Communication Students Reach Out to Local High Schools Regarding Alcohol Abuse Awareness
On February 12th, seven undergraduate Communication students, headed by Professor Maggie Wills, participated in the local Warde High School’s second annual “Life after Warde” program designed to help high school seniors navigate their future college campus and find ways to connect with others apart from engaging in the drinking culture. Warde High School sought out Fairfield University students and faculty to assist with this program by providing their insight on college life and drinking in a Q&A session. Professor Maggie Wills gladly attached herself to the program and was able to turn participation in this program into a fun and beneficial project for some of her CO 101 students. This year, she recruited a number of students from her classes to take part in the University Curriculum Infusion of Alcohol Use/Abuse Program, where she asked these students to choose a topic related to alcohol abuse and create a presentation for their informative or persuasive speaking assignment. Some of the titles of student speeches from this year included:
Campus Resources – Working Together (Alexis Espinell, ‘14)
Alcohol Awareness – The Role of Family (Lilly Savage, ‘16)
Party Alternatives – So Much to Do (Patrick Kiernan, ‘16)
Pursuing Passion – Defining your Four Years (Alexander Long, ‘14)
Time Management – It’s not High School (Natalie Beauparlant, ‘16)
Roommates – It’s All Good (Brooke Baumgartel, ‘16)
Friends – New You and New Friends (Kristin Kelly, ‘14)
Professor Wills reported that she was thrilled to see how hard the students worked on developing these presentations and that this year’s program was such a success that they have been invited back to Warde High School next year. She is currently looking for a few students to fill graduating seniors’ spots and participate in next years’ program.
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