Why do college students drink too much? Ohio University criminology director and sociology professor Dr. Thomas Vander Ven has an idea. So does author and international speaker Adam LoDolce. LoDolce also has a program to teach young adults how to build their social value, hold effective conversations and develop quality relationships…all without alcohol.
On Saturday, March 22, students and college administrators will hear from LoDolce, Vander Ven and additional health and education experts during the Virginia Department of Alcoholic Beverage Control (ABC) College Tour conference.
The free one-day event includes workshops and resources about the college drinking culture, bystander intervention, creating change on campus 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 Coordinator Danielle Luster. “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.”
Presenter Thomas A. Workman, Ph.D., has found that campus communities who have changed their perspective on approaching student high-risk behaviors are finding new success in creating fully collaborative campus and community wide efforts to create ideal living and learning environments.
The March 22 event takes place at Tidewater Community College’s Roper Performing Arts 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 Norfolk College Tour regional conference is due March 14. 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,” Luster 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.”
The second spring conference will be held at Northern Virginia Community College’s Annandale campus on Friday, April 4. 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 Alcohol Education and Prevention Conference Brings National Experts to Norfolk Campus