Most college students are sensible enough to know that drinking and driving don’t mix. One wrong turn, one misjudgment from an impaired driver and lives can be lost. Some of these same students, however, give less thought to another alcohol-related behavior that can be just as life-threatening: unprotected sex.
To combat the problem, William Woods University’s Office of Counseling and Health Servies will sponsor “Sexual Responsibility Week.” March 13-25. A variety of activities are planned to encourage the students to think and act sensibly.
Joel Goldman, who has been speaking to college students about risky behavior for more than 10 years, will present “Sex Under the Influence” at 7:30 p.m. March 15 in Cutlip Auditorium of the McNutt Campus Center. The program is free and open to the public.
Goldman will encourage students to help their friends make smarter decisions surrounding sex and alcohol, as he tells his personal story of contracting HIV. A popular college speaker, he has presented on more than 800 campuses and at more than 50 national conferences.
He is the recipient of top national awards from the National Interfraternity Conference, the Association of Fraternity Advisors and the Ryan White Foundation for his work in educating college students.
Another event, a Condom Conversion Art Show, will offer a modern twist on safe sex education. The original idea of student Brian Stuckey of Mokane, the art show is designed to reach out to the younger generation, and appeal to them in a way that traditional sex education videos and classes can not.
The show will be held in the upper level of the Gladys Woods Kemper Center for the Arts March 13-25, with an art opening 3-5 p.m. March 13 and an art show review, sponsored by WWU’s health services, to be held 3-6 p.m. March 20.
Among the artists in the show are Stuckey, Tracey Potts, Hunter Nesbitt and Tricia Quist.
Health services will sponsor STD 101: “Chlamydia is not a Flower” March 21 at 1 p.m. in Cutlip Auditorium. A program on sexually transmitted diseases in Mid Missouri, it will include a presentation by representatives of the Boone County Health Department: Thel Sargent, health education risk reduction specialist, and Bill Monroe, R.N., regional HIV counseling and testing coordinator.
On March 23, the Rev. Travis Tamerius, university chaplain, will present “With Kisses Like Wine: Thoughts on Sex from the Good Book” from 1:05 to 1:45 p.m. in Thurmond Chapel.
Additional activities are also planned. Organizers of Sexual Responsibility Week, in addition to Stuckey, are Loree Monroe, R.N., B.C., F.N.P., nurse practitioner at William Woods; Jennifer Burton, clinic coordinator, and Chandra Daffer, director of Greek Life and student involvement.
For more information, call (573) 592-4222.