awarded Pennsylvania Liquor Control Board grant
University will use a $40,000 grant from the Pennsylvania Liquor Control Board
(PLCB) to continue and enhance its efforts to prevent underage drinking.
to PLCB, the grant is one of 61 given to municipalities, community groups, schools,
universities and law enforcement agencies to prevent underage and irresponsible
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.”
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
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.”
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.
PLCB has awarded more that $10 million in grants to hundreds of colleges,
municipalities and community groups.