History of the UF Division of Student Affairs - Page 68

68 informed choices about personal health and maintain a healthy lifestyle through the adoption of healthful behavioral practices and promoting the field of health education and facilitating the development of health education-related skills in students pursuing careers within the field of health education. Further objectives included conducting a student health needs survey; monitoring student health concerns and interests; implementing health promotion programs addressing evident student health concerns; producing health education information materials; advertising health education programs; conceptualizing and implementing additional special projects; evaluating existing and new healthrelated programs; planning, providing, and supervising a semester-long field experience in health education for health education majors; and promoting cooperative health education efforts with other health-oriented personnel and projects both on and off campus. During fiscal year 1982 - 1983, the department expanded from one full-time Health Educator, Sharon Knight, to include a part-time graduate assistant, Charles (Chuck) McDuffie, to meet demands and provide students with more comprehensive health education information. Knight, who served as the Director of the Health Education Program through 1987, was a Registered Nurse with an M.S. in Health Education and a doctoral student in Education studying Educational Media and Instructional Design. McDuffie was a doctoral student studying Health Occupations Education. Susan Hambleton, a doctoral student in Counselor Education, and Kerry Chancey, both joined the program parttime under Knight’s tenure to initiate and supervise a peer education program. At that time, much of the work of the Student Health Services-based Health Education Department was focused on sexuality education and women’s health as well as physical activity stress management and the promotion of healthy lifestyles. Graduate and undergraduate interns contributed significantly to the health education programs that were offered. The Health Education Department doubled in size from one to two full-time professional staff in 1991. Joanne Auth was hired in January 1987 as a Senior Health Educator to replace Knight and McDuffie as they both graduated and left UF, and Jane Emmerée was hired in August 1991. Auth and Emmerée were responsible for implementing campus-wide health promotion programs, supervising several peer education groups, and meeting with students individually on many health topics. Auth formed and coordinated two peer H i st o ry o f t h e U F D S A