Alcohol Summit Offers Education For Students, Parents


The SHSU Alcohol & Drug Abuse Initiative will present the Third Annual Alcohol Summit Sept. 12-13.

The purpose of the summit is to educate the university community about risky alcohol consumption as well as the legal and social ramifications of irresponsible choices.

The summit is open to all students, faculty, staff and community members.

Activities on Friday make up the core components of the summit, during which participants will learn about alcohol and other substance abuse through a series of educational sessions.

Saturday sessions will include information for parents and guardians, including signs and symptoms of alcohol or other drugs and what they can do if they feel their son or daughter may have an alcohol or drug related problem.

Also, an interactive session will cover the disciplinary process for alcohol offenses that take place inside residence halls.

Among the topics which will be covered for the university community are rape aggression defense tactics, bicycle safety, alcohol screenings, the cost of alcohol abuse for college students, SHSU’s disciplinary process for alcohol offenses, the legal process for offenses, the chemistry of alcohol and how alcohol affects the body, and sex, alcohol and drugs.

Also on hand will be the Phoummarath family of Houston, whose son, Jack, died from alcohol poisoning three years ago during a fraternity initiation ceremony at the University of Texas. They will discuss the dangers of hazing and binge drinking and how their lives have been affected by Jack’s death.

The keynote speaker is Erica Upshaw. She and her brother, Joey, were “All-American” kids, made good grades and were campus leaders. But a deadly combination of drugs and alcohol changed Erica’s life forever. She now travels to universities warning students about the dangers of believing that partying in college is an entitlement and automatic part of the university experience.

Students who attend the summit are able to earn co-curricular transcript credit and will have the opportunity to win prizes either as an individual or for their student organizations.

Registration forms are available online at

For more information, contact ADAI coordinator Rosanne Keathley at 936.294.1171 or e-mail



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