For Immediate Release — September 8, 2003

COLLEGE RECEIVES GRANT TO ADDRESS ISSUE OF STUDENT ALCOHOL USE

First College/Community Training to Take Place Tonight;

Geneseo Bar Owners and Staff to Attend Session with

Livingston County Law Enforcement

GENESEO, N.Y. — Thanks to the receipt of a $12,000 grant from New York state, a campus-community coalition has been created to address student alcohol consumption in the Geneseo community. The group’s first community training is set to take place from 7-9 p.m. on Sept. 8.

At that time, Geneseo community tavern staff will attend a workshop led by Livingston County law enforcement personnel in an effort to help alcohol servers become better equipped to confront the bearers of false identification and recognize false IDs, as well as how to better deal with patrons who have been drinking. The session will take place in the George D. Newton Lecture Hall, room 201, on the SUNY Geneseo campus.

The grant was received as part of the New York State Office of Alcohol and Substance Abuse Services (OASAS) Alcohol Healthy Campus Community Demonstration Project, according to Robert Bonfiglio, vice president for student and campus life at the college.

Initial efforts in Geneseo have involved members of the college community and the local community, including Village Trustee Tracie Tice, members of the Geneseo business community, and other key village and college officials, who have discussed their mutual concerns about the consequences of illegal and excessive consumption of alcohol.

Efforts have included the development of a "Good Neighbor" campaign targeted to Geneseo students who live off-campus, to foster the habits of neighborliness; and the development of a student "neighborhood watch"-type program during high-risk periods.

Bonfiglio is especially intrigued by what could result from a summit meeting of coalition members held in April, which was facilitated by an expert in college-community coalitions. "The purpose of this meeting was to pursue the formation and implementation of an alcohol vendors’ agreement modeled after those implemented in Albany and New Paltz," he said. "This agreement would outline the mutual expectations of the college and local business people pertaining to business practices that could help reduce high-risk drinking and ensure the consistent enforcement of drinking-age laws."

The New York State Office of Alcoholism and Substance Abuse Services administers the nation’s most comprehensive system of services for substance abusing populations. Each day, about 120,000 New Yorkers receive treatment for alcohol and/or drug addiction from OASAS-licensed programs. Services are delivered through a network of more than 1,200 community-based providers. OASAS also directly operates 13 Addiction Treatment Centers around the state. In addition to treatment services, thousands of people benefit daily from prevention initiatives carried out by OASAS-sponsored or licensed prevention programs.

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