Alcohol problems at campuses across the country have been in the news a lot lately. In an attempt to forestall such problems at William Woods University, the Office of Community Life has declared this week “Alcohol Responsibility Week.”
A number of educational events are planned, including a safety/legal issues panel discussion at 7 p.m. Tuesday in the Library Auditorium.
Panelists include: Carol England, assistant prosecuting attorney for Callaway County; Cpl. Michael Halford, Missouri highway patrolman; Venita Mitchell, WWU dean of students, and two counselors who serve both William Woods and Westminster College—Mark Aoyagi and Lori Fox. In addition, an EMT (emergency medical technician) with the Callaway County Ambulance Service will participate.
On Wednesday, students can test their knowledge about alcohol facts, while winning prizes in an Alcohol Roulette Game. This will be held at 11:30 a.m. in the snack bar area of the McNutt Campus Center.
On Thursday, Daniel Vinson, a practicing M.D. and professor on the University of Missouri Family and Community Medicine faculty, will address questions about alcohol use among college students. Vinson’s research involves alcoholism and substance abuse. He will speak at 4 p.m. in the Library Auditorium.
The Community Life staff will be serving “mock-tails” at noon Friday during lunch in Tucker Dining Hall.
“The goal behind Alcohol Responsibility Week is to educate our students on the impact and the reasonability that comes with using alcohol,” Chandra Daffer, director of Greek life and student involvement, said.
“Alcohol use and misuse is engrained in the culture of college campuses across the nation, so the education of alcohol responsibility should be a continuous effort. I hope through our programs this week that our students will enjoy, have fun and learn about how to be responsible when using alcohol.”