July 30, 2003
CONTACT: Carol Anderson

Eastern Michigan University Receives $5,000 for Alcohol Education Program

YPSILANTI – Eastern Michigan University has received a $5,000 gift from The Michael Andretti Foundation to implement The Century Council’s Alcohol 101 Plus™ education program. The gift was presented July 27 at the Michigan International Speedway.

This Alcohol 101 Plus™ program is an interactive CD-ROM that helps college students make safe and responsible decisions about alcohol. Set on a virtual campus, the Alcohol 101 Plus™ program addresses the problems of specific high-risk populations in college settings, such as first-year students, Greeks, athletes and judicial-policy offenders.

“The Michael Andretti Foundation is committed to giving back to the community and working to educate people on the importance of responsible drinking,” said Andretti. “Issues such as over consumption and drunk driving are very serious, and I am thrilled that I can contribute to efforts by Jim Beam Brands Co. and The Century Council to help educate Eastern Michigan University students about making responsible choices when it comes to alcohol.”

“We are very encouraged by the dedication we are seeing from The Michael Andretti Foundation, Jim Beam Brands Co. and The Century Council to raise awareness of the issue of alcohol use on college campuses,” said Stuart J. Starner, vice president for advancement and executive director of EMU’s Foundation. “We look forward to applying this funding toward one of our top priorities – educating our students on the importance of making responsible decisions about alcohol.”

Launched in May 1991 and funded by America’s leading distillers, The Century Council is a national not-for-profit organization dedicated to fighting drunk driving and underage drinking and promoting responsible decision-making regarding beverage alcohol.

Jim Beam Brand Co. is an operating company of Jim Beam Brands Worldwide, Inc., an international distilled spirits and fine wines company that manufactures and markets more than 80 brands in 160 countries.

Eastern Michigan University is a public comprehensive, metropolitan university that offers programs in the arts, sciences and professions. EMU prepares students with the intellectual skills and practical experiences to succeed in their careers and lives, and to be better citizens.