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March 2, 2017
By Lexi Ryan, media relations assistant
Northwest Missouri State University students have a chance to throw a pie at the face of a University Police Officer and members of the University’s National Residence Hall Honorary (NRHH) chapter in an effort to raise awareness of mental health and suicide prevention.
NRHH is collecting donations throughout the month and will host a pie-in-the-face fundraiser for Suicide Prevention Network (SPN) Survivors, a mental health awareness and suicide prevention non-profit association, on Saturday, April 15.
Carrie Egnatowski, NRHH secretary and a junior public relations major from Willow Springs, Missouri, is a communications intern for SPN Survivors. Northwest’s NRHH service committee chose the fundraiser, she said, because everyone on the committee has connections to mental health and suicide.
Suicide is the second leading cause of death in college students, according to Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.
“These are very prominent issues in our society today, and it is so important for people to get on board and help out so it makes the world better for everyone,” Egnatowski said.
NRHH members are collecting donations in jars at each residence hall on the Northwest campus until Monday, April 10. Interested donors also may visit a money jar placed at the University Wellness Center.
The winning residence hall will receive the opportunity to hear a short presentation about mental illness from BK Taylor, health educator at Northwest. Hall residents also will have an opportunity to throw pies at Taylor, University Police Department officers and NRHH members.
NRHH, Taylor and University Police are sponsoring the fundraiser. All Northwest students are invited to participate.
“Pie-in-the-face opportunities always go over really well in the halls, and I thought the idea of getting to pie a University Police Department officer would really help to get people to donate money,” Egnatowski said. “Getting to pie people in the face will also be a good stress reliever and will ease the tension after talking about such a serious topic.”
NRHH is a leadership-based honorary comprised of exemplary residential students who value service and recognition. NRHH is the premier honorary supported by the leading international organization advocating for the interests and welfare of residence hall students. It provides opportunities for students’ personal growth and development.
Mark Hornickel, Communication Manager
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