Why do college students drink too much? Author and international speaker Adam LoDolce has an answer. Do late-night, alcohol-free programs deter college students from drinking? North Dakota State Director of Student Success Jane Vangsness Frisch, M.S., has research results. How are traits similar between an excellent sports official and a superior leader? Nationally-recognized alcohol educator and university administrator Carolyn Cornelison, Ph.D. can tell you. What resources exist to assist students with changing alcohol abuse behavior? Drug prevention coordinator and mental health expert David Arnold has a list.
On Friday, April 4, students and college administrators will hear from LoDolce, Frisch, Cornelison, Arnold and additional health and education experts during the Virginia Department of Alcoholic Beverage Control (ABC) College Tour conference.
The one-day event is free for students. It includes workshops and resources about high-risk drinking in college settings, bystander intervention, student leadership and being the life of the party, alcohol free. The presentations promote healthy choices, social responsibility, collaboration and leadership.
“Virginia ABC has sponsored a conference on alcohol education and prevention for college students since 1986,” said Education and Prevention Manager Katie Weaks. “Putting experts in front of the college community in their natural environment allows Virginia ABC to work more closely with student leaders and school administration to discourage underage drinking and promote healthy choices.”
Keynote speaker David Jernigan, Ph.D., is the Director of the Center on Alcohol Marketing and Youth at Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health. His research shows that collaborative initiatives that unite colleges and universities to address the problem of excessive drinking and its consequences are successful in reducing high-risk behaviors on campus.
The April 4 event takes place at Northern Virginia Community College’s Ernst Community Cultural Center from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Students who are members of a group or organization at their campus may register for free. Campus administrator, staff, faculty and community advocate registration costs $20. The fee includes breakfast, lunch, snacks and all conference materials.
Registration for the Northern Virginia College Tour regional conference is due Friday, March 28. Forms are available on the Virginia ABC website.
College students from any school in the state may register for any of Virginia ABC’s College Tour events.
“The College Tour conferences unite student leaders and college staff who have the common goal of making a difference on their campus,” Weaks added. “We are planning a conference in each region in Virginia to give students the opportunity to network and share resources to further support the positive momentum of campus and community collaboration.”
Future College Tour conference dates will be posted on the Virginia ABC website and at http://facebook.com/vacollegetour.
The Virginia Department of Alcoholic Beverage Control (ABC) is a major source of revenue for the commonwealth, contributing more than $1.7 billion to the general fund in the last five years. The agency currently operates 346 state stores. Its Bureau of Law Enforcement oversees more than 16,000 ABC licensed establishments while the Hearings and Appeals Division considers more than 700 cases each year. The agency also provides alcohol education and prevention programs for people of all ages. Now in its 80th year, ABC remains committed to progress and innovation in carrying out its control, service and revenue mission.
Virginia ABC’s College Tour Conference Brings National Alcohol Education and Prevention Experts to Northern Virginia Campus