Dordt College News

Mini-grant will fund alcohol education program

February 5, 2003

The challenge to make wise choices regarding alcohol use is always a difficult one, but Dordt College hopes to provide some more direction to the campus community through its participation this semester with the Iowa Social Norms Project.

Dordt College has been awarded a $750 mini-grant by the Iowa Social Norms Project for spring, 2003. This funding will be used to educate students through a public service campaign and offer alternative alcohol-free activities for the campus community.

Sponsored by the Iowa State University Department of Public Safety, the Iowa Social Norms Project is a statewide alcohol education effort to reduce underage and high-risk drinking among the college student population.

Bob Wiersma, Director of Personal Counseling at Dordt, will oversee the project and will serve as the Alcohol Education Coordinator. He will team up with Dordt College's Student Forum, utilizing grant funding to pay wages to students who will help implement the alcohol education campaign.

Dordt College students will distribute media and promotional items provided by the Iowa Social Norms project. They will also administer an alcohol survey this month and again at the conclusion of the campaign, in early May. Data from the pre- and post-survey forms will be analyzed and utilized in future campaigns and to develop a web page that educates and offers alternatives to alcohol use.

A progress report and final report on the project will be submitted to the Iowa Social Norms Project.

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