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Risqué Business Theatre Troupe at Appalachian Wins Award

peer.jpgBOONE–The Risqué Business Theatre Troupe, part of Appalachian State University’s Wellness Program, has received the Outstanding Peer Theatre Award from the BACCHUS and GAMMA Peer Education Network.

The award recognizes work promoting health and safety on college and university campuses.

Risqué Business, formed 10 years ago, uses drama and humor to raise awareness, provide information and model positive behavior regarding issues facing first-year students such as alcohol and drug abuse, racial and sexual orientation, roommate issues, sexual assault and classroom behavior.

The theatre troupe presents seven performances during Appalachian’s summer orientation, reaching some 2,100 incoming freshmen.

Included in the performances are opportunities for students to discuss the issues within their orientation groups.

The troupe also performs during the university’s Alcohol Awareness Week and at neighboring campuses.

The BACCHUS and GAMMA Peer Education Network is an international association of college and university based peer education programs dedicated to alcohol abuse prevention and related student health and safety issues.

Founded in 1975, it is the oldest student organization committed to the education, training and support for peer prevention programming on the college campus. Through education and activities, BACCHUS and GAMMA promotes healthy lifestyles by advocating informed, independent decision-making, and respect for state laws and campus policies.

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Picture Caption: Appalachian State University’s theatre troupe Risqué Business won the 2002 Outstanding Peer Theater Program Award from the BACCHUS and GAMMA Peer Education Network. Troup members are (front left) Lyndsay Cox, a junior theatre performance major from Durham; Shelby Jennings, a senior theatre education major from Shelby; Josh Price (second row left), a pre-law major from Charlotte; and Rickey Glover, a sophomore theatre performance and English major from Belmont. Appalachian graduate Dena Light directed the group. Dale Kirkley, a counselor with the university’s Wellness Center, has coordinated the troupe’s performances since 1993.