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UH Suicide Prevention Walk Highlighted by Archdiocese of Galveston-Houston Newspaper

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Zerda (center) at her surprise retirement party in August 2014.
Zerda (center) at her surprise retirement party in August 2014.

Kathy Zerda recently retired from her position at the UH Cullen College of Engineering, but the former PROMES director is still making a difference in her community through her work with the American Foundation for Suicide Prevention (AFSP).

Zerda and the Program for Mastery of Engineering Studies (PROMES) teamed up with AFSP in 2010 to put on the annual Out of the Darkness Campus Walk at the University of Houston. The purpose of the event is to raise money and promote awareness and education for suicide prevention and mental health issues. The 2014 walk at UH raised over $10,000 toward these goals.

Now the Archdiocese of Galveston-Houston has highlighted Zerda’s personal connection to the cause as well as her efforts to continue the Out of the Darkness Walk at UH. The 2015 walk is scheduled for March 7, 2015.

Read the full article in the Texas Catholic Herald News here, and learn more about AFSP here.


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