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St. Norbert College's Health Center awarded second place nationally for safe spring break program

From St. Norbert College, September 8, 2004
by Rachel Gonnering,, (920) 403-3089

DE PERE: The national BACCHUS and GAMMA Peer Education Network awarded second place to the St. Norbert College Health Center for the "Safe Spring Break: Are You Good To Go?" program held Tuesday, March 9 at the St. Norbert College Ray Van Den Heuvel Family Campus Center.

The main goal of the program was to bridge the gap between students traveling over spring break and those who were staying at home. The Health Center wanted to make sure that every student, regardless of what they were doing, would be safe over spring break. The Health Center supplied information for students traveling to places such as Florida and Texas as well as Mexico and other foreign countries and information for those students staying home to ensure proper safety for a fun spring break.

This year was the fourth annual Safe Spring Break program. Organized by the St. Norbert College Student Health Center, the Alcohol Task Force, Peer Educators and Student Government Association, the program addressed safety issues related to travel, parties, environment, tattooing, drinking, date rape, safe sun and hotels.

The event distributed alcohol testers, approved by the Appleton Police Department, that student could take with them on spring break. Students could test their alcohol level and know when they should not drive.

"It was a fun way to get information out and students really seemed to respond to it," said Barbara Bloomer, director of the St. Norbert College Health Center, on the success of the 2004 Safe Spring Break Program.