This item originally appeared in the February 3, 2005 issue of The Tech Talk.
By VALERIE METREJEAN
As advising for spring quarter approaches, students who want to apply for the Student Speakers Bureau should consider taking Health and Exercise Science 433C, Dynamics of Peer Leadership.
"This is a counseling class where [Tech's] own counselors inform students about healthy decisions," Klark Kent, a member of SSB and a junior professional aviation major, said.
Kent said HES 433C, which is only offered in the spring quarter, is a prerequisite for any students wanting to be a part of the SSB.
"Through this class students learn to connect with peers about issues that can be sensitive to talk about," Caleb Smith, a member of SSB and a junior marketing major, said.
Smith also said "it enables you to not just share your opinion but facts and information from credible sources."
Kent said most people who take the course do so because of plans to join the SSB.
"You get a little money but that's not what it's about -- it's about informing people, especially incoming freshman, about healthy decisions," Kent said.
Kent said a big aspect of SSB is speaking with the freshman to make students knowledgeable about the choices open to them before they are faced with making decisions.
"After three years I still remember what [SSB] talked about from University Seminar," Lindsay Mencacci, Student Government Association vice president and a senior biology major, said.
Smith said groups can request the SSB to speak to their organization.
"This organization's primary goal is to help students make informed decisions because the decision is still there," Smith said.
He said any student who considers themselves a leader can benefit from learning with other leaders.
Kent said the SSB is inviting all students to attend "Relationship Journeys", at 7 p.m. in the Student Center, Main Floor.
"We are going to have an open forum to ask questions and talk about all different aspects of relationships from looking for love to keeping it on the right track," Kent said.
Relationships will be discussed from a pure perspective, Kent said.
He also said their will be a "dating show" type game in which any couples interested in playing should call Robert Burt at 257-2488.
Dinner for two will be given out for door prizes.