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Media Memo: Chancellor sends Homecoming message to students

TO:             News Editors and Directors

FROM:        Julie Poquette, News Bureau director

DATE:         Oct. 4, 2011

SUBJECT:   Chancellor sends Homecoming message to students

As Homecoming week gets under way at UW-Eau Claire, Chancellor Brian Levin-Stankevich sent an email message to students encouraging them to enjoy the upcoming weekend's festivities safely, reminding them to heed the messages they've heard from the university since their freshman orientation regarding safety and responsibility when it comes to alcohol.

"But none of us parents or administrators or faculty can be there when it comes time for you to make a decision," Levin-Stankevich wrote. "You will need to recall those messages about being safe. You will need to speak up or intervene when someone's behavior puts you or your friends at risk. You will need to watch out for yourself and for your friends."

Since before 2005, UW-Eau Claire's Center for Alcohol Studies and Education and the Chancellor's Alcohol Safety Team have worked to implement evidence-based strategies and programs to reduce high-risk drinking and its negative consequences among UW-Eau Claire students.

Some of those strategies and programs include:

  • Educational messages to students, parents and community members through outreach programs, events and online communications.
  • Collaborating with the greater Eau Claire community through The Bridge, a campus-community coalition that organizes annual listening sessions and activities like bar and neighborhood walks, which help identify areas of concern that require joint action.
  • Social norms campaigns aim to decrease alcohol use and alcohol-related negative consequences by communicating the truth about alcohol use on campus. These campaigns are based on information gathered annually from students via surveys to measure true drinking norms on the UW Eau Claire campus.
  • An online survey designed to motivate individuals to reduce alcohol consumption using personalized information about their own drinking.
  • Annual events such as The Saving Race 5K fun run, held in memory of UW-Eau Claire students who were lost in alcohol-related accidents, and Facts on Tap, an interactive campuswide program held each fall that communicates information about high-risk alcohol use and its potential consequences and demonstrates effective and ineffective means of dealing with issues important to all college students.
  • Implementation of policies and programs that change the campus environment, such as the Blugold Saturday Night Shuttle, which provides students free transportation during hours when city bus service is unavailable to Eau Claire shopping and entertainment districts that are not within walking distance from campus.

For more information about UW-Eau Claire's efforts to reduce high-risk drinking among its students, contact Jennifer Lee, CASE director, at 715-836-5111 or leejs@uwec.edu.

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