Who: The Virginia Department of Alcoholic Beverage Control (ABC) will bring its spring 2016 College Tour initiative to the University of Virginia (UVa) April 15-17. More than 115 students, faculty, staff and campus law enforcement from six Virginia area colleges and universities and employees from ABC-licensed establishments are registered to attend. Virginia ABC is offering the program in collaboration with the Boosting Alcohol Consciousness Concerning the Health of University Students (BACCHUS) Region III Spring Conference. In addition to students from Virginia schools, the conference will include those from universities in North Carolina, South Carolina and Tennessee.
What: Virginia ABC’s College Tour empowers student leaders to talk to their peers about alcohol and other health and safety issues in campus communities and provides professional development for staff. The conference and related activities provide tools and resources to help reduce underage and high-risk drinking and the associated consequences, as well as a range of other health and safety issues. It also fosters collaboration among attendees who are focused on the well-being of those in their communities.
BACCHUS is an international association of college and university peer education programs that seek to empower students to create campus environments that are healthy and safe. Founded in 1975 at the University of Florida, the group responded to the need for alcohol awareness and abuse prevention.
Friday, April 15: BACCHUS organizers from the UVa Office of Health Promotion have planned a “Dive In” to launch the weekend conference. At 9:30 p.m. attendees will dive into the university’s pool in the Aquatic and Fitness Center (450 Whitehead Road) followed by a screening of Star Wars: The Force Awakens. The swim-in movie is an example of UVa’s “late night series,” University-sponsored activities for students who want to have fun without alcohol.
Saturday, April 16: Virginia ABC and BACCHUS will host the conference from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. in Newcomb Hall (180 McCormick Road). This is the first year the program has offered 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 businesses. Presenters at the conference will include professionals and students involved in the health, substance abuse and prevention fields. Keynote Speaker Toren Volkmann, author of From Binge to Blackout, will discuss “Seeing Through the Blur,” a presentation based on what he describes as four years of “professional level” drinking in college, which led to destructive behaviors and alcoholism.
Sunday, April 17: Brunch, a keynote address by UVa Professor Barry Hinton on public speaking and BACCHUS program awards will take place from 9 a.m. to noon at Hotel E, the Garden Room on UVa’s West Range.
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 17,000 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 Makes Stop at UVa on its 2016 College Tour