Student suggestions to curb college drinking to be shared with borough

November 03, 2010

Representatives of Penn State’s Presidential Leadership Academy will share with State College borough officials policies they’ve drafted to help reduce high-risk drinking among college students. The presentation, which is open to the public, will be held at 7 p.m. on Wednesday, Nov. 10, in room 304 of the State College Borough Building, 243 S. Allen St.

The presentation will focus on policy papers the Leadership Academy members researched and drafted in the spring. In April, the students outlined to a panel of Penn State faculty members and administrators enhancements to Penn State’s alcohol-free programming initiatives, communication strategies for the University’s alcohol and student conduct policies, and recommendations for more stringent enforcement of alcohol law violations. Several of the recommendations, including making all on-campus residence halls alcohol- and substance-free by fall 2011, have been adopted by the University.

Panelists at the Nov. 10 forum will include State College Mayor Elizabeth Goreham, Borough Manager Tom Fontaine, Borough Council President Ron Filippelli and State College Police Chief Tom King.

The Presidential Leadership Academy, established in 2009, admits a select group of sophomores each fall into the three-year program. Academy participants are selected on the basis of academic performance and demonstrated leadership potential. The students presenting at the Nov. 10 meeting, now juniors, are members of the Academy’s inaugural class.

For more information about the Presidential Leadership Academy, visit online To review the spring 2010 high-risk college drinking presentations, go to online.

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