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Alcohol Awareness Week Events Scheduled at Penn College

Pennsylvania College of Technology’s 2007-08 “Personal Responsibility Tour” will kick off Sept. 10-14 with Alcohol Awareness Week.

The Penn College Alcohol Awareness Week Committee is hosting the weeklong slate of events, which include interesting and educational ways − such as a mock crash scene with participation by area emergency responders − to learn about the effects and consequences of alcohol use and abuse.

Other “stops” on the Personal Responsibility Tour include Suicide Prevention/Depression Awareness Week, Sexual Responsibility Week and Eating Disorder Awareness Week.

The main goal of the “Tour” is to encourage students to take personal responsibility for their physical, psychological, financial, interpersonal and academic health, as it may have a profound impact on their futures.

The Alcohol Awareness Week theme is “WASTED.” Events, programs and promotion will address the aspects of life that are wasted when alcohol is mixed with poor judgment.

Various prizes will be donated by the Alcohol Awareness Week Committee and the college community.

The Alcohol Awareness Week events are:

Monday, Sept. 10
Penn College students, faculty and staff will wear Personal Responsibility Tour T-shirts and hand out copies of the week’s event schedule.

Tuesday, Sept. 11
“How to Throw a Safe and Legal Off-Campus Party”
3:30 p.m., PDC, Mountain Laurel Room This program, presented by Chris Miller, Penn College police chief, and Elliott Strickland, special assistant to the vice president for student affairs, will offer tips for planning a safe and legal off-campus party with alcohol.

True Stories: After the Crash” 8 p.m., Penn’s Inn (CC, second floor) Presenters Sylvia Davis and Dr. David Bower will disclose personal accounts of how alcohol mixed with poor judgment has impacted their lives and the lives of others.

Wednesday, Sept. 12
2007 Awareness Fair
11 a.m. to 3 p.m., CC lawn Students can meet college staff and members of the community for important information about health and safety. Refreshments and entertainment will be provided.

Golf Cart Beer Run and DUI Trailer 11 a.m. to 3 p.m., PDC lawn To learn the effect that alcohol consumption has on driving functions, students may test themselves by driving a golf cart, donated by White Deer Golf Course, through an obstacle course while wearing vision-impairing “drunk goggles.” Penn College Police will be on hand to demonstrate field-sobriety tests.

Thursday, Sept. 13
Golf Cart Beer Run and DUI Trailer
11 a.m. to 3 p.m., PDC lawn

Mock Crash Scene 7:15 p.m., Field House parking area Students can experience what emergency responders see when cars and alcohol collide. They will watch as various campus groups join police, fire, ambulance and LifeFlight personnel to recreate the scene of a high-speed accident in which alcohol may have played a role. The crash will be highlighted by presentations from individuals who have been directly affected and/or involved in DUI-related crashes locally.

Late Night Party 8 to 11 p.m., Susquehanna Room This event will feature games, “mock-tails,” sumo wrestling, karaoke sponsored by the Alcohol Awareness Week Committee and booths sponsored by various student organizations. Information on the effects of alcohol − and where to go for help − will be available. Refreshments will be served, and entertainment will be provided in an alcohol-free environment.

Friday, Sept. 14
Dan Levy, Comedian 9 p.m., Penn’s Inn (CC, second floor) From MTV and “My Sexiest Year,” comedian Dan Levy is a true talent. His brand of high-energy situation comedy is being sponsored by the Wildcat Events Board at Penn College.

Weeklong Events
“Pass the Keys”
A wrecked car donated from an alcohol-related accident will be on display at the Lifelong Education Center mall.

“One Last Look” A casket will be displayed in the Lifelong Education Center, outside of the Susquehanna Room dining unit, with a memorial for those who have lost their lives in alcohol-related incidents. The goal is to have students realize the importance of life and to know that something as simple as taking a drink can cause a lot of pain not only for them, but for their family and friends.

Educational Tables Educational display tables and videos will be available in various areas around campus for students, staff and faculty to obtain literature and brochures.

Alcohol Awareness Week programs are being sponsored by the 2007 Penn College Alcohol Awareness Week Committee and are supported by Catherman’s Garage, Hometown Floral & Gift, Janet’s Floral Creations, Knight-Confer Funeral Home and White Deer Golf Course, as well as the college’s School of Health Sciences, the Residence Hall Association and various student organizations.

For more information about Penn College, visit online, e-mail or call toll-free (800) 367-9222.

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