May 26, 2006
Mike Stepanovich, 661/654-2456, email@example.com,
or Jaclyn Loveless, 661/654-2138, firstname.lastname@example.org
California State University, Bakersfield has been awarded a three-year $30,000 grant from the NCAA for the "Get ROWDY: Know Your CHOICES" program that provides alcohol-education programs to the CSUB campus and the community at large. Funding for the program starts July 1.
The goal of the program is to reduce the number of CSUB college students, including student athletes, who misuse alcohol by initiating and developing educational programs and activities with the CSUB athletics department that promote healthy decision-making.
"The NCAA wanted to address the issue of unsportsmanlike conduct due to alcohol use at athletic events, as well as a responsibility message, so it seemed right for athletics to join and present a message of responsible drinking and responsible behavior," said Erika Delamar, associate director of CSUB's Get ROWDY: Know Your CHOICES program, and co-chair of CSUB's alcohol and drug education committee.
The program will be implemented throughout the academic year and will target the entire student body, including student athletes, through a comprehensive plan to include peer-to-peer dialogue and interaction with both faculty and staff.
In addition, various departments will play an integral role in developing activities and athletic events that address issues pertaining to alcohol misuse. The program is committed to expanding upon the existing peer education program, by recruiting student athletes and other student organization leaders to empower CSUB students to make healthy choices. Delamar said they've already hired three students to assist with the peer education and outreach programs.
"The great thing about this program is it not only incorporates the campus, it's a community message," Delamar added. "That's what's nice about it; the outreach and education is aimed at the community as well. For example we'll be doing three athletic tournaments that will be open to students and the community at large."
Yearly in-kind donations from the university will total more than $40,000 and will assist in additional funding for the program. Revenue projects over the three years will generate an estimated similar amount to be used to sustain the program beyond the life of the grant.
In addition to the CSUB athletics commitment to decreasing alcohol misconduct among students, CSU Chancellor Charles Reed made a major step in regards to alcohol sales and advertising throughout the CSU. Last December Reed passed Executive Order No. 966, which prohibits the sale of alcoholic beverages at any athletic event held in university-owned or operated facilities and which limits alcohol advertising of beer and wine on CSU campuses.
For questions regarding the NCAA CHOICES grant or alcohol prevention efforts at CSUB, please contact either Delamar at (661) 654-3453 or LaShawn Barefield, chair of CSUB's alcohol and drug education committee, at (661) 654-3366.