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Vote Now in MACHA Elections! – January 10, 2018

Voting for Vice President and Illinois State Representative openings on the MACHA board is now open! Please read the biographies below for each open position, and then vote online. Voting will be closed Wednesday, January 31. Vote online

Vice President

Tammy Lowe, M.A., Purdue University
Tammy Loew, M.A., is the Senior Assistant Director of Wellness Programs at Recreation and Wellness at Purdue University. She is passionate about college health and the knowledge that the work that we all do can have a positive impact on campus and on students’ lives. Over the course of her nearly 20 years in the field, her accomplishments include: starting the Campus Community Bar Retail Coalition in 2002, which is still in existence, overseeing an active Campus Improvement Team for the last seven years, and co-chairing a Mental Wellness Task Force. She oversees a fantastic team of approximately fifteen staff and students. Loew received the William Bailey Prevention Leadership award for Indiana in 2012 and received the Student Life Is You Award at Purdue in 2016, demonstrating excellence in Student Learning, Leadership Development, Inclusion, Stewardship, and Unity.

Ta-Kisha Jones, MBA, CHES, CHWC, IUPUI Indiana
Ta-Kisha Jones is the Assistant Director of Health and Wellness Initiatives in the Office of Health and Wellness at IUPUI, Indiana. She attended East Carolina University as an undergraduate, where she was a Residential Advisor (RA) and Student Liaison for the Center for Family Violence Prevention for two years, and an active Peer Educator in Healthy P.I.R.A.T.E.S. She graduated with a Bachelor’s of Science degree in Health Education & Promotion, with a concentration in Community Health. She is a Certified Health Education Specialist (CHES) and a Making Proud Choices Facilitator Coach and Trainer, where she trained others across the state of North Carolina. She is a graduate of the Master of Business Administration program at Fayetteville State University with a certification in Healthcare Management.

Ta-Kisha began her career as a Student Health Intern for Community Health Programs for Vidant Health in Greenville, NC and transitioned to the Wayne County Health Department, where she served as the Wayne County Minority Health Program Volunteer for two years. Prior to IUPUI, she served as the Health Education Specialist for Program Management at Wayne County Health Department, where she assisted in the development of the Community Health Assessment and the State of the County Health report. Ta-Kisha also served with the Wayne Council on Adolescent Pregnancy Prevention for a total of seven years as a member, Vice President and President.

She is a trained generalist in Health Education and Promotion and has conducted program planning, implementation and evaluation on health and wellness topics ranging from sexual and reproductive health, tobacco, communicable diseases, safety and violence, policy and environmental change for diverse stakeholders. Over the years Ta-Kisha has worked as a Health Educator for various school and local communities. She has utilized theories, best practices and evidence informed initiatives to ensure a comprehensive and holistic approach to health education and promotion for stakeholders. Ta-Kisha is also a Certified Health and Wellness Coach through Real Balance, LLC.

Ta-Kisha is honored to be nominated and eager to serve as MACHA Vice President in this upcoming Year. She is passionate about Health Education/Promotion and Wellness, empowering others, and connecting with professionals who enjoy the same work from various settings. Your consideration is appreciated.

Illinois State Representative

Andrew Digate, MBA, Northern Illinois University
Thank you for the opportunity to be considered as the IL State Rep for the Mid-America College Health Association. We have a strong contingent of ACHA members here in Illinois, some 100 professionals from over 45 different organizations. I look forward to working with everyone toward successful and meaningful endeavors, for the benefit of ourselves as professionals, our respective organizations, our profession, and most importantly, our students and their families.

While I am newer to NIU and the actual field of university student health services, I have over 20 years of significant healthcare leadership experience within private practice, hospital, and healthcare consulting settings and specifically in such areas as orthopedics, occupational medicine, pediatrics, cardiology, physical therapy, and radiology.

I have demonstrated great results across many areas such as financial management, clinical operations, revenue cycle management, mergers/acquisitions, IT, marketing, and HR.

