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October 18, 2013
CONTACT: Gordon Ovenshine

Grant helps combat underage drinking

SLIPPERY ROCK, Pa. - A $40,000 grant from the Pennsylvania Liquor Control Board will help Slippery Rock University become even more proactive in reducing underage and dangerous drinking.

The University was awarded $20,000 for 2013-14 and $20,000 for 2014-15 to initiate new educational programs, said Renee Bateman, SRU health promotion coordinator for at the McLachlan Student Health Center.

The program will include peer-to-peer education through a bystander intervention program and a marketing project focusing on pro-health and social-norm messages. The project will include education campaigns through University Police and new, online alcohol educational services for first-year students and their parents, Bateman said.

She said the University's proactive efforts are necessary, as recent student surveys have indicated that 53 percent of students believe drinking interferes with their life on or around campus.

Slippery Rock University is Pennsylvania's premier public residential university. Slippery Rock University provides students with a comprehensive learning experience that intentionally combines academic instruction with enhanced educational and learning opportunities that make a positive difference in their lives.