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Alcohol and Other Drug Awareness Programming

The Alcohol and Other Drug Committee sponsors a series of programs to raise awareness about the risks associated with alcohol and other drug consumption. These events have included:

  • Representation at College Involvement Fair

    This gives students the opportunity to learn about Alcohol and Other Drug Education (AODE) Services available at the College, as well as, the AODE Committee and related programming.
  • Road to Recovery Program

    Road to Recovery program is an event that features young adults in recovery sharing their stories of healing with Iona students.
  • Alcohol Awareness Liturgy

    Alcohol Awareness Liturgy
  • Soberfest

    Soberfest is an alcohol-free party on campus designed to raise awareness about the risks associated with alcohol consumption.
  • Black Tuesday

    Black Tuesday is an awareness-raising program in which student volunteers dress in black and commit to remaining silent for the day to represent the lives lost due to alcohol or other drug use.
  • Social Norms Campaign

    Social Norms Campaign is an ongoing advertising campaign that educates students about the actual norms at Iona with regard to alcohol and other drug use. Statistics about substances can be found in the Ionian throughout the academic year, at tabling events, and through poster advertising during Alcohol Awareness Week and Safe Spring Break.
  • Holiday Mocktail Party

    Before leaving for winter break, students can celebrate the Fall Semester at a fun, sober event open to all students. Students can enjoy mocktails, music, food and games designed to raise awareness about the risks associated with alcohol consumption.
  • Metro Atlantic Athletics Conference (MAAC) Choices Tailgate

    Metro Atlantic Athletics Conference (MAAC) Choices Tailgate is a tailgate event with athletics which is open to everyone and created to support athletics while promoting sober fun. Sober photo booth, mocktails, games, etc. will provided awareness on AOD concerns.
  • Alcohol and Other Drug Research Presentations

    Alcohol and Other Drug Research Presentations (i.e.: presentations provided to the Athletics Department and leaders in Greek Life) - the Coordinator of AODE Services presents new data about alcohol and other drug use at the college to various staff, administrators and students at the College.
  • Screening of documentary film HAZE

    Screening of documentary film HAZE, a full-length documentary film examining the college drinking culture in America, which includes the 2004 death of college freshman Gordie Bailey following a fraternity hazing incident at the University of Colorado.
  • Gaels Against Destructive Decisions (GADD)

    Gaels Against Destructive Decisions (GADD) runs various recruiting and advertising efforts across the campus to attract students to the GADD team. Trainings are facilitated to prepare the team to develop and facilitate effective AOD prevention programming.
  • Cupcake Outreach

    Cupcake Outreach is a tabling event giving away free cupcakes if an AOD related question is answered correctly.
  • National Coffee Day Outreach

    National Coffee Day Outreach is a tabling event to provide psychoeducation on the effects of caffeine on the body and how it relates to anxiety concerns.
  • Lifesaver Outreach

    Lifesaver Outreach is an event where Lifesavers will be given on campus with information about alcohol poisoning.
  • Welcome Back Hot Cocoa Event

    Welcome Back Hot Cocoa Event is where free cup of hot chocolate are given out when an AOD-related question is answered correctly.
  • National Collegiate Alcohol Awareness Week Keynote Speaker

    Educational Speakers from across the U.S. are brought to campus to speak to our students about the dangers of alcohol and other drug use.
  • National Collegiate Alcohol Awareness Liturgy

    National Collegiate Alcohol Awareness Liturgy
  • National Collegiate Alcohol Awareness Week Mocktail Party

    National Collegiate Alcohol Awareness Week Mocktail Party is a fun, sober event open to all students. Students can enjoy mocktails, music, food and games designed to raise awareness about the risks associated with alcohol consumption.
  • Silent Friday

    Silent Friday is an awareness raising program in which student volunteers dress in black and commit to remaining silent for the day to represent the lives lost due to alcohol or other drug use. Students can also share a written story of a life lost with their peers.
  • Gaels Against Destructive Decisions (GADD) Alcohol Awareness

    Gaels Against Destructive Decisions (GADD) alcohol awareness is an awareness table in which student members educate their peers about the negative impact of high-risk alcohol or other drug use.
  • A Safe Spring Break Liturgy

    A Safe Spring Break Liturgy
  • Safe Spring Break Mocktail Party

    Before leaving for spring break, students can attend a fun, sober event geared toward raising awareness about the risks associated with alcohol consumption.
  • Safe Spring Break Keynote Speaker

    Educational Speakers from across the U.S. are brought to campus to speak to our students about the dangers of alcohol and other drug use.
  • Social Norms Advertising

    Social Norms Advertising is specific to Iona student's safe and healthy behaviors.
  • Students Against Destructive Decisions (SADD)

    Students Against Destructive Decisions (SADD) alcohol awareness program is often a trivia event or an awareness table in which student members educate their peers about the negative impact of high risk alcohol or other drug use.
  • DUI Simulator and Awareness Table

    DUI simulator and awareness table is a program which educates students about how alcohol impairs one's ability to safely operate a motor vehicle, in addition to the legal consequences of a DWI conviction.
  • Recruiting and Training Alcohol and Other Drug Peer Educators

    Recruiting and Training Alcohol and Other Drug Peer Educatorsis various recruiting and advertising efforts across the campus to attract students to the AOD Peer Education team. Trainings are facilitated to AOD Peer Education Team members to prepare the team to develop and facilitate effective AOD prevention programming.
  • Choices and Consequences Event

    Choices and Consequences Event is an awareness raising program utilizing "before and after" posters of celebrities, who have struggled with addictions. Students who participate have the opportunity to learn about the risks associated with different kinds of substance use and enter a raffle based on completing trivia questions.
  • Prescription Drug Abuse Campaign

    Prescription Drug Abuse Campaign is an awareness raising passive program, which highlights the risks associated with prescription drug abuse. The program is held during finals in both the fall and spring semesters.

Professional Development

Committee members arrange and present professional development sessions about alcohol and other drugs for all professionals in the Iona community. For example, Ms. Andrea Zelinko of the Bacchus Network recently presented to the Division of Student Life regarding best practices for alcohol abuse prevention on college campuses, as well as, building effective Peer Education groups.