Currently, I serve on the Board of the Medical Group Management Association (MGMA), Illinois chapter as the Immediate Past President. The Illinois chapter comprises 300+ Illinois based healthcare professionals from hospitals, solo practices, multi-specialty group practices, and varied industry partners. I have been fortunate to serve on the Board for over 6 years, starting initially as Chair, Legislative Affairs Committee to most recently, as President. I greatly understand the healthcare delivery landscape in Illinois/Midwest as a result of my involvement with the Illinois MGMA. I would bring that perspective to my role as your IL State Rep for the Mid-America College Health Association.

Andrea Drott, Northern Illinois University
Andrea Drott has served as a Health Promotion professional at Northern Illinois University for over 9 years. She started as the Interpersonal Violence Prevention Health Educator and has transitioned to be more of a generalist position. She has served in leadership roles with the American College Health Association, including Secretary and Chair of the LGBTQ+ Health Coalition.

She has presented to countless audiences on a wide variety of health topics.

Diane Stephenson, Lincoln College

Diane Stephenson RN, BSN is the Director of Health Services at Lincoln College. She has been there 9 years. Prior to that she was the school nurse at Lincoln High School for 12 years. Health Services is a Nurse Directed one person office on campus. Lincoln College is a private institution that is in transition from 2 year to 4 year hybrid campus. Diane has served on the Emergency Preparedness, Employee Wellness, Student Orientation Advising & Registration (SOAR) and Behavioral Intervention team. She is the vice president for the Logan County Emergency Preparedness. She is treasurer for the Logan County Tuberculosis Committee. She is an active member of the Alcohol, Tobacco & other destructive behaviors task force, the Opioid task force, the Healthy Community Partnership and a member of the design team for Homeland Security Exercises & Evaluation program. She is a certified CPR/AED/First Aid instructor for the American Heart Association.

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Award Deadlines Extended – November 20, 2017

The deadlines for MACHA’s two awards have been extended to February 1, 2018.

The Chris Labyk Award allows college health programs to undertake pilot interventions, assist with unfunded or under-funded mandates, and pursue important college health objectives that do not currently have sufficient funding. The award is named for Christine Labyk, a longtime MACHA member and health educator at Southern Illinois University. Chris was honored for her passion about college health education and prevention as well as her track record of more than 20 years providing excellent leadership and advocacy for effective student wellness services.

The Steve Lux Conference Scholarship Award was created to honor longtime MACHA board member Steve Lux for his many years of service to the Mid-America College Health Association and the American College Health Association, as well as his passion for college health.

Steve Lux has been involved with the American College Health Association since 1982. In 2002 he was named a fellow in recognition of professional standing in the field of college and university health. Steve was also awarded the ACHA Lifetime Achievement Award in 2012. Additionally, he served as Mid-America College Health Association affiliate president twice, as well as Conference Program Chair, Secretary/Treasurer, and Vice President. Steve truly dedicated his professional life to improving the health of college students.

The Steve Lux Conference Scholarship awards up to $500 to a new (five years or less in current position) and promising college health professional to attend the MACHA regional meeting. Nominations for the 2016 award will be sought in the spring. For additional information, click here.

Questions about either award should be directed to Awards Chair Karen Huyghe

Changes to MACHA Bylaws Proposed - March 10, 2017

Every four years, the Mid-America College Health Association Board of Directors is required to review the organization’s bylaws and update as needed. Changes are then reviewed and voted upon by MACHA members in order to adopt the updated bylaws.

Please take a few minutes to review proposed changes to the current bylaws. Proposed changes are highlighted in pink in order to draw attention to proposed changes.

In approximately 30 days, the MACHA Board of Directors will send out a link for members to vote on adopting the proposed changes. If a majority of members vote to accept the changes, the new bylaws will be accepted. Updates on this process will be sent via email and posted on the MACHA Facebook page

If you have any questions, please contact MACHA President Alissa Arnold.

2015 Steve Lux Conference Scholarship Winner Announced

The first annual Steve Lux Conference Scholarship Award was given to Lauren Tuttle of Western Kentucky University to attend the 2015 MACHA regional conference hosted by the University of Louisville. The award winner was announced during the business meeting at the American College Health Association Annual Meeting in Orlando.

