The Office of Residence Life recently received a grant of $1,000 from the Coalition for Healthy and Safe Campus Communities (CHASCo). CHASCo is a Tennessee organization proactively addressing issues of alcohol, other drugs and violence in order to promote healthy and safe campus environments.
One of the initiatives CHASCo is funding through a grant opportunity is Alcohol Free Alternative Campus Programming. Alcohol free alternative initiatives are defined as “activities that are free of alcohol, tobacco and illicit drugs and for which participation is voluntary” (Center for Substance Abuse Prevention, 2001). Furthermore, these activities are held at late night hours and on weekends when there is a greater threat of high-risk drinking for college students (Wechsler, 2001). CHASCo received $25,000 to distribute to college campuses throughout the 2010-2011 academic year to fund Alcohol Free Alternative Campus Programming. Though the application process was very competitive, Belmont’s Office of Residence Life received one of the grants.
The grant-sponsored event took place Thursday night in the courtyard between Maple and Hail Halls. In addition to Halloween decorations and snacks, the evening included costume contests, trivia contests and a screening of the movie “Gremlins.”