Several activities have been planned to provide information to students. On Monday, March 7, several organizations will gather in the Quad from 9 a.m.-12:30 p.m. to offer students information on the dangers of excessive alcohol consumption.
Several campus offices and organizations have partnered to host this campus-wide outreach event including McNeese’s Counseling Center, University Police, Wellness Program and the student chapter of the National Association of the Mentally Ill. Vermilion Behavioral Health from Lafayette will also participate.
“Our goal is to engage students in an honest dialogue, to educate them with accurate information so they can make informed decisions about alcohol and to reduce the stigma related to seeking help if they realize that they have a problem with it,” said Thibodeaux.
On Tuesday, March 8, motivational speaker Jake Byczkowski, a 2011 graduate of Ohio State University, will make a presentation at 6:30 p.m. in Stokes Auditorium of Hardtner Hall.
In college, Byczkowski fully immersed himself in the drinking culture found on many university campuses. As a DJ, fraternity member and representative for Red Bull, he found himself throwing parties all over the state of Ohio. This not only gave him an opportunity to participate in college partying, but also the ability to view the college drinking community from a new perspective.
As he approaches the conversation about alcohol with healthy humor and relatable stories, Byczkowski offers students the opportunity to think differently about the culture of alcohol that so many rely upon.
An Alcohol Awareness Olympics will be held from 6-8 p.m. in the Rec Complex on March 23. “This is a fun interactive event where our students can compete in team games to win prizes while also learning about the importance of alcohol awareness,” said Kedrick Nicholas, director of campus life and engagement at McNeese.
McNeese student teams – five members to a team - can compete in a water pong tournament, flip cup relay, an obstacle course and quiz bowl competition. McNeese’s Student Life Coalition is sponsoring the Olympics.
“As students prepare for spring break, we want them to be aware of the risks associated with the consumption of alcoholic beverages and foster an understanding for how to avert them,” said Nicholas.