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What’s happening at Augusta University next week? Story ideas for Aug. 19-23

Next week at Augusta University, Jaguar Nation kicks off the fall semester with Weeks of Welcome activities and a student shares how she is balancing being a new mom while gearing up for one of the federal government’s most competitive art competitions. Below are a few of the news stories to consider next week at Augusta University.

 Augusta University launches safer sex supplies program

Nearly half of the 20 million new sexually transmitted infections (STIs) diagnosed annually are among young people aged 15-24 years old, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. To help counteract these statistics, Student Health Services at Augusta University is now offering a Safer Sex Supplies Program to deliver safe sexual health supplies to students free of charge. Learn more about the program by interviewing Dr. Robert Dollinger, director of Student Health Services.

Augusta University senior uses art to promote wildlife conservation

Kirstyn Harris, a senior at Augusta University and new mom of a three-week-old, has been working on a painting of a bufflehead duck for months to enter in the highly competitive U.S Fish and Wildlife Service’s Federal Duck Stamp Art Contest in September. For American wildlife artists, there is no greater honor than winning the federal government’s only juried art competition. Harris is already the recipient of the Endangered Species Coalition and National Wildlife Federation’s 2019 Saving Endangered Species College Art Contest. Schedule an interview with Harris to find out how she is balancing motherhood and preparing for her competition.

Jaguar Nation kicks off the fall semester with Weeks of Welcome

Jaguar Nation is back to take on a new school year, and Augusta University is kicking off the fall semester with Weeks of Welcome filled with events for new and returning students. Highlighting next week’s activities will be Taste of Augusta on Aug. 20, which features students meeting some of the city’s top organizations in retail, health care, food and entertainment. View a complete list of the university’s Weeks of Welcome activities, which are ongoing through Sept. 18.

Health System Board, committees to meet Aug. 22

The next meeting of the Augusta University Health System Board will be from 1-3 p.m. Thursday, Aug. 22, at Children’s Hospital of Georgia, conference room BT-1810. View other board committee meetings taking place Aug. 22.

View a photo of Kirstyn Harris with her baby girl, Rey Louise Turner and her award-winning painting of wood storks

Photo, video and interview opportunities are available for these story ideas. Call 706-522-3023 to schedule an interview on any of these topics.

Also, check out the Augusta University Expert Center to view a complete list of our experts ready to provide timely, informative interviews on topics ranging from cybersecurity to business.

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Danielle Harris is Senior Media Relations Coordinator at Augusta University. Contact her to schedule an interview on this topic or with one of our experts at 706-721-7511 or deharris1@augusta.edu.

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