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BSC Delegation Participates in Training Institute for Preventing Alcohol Abuse & HIV

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    Monday, September 19 2011
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    Jim Nelson/Media Relations - (304) 327-4103

(Bluefield)—A Bluefield State College student-faculty delegation took part in a recent three-day training institute in Arlington, VA where participants studied strategies for preventing alcohol abuse and HIV on college campuses. The initiative was hosted by the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration and the Center for Substance Abuse Prevention.

Sherri Richardson (BSC Student Government Association President) and Samuel Dennah (a BSC student pre-medicine major) accompanied BSC faculty members Dr. Tamara Ferguson (Project Liaison) and Dr. Anthony Woart (Project Director) to the institute. BSC was selected to receive an $85,000 grant from the Minority Serving Institution's (MSI) initiative for substance abuse, HIV and hepatitis prevention program.

"This training certified our student leaders to serve as peer educators so that they can increase awareness among their fellow students about preventing alcohol abuse and reducing the risk of contracting HIV," observed Dr. Ferguson. The BSC delegation attended training institute sessions that concentrated on social marketing, assessment, sustainability, and strategic planning.

Bluefield State's team will finalize the College's strategic prevention plan during the current semester, with implementation of the plan scheduled for the spring 2012 semester. Additional BSC student educators Lacy Watson, Greg Aiken and Erica Meade will also take part program. "Bluefield State College is fortunate to have been selected to take part in the program, which provides funding, resources, and training to help minority serving institutions to provide this much needed substance abuse and HIV education and testing," Dr. Woart added.

Dr. Brenda Brand, Associate Professor, Science Education at Virginia Tech, is the project evaluator. She will assist the College's team in achieving the goals established through the grant, and will evaluate the effectiveness of the program.