University of North Dakota Faculty/Staff Newsletter

Community alcohol abuse prevention presentation is April 29

Grand Forks area residents are invited to attend an alcohol abuse prevention presentation and open forum by nationally renowned experts Linda Major and Jason Kilmer, at 7 p.m. Monday, April 29, in the Grand Forks City Hall Council Chambers, 255 N 4th Street.

Major and Kilmer will share information about what has worked on a national level and in other communities. Citizens will have an opportunity to voice concerns and learn how they can have an influence this issue in our community.

Members of the Grand Forks community have expressed increasing interest in alcohol-related concerns that face our community, particularly binge and underage drinking and their associated negative consequences.

“One reason we are a great community,” said Michael R. Brown, Mayor, “is that we actively promote the health and well-being of our residents. We appreciate this and future opportunities to partner with the University of North Dakota, the Grand Forks Substance Abuse Prevention Coalition, and other community members on this important issue.”

Lori Reesor, vice president for Student Affairs, explained, “It’s important that we understand what all of us can do as a campus and as a community to help encourage healthy choices. Conversations like this can help.”

Grand Forks Substance Abuse Prevention Coalition chairperson, Mary Lien stated “This is our town, these are our youth, and it's about our community coming together to recognize the positive and change the negative impacts of the serious consequences of alcohol abuse. Let's continue to build a better and healthier community for all residents.”

Linda Major and Jason Kilmer

Major currently serves as assistant to the vice chancellor for Student Affairs and director for the Center for Civic Engagement at the University of Nebraska-Lincoln, where she is responsible for coordinating a comprehensive approach to address high-risk behaviors on the campus and in the community.

Kilmer currently works at the University of Washington as a research assistant professor in Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences, and serves as an investigator on several studies evaluating prevention and intervention efforts for alcohol and other drug use by college students.  He is also the Assistant Director of Health and Wellness for Alcohol and Other Drug Education.

-- David L. Dodds, media relations/writer and editor, University and Public Affairs writer, 777.5529, david.dodds@UND.edu.


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