South Dakota Tech News
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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
October 22, 2004
Contact: Steve LaMarine, Director of Marketing, 394-2655 and
Pat Mahon, VP for Student Affairs and Dean of Students, 394-2416
New Group Seeks to Curb High Risk Behavior
With teenage drinking, drug abuse, and other high risk behavior making national headlines, concerned Rapid City organizations have formed a new coalition to address these issues more effectively.
Faculty, staff and students from South Dakota Tech, Western Dakota Technical Institute and National American University have announced the formation of the Campuses Community Prevention Coalition (CCPC). Co-chairs of the CCPC will be Pat Mahon, Vice President for Student Affairs and Dean of Students at South Dakota Tech and Linda Colhoff, Community Prevention Networker for City/County Alcohol and Drug Programs.
In a prepared statement, Mahon and Colhoff announced, “The Coalition is especially concerned about 18 to 24 year olds. Our goal is to promote healthy choices by identifying and reducing high risk behaviors and providing positive alternatives.”
Committee representation will also include members from the Pennington County Sheriff, Rapid City area police departments, Highway Patrol, Court Services, City Council, MADD, state representatives, local bar owners and others.
According to Mahon and Colhoff, “The committee members believe that, despite the many different perspectives, our community can come together and create a better place to live and learn for this age group that includes so many of our college students.”
A kick-off dinner meeting was held at the home of SD Tech President, Dr. Charles Ruch on Thursday October 7 with a follow-up meeting held Friday October 8 in the Surbeck Center on the SD Tech campus. Mr. Erik Miller, Alcohol and other Drug Program Director from Dakota State University, Madison, facilitated the meetings.
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