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GWU Office of Student Engagement Promotes ‘Movember’ to Bring Attention to Men’s Health

a collage featuring before and after pictures of Felipe Velez, last year's winner and the trophy
Felipe Velez won the Movember contest in 2021. Above are his before and after pictures and this year's trophy.

Grow Your Facial Hair Contest Begins Nov. 4; Winner Receives ‘Stache King’ Trophy

BOILING SPRINGS, N.C.—The Office of Student Engagement sponsors “Movember” on the Gardner-Webb University campus. All are invited to “change the face of men’s health” by participating in a Grow Your Facial Hair Contest, Nov. 1-30. The most creative facial hair will win a trophy.

Last year, 29 participated, and Felipe Velez was the winner of the “Stache King” trophy. “I’d like to encourage everybody to participate, be the next winner and raise awareness for men’s health,” Velez challenged.

Jessika Raduly, associate director of Student Engagement, said the event is one of several activities sponsored by her office to highlight issues that affect many individuals and families, such as breast cancer and mental health.

Since 2003, Movember has funded more than 1,250 men’s health projects around the world, challenging the status quo, shaking up men’s health research and transforming the way health services reach and support men. The organization has funded more than 1,250 projects and has 20 men’s health partners in 20 countries.

Important dates for the GWU contest:

  • Nov. 4 – Last day to stop by Student Engagement to have “before” picture made. The pictures will be displayed on the glass wall of the indoor climbing area in Tucker Student Center.
  • Nov. 28-30 – Return during this week to have “after” picture made.
  • Dec. 2 – Judging.

For more information, email Jessika Raduly.

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