Wednesday, May 4, 2016 - 16:00

American Heart Association Honors Assumption Students

By Colleen Glidden '19

Assumption College's Peers Advocating Wellness for Students (PAWS) was recognized by the American Heart Association (AHA) for the outstanding work and effort to train 433 individuals during American Heart Month and the Worcester-area Hands-Only CPR challenge.

In February, the AHA challenged Worcester-area colleges to bring awareness to heart health and the importance knowing how to perform cardiopulmonary resuscitation (CPR). Colleges were challenged to train as many as possible in Hands-Only CPR on their respective campuses.  

Courtney Bagwell '16, an intern in the College’s health services office, was tasked with leading the challenge for PAWS. Her support team included Lauren Landry '16, fellow health services intern; Elizabeth DiLorento '17, president of PAWS; Ceara McDonnell '18, vice president of PAWS; Catherine Kalenoski '18, secretary of PAWS; Colleen Glidden '19, public relations chair for PAWS; Aishea Henry '18, relationships advocate; Erin Jovan '18, healthy lifestyles educator; Jaime Brodeur '18, Substance Educator; and Christopher Lacroix '18, mental wellness educator.

"The Hands-Only CPR challenge was very successful," said Bagwell. "I would like to thank all who participated in the challenge and helped Assumption College become the first winner of this new community-wide CPR challenge. All of our hard work paid off in the month of February and we couldn't be happier to have trained all of these people on a very valuable, lifesaving skill. We are very excited for next year's challenge and eager to win again and keep the trophy." 

PAWS was formed in 2008 and is a strong student organization on the Assumption Campus. It is the mission of PAWS to provide education, guidance, and resources in the area of alcohol, drugs, social, physical, and mental wellness by engaging students in fun, interactive programs. PAWS educators provide an open-minded, caring, and non-judgmental atmosphere at Assumption College.

“Assumption students worked tirelessly to educate and train the campus community on the importance of knowing the latest American Heart Association approved CPR techniques,” said Drexler-Hines. “Their efforts resulted in more than a quarter of the community being trained on this potentially life-saving technique. I would like to congratulate the students and PAWS on this noteworthy recognition.” 

Kimberly Dunbar, Director of Public Affairs, Assumption College @AssumptionNews