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Hudson Valley Community College\'s Project Aware to Host Gatherings and Displays Aimed at Stopping DWI

CONTACT: Eric Bryant (518) 629-8072
FOR RELEASE: Immediate, Tuesday, Dec. 1, 2009

Hudson Valley Community College's Project Aware will host several events this month aimed at making students more committed to not getting behind the wheel after drinking alcohol.

The group will be joined by Rensselaer County STOP DWI and several other organizations in the college's Siek Campus Center from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. on Thursday, Dec. 3 and Dec. 10. The events will include "beer goggle" Mario Kart and other interactive sobriety tests that demonstrate the impact of alcohol impairment. There also will be a "Promise Tree," with key ornaments demonstrating a promise of students to drive safe this holiday season, and a Red Ribbon display, with ribbons signifying those who have been impacted by a DWI event.

Project Aware is a peer support group focused on tackling mental health issues among college students and it is sponsored by the college's Center for Counseling and Transfer.

The event is co-sponsored by the ClearView Center Insights Program, Sexual Assault & Crime Victims Assistance Program for Rensselaer County, STOP DWI Rensselaer County, STOP DWI Albany County, the New York State Office of Alcohol and Substance Abuse Services and Choices 301.

From Dec. 8 through Dec. 22, Project Aware also will host a nationally recognized DWI display in the college's Marvin Library. Pictures, displays, peer educators, and relatives of those hurt in DWI will be on hand to discuss the impact of DWI. The display was created by Choices 301, a local, non-profit organization.

Capital District Physicians Health Plan helped offset the cost of the educational materials and displays for the event through ClearView Center Insights Program. All of the month's events and displays are open to the public. For more information, contact Michael Washco in the college's Center for Counseling and Transfer, (518) 629-7176.

Founded in 1953, Hudson Valley Community College offers more than 70 degree and certificate programs in four schools: Business; Engineering and Industrial Technologies; Health Science; and Liberal Arts and Sciences; and an Educational Opportunity Center for academic and career training. One of 30 community colleges in the State University of New York system, it has an enrollment of more than 13,000 students, and is known as a leader in distance learning initiatives and workforce training. Hudson Valley has more than 65,000 alumni.