|SLU TO HOST ANNUAL ALCOHOL AWARENESS WEEK OCT. 18-21
HAMMOND -- Southeastern Louisiana
University will host “Alcohol Awareness Week" Oct. 18-21 with a series
of events that blend education, awareness and fun to promote responsible
and safe student behavior in relation to alcohol use.
The week’s events will include
a reverse town hall meeting, when a university-
community panel will query students about alcohol use and abuse; a
visit to campus by a high tech drunk driving simulator; and – on a lighter
note -- Mocktails, a non-alcoholic drink mixing competition.
“Wasted Behind the Wheel,” which
is described as a visual and interactive education tool designed to promote
alcohol and substance abuse awareness, will be open to student and community
visitors from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. Monday, Oct. 18 in the northwest parking
lot of the War Memorial Student Union.
The simulator combines real life
video footage and simulated motion to illustrate the consequences of driving
drunk. It is sponsored by the university’s Campus Activities Board.
After visiting the simulator,
students can write their impressions or other messages on a simulated brick
wall in the union. Informational handouts on alcohol and drug abuse will
also be available.
A panel is usually on the receiving
end of questions, but in the table-turning “reverse town hall meeting,”
scheduled for 7 p.m., Tuesday, Oct. 19 in the Student Union ballroom, the panel will direct
questions to the student audience. Previously, Southeastern has successfully
used the “reverse” concept to stimulate discussion and awareness on the
topics of alcohol and race relations.
Panelists for the town hall meeting
are expected to include Southeastern President Randy Moffett, Tangipahoa
Parish Sheriff Daniel Edwards, 21st Judicial District Attorney Scott Perrilloux
and Tangipahoa Parish Coroner Rick Foster. Tom Terrell, director of the
University Counseling Center, will moderate.
The event is open to both the
campus and community. Students may submit questions in advance to Alcohol
Awareness Week chair Jim McHodgkins, assistant dean of student life, at
On Wednesday, Oct. 20, students
can visit a poster display on alcohol abuse awareness topics created by
students of health studies professor Ralph Wood. The display will be set
up in the lobby of the Pennington Student Activity Center.
"Mocktails," a no-alcohol party
with food, music and a contest among student organizations to see which
can concoct the best non-alcoholic beverage, is scheduled for 8 p.m., Thursday,
Oct. 21, also in the union mall. Prizes will be awarded for best tasting
drink, best theme and best decorated booth while students enjoy free music,
food and fun at a popular and often zany competition.
For additional information about Alcohol
Awareness Week, contact McHodgkins at 985-549-3792.