Jessica Stanton, freshman mass communications major from Custer, accepts her iPod Nano from Matt Oliver, student research assistant for the tobacco project at Black Hills State University. Stanton won the iPod for her participation in a campus-wide online tobacco survey sponsored by the tobacco grant initiative through the South Dakota Department of Health.
Jessica Stanton, freshman mass communications major from Custer, recently won an iPod Nano for her participation in a Black Hills State University campus-wide online tobacco survey which was sponsored by the tobacco grant initiative through the South Dakota Department of Health.
The survey was part of a statewide tobacco project conducted by the six state universities with the mission of advocating tobacco cessation. The survey was designed to gather information about student’s opinions, beliefs and behaviors concerning tobacco. According to Matt Oliver, senior physical education major from Rapid City who is serving as the student research assistant to the project, the data will be analyzed by individual universities and collectively as a group. This information will be helpful to make decisions concerning tobacco use on campus.
BHSU President Kay Schallenkamp drew the winning name at half-time of the men’s home basketball game against Valley City.
Oliver says efforts have been on going and will continue throughout the year to promote and work on the project at BHSU. “Before the year is over, a post-survey will be held once again to gather information/opinions to find out what type of progress was made. The best part is, another iPod will be given away!” Oliver says.
Several tobacco cessation activities are scheduled on campus. An open forum will be held to get the opinions of BHSU students and staff about a tobacco policy change. Dates and times for all the tobacco events will be posted around campus and sent through emails. Oliver reminds students that another source of information involving tobacco cessation that is open year round and on call 24 hours a day is the S.D. Department of Health Quitline, 1-866-SD QUITS (1-866-737-8487).
For more information concerning the survey, the tobacco project, the Quitline, or to get involved with the project, contact: Sandy Klarenbeek, project leader, at 605-642-6042 or SandyKlarenbeek@bhsu.edu; or Oliver at MatthewSOliver@st.bhsu.edu.