'Alcohol Awareness Week' to Tackle Key Campus Issue

Published 09.10.2009

Student News

Hoping to deter alcohol abuse by students, Pennsylvania College of Technology has scheduled a weeklong series of activities to spotlight a problem that affects college campuses everywhere.

Alcohol Awareness Week will run from Sept. 14-17 at Penn College,as health professionals marshal campus and community resources to provide the following events:

  • Monday, Sept. 14 Alcohol Awareness Week Kickoff 10 a.m.-2 p.m.; Bush Campus Center, Breuder Advanced Technology and Health Sciences Center and Hager Lifelong Education Center lobbiesPenn College students, faculty and staff will distribute the week's event schedule.
  • Tuesday, Sept. 15 "Last Call The Ultimate Campus Party" 8 p.m.; Penn's InnJoin national speaking veteran Brent Scarpo for a groundbreaking and interactive program that addresses the No. 1 issue faced by campuses across the nation: alcohol. (Sponsored by Student Health Services, Student Development, Student Activities, Residence Life and Counseling Services.)
  • Wednesday, Sept. 16 Team DUI Simulator 10 a.m.-5 p.m.; behind the Bush Campus Center The SAFETY SIMulator is "saving lives virtually every day." With its real dashboard, steering wheel and driver's seat, the SAFETY SIMulator provides a realistic, hands-on experience that allows participants to feel firsthand how diverse and adverse conditions including alcohol intoxication impair the ability to drive safely. (Sponsored by the Community Traffic Safety Project.)
  • Thursday, Sept. 17 "Haze" (movie and panel discussion) 8 p.m.; Penn's InnThis film uniquely weaves together approximately 35 interviews, highly graphic images and real-life footage to shed light on what has been recognized as the "largest problem on campus." Responsible for more than 1,700 deaths per year, alcohol misuse and hazing practices by college and university students also have contributed to as many as 700,000 assaults, 600,000 injuries and nearly 100,000 sexual assaults or date rapes. Following the movie, a discussion will be led by Carl Shaner, director of student health services; Penn College Police Chief Chris Miller; and Mort Neely, student affairs specialist.