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Virginia ABC Launches 2014-15 College Tour to Promote Safer Campus Communities

October 08, 2014

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Kathleen Shaw - (804) 213-4640
Email: pubrel@abc.virginia.gov

Virginia ABC Launches 2014-15 College Tour to Promote Safer Campus Communities

  • ABC’s first College Tour takes place Oct. 24 at JMU.
  • Registration deadline for JMU conference is Oct. 17.
  • Event is free to college students across the state.

The Virginia Department of Alcoholic Beverage Control (ABC) is pleased to launch its 2014–15 College Tour initiative, a series of regional, one-day alcohol and drug abuse prevention conferences that prepare student leaders to promote healthier and safer campus communities.

ABC will kick off this year’s College Tour during National Collegiate Alcohol Awareness Week (Oct. 19–25) with a stop at James Madison University (JMU) on Friday, Oct. 24. The conference will offer two expertly tailored tracks for both students and professionals in the Shenandoah Valley, helping participants develop best-practice strategies to reduce underage and high-risk drinking on their campuses.

JMU Senior Vice President for Student Affairs and University Planning, Dr. Mark Warner, will offer opening remarks followed by keynote speaker Jessy Lyons of Green Dot, etc., a non-profit organization dedicated to violence prevention education. Lyons will present, “Bystander Intervention, A Call to Action for Safer Communities.” Other notable speakers from the University of Virginia, Bridgewater College, American Institutes for Research and the Virginia Department of Health will round out the agenda.

”Participants will be alerted to dangerous drinking trends and learn strategies to prevent harm,” said Katie Weaks, Virginia ABC education and prevention manager. ”The conference will offer an opportunity to network with other students and professionals in order to strengthen prevention efforts, promote leadership and encourage a healthy lifestyle at their schools.”

The conference, which will be held at the Student Success Center, 738 South Mason St., Harrisonburg, will run from 9 a.m.–3 p.m., includes lunch and is free and open to all college students. Professionals who are Virginia College Alcohol Leadership Council (VaCALC) members can attend the program for free, while non-VaCALC members pay $20. The deadline for registration is Oct. 17. For more details and to enroll, please visit abc.virginia.gov/Education/collegeTour/collegeTour.html
and follow us on Facebook.com/VACollegeTour.

Next stops on the 2014–15 ABC College Tour include the University of Richmond (Nov. 7), Virginia Tech (Feb. 21, 2015), The College of William & Mary (March 21, 2015) and George Mason University (March 24, 2015). Registration for each regional conference is available on the ABC website.


The Virginia Department of Alcoholic Beverage Control (ABC) is a major source of revenue for the commonwealth, contributing more than $1.8 billion to the general fund in the last five years. The agency currently operates 350 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 celebrating its 80th anniversary, ABC remains committed to progress and innovation in carrying out its control, service and revenue mission.

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