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Actress Jodie Sweetin to Open
Forum Season at UW-Eau Claire

RELEASED: Sept. 20, 2007

Jodi Sweetin
Jodie Sweetin

EAU CLAIRE — Actress Jodie Sweetin will open the 66th season of The Forum at the University of Wisconsin-Eau Claire Monday, Oct. 1. Her program, titled "A Young Star's Road to Recovery," will begin at 7:30 p.m. in Zorn Arena.

Best known for her eight years as Stephanie Tanner, the precocious middle child on the hit ABC television show "Full House" (1987-1995), Sweetin has battled alcohol and drug addiction since the series ended.

"It is kind of hard to figure out who you are when you've lost your job at 13, when that was basically how you identified yourself," Sweetin has said.

Sweetin will discuss how her life changed after the end of "Full House," her transition from high school to college, and her battles with alcohol and drugs.

"From the first time I drank, it was obvious that I wasn't doing it just to have fun," Sweetin told a university audience last spring. "When I was 17, I started experimenting with drugs. I was spiraling out of control fairly quickly. I scared a lot of people."

She seemed to pull her life together, but began hiding her addictions and was effectively leading a double life. When a hidden addiction to methamphetamine led to the end of her two-year marriage to a police officer, Sweetin checked herself into a rehabilitation facility for intensive therapy in 2005. Since then she has been working to put her life back on track one day at a time. In July she married for the second time.

Committed to helping others avoid the choices that cost her so much, Sweetin has spoken to campus audiences nationwide. She talks about how rehabilitative therapy has changed her life and encourages listeners to combat challenges head-on. "I feel really fortunate that I get to speak about it," Sweetin told CNN.

The Forum program will be interpreted for the deaf and hard of hearing. Sweetin's presentation will be followed by a question-and-answer session and an informal reception in the Arena.

Tickets for The Forum are $7 for the public, $5 for those 62 and older and UW System or Chippewa Valley Technical College faculty and staff, and $3 for those 17 and younger and UW System or CVTC students. Tickets are available at the Service Center counter in the east lobby of Davies Center, and will also be sold at the door.

Patrons may also charge their tickets to MasterCard or Visa when they order by phone. Call 715-836-3727 or, outside the immediate Eau Claire area, call toll-free 800-949-UWEC. A $3 handling fee will be added to all telephone charge orders.

Wisconsin Public Radio and Community Television have contributed generous promotional support. Best Western Trail Lodge Hotel & Suites (715-838-9989) at 3340 Mondovi Road is the exclusive accommodations partner for The Forum.

Funded by the students of the University of Wisconsin-Eau Claire, The Forum is administered by the Activities and Programs office.

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JS/NW

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