October 14, 2005
05-228

Charles Harmon Director of University Relations, Sementha Mathews Manager of Public Information and Media Relations, Edtwon A. Myree Student Assistant

Valdosta State University participates in alcohol awareness

Valdosta State University will join thousands of universities across the country for the National Collegiate Alcohol Awareness Week, October 17-21, with its 2005 theme: "I choose." VSU will help spread the message that students "choose" to make reasonable and responsible decisions when it comes to the consumption of alcohol.

Though the focus on responsible alcohol consumption will last the entire week, the main activities will be held on Wednesday, October 19 and Thursday, October 20.

Wednesday, October 19, Palms Quad from 6-8 p.m.
Greek Life members will be participating in "Dead Day," calling attention to the devastation on our highways caused by driving under the influence of alcohol. Members will be serving "mocktails," in friendly chapter competition, with the best chapter winning a cookie cake.

Wednesday, October 19, Lowndes Hall, 7 p.m.
Mark Williams, coordinator for the Office of Alcohol & Other Drug Education at VSU, will speak on the responsibilities of alcohol consumption.

Thursday, October 20, Palms Quad, 11 a.m. to 1 p.m.
The annual Alcohol Awareness Fair will feature free food, music provided by a D.J., a "D.U. eyes" cone course, a DUI simulation, door prizes and give-aways. Free HIV screening will also be provided. Campus and community agencies will provide information regarding the awareness and prevention of alcohol abuse as well as referral resources and positive, healthy lifestyle alternatives.

Thursday, October 20, Ashley Hall Rotunda, 7:30 p.m.
The Farber Medical Center personnel will present "Sex in the Dark," a candid discussion about sexual health and sexually transmitted diseases. There will also be an opportunity for students to receive answers to anonymous questions.

For more information on National Collegiate Alcohol Awareness Week activities at VSU, contact Mark Williams at (229) 259-5111 or at mfwillia@valdosta.edu.