University receives alcohol awareness honor

University receives alcohol awareness honor The University of South Dakota's substance abuse programs were presented the National Collegiate Alcohol Awareness Week (NCAAW) award on Nov. 2.

USD was one of 10 schools nationwide chosen for the programming competition award from over 150 applicants in 2000-2001. Presenting the award to USD President James W. Abbott was James Rothenberger, chairman of the Alcohol, Tobacco and Other Drugs Committee for the College Health Association.

"Colleges and universities throughout the United States are faced with alcohol abuse and the problems associated with it," said Abbott. "USD is working to reduce the incidents of high-risk drinking and help students make more responsible choices."

Roy Kammer, USD's assistant director and program coordinator for residential life, wrote the application for which USD was awarded $1,500 to use for further programs in alcohol awareness.

"USD's comprehensive and collaborative efforts in the prevention of alcohol abuse impressed the selection committee," said Kammer. "Groups and departments such as student counseling, Greek life, program council and residential life all incorporate alcohol awareness programs each year."

During one week each year, colleges and universities across the country host programs and activities designed to promote responsible drinking and respect for alcohol consumption policies. The NCAAW judges each campus' activities and programs and presents awards to outstanding institutions.

Throughout the week, students are urged to sponsor events aimed at providing campuses with an opportunity to showcase healthy lifestyles free from the abuse or illegal use of alcohol and to combat negative stereotypes of college drinking behavior.

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