Several groups are working to help ensure that spring break will be a safe one for Pittsburg State University students. March 14-18, the week preceding spring break, the campus will observe Safe Spring Break Week. Activities for the week are built around the theme, "Friends take care of friends: A guide to a safe spring break."
J.T. Knoll, PSU prevention and wellness coordinator, said the week's activities are designed to bring a consistent safety message to students each day as students make their spring break plans.
The groups that have teamed up to bring the Safe Spring Break message to students include Greek Health, Gorillas In Your Midst, Campus Activities, Student Activities Council, Pitt State ROTC, Student Prevention & Wellness, the Substance Abuse Focus Group, and Eagle Beverage, the local Anheuser-Busch wholesaler.
Safe Spring Break Week activities begin with a presentation by Carolyn Cornelison at 6 p.m. on Monday, March 14, in the Crimson and Gold Ballroom of the Overman Student Center. Cornelison's program, "Courage to care," examines college drinking, taking responsibility, recognizing abuse and helping those with alcohol problems.
Cornelison, a member of Anheuser-Busch's Corporate Social Responsibility Speakers Bureau, uses her own experiences as a college sorority member and athlete to teach what she calls three keys to caring: Knowledge (Understanding the signs of out-of-control behaviors and knowing what to do about them), Sensitivity (Becoming aware of these behaviors in yourself and those around you, and Courage (Taking steps to help someone who has a problem with alcohol.)
Other Safe Spring Break events include:
Tuesday, March 15 - Sidewalk Chalk Contest on the Oval, 3:30-4:30 p.m.
Wednesday, March 16 - Climbing Wall, 10 a.m.-2 p.m., Lindburg Plaza
Monday-Friday - Safe Spring Break Table with Safe Spring Break Kits, 10 a.m.-2 p.m. daily, Overman Student Center (Lindburg Plaza on Wed.)
For information, call Knoll at 620-235-4062.
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