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Expert to Lead Events Addressing High-risk Drinking Among College, High School Students

RELEASED: Jan. 23, 2006

Tom WorkmanEAU CLAIRE — An expert on underage drinking and the collegiate drinking culture will be in Eau Claire Feb. 7-8 to give presentations on high-risk drinking for University of Wisconsin-Eau Claire representatives, public school teachers and community members.

Tom Workman, a member of the Student Involvement staff at the University of Nebraska-Lincoln, will talk about building coalitions to address high-risk drinking. He will present the strategies and successes that Lincoln, Neb., has experienced related to the collegiate drinking culture and the community at a special evening session for parents, high school and college students, and community members from 7-8:30 p.m. Tuesday, Feb. 7, at Memorial High School's Little Theater. The presentation, offered in conjunction with the Eau Claire County Health Department, is free and no registration is required.

On Wed., Feb. 8, Workman will address the Campus-Community Coalition on Alcohol Issues in Eau Claire, known as "The Bridge," from 9:30-11:30 a.m. in Memorial High School's Little Theater. Eau Claire Area School District staff may attend the presentation as part of their staff development day. Registration for ECASD staff is available through the district's Web site. The session is open to the public at no cost.

Workman's Tues., Feb. 7, schedule also includes a breakfast meeting with the advisory committee for UW-Eau Claire's Center for Alcohol Studies and Education from 7-9 a.m. in Davies Center; a presentation for a UW-Eau Claire communication and journalism class on alcohol advertising from 12:30-1:45 p.m. in Room 312 of Schneider Hall; and a meeting with the staffs of UW-Eau Claire's Counseling Services, Student Health Services, Center for Alcohol Studies and Education, and Student Development and Diversity from 3-4 p.m. in the Arrowhead Room of Davies Center. He will have dinner with the staffs of UW-Eau Claire's Spectator and Flip Side publications.

His Feb. 8 schedule includes a meeting with the Consortium for Substance Abuse Prevention in Eau Claire County from noon to 1 p.m. at Memorial High School; a meeting with the City-Campus community group from 3-4 p.m. at She Nannigans; and conversation and dinner with peer educators and student organizations from 4-6 p.m.

Workman holds a doctorate in communication studies and did his dissertation on the collegiate drinking culture. Besides serving on the Student Involvement staff at UN-L, he teaches classes in the university's department of communication studies. He is on the editorial board for the academic journal Health Communication and has written chapters in several books on the subject of health communication and college drinking.

Workman's presentations are funded through a grant to the Eau Claire Area School District, UW-Eau Claire and the Eau Claire City/County Health Department to address underage drinking in Eau Claire. For information, contact Nina Albanese-Kotar, director of the UW-Eau Claire Center for Alcohol Studies and Education, at (715) 836-5110.

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