Linfield received a total of $4,000 from the OCCC, which is assisting Oregon college campuses in reducing underage and high-risk alcohol consumption. The OCCC offered eight $2,000 grants to schools in the coalition and hosted a statewide conference that addressed the same topic.
Several enhancements will be made on the Linfield campus as a result of the new grants including extended hours for certain areas of the Athletics Complex. The upper gym and the weight room will now be open until midnight on Friday and Saturday nights.
"The extended hours will give students an extra activity or something to do on campus during the weekend,? said Carrie Wales, Linfield wellness coordinator.
Funds will also enhance the Alcohol and Drug Abuse Prevention Team Program (ADAPT), which works to reduce underage and high-risk drinking at Linfield. The Consent Awareness Training Squad (CATS), as a part of ADAPT, will receive funding to train student leaders, bring in speakers on the topic of the correlation between alcohol and sexual assault, and carry out CATS presentations to freshmen in the fall.
Grant money will also provide for new posters on alcohol poisoning and sexual assault to be posted in Linfield residence halls.
?We want to keep messages fresh and have people say ?Oh, I haven?t seen that before,?? said Wales.
New novelty items, such as pompons and pens with awareness messages, will also be distributed as a result of the grants. These items are meant to keep students aware of what is happening at Linfield with issues like alcohol consumption.
"Linfield is committed to educating students on reducing risks if they drink," said Susan Chambers, Linfield health educator. "We are continuing our efforts in this area and getting stronger by seeking funds to enhance our programs."