevention and Gorillas In Your Midst, was selected to receive the $1,500 Wintle Scholarship for Outstanding Leadership and Academic Performance.