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May 13, 2003

Campus cards wish students a happy, safe 21st birthday

Along with mail from family and friends, students at California State University, Sacramento are now getting cards from campus for their 21st birthdays.

The cards are hand-signed by students, faculty and staff, and feature a recent campus photo of hundreds of people at the Library Quad. Inside is information about responsible drinking and alcohol poisoning, as well as the story of Brad McCue, who died on his 21st birthday after consuming 24 drinks in less than two hours. They read: “Wishing you a safe and memorable 21st birthday!”

The University began sending the cards in April, and will continue sending them in batches at the beginning of each month. Officials hope to reinforce knowledge of the dangers of irresponsible drinking as students reach legal age.

“We know some students engage in high-risk drinking on their 21st birthday, and this is our way of reminding them to be responsible and know some of the risks,” says Heather Dunn Carlton, assistant director of student activities at CSUS. “Students who have received it have responded positively. They thought it was a nice that someone on campus remembered their birthday.”

Even though national surveys show CSUS students are much less likely to binge drink than their peers at other institutions, the University has made it a priority to educate students about alcohol abuse. The new birthday cards are part of that ongoing effort.

Funding for the birthday cards comes from Project Help in Sacramento, which provided a $2,300 grant.

An example of the new birthday card is with the press release online at www.csus.edu/news. For more information, contact the CSUS student activities office at (916) 278-6595. Additional media assistance is available by contacting CSUS public affairs at (916) 278-6156.

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