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UW-Eau Claire Plans Activities to Observe
National Collegiate Alcohol Awareness Week

RELEASED: Sept. 21, 2007

EAU CLAIRE — Faculty, staff and students at the University of Wisconsin-Eau Claire will once again participate in National Collegiate Alcohol Awareness Week Sept. 22-29. A wide variety of activities will focus on the dangers associated with alcohol and remind students of the many ways to have fun without alcohol.

Activities will begin at 10 a.m. Saturday, Sept. 22, with the Michael Noll Memorial Run/Walk. UW-Eau Claire Student Senate and the Center for Alcohol Studies and Education will coordinate the event. Registration on the day of the event will be held at 9 a.m. Individual registration is $15 per person, teams of 4 or more are $12 per participant, participants receive a T-shirt and all proceeds go to funding future alcohol education.

Also on Saturday this year, Action City and the Right Way shuttle are co-sponsoring an event for students with a university ID Saturday evening at Action City: $15 for 2 hours of unlimited play anytime between 6 p.m. and midnight with free transportation. The week continues with specials on bowling and billiards in Hilltop Center on upper campus and special climbing wall hours from 6:30-10:30 p.m., Sunday, Sept. 23.

Monday, Sept. 24, the Center for Alcohol Studies and Education will be hosting an Open House in their office in Schofield 30 from 2 to 4 p.m. Refreshments will be served and research projects will be displayed.

Jean Kilbourne
Jean Kilbourne

Tuesday, Sept. 25, media critic Jean Kilbourne will be on campus to speak at 7:30 p.m. in Schofield Auditorium. Her presentation, "Deadly Persuasion: Advertising and Addiction," will cover the topic of how the media influences perceptions of alcohol.

Wednesday, Sept. 26, will begin with "Jail & Bail." Between 9:30 a.m. and 2 p.m. University Police officers will "arrest" a number of faculty, staff, students and administrators. Those being arrested will be asked to complete a sobriety test as if they were being arrested for drunken driving. Officers will talk to those observers in the area of the "arrest," providing information about the consequences of driving drunk. Those arrested must then raise bail to get out of jail. The money will go to the Student Wellness Advocacy Team to support future wellness programming on campus.

Thursday, Sept. 27, the Higherground on upper campus will host the "Virgin Bourbon Street" from 8-9:30 p.m. All the residence halls will compete in a contest for the best alcohol-free cocktail. Afterwards, Higherground also will be the location for a Texas Hold'em Tournament hosted by the Center for Alcohol Studies and Education. Players of all skill levels are encouraged to participate, and prizes will be given away.

Friday, Sept. 28, the Higherground will be hosting a casino night to close out National Collegiate Alcohol Awareness Week, and to usher in Parents' Weekend. This event will run from 10 p.m.-midnight.

Alcohol Awareness Week sponsors include Activities and Programs, Housing and Residence Life, University Recreation, the SWATeam, National Residence Hall Honorary, Residence Hall Activities Board, United Hall Council, University Police, Student Athlete Advisory Committee, University Dining Services, Counseling Services, Student Development and Diversity, and the Center for Alcohol Studies and Education. Off campus sponsors include Action City, M&L Brands, Dr. Ralph Hudson and the family of Michael Noll.

For more information about National Collegiate Alcohol Awareness Week activities at UW-Eau Claire, contact Jennifer Lee, director of the Center for Alcohol Studies and Education and the Blugold Parent and Family Office, 715-836-5111, or leejs@uwec.edu.

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