The misuse of alcohol by college students is of great concern to the NCAA. In an effort to educate students about the risks involved with the misuse of alcohol, the NCAA has developed CHOICES, a grant program for alcohol education. Through the CHOICES program, the NCAA provides funding for NCAA member institutions and conferences to integrate athletics into campus-wide efforts to reduce alcohol abuse.
CHOICES Beloit is a three-year program that will focus on collaboration among students, faculty, and staff to cultivate a healthy campus community. While alcohol education will be the foundation upon which all of our programming is built, wellness is and will remain a constant theme of our educational efforts.
Here are a few, but certainly not all, of the goals that CHOICES Beloit strives to achieve:
1. Improve current educational programming that will ultimately educate the entire campus community about Beloit College’s alcohol philosophy.
2. Focus on wellness. Not only will we offer students opportunities to learn more about drugs and alcohol, but as our tagline states: our students will learn to make healthy choices to lead healthy lives, both during their time on campus and after they have graduated.
3. Create a campus environment that is appreciative and inclusive of various clubs, student organizations, and athletic teams by increasing the collaboration among those groups in helping the campus community make healthy choices.
The CHOICES Beloit team is excited to bring this health and wellness programming to the Beloit College community.
CHOICES Beloit Events - Year 2
Bimonthly: Behind Closed Doors, bathroom health and wellness newsletter.
Quarterly: Nutrition Lunch & Learns.
September 2012:Milkshake Monday, cosponsored with SPIEL, our student run substance free organization.
November 2012: Mike Green, alcohol and other drug speaker, on campus. Cosponsored with Residential Life.
April 2012: myCHOICES Health & Wellness Week. Some of the events included: Turtle Trot fun run with our President, Milkshake Monday cosponsored with SPIEL, Hydro power water aerobics, Health & Wellness Fair cosponsored with the Health Center, and Dog Therapy.
MyCHOICES Week Winners
1st place - The Wild Ones - representing the softball team
2nd place - Team International - representing the international student body
3rd place - Team Ken - representing the volleyball team
CHOICES Beloit Events-Year 1
September, 2011: Sponsored a Milkshake Monday with SPIEL.
November, 2011: Liz Bartley & Dawn Redd led goal setting workshop at Advising Practicum. Janet Judge spoke to students about safely using social media and the dangers of hazing and excessive alcohol use.
January, 2012: Liz Bartley & Dawn Redd attended CHOICES Grantee Meeting to share ideas with other schools about successful programming. As a requirement of the CHOICES Beloit grant, six Beloit College community members (Mike Russell & Tom McCarthy from Residential Life, Liz Bartley & Andy Wier from Athletics, and student athletes Camilla Jackson & Sean Little) attended the APPLE conference to learn about alcohol and other drug education.
February, 2012: as stated in our grant proposal, we used a swipe machine to get baseline results on how often the Sports Center is accessed by students, faculty, staff, and community members. We also used student workers to survey Sports Center users on how often they utilize the facility.
March, 2012: as part of our educational efforts, we purchased survey clickers to be used in training/educational sessions by the Athletics and Residential Life staffs.
April, 2012: our MyCHOICES Wellness Week event was held. Monday: Aqua Zumba, Art Therapy Discussion, Mindfulness Meditation, Milkshake Monday. Tuesday: Gardening with Coach Bliese. Wednesday: Turtle Trot with the President, Health Fair. Thursday: Dog Therapy, Are the Mayans Right? A Respectful Discussion of the Gospels. Friday: Healthy Eating: Myths & Realities, Weight Room 101, Lacrosse 101. Saturday: Sports Trivia with Softball and Intramural Frisbee. Sunday: Field Day sponsored by Mike's Hard Complex.
May, 2012: Dawn Redd attended StepUP conference to learn about bystander intervention.
Monthly: Behind Closed Doors, our weekly bathroom newsletter talked about different health and wellness topics.
Beloit College Alcohol Philosophy
The illegal use or abuse of alcohol is viewed as a violation of College policy. It is our view that the illegal use and/or abuse of alcohol may be detrimental to students’ health, safety, and academic success. As an educational institution, we place a great deal of responsibility on you, the student. The decision to use or not use should be yours and yours alone. Any sort of peer pressure to use alcohol violates the norms of the college community. For those who do choose to use, Beloit College expects you to drink responsibly. In order to ensure a safe and positive environment for everyone, irresponsible behavior should be confronted by the entire College community, including students, faculty, and staff.