On Tuesday, Oct. 4, the Globe University-La Crosse Student Medical Assistant Group (SMAG) and 25 other participants attended the New Horizon’s Walk to End Abuse at Cameron Park for Domestic Abuse Awareness Month.
Participants of the walk created signs to vocalize about domestic abuse and proceeded to walk to city hall for a proclamation reading and then back to Cameron Park. SMAG provided purple Gatorade to the participants at the end of the walk and donated the leftover bottles of Gatorade to the New Horizon’s Shelter.
“New Horizons does such great things for victims of domestic violence and the people around them so we really just want to do as much as we can. If we can reach out to one person, it’s all worth it,” Medical Assisting Program Chair, Kelley Gusa, said.
SMAG recently just started up again on campus due to Kelley’s determination to bring it back to life after she was hired. SMAG consists of students in the Medical Assistant and Medical Administrative Assistant programs and focuses on community involvement through fundraisers and volunteer options on and off campus.
Kelley says it is important to bring the club back to campus.
“I want to get it running because I feel it is a great way to get the students out into the community and apply what they learn in the community. They are all excited about this opportunity,” she said. “I also wanted to have a way for them all to be able to get together outside of the classroom to get know one another and have that comradery.”
Future potential volunteer opportunities SMAG is interested in include: participating in local 5k runs, providing blood pressure and glucose readings, participating in the Polar Plunge, and looking into other fundraising options.
Kelley said she is very excited about with bringing SMAG back to the La Crosse campus.
“I am excited to be able to volunteer with them and give them hands-on experience. This is a wonderful group of students and I cannot wait to start working with them.”
Click here for the La Crosse Tribune Article on New Horizon’s Walk to End Abuse.
Written by Leslie Carlson, Admissions Representative at Globe University- La Crosse