The Virginia Department of Alcoholic Beverage Control (ABC) will wrap up its Spring 2015 College Tour with stops at The College of William & Mary on Saturday, March 21, and at George Mason University on Tuesday, March 24. College Tour is one of ABC’s premier education and outreach initiatives that prepares student leaders to promote healthier and safer campus communities. The series of regional, one-day conferences feature two expertly tailored tracks for both students and professionals, enhancing participants’ knowledge of best-practice strategies to reduce underage and high-risk drinking on their campuses.
“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 William & Mary College Tour conference will be held at the School of Education, 301 Monticello Ave., Williamsburg. The George Mason College Tour conference will be held at the school’s HUB Student Center, 4450 Rivanna River Way, Fairfax. Primary speakers will present at both conferences: Dr. Jessica Cronce, assistant professor, Psychiatry, University of Washington, will offer the keynote message, “College Drinking: Science and Solutions,” as well as “Stages of Change and Motivational Interviewing.” Dr. Steven Clarke of the Virginia College Alcohol Leadership Council (VaCALC), will present “Campus Community Collaboration.” The conferences run 9 a.m. – 3 p.m. and will also include discussions on peer leadership and student activism.
Both conferences include lunch and are FREE. Virginia 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 at Facebook.com/VACollegeTour.
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 351 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. ABC is committed to progress and innovation in carrying out its control, service and revenue mission.
Virginia ABC College Tour Stops at William & Mary and George Mason University