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How Can a Friend Help? A Discussion on Reaching Out to Others

Apr 26, 2012
Everyone is a bystander at some time. But an active bystander takes steps that can make the difference in the life of someone else.

Everyone is a bystander at some time. But an active bystander takes steps that can make the difference in the life of someone else. How do the topics of mental health, drug use, gender, communication, and bystander intervention relate to one another?  Health educator and instructor Matt Vogel will address these topics in an engaging, interactive dialogue titled “How Can a Friend Help?” on Friday, May 4, 2012, at 2:00 p.m. at Oregon Institute of Technology’s East Auditorium in the College Union. Learn how to support friends, fellow students, and colleagues when they may be struggling. The presentation is free and open to everyone.

Vogel works at Southern Oregon University (SOU) as a Health Promotion Specialist and an Adjunct Instructor for the Department of Psychology, and the Department of Health, Physical Education, & Leadership.  He coordinates the monthly “Just Say Know” drug education series, presents to new students about consent and bystander intervention, and develops curriculum related to health promotion.

Prior to working at SOU, Vogel worked at the University of Wisconsin – La Crosse in a similar capacity.  In Wisconsin, he represented the University of Wisconsin (UW) system on the Governor’s state council on alcohol and other drug abuse, as well as serving as the chairperson for the UW System Alcohol and Other Drug Abuse prevention coordinators group.  

Vogel has presented at several conferences and college campuses on issues such as college drinking, harm reduction, communication, human rights, masculinity/gender roles, and issues on prescription drugs.

“Matt immediately creates a direct, open line of communication with his words, gestures, and ability to put others at ease.  His passion for health, health education, and overall wellness is vitally strong in all areas of his life.  He does not compartmentalize his life from his teachings or passions within the profession and this is why he is a strong leader—he is soft spoken but heard easily; he his conscientious of others’ feelings, emotions, and behaviors without making others feel uncomfortable,” said Keely Rees, PhD, associate professor, University of Wisconsin – La Crosse, Health Promotion and Health Education.

Join guest speaker Matt Vogel for an educational and frank discussion on a variety of topics that impact the lives of Oregon Tech students, staff, and faculty. Please contact Michael Emanuel, Residence Life Coordinator, for more information at michael.emanuel@oit.edu or at 541.885.1081.

About Oregon Tech
Founded in Klamath Falls in 1947, Oregon Institute of Technology is one of seven institutions in the Oregon University System, and the only public institute of technology in the Pacific Northwest. Oregon Tech provides degree programs in engineering and health technologies, management, communications and applied sciences that prepare students to be effective participants in their professional, public and international communities through hands-on learning. Oregon Tech’s main campus is in Klamath Falls; other sites are located in Portland, La Grande and Seattle. Visit www.oit.edu to learn more about Oregon Institute of Technology.

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