Thursday, May 14, 2009

2009 Campus Activism Prize Awarded by Human Life Alliance and Students for Life of America

MINNEAPOLIS, May 14 /Christian Newswire/ -- Human Life Alliance (HLA) and Students for Life of America (SFLA) announced the winners of their inaugural "Campus Impact Award" this week. The exciting new contest offered $1,000 in prizes to promote student pro-life activism during the 2009 spring semester.

Winners of the 2009 Impact Award are as follows:

-First Place: Purdue Students for Life ($500)

-Second Place: University of New Mexico (UNM) Students for Life ($250)

-Third Place: Carnegie Mellon University (CMU) Respect Life Club ($250)

Purdue Students for Life inserted 17,500 copies of HLA's advertising insert We Know Better Now, which focuses on the humanity of the pre-born child and the gruesome realities of abortion, into their daily student newspaper, The Exponent. The insertion created quite a controversy on campus. "This was a powerful event to reach a maximum amount of students with the pro- life message, the entire student body was talking about life issues." said HLA Deputy Director Joe Langfeld.

The University of New Mexico Students for Life used HLA's Campus Campaign of posters, handouts and tabling to interact with students on campus. The two handouts were We Know Better Now and Imposed Death, which educates people on euthanasia and assisted suicide. Kristan Hawkins, Executive Director for SFLA remarked, "We were really impressed by the UNM students. This is a new Students for Life chapter and they reached out to classmates to buildup the pro- life community. As a result, UNM students increased their campus club membership by 70%."

Carnegie Mellon University's Respect Life Club joined with a neighboring club at the University of Pittsburgh and used an on campus landmark, "the Fence", to call attention to the tragedy of abortion. Students painted the fence with the message, "Are you on the Fence on abortion?" and other information to share the pro-life message on campus for four days. The one catch, students must camp out at the fence for an entire event, 24 hours a day, to protect against vandalism and answer questions regarding their message. Pro- life students used We Know Better Now as a handout to answer classmates' questions.

Congratulations to all contestants and pro-life student clubs for their courageous pro-life activism and winning efforts.

More information about Human Life Alliance is available at or by calling (651) 484-1040. Students for Life of American can be reached at (703) 351-6280 or on the web at