WMU News

Students Socializing Sober wins statewide award

March 5, 2003

KALAMAZOO -- Students Socializing Sober, a student organization at Western Michigan University, has won a special statewide award for its successful efforts in "partnering to challenge a student social scene focused on alcohol consumption."

The 2002 award, Building Partnerships and Implementing Environmental Change, was presented by the Prevention Network, a nonprofit Michigan organization that distributes state funds to bolster and enhance prevention projects associated with alcohol, tobacco and highway safety. WMU is the first recipient of the award.

S3 is a network of supportive peers which emphasizes healthy lifestyle choices and demonstrates that people don't have to drink in college to have fun. Overseen by the WMU Alcohol and Other Drug Prevention office, it sponsors a variety of student-led activities and matches incoming students with returning students who mentor them.

The Prevention Network presented S3 with a model project award in 2001 and a $5,000 Michigan Coalition to Reduce Underage Drinking grant last year.

Media contact: Jeanne Baron, 269 387-8400, jeanne.baron@wmich.edu

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