SCSU Today

Alcohol education leader

Friday, June 26, 2009


Alcohol education programs developed by St. Cloud State as well as the university’s collaboration with the community to reduce high-risk drinking are getting national attention. Staff in Student Life & Development and the Department of Residential Life have been invited to present at a conference of the Association of College and University Housing Officers International in Baltimore this summer. They’ll discuss strategies to reduce high-risk drinking among residence hall students and describe the evolution of the U-Choose alcohol/drug abuse prevention program.

More than 3,000 students have participated in U-Choose, a program developed by Robert Reff, interim assistant dean of students for chemical health and outreach programming at St. Cloud State.

Earlier this year, a “how to” conference on strategies to reduce dangerous and underage drinking held in Pennsylvania included Reff and St. Cloud-area landlord Patrick Mastey, who made U-Choose completion a requirement for leasing his properties. The two were asked to discuss how a program like U-Choose can benefit students, the university, neighborhood property managers and the community.

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