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Bridge Summit to address alcohol issues in Eau Claire

April 8, 2013

BridgeSummitEAU CLAIRE — The Bridge Campus-Community Coalition on Alcohol Issues in Eau Claire will host the 2013 Bridge Summit from 10-11:30 a.m. April 15 in the Council Oak Room of Davies Center at the University of Wisconsin-Eau Claire.

The Bridge Campus-Community Coalition is a partnership between UW-Eau Claire and the greater Eau Claire community. The partnership seeks to address and reduce underage and high-risk drinking behaviors and associated negative experiences through education, enforcement and environmental changes.

"This meeting provides an opportunity for those who are concerned about the impact heavy drinking has on both the community and on student safety and success to come together and talk about solutions," said Peggy O'Halloran, director of the Center for Alcohol Studies and Education at UW-Eau Claire.

The Bridge meets once per year. Individuals representing several campus offices and community representatives interested in reducing underage and high-risk drinking for college students meet to report on progress and trends, and to identify areas of concern that require joint action.

The Bridge is co-chaired by UW-Eau Claire Interim Chancellor Gilles Bousquet, Eau Claire Police Chief Jerry Matysik and Eau Claire City-County Health Department Director Lieske Giese. Other Bridge participants include local officials, concerned citizens, business owners, health care providers and UW-Eau Claire faculty staff, and students. Bridge meetings and activities are coordinated through the CASE office.

The Bridge Summit and presentation is free and open to the public. For more information, contact Peggy O'Halloran at ohallop@uwec.edu.

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