The Steve Lux Conference Scholarship Award was created to honor longtime MACHA board member Steve Lux for his many years of service to the Mid-America College Health Association and the American College Health Association, as well as his passion for college health.

Steve Lux has been involved with the American College Health Association since 1982. In 2002 he was named a fellow in recognition of professional standing in the field of college and university health. Steve was also awarded the ACHA Lifetime Achievement Award in 2012. Additionally, he served as Mid-America College Health Association affiliate president twice, as well as Conference Program Chair, Secretary/Treasurer, and Vice President. Steve truly dedicated his professional life to improving the health of college students.

The Steve Lux Conference Scholarship awards up to $500 to a new (five years or less in current position) and promising college health professional to attend the MACHA regional meeting. Nominations for the 2016 award will be sought in the spring. For additional information, click here.

Congratulations to Labyk Award Winner

The 2014 Labyk Award was given to Southern Illinois University Carbondale to create a peer education program to address alcohol and other drug use; nutrition, exercise, and body image; and sexual behavior.

The Peer Educators Empowering Responsible Salukis (PEERS) program will develop student leaders in wellness and health promotion through experiential learning, para-professional opportunities, and leadership skills training with a vision of moving towards a healthier SIUC community. Labyk Award funds will enable SIUC to recruit, retain, certify, and evaluate peer educators. One the peer educators are prepared, they will implement a variety of outreach initiatives and programs targeting specific health needs that were determined by SIUC’s NCHA and CORE data. Congratulations again to Emily Loehmer, Dawn Null, and the entire SIUC campus!

About the Labyk Award

The Chris Labyk Award allows college health programs to undertake pilot interventions, assist with unfunded or under-funded mandates, and pursue important college health objectives that do not currently have sufficient funding. The award is named for Christine Labyk, a longtime MACHA member and health educator at Southern Illinois University. Chris was honored for her passion about college health education and prevention as well as her track record of more than 20 years providing excellent leadership and advocacy for effective student wellness services. Applications for the 2015 aware will be available in May, with winners announced at the 2015 MACHA Annual Meeting in Louisville.

Nominate a Colleague for the Affiliate New Professional Award

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Do you know a colleague who has been in the field of college health for five years or less and has made significant contributions to their institution and/or affiliate? If so, nominate them for the Affiliate New Professional Award. Past recipients of the Affiliate New Professional Award include:

•2014: Dawn Null, PhD, RD, LDN
•2013: Dana Carpenter, MPH
•2011 Brenda Wilburn, DrPH, MS, APRN, FNP-BC
•2010: Aimee Janssen-Robinson, MEd
•Rose Hartzell, MS, CHES, NCTMB, WICMT
•Karen Clancy
•Gregory Moore, MD, MPH
•Kent Bullis, MD

To recommend someone, submit a nomination letter and at least one letter of support to MACHA President Aimee Janssen-Robinson no later than January 12, 2015. For more information, visit www.acha.org/For_Members/affiliate_new_professionals_award_noms.cfm. For more information on awards available from MACHA, click here. For more information on awards available from ACHA, click here.

Photo: ACHA Awards Committee Chair Debby Mathis, APN, and 2014 Mid-America College Health Association New Professional Award recipient Dawn Null, PhD, RD, LDN

Call for Nominations: Join the MACHA Board!

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Looking for a way to further your professional development while getting more involved in college health? Consider serving on the Mid-America College Health Association Board of Directors! The following positions will be open for election at the regional annual meeting November 5-7 at Illinois State University.


•Indiana State Representative
•Michigan State Representative
•Ontario Representative
•Treasurer
•Vice President

State representative and treasurer are two-year positions, running from November 2014 to November 2016. Vice president is a two year position as well, with the second serving as president.

Serving on the board is a great way to network with your colleagues around the region as well as advocate for the needs of your institution. For more information on any position, please contact a current MACHA board member. To nominate yourself or a colleague, email Nominations Committee Chair Alissa Arnold at Alissa.Arnold@wku.edu by Friday, October 31, 2014.

See you in San Antonio

Are you attending the 2014 American College Health Association Annual Meeting in San Antonio? Be sure to connect with your regional affiliate.

