Campus: CSU Fresno -- December 18, 2002
CSU Sober Driver Initiative
New CSU Program Aims To Reduce Student Alcohol Abuse at 8 Campuses;
Fresnan Named Director
CSU Sober Driver Initiative, a new program funded by the California
Office of Traffic and Safety aimed
at reducing alcohol related fatalities and abuse in college students
from 18-39 years old at eight campuses in the system, has been launched
with its headquarters at California State University, Fresno.
Funded at $770,000 for two years, the project is part of $1.57 million
in federal funding the state received for a comprehensive education,
prevention and enforcement campaign to address the issues of underage
drinking and student alcohol abuse.
In addition to the California
State University System, grants have been awarded to the Alcohol
and Beverage Control agency and law enforcement.
The campaign was launched at a press conference in Sacramento this morning
by Maria Contreras Sweet, California Secretary of the Business, Transportation
and Housing Agency, with Fresno State President John D. Welty and other
Perry Angle of Fresno was named the director of the CSU program, announced
Dr. Paul Oliaro, Fresno State vice president for student affairs and
dean of students. The program’s base will be in Fresno State’s
Division of Student Affairs.
Oliaro said the CSU project will provide education and prevention services
and activities at state university campuses in Chico, Fresno, Long Beach,
Hayward, Monterey Bay, Sacramento, San Bernardino and Sonoma.
The CSU Sober Driver Initiative will use a series of innovative, campus-specific
strategies to target elements identified during a campaign undertaken
by the CSU to reduce alcohol abuse among students, Oliaro said.
Two years ago, CSU Chancellor Charles B. Reed initiated the effort by
appointing a committee headed by Welty that developed a system wide
alcohol policy approved by the CSU Board of Trustees in July.
“Campuses are now working toward fulfillment of this policy,”
The CSU Sober Driver Initiative project coordinators at the participating
campuses who will work under Angle are Maggie Gaddis, Hayward; Sheron
Dzik, Sonoma; Heather Dunn, Sacramento; Herman Ellis, Chico; Robert
McGowan, San Bernardino; Karen Mendonca, Monterey Bay; and Renee Twigg,
Angle said the goal of the initiative is to reduce alcohol abuse and
impaired driving by CSU students through a combination of social norms
campaigns and peer education programs.
Social norms campaigns utilize a variety of strategies to correct misperceptions
of students about how much other students actually drink, Angle said.
Peer education uses the power of peer (student) influence in the areas
of advising, counseling and educating other students.
“Many students enter college believing that most collegians consume
large amounts of alcohol,” he said. “The reality, however,
is to the contrary. We want to change these misperceptions about student
He said the most recent poll states that 71 percent of Fresno State
students had zero to three drinks the last time they attended a function
where alcohol was available.
Angle said the elements identified as part of a successful campus program
that CSU Sober Driver Initiative will now target are:
- strong presidential leadership;
- enforcement of “age 21” laws;
- communication with students and parents;
- creation of campus alcohol advisory councils with representation
of various constituencies;
- alternative late night and weekend programming;
- institutional controls of alcohol beverage industry funding;
- curriculum, staff training, intervention programs and partnerships
with law enforcement.
Prior to his appointment, Angle was principal of the School of Unlimited
Learning administered by the Fresno County Economic Opportunities Commission
The school served highly at-risk students included many who were involved
in gang activity and had severe problems with substance abuse, Angle
Previously, Angle worked as director of several Fresno State student
service programs including Upward Bound, ESL Upward Bound and the Math/Science
Oliaro said this background made Angle the best fit for the job because
he is very knowledgeable about grant administration and is very familiar
with the CSU system.
“This will allow him to be an excellent liaison with the other
seven CSU campuses, which are a part of this collaboration with the
Office of Traffic Safety,” Oliaro said. “Together, I am
confident that we can achieve the goal of reducing incidents of drinking
and driving by students."
Contact: Tom Uribes (559) 278-5366 or 250-8459