Office of Public Affairs
May 8, 2002
CONTACTS: Jean Conway, 312-2406;
Michael McNeil, 312-5648
NCAA GRANT TO HELP PROMOTE HEALTHY CAMPUS CLIMATE
OSWEGO -- The National Collegiate Athletic Association has selected SUNY Oswego as one of 10 colleges it will fund to develop a program that uses athletics to deliver alcohol education to students.
"Building Oswego Pride Through Choices" is a three-year project funded with a $30,000 Choices grant through the support of the NCAA Foundation and Anheuser-Busch Companies.
Jean Conway of SUNY Oswego's athletics program and Michael McNeil, health promotions coordinator in the college's LifeStyles Center, are co-directors of the project, which also has the support of Student Association.
"It's going to involve the entire campus," Conway said.
The two-part project calls for development of an alcohol education course and an alcohol-free homecoming celebration.
The alcohol education course will be for student athletes, coaches and the general student population. Student athletes and peer educators from the LifeStyles Center will help present the course to students in the residence halls, at student organization meetings and possibly in classroom presentations, Conway and McNeil said.
The homecoming event can be a way to build institutional pride and positive social involvement through alcohol-free intercollegiate contests and other athletic and campus-sponsored events, they said.
Alcohol on college campuses is a recurring topic in the news, McNeil noted. "It's important for people to know that we're working on this," he said.
Oswego was chosen from among 50 colleges applying for Choices funding. "It's kind of prestigious to have this," Conway said.
The Choices project is one of several programs at Oswego designed to foster a campus climate that helps students make healthy choices. Regular surveys show some progress, McNeil said. "Slowly but surely, we're chipping away at it," he said.
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