to benefit from alcohol abuse prevention grant
will be one of the beneficiaries of a $1.57 million grant program
to address student binge drinking and alcohol abuse. The project
will involve education, prevention and enforcement strategies for
the California State University's 23 campuses.
A news conference to announce the grant will take place at 10 a.m.,
Wednesday, Dec. 18 between the Library Quad and the University Union.
In case of rain, it will be held in the Union.
The event will feature CSU Chancellor Charles B. Reed and Maria
Contreras-Sweet, the state's Business, Transportation and Housing
secretary. Others expected to attend include Jerry R. Jolly, acting
director of the department of Alcoholic Beverage Control; Teresa
Becher, interim director of the Office of Traffic Safety and Kathryn
Jett, director of Alcohol and Drug Programs.
CSUS President Donald R. Gerth will open the event and will be joined
by two other CSU presidents, Manuel Esteban of Chico and John Welty
of Fresno. Students involved with alcohol prevention programs on
campus will also be in attendance. Heather Dunn-Carlton, chair of
the campus alcohol advisory council, helped to organize the event
and worked on getting the grant.
The site of the event can be located by a crashed car representing
the danger of drinking and driving. Students will also demonstrate
alcohol impairment by wearing special goggles that simulate the
level of alcohol sufficient for a DUI.
There are flags in the area, each representing four students a day
who die as a result of alcohol related injuries.