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Peggy O'Halloran named CASE and Off-Campus Student Life director

July 11, 2013
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Peggy O'Halloran, new director of CASE and Off-Campus Student Life
EAU CLAIRE — Peggy O'Halloran has been named the director of the Center for Alcohol Studies and Education (CASE) and Off-Campus Student Life at the University of Wisconsin-Eau Claire.


O'Halloran has a background in public health and has worked on many projects focusing on preventing disease and improving the health of populations. She has been involved with CASE since 2009, where she worked part time assisting with research, grant writing and programming, and served as the full-time interim director from 2012-13.

While working part time in CASE, O'Halloran also held a position with UW-Madison's Wisconsin Research and Education Network, where she supported regional clinics in the Eau Claire area by conducting quality improvement projects and research studies on improving patient health.

Jodi Thesing-Ritter, chair of the CASE director search committee and associate dean of students, said, "Peggy brings a wealth of experience in grant writing, assessment and project implementation that will help move the CASE program forward in ways that will benefit our students and the campus. She is well-suited for this work and will play an important role in improving retention and graduation rates of our students."

New to the director's role will be the supervision of the Off-Campus Student Life area of CASE.

"We are excited to launch the Off-Campus Student Life program under Peggy's leadership," Thesing-Ritter said. "It is my hope that this program will provide students with needed education and support as they move into the Eau Claire community and learn to be responsible and engaged citizens. We  also hope to increase faculty involvement in CASE. Faculty play a critical role in shaping student attitudes and behaviors. Alcohol misuse is a significant barrier to academic success and we hope that by intentionally engaging faculty in supporting a culture of responsible alcohol use by our students, our students will reach their full academic potential."

O'Halloran said there are several new CASE initiatives that she is excited to begin during the coming academic year.

"New CASE efforts for the 2013-14 academic year include partnering with athletics on a student mentoring program, providing resources for faculty and jumpstarting our research efforts," O'Halloran said. "We will get the Off-Campus Student Life program off the ground with developing rental resources for students, working with students and the community on neighborhood concerns and issues, and identifying resources and programs related to off-campus safety concerns. I am looking forward to providing students living off campus with resources and helping connect them with their neighborhoods and the Eau Claire community. CASE will also continue its successful peer education program and other courses, presentations, events and outreach."

For more information about the CASE and Off-Campus Student Life program, contact Peggy O'Halloran at ohallop@uwec.edu  or 715-836-5112.

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