University awarded Pennsylvania Liquor Control Board grant

Shippensburg University will use a $40,000 grant from the Pennsylvania Liquor Control Board (PLCB) to continue and enhance its efforts to prevent underage drinking.

According to PLCB, the grant is one of 61 given to municipalities, community groups, schools, universities and law enforcement agencies to prevent underage and irresponsible alcohol consumption.

Sarah McDowell, interim director of the university’s Connection alcohol and other drug program, said the funds will be awarded over two years and “will be used to supplement the cost of AlcoholEdu, a comprehensive online alcohol education course and assessment tool.”

The Connection program is designed to cultivate within students a sense of personal accountability and empowerment to make healthy choices and responsible decisions regarding the use of alcohol and other drugs through a comprehensive program including prevention, education, intervention and community coalition activities.

AlcoholEdu is an important online education tool for the program, McDowell said. “By using AlcoholEdu, the university will be able to reach each incoming class of first-year students with personalized education about alcohol, social norms, high risk versus low risk drinking, potential consequences associated with personal choices, as well as campus support services available to them.”

The program also allows collection of data on attitude and behavior change through surveys to help improve effectiveness. “This data will support the Connection program with its strategic vision by providing relevant, needs assessment data that will be used to inform university wide programming,” she said.

Since 1999, PLCB has awarded more that $10 million in grants to hundreds of colleges, municipalities and community groups.