The Virginia Department of Alcoholic Beverage Control (ABC) will kick off its Spring 2015 College Tour initiative at Virginia Tech on Saturday, Feb. 21. College Tour is a series of regional, one-day alcohol and drug abuse prevention conferences that prepare student leaders to promote healthier and safer campus communities. The conference will offer two expertly tailored tracks for both students and professionals, helping participants develop best-practice strategies to reduce underage and high-risk drinking on their campuses.
Virginia Tech Assistant Vice President for Student Affairs, Dr. Richard J. Ferraro, will offer opening remarks followed by keynote speaker Ryan M. Travia of Harvard University in his presentation, "Brownouts, Blackouts & BAL’s: An Inside Look at Alcohol and the Brain." Other notable presentations include Tom Workman, American Institutes for Research, "Campus Community Collaboration," and Jill Lassiter, Ed.D, Bridgewater College, "Peer Leadership."
"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 will be held at the Virginia Tech Squires Student Center in Blacksburg 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. ABC will accept walk-in registrations the day of the conference. 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 2015 ABC College Tour include The College of William & Mary (March 21) and George Mason University (March 24). 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.
Virginia ABC Kicks off Spring 2015 College Tour at Virginia Tech to Promote Safer Campus Communities