'Alcohol Awareness Week' to Be Held Oct. 9-14

Published 10.04.2006


"Nuts and Bolts" is the theme for Alcohol Awareness Week 2006, Oct. 9-14 at Penn College, helping students learn about the effects and consequences of alcohol use and abuse through a variety of invaluable programs.

Monday, Oct. 9 Walk of Death Did you know that, according to current statistics, 10 people are killed every hour as a result of someone driving under the influence of alcohol? The Penn College Alcohol Awareness Committee will illustrate this horrifying fact by choosing 10 Penn College staff, faculty and students an hour to "become a statistic" for the remainder of the day. Students will get a real-life perspective on the severe impact that drunk driving can have on a community.

'Golf Cart Beer Run'Tuesday, Oct. 10
Golf Cart Beer Run and DUI Trailer
10 a.m.-2 p.m., PDC lawn
Think you know the effect alcohol consumption has on driving functions? Test yourself by driving a golf cart, donated by the White Deer Golf Course, through an obstacle course while wearing vision-impairing "drunk goggles." Penn College Police also will be on hand to demonstrate field-sobriety tests.

Melanie RenoMelanie Reno's College LUSH Tour
"Five Abusive Years of Alcohol and Parties"
8 p.m., Academic Center Auditorium
Comedian Melanie Reno is best known for her recent appearances on Comedy Central's "Premium Blend" and GSN's "National Lampoon's Funny Money." What most people don't know about Reno is that she spent her college career battling an addiction to alcohol. She talks about the party scene where it all happened and she does not sugarcoat the details. This eye-opening presentation is a must-see for students, faculty and staff.

Wednesday, Oct. 11
Golf Cart Beer Run and DUI Trailer
10 a.m.-2 p.m., PDC lawn

Drug and Alcohol Resource Fair
10 a.m.-2 p.m., Susquehanna Room lobby
Concerned about a friend? Want to know how to help? The fair will feature information from college offices, the West Branch Drug and Alcohol Abuse Commission, Wise Options and other off-campus agencies. Stop by to meet college staff and members of the community, while picking up some important information about health and safety.

The Impact
7:30 p.m., SASC Presentation Room
Witness firsthand how one wrong turn can transform a fulfilling life into a nightmare. This multimedia presentation, created by Kevin A. Hickman, sheds a striking light on the dangers of alcohol abuse.

'Nuts and Bolts'Thursday, Oct. 12
Nuts and Bolts: Scattered All Over the Road
7:30 p.m., Field House parking area
Come experience what emergency responders see when cars and alcohol collide. Watch as various campus groups join police, fire, ambulance and LifeFlight personnel to recreate the scene of a high-speed accident in which alcohol may have played a role. This event will feature presentations from local DUI crash victims. Free refreshments provided to attendees.

Penn College Late Night: A Great Alternative
9 p.m.-midnight, Susquehanna Room
The Penn College Late Night Party features games, karaoke, sumo wrestling, mocktails, and carnival booths set up by Penn College student organizations. Pick up valuable information on the effects of drug and alcohol use.

Pete LeeFriday, Oct. 13
Comedian Pete Lee
9 p.m., Penn's Inn
Lee mixes his lovable juvenile personality and strong punch lines to create a show that you won't soon forget.

Ongoing Events Throughout the Week
Pass the Keys
Stop by the area outside the Susquehanna Room lobby to see what is left of a car from an actual DUI accident scene.

'One Last Look'One Last Look
A casket and memorial will be displayed in the ATHS atrium for students, faculty and staff to see the effects of drinking and driving and as a reminder of how quickly lives can be changed when someone decides to drink too much.

Educational Tables
Look for various educational displays around campus for valuable information on alcohol safety and what you can do to help someone who has a drug or alcohol problem.

Alcohol Awareness Week programs are sponsored by the 2006 Penn College Alcohol Awareness Week Committee and are supported by Catherman's Garage, Knight-Confer Funeral Home, White Deer Golf Course, and by Penn College's School of Health Sciences, School of Natural Resources Management, Residence Hall Association and various student organizations.

A registration card will be available at each event (one card per event) for a drawing to be held at the end of the week for a $100 gift card to Best Buy.

For more information on Drug and Alcohol Awareness Week, contact Student Activities or Student Health Services.