Buena Vista University will host the 2001 Make a Difference and Wellness Fair on Monday, Oct. 15. The Fair will provide opportunities to learn about wellness, healthy living and how to make a difference in the community.
The Fair will be held from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. in the Harold Walter Siebens Forum on the BVU campus and is open to the public, free of charge. A number of local participants associated with health, wellness or volunteer activities will have booths at the Fair.
Cholesterol screening will be available from 9 to 11 a.m. in Room 6 of the Forum, while the Siouxland Bloodbank will collect blood donations from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.
Four Academic and Cultural Events Series (ACES) sessions will also be held throughout the day and evening.
Shelly Buse will speak about "Young Adult Health & Wellness" at 3 p.m. in Goodenow Seminar Room 2. Participants will learn how to maintain their health and prevent diseases. Topics will include healthy diet, exercise, smoking cessation and injury prevention.
This session will also include things young adults can do to screen for diseases, such as self exams, pelvic exams and vision exams.
Americorps Project UNITE Coordinator Jennifer Moval will present "Americorps: Opportunities in Your Own Backyard" beginning at 4 p.m. in Ballou Seminar Room 1.
Moval will talk about the Project UNITE Americorps grant and opportunities for students to get involved in the National Service program in Storm Lake through Community Education.
Kathleen Fritz, CASA Program Coordinator for Buena Vista and Cherokee Counties, will speak about the "Court Appointed Special Advocate (CASA) Program at 6 p.m. in Hanson Conference Center, Room 8.
The CASA program recruits volunteers to defend and preserve the best interests of abused and neglected children involved in the court system.
Recruiter Elysha Iversen will present "Peace Corps: Opportunities Around the World" at 7 p.m. in Hanson Conference Center, Room 8. Iversen will talk about the opportunities around the world in the Peace Corps and the global impact of this organization.
She will also talk about her own experiences in Kenya. Iversen is from the Siouxland area, and she served in the Peace Corps in Kenya from 1994 to 1995. She now lives in Minneapolis and works with the Peace Corps as a regional recruiter.
For more information about the Make a Difference and Wellness Fair, contact Kelley Ashby, director of wellness and outdoor programs, at 749-2123; Maggie Baker, director of community service and internships, at 749-2443; or Tami Laursen, director of health services, at 749-1238.