FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
April 30, 2002
CONTACT: Carol Anderson
EMU AWARDED $30,000 MENTORING GRANT
TO PROMOTE ALCOHOL-FREE CAMPUS ACTIVITIES
YPSILANTI -- The Michigan Department of Community Health recently awarded Eastern Michigan University a $30,000 mentoring grant to help implement an alcohol-free approach to campus life.
As one of 13 Michigan universities to receive funding for the Campus Connections Program, EMU will continue its program of helping incoming freshmen make the transition from high school to college without using alcohol.
The EMU program targets a change in a student's perception of alcohol use on campus by introducing incoming freshmen to social events that do not involve drinking.
"If the perception changes, the behavior also changes," said Mary Jo Desprez, associate director of health education programs at EMU's Health Services. "We want them to realize they don't have to drink to fit in at EMU."
According to Desprez, many students think that almost everyone drinks on campus while the reality is that most drink moderately, if at all.
One of EMU's major social activities of the Campus Connections program includes a Meijer Madness night, held during the first week of classes. Freshmen have the opportunity to catch a bus to the local Meijer store in Ypsilanti for a night of free samples, free food, putt-putt golf, karaoke, shopping and a chance to socialize with others.
Another alcohol-free social event is the EMU Rocks Rec/IM All Nighter where activities are centered around a climbing wall in the recreation center.
For additional information, contact Mary Jo Desprez, 734.487.2226.