National Collegiate Alcohol Awareness Week set for Oct. 20-24
Posted: 10/15/2008
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The University of Texas-Pan American will celebrate National Collegiate Alcohol Awareness Week Oct. 20-24 to educate students about the use of alcohol and its effects.

The Alcohol Service Fair will be held Tuesday, Oct. 21 at the North Quad from 11:30 a.m.-1 p.m. where various offices and agencies such as Mothers Against Drunk Driving (MADD), Palmer Drug Abuse Program, Rio Grande Valley Coalition, Tropical Texas Behavioral Health, UTPA Student Health Services, and other organizations that work to address alcohol use and abuse will be on hand. The fair is sponsored by the UTPA Empowerment Zone.

"The alcohol service fair is to give students access to a wide variety of programs in the community and on campus that can assist them or those that they care about in making responsible decisions in regards to alcohol," Christine Carruthers, assistant director of Student Life and Transition Services, said.

The Music Fest, sponsored by Bacchus and Gamma, will be held Thursday, Oct. 23 from 4:30-8:30 p.m. with local bands, disc jockeys, food and fun to promote the responsible use of alcohol.

"The purpose of the Music Fest is to combine a safe way for students to have fun while providing them with information about responsible drinking," Carruthers said.

Students can participate in several obstacle courses that will show them the effects of drinking on coordination through the use of fatal vision goggles that simulate drunkenness in visual perception. There will be other activities that address the relationships between drinking and sexual responsibility for students as well.

For more information about National Collegiate Alcohol Awareness Week, contact the Office of Student Life and Transition Services at 956/318-5375.