Virtually all college students experience the effects of alcohol misuse—whether they drink or not. This week is National Collegiate Alcohol Awareness Week –a great time for students and university professionals to take action and register to attend the Virginia Department of Alcoholic Beverage Control (ABC) College Tour.
College Tour is a series of regional, one-day alcohol and drug abuse prevention conferences that challenge student leaders and professionals to create healthier and safer campus communities. The conference offers tracks for students and professionals, helping participants develop best-practice strategies to reduce underage and high-risk drinking. The second stop on the 2014-2015 College Tour is Friday, Nov. 7, at the University of Richmond.
“College Tour is about service and action, about being an active participant,” said Katie Weaks, Virginia ABC education and prevention manager. “Participants will be alerted to dangerous drinking trends and learn strategies to prevent harm. The networking at this conference also allows students and professionals to gather ideas about strengthening prevention efforts, promoting leadership and encouraging healthy lifestyles at their schools.”
University of Richmond Associate Dean of Richmond College, Coordinator of Substance Abuse Education and Deputy Title IX Coordinator Daniel Fabian, M.A., will offer opening remarks at the conference. Harvard University Director of Health Promotion and Education and Director of the Office of Alcohol & Other Drug Services Ryan Travia, M.Ed., will give the keynote address, “Brownouts, Blackouts and BALs: An Inside Look at Alcohol and the Brain” and conduct a workshop for students, “Peer Education: Empowering Student Leaders to Promote Health and Safety.”
Speakers from the University of Virginia, Bridgewater College, Henrico Area Mental Health and Developmental Services/Too Smart 2 Start Coalition and the Virginia Department of Health will round out the agenda. Student organizations that attend have the opportunity to create a plan to reach their fellow peers and submit it to Virginia ABC for up to $500 in funding.
The conference, which will be held at the Jepson Alumni Center 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 registration deadline is Oct. 31. The enrollment form is available on the Virginia ABC website at abc.virginia.gov/Education/collegeTour/collegeTour.html.
Virginia ABC’s College Tour stopped at James Madison University in October and will visit Virginia Tech on Feb. 21, 2015, The College of William & Mary on March 21, 2015, and George Mason University on March 24, 2015.
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.
Virginia ABC Promotes Safer Campus Communities During College Tour Conference at University of Richmond