Regional Affiliate Business Meeting
Thursday, May 29
Noon to 1:15 p.m.
Meet your Board of Directors and find out the latest MACHA news

MACHA/OCHA Social
Thursday, May 29
7 – 9 p.m.
Biga on the Banks
This is a free event. No prior registration is required. Sponsored by AIG

Learn about upcoming regional events as well as ways to get involved with your regional affiliate. See you in San Antonio!

Call for Programs – MACHA Annual Meeting 2014

Do you have an innovative program or an area of expertise that could benefit college health professionals as they build healthy campuses? If so, we’re looking for you! Program proposals are now being sought for the 2014 annual meeting November 5-7 in Normal, Illinois. Click here to download the program proposal submission form.

Not only are conference presentations a great way to build your resume, they are a great way to share what is going on in college health around the region. Previous programs have addressed important subjects such as bystander intervention, , celiac disease and other ailments, health literacy, effective programming, peer education, and resilience—just to name a few. Continuing education will be available at the 2014 MACHA annual meeting.

Topics of interest identified by MACHA members include, but are not limited to:

The priority deadline for program submissions is May 31

Students Welcome
Undergraduate and graduate students are encouraged to submit program proposals for programs tailored for fellow students and/or the general MACHA membership. Students are able to register for the MACHA annual conference at a discounted rate.

If you have a question about submitting programs or anything regarding the 2014 annual meeting, please email program chair Marti Gortner at mbyoung@IllinoisState.edu.

President’s Welcome

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By Aimee Janssen-Robinson

As the current MACHA president, I welcome you to the new MACHA web site. We hope you find our new web site informative and engaging. We are excited to be able to offer this site as a service to our membership. If we can do anything to improve the site or provide better service to you please contact me.

To introduce myself, I have been in college health for eight years and in health education for 13 years. Currently, I am the Assistant Dean of Students for Student Advocacy at Indiana State University. For the past five years I have been actively involved with the MACHA Board serving as vice president and program chair as well as working with great teams to plan our regional conferences.

I want to give special recognition and thanks to Steve Lux for his 30 years of dedicated service and leadership to both MACHA and ACHA. Steve retired from the MACHA Board of Directors December 2013. To honor Steve’s years of service, the MACHA membership approved the motion to create a regional conference scholarship in his name.

I would also like to give a special thank you to Jason Gilman, past president, for his leadership and the entire MACHA Board for their dedication. We look forward to working with you this year. We are also looking forward to connecting with MACHA members at the Annual ACHA meeting in San Antonio, TX and then at the MACHA 2014 conference in November at Illinois State University.

2013 Labyk Award Winners

Congratulations to the 2013 Chris Labyk Award for Promising Student Health Initiatives: the University of Chicago and the University of Louisville!

The University of Chicago award will fund The Body Project, a program that addresses body dissatisfaction. During a pilot of the Body Project in the spring of 2013, students responded in an overwhelmingly positive manner to the program and noted there was no safe place on campus to meet and discuss body image issues. Labyk Award funds will allow the university to train peer leaders and expand the program to all female students, with the hope of expanding to male students in the future.

The University of Louisville’s award will fund research to create a seasonal flu campaign aimed at increasing seasonal flu vaccination rates on the student body. Activities include conducting expert interviews and focus groups; creating, piloting, and distributing questionnaires; and analyze data to create a campaign to be implemented in the 2014-2015 flu season. The university will also recruit students to participate in advocacy activities.


About the Labyk Award

The Chris Labyk Award assists college health programs to undertake pilot interventions, assist with unfunded or under-funded mandates, and pursue important college health objective that do not currently have sufficient funding. The Award is named for Christine Labyk, a longtime MACHA member and health educator at Southern Illinois University. Chris was honored for her passion about college health education and prevention as well as her track record of more than 20 years providing excellent leadership and advocacy for effective student wellness services.

In order to be eligible, award applicants must either be the representative of a member institution or a regular individual ACHA member within the MACHA region.


Apply Today

Nominate your initiative using applications available online. Contact awards chair Jessica Higgs for additional information or with any questions. Look for Labyk Award winner presentations at the 2014 MACHA conference in November.