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Northwest Missouri State University


News Release

March 7, 2012

Northwest encourages students to think safety as spring break approaches

A presentation by car crash survivor Mark Sterner is among the series of events scheduled at Northwest as part of Safe Spring Break Week 2012. Sterner will share his story at 7 p.m. Thursday, March 15, in the Ron Houston Center for the Performing Arts.

A presentation by car crash survivor Mark Sterner is among the series of events scheduled at Northwest as part of Safe Spring Break Week 2012. Sterner will share his story at 7 p.m. Thursday, March 15, in the Ron Houston Center for the Performing Arts.

With the spring break season upon students, Northwest Missouri State University is reminding students to make responsible choices while they’re away from the classroom.  

Bearcat Peer Educators along with Northwest Wellness Services are sponsoring a week of information sessions, speakers and other events to promote spring break safety, March 12-16. Topics will include sexual health, responsible alcohol usage and travel safety. All events are free and open to the Northwest community.  

Among the highlights, Peer Education, University Police and Wellness Services will co-sponsor the annual Bobbypalooza! event from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m., Thursday, March 15, at the Memorial Bell Tower. The send-off for students with include free food and giveaways.

That evening, Mark Sterner will share his life-changing story with the Northwest community at 7 p.m. Thursday, March 15, in the Ron Houston Center for the Performing Arts.

During the presentation, titled “DUI: a Powerful Lesson,” Sterner recalls the night he and four of his fraternity brothers headed to a bar to cap their Spring Break. The next morning, three of the men were dead, and Sterner lay in the hospital, critically injured and facing three felony counts of DUI manslaughter. Instead of being the first in his family to graduate college, Sterner became the first member of his family to go to prison for his role in the deaths of his friends.

Sterner now shares his powerful story with students across the country in an effort to instill in them the importance of making smart choices and understanding the dangers of using alcohol.

“We want to reach out to as many students as possible in order to really leave a powerful impact before students go on spring break,” Kate Bridges, PanHellenic vice president of programming and public relations, said.

For more information about Safe Spring Week events at Northwest, contact Jennifer Kennymore at jenken@nwmissouri.edu or 660.562-1348.

Northwest’s Safe Spring Break Week 2012 events are as follows:

 

Monday, March 12

Safe tattoos and piercings (11 a.m. to 1 p.m., J.W. Jones Student Union Info Center; sponsored by Peer Education): New tattoos and piercings can be a fun part of spring break. Learn about important things to consider before you make new additions to your body.

Mocktails Party & St. Patrick’s Day Costume Contest (9 p.m., Millikan Hall; sponsored by Millikan Hall staff): Drink mocktails and play games with some facts mixed in. Three winners of the St. Patrick’s Day costume contest will receive prizes totaling $50, including gift cards to the Bearcat Bookstore and Java City.

 

Tuesday, March 13

Play it Safe, Know Your Limits (11 a.m. to 1 p.m., Student Union Map Area; sponsored by Peer Education and University Police): It’s important to be safe, smart and responsible over spring break. Learn how to limit your drinks during spring break.

Town Hall Meeting: Working Together to Prevent Underage Drinking (5 to 8 p.m., The Hangar; sponsored by the Mental Health Task Force of Northwest Missouri): Share your opinion and talk with others about how underage drinking issues on the Northwest campus and in the Maryville community. Dr. Tim Crowley, director of Northwest Personal Development and Counseling Services, will facilitate the discussion. The event also will include a speaker, video, panel discussion, and prevention educational materials will be provided. A free dinner will be provided, but an RSVP is required. Contact Ashley at 660.562.7933 to register.

Safe Spring Break Trivia (9 p.m., Applebee’s): Try your spring break knowledge with friends.

 

Wednesday, March 14

Catch All the Facts, Make it Safely Back! (11 a.m. to 1 p.m., Student Union Info Table; sponsored by Peer Education and University Police): Learn some of the facts about people’s behaviors during spring break and gain some tips for being safe.

Let’s Talk About Sex (3 to 4 p.m., Student Union Boardroom): Learn about sexual health and responsibility before you leave for spring break. Angela Till, administrative director at the Family Guidance Center for Behavioral Healthcare in St. Joseph, will discuss the importance of being responsible for your sexual health.

 

Thursday, March 15

Bobbypalooza! (11 a.m. to 1 p.m., Memorial Bell Tower; sponsored by Peer Education, University Police and Wellness Services): Learn how to keep yourself and your friends safe during spring break. Bobbypalooza! is a safe send-off for students with free food and giveaways.

DUI: A powerful Lesson with Mark Sterner (7 p.m., Ron Houston Center for the Performing Arts; sponsored by Wellness Services, Residential Life, PanHellenic Council and Interfraternity Council): Our decisions can significantly impact many lives. Hear about how one seemingly small decision impacted many people’s lives immensely. For more information, click here.

 

Friday, March 16

RAIDD: Raising Awareness Involving Distracted Driving (2 to 3 p.m., Student Union Living Room; sponsored by Peer Education and Residence Hall Association): Distracted driving – driving while texting, talking on a cell phone or putting on makeup – can be deadly. Hear three individuals talk about how distracted driving altered the course of their lives.


For more information, please contact:

Mark Hornickel, Media Relations Specialist
mhorn@nwmissouri.edu | 660.562.1704 | Fax: 660.562.1900

Northwest Missouri State University
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