Who: The Virginia Department of Alcoholic Beverage Control (ABC) will kick off its spring 2016 College Tour initiative with a stop at Norfolk State University (NSU) April 1-2. More than 80 students, faculty, staff and campus law enforcement from five Hampton Roads area colleges and universities and 25 employees from ABC-licensed establishments are registered to attend.
What: Virginia ABC’s College Tour empowers student leaders to talk to their peers about alcohol to promote healthier and safer campus communities and provides professional development for staff. The conference and related activities provide tools and resources to help reduce the consequences associated with underage and high-risk drinking. It also fosters collaboration between attendees who are focused on the well-being of those in their communities.
Friday, April 1: NSU has organized an awareness event at the Student Services Center (700 Park Ave.) that is open to all students. Vendors, including Virginia ABC, Mothers Against Drunk Driving (MADD), the Norfolk Police Drug and Alcohol Program and Virginia Beach Police, will participate in the fair. Students can visit booths from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. to get information, participate in activities, ask questions and pick up resources.
Old Dominion University will conduct a Project Sticker Shock event at 7-Eleven at 4803 Powhatan Ave. in Norfolk at approximately 5:30 p.m. NSU students are also conducting a Project Sticker Shock at the 7-Eleven near campus (time and location TBD). Project Sticker Shock is a community awareness program designed to prevent people age 21 and older from purchasing alcohol and providing it to underage youth.
Saturday, April 2: Virginia ABC will host the College Tour conference from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. in the NSU Student Services Center (700 Park Ave.). This is the first year that the program has a special track for licensees allowing those attendees to hear directly from Virginia ABC special agents about Virginia alcohol laws and regulations pertaining to the operation of their business. Seven professionals involved in the health, substance abuse and prevention fields will make presentations at the conference.
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 358 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 marking its 83rd year, ABC remains committed to progress and innovation in carrying out its control, service and revenue mission.
Virginia ABC Launches 2016 College Tour at Norfolk State