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Eighth Summit To Explore 'Influence' Through Workshops

Sept. 17, 2013
SHSU Media Contact: Aubrie Walker

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Sam Houston State University will challenge students to “Rise Above the Influence” during the 8th annual Alcohol and Drug Summit on Sept. 27.

ADAI posterThe free, daylong event will raise awareness of the multi-faceted problems associated with alcohol and substance use and abuse, while working to strengthen healthy attitudes and, ultimately, achieve positive behaviors.

“This year we are trying to incorporate a lot of the pressures and tactics used to coerce the students into using alcohol, tobacco, or other drugs,” said Eddie Gisemba, Sam Houston State University’s Alcohol and Drug Abuse Initiative coordinator. “We are trying to point these out so students know how to recognize the pressures and then, ultimately, overcome them.”

Registration for the summit will start at 8 a.m. on Sept. 27 on the third floor Lowman Student Center.

The summit will have several different sessions led by professionals, experts and those who have experienced alcohol and substance related consequences. The topics will include alcohol laws, the costs associated with drinking, and the pros/cons of legalization of marijuana. The attendees will be able to pick from a variety of sessions each hour that they would like to attend.

“I am excited that there are more sessions this year that are lead by Sam Houston State students, people who are university immersed in the environment and know what it is like on the weekends,” Gisemba said.

At noon, a free lunch will be provided during which the key speaker will present a program. This year, the keynote speaker will be magician Bob Fellows, who will tie in the theme with his presentation “Mind Over Manipulation.”

In his program, Fellows will reveal how the audiences are manipulated, how drugs and alcohol affect their lives, and how easily they can lose control and start letting others decide how they act.

Fellows has a master’s degree in theology from Harvard University and is author of Easily Fooled: New Insights and Techniques for Resisting Manipulation. He has given major presentations to the White House staff and has also appeared on national television shows.

There will also be “roaming programing” where students come visit tables on a come-and-go basis.

“This will include a drunk driving simulator, an informational session on drinking games, and a variety of others,” Gisemba said.

The summit will wrap up around 4 p.m., and door prizes will be given through out the event.

For more information about the 2013 Alcohol and Drug Summit visit shsu.edu/dept/adai/programs/summit.html or contact Gisemba at 936.294.2228.




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