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National Week To 'Take Care Of Kats'

Oct. 15, 2010
SHSU Media Contact: Jennifer Gauntt

The Alcohol and Drug Abuse Initiative will work to create awareness on the social, physical, mental, financial, and emotional aspects of alcohol use among college students during the seventh annual National Collegiate Alcohol Awareness Week beginning Monday (Oct. 18).

The ADAI will kickoff the weeklong national endeavor by introducing a new “Be a GOOD SAM Program” and allowing students to be a part of it.

From 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. on Monday, students will be able to stop by tables set up in the Lowman Student Center Mall Area and help create logos and designs for the new program, which is a collaborative partnership between the ADAI, the University Police Department and Huntsville Memorial Hospital. Designs will be reviewed by the Student Alumni Association and the winning logo will be used on the “GOOD SAM” card.

“Be a GOOD SAM” advocates medical amnesty on the part of Bearkat students serving as a “Good Samaritan” in life safety issues involving alcohol and drugs.

“The program promotes our motto of ‘Kats taking care of Kats’ by providing students, who may be alcohol impaired and/or a minor, who take a fellow Kat who is experiencing an alcohol- or drug-related emergency to the hospital or who contacts UPD for assistance,” Keathley said.

Students will receive a program card with local emergency phone numbers on the front of a card and will list the names and contact numbers of their “in case of emergencies” on the back.

“When an incident occurs and the medical personnel at HMH deem the GOOD SAM student is safe to return home, the contact number will be called,” Keathley said. “The intent of the program is to motivate Bearkats to help fellow Kats who may be in a life threatening emergency, and know that they will not be reported to the authorities because they are impaired. This program has been a goal of the ADAI, the SH Counseling Center, and UPD in an effort to potentially save the lives of students.”

Also during that time on Monday, agents from the Texas Alcoholic Beverage Commission will host an informational booth in the LSC Mall Area detailing current alcohol laws relating to underage drinking, driving, and providing and selling alcohol to minors.

Tuesday’s activities include a Those Against Drunk Driving informational table in the LSC Mall Area promoting their new “bail out” alcohol education program from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. and “How to say NO to Alcohol” facilitated by Student Health Center intern Nicole Curlee, who will show Bearkats appropriate refusal skills for alcohol, from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. in the LSC Mall Area.

At 2 p.m., Emily Roper, assistant professor of kinesiology, will conduct an educational session entitled, “How to say NO to Hazing” in LSC Room 320.

On Wednesday, advisers from Career Services will facilitate “Career Killers: Alcohol and Drugs in the Workplace” from 10 a.m. to noon in the LSC Mall Area.

“The team will share workplace alcohol and drug use statistics with students and guide them to professional resources that can assist them when alcohol situations surface in the workplace environment,” Keathley said.

UPD officer Candice Sherbenou also will teach protective maneuvers to students that could potentially help them in alcohol or drug life safety situations from 1-3 p.m. in the ADAI office, in Kirkley Hall Suite 320.

On Thursday, members of the Huntsville Memorial Hospital will access “C.A.R.E. for You” from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. in the LSC Mall Area.

“The C.A.R.E. program focuses on chemical and addiction recovery through education and intervention,” Keathley said.

That afternoon, Keathley will help students learn how to recognize and care for alcohol poisoning from 2-4 p.m. in the ADAI office, followed by “Vertical Happy Hour and Mock-tails” at the Health and Kinesiology Center’s Rock Climbing Wall area, during which students can climb the wall while wearing beer goggles and enjoy mock-tails.

The week will end with the “Be a GOOD SAM: Keep your Buddies out of jail” event, from 8 a.m. to 1 p.m. in the LSC Mall Area.

Students, faculty and staff can bail their friends and colleagues out of jail by correctly answering alcohol and drug questions. Once the questions are answered, students can draw for prizes donated by ADAI community partners.

The carnival atmosphere will include popcorn, snow cones and support for the Bearkat football team as they get ready for the “Battle of the Piney Woods” against the Stephen F. Austin State Lumberjacks.

Students participating in NCAAW activities can receive Six Weeks of Alcohol Awareness Training prizes and will be entered into drawings for restaurant coupons, gift cards, rounds of golf, SHSU apparel, and automotive items.

For more information about NCAAW or the ADAI, contact Keathley at 936.294.1171 or hpe_rsk@shsu.edu or visit www.shsu.edu/adai.


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