Chancellor declares October Alcohol Awareness Month

September 26, 2005
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PLATTEVILLE - On Sept. 15, Chancellor David Markee kicked off alcohol awareness on the University of Wisconsin-Platteville campus by declaring October Alcohol Awareness Month. Over 3,000 colleges and universities across the nation will participate in National Collegiate Alcohol Awareness Week between Oct. 16 and 22, and UWP will join them by providing its students with free activities and information.

The Student Health Services/ESTEEM Health Peer Educators and the University Counseling Services/AODA Education and Prevention Program will be hosting an Alcohol Awareness Fair on Tuesday and Wednesday, Oct. 18 and 19, from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. The fair will be held at the Pioneer Student Center on the patio of the northeast entrance. If it rains, it will be moved inside the PSC. The fair will include interactive games, such as Alcoholopoly, a roll the dice game and a trivia game, with chances to win prizes. Participants may play more than once for additional chances to win.

Wednesday night, Wendi Fox, a comedian that speaks about alcohol use and misuse, will be at Velzy Commons at 7 p.m. putting on her show specifically designed for the college market called "The Alcohol Insanity Tour." Fox is described on her website as "a rapid-fire speaker with a truck full of alcohol-related tales that come from personal experience. This presentation is 'The Good, The Bad, The Ugly and The Embarrassing.' It's a roller coaster ride of comedy and catastrophe all slammed together. One second you're rolling with laughter and the next second you're stunned with insight."

Three hundred carnations will be passed out to students on Thursday, Oct. 20, so students can pass them on to other students they care about as a reminder to drink responsibly and not drink and drive. Throughout the week, there will be other visual displays with alcohol-related information seen around campus.

Debra Crabtree, prevention educator for Alcohol and Other Drug Awareness (AODA), said, "The basic idea behind Alcohol Awareness Week is to educate students and remind them if they are going to drink, to drink responsibly." After signing the declaration and discussing the program events with Crabtree, Chancellor Markee said, "We're extremely proud and pleased with these kinds of programs because they help students become more aware and sensitive to the issues and the choices they have."

Persons seeking additional information about Alcohol Awareness Week or interested in volunteering for the Alcohol and Other Drug Awareness program may contact Crabtree at (608) 342-1382 or via e-mail at crabtred@uwplatt.edu.

Contact: Debra Crabtree, prevention educator, Alcohol and Other Drug Awareness (AODA), (608) 342-1382, crabtred@uwplatt.edu

Prepared by: Kate McKinney, UWP Public Relations, (608) 342-1194, mckinnka@uwplatt.edu

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