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University of Iowa News Release

May 24, 2006

Stepping Up Project To Hold Reception June 5

The Stepping Up Project, a campus-community coalition to reduce the harmful effects of high-risk drinking, will hold an informal open house Monday, June 5, from 5 to 7 p.m. in the State Room at the Iowa Memorial Union. A recognition ceremony will take place at 6 p.m. The public is invited to attend the reception and recognition ceremony.

Current and former members of the project, as well as representatives from the American Medical Association, will greet guests.

The Stepping Up Project has been part of a 10-year national effort called "A Matter of Degree: The National Effort to Reduce High-Risk Drinking Among College Students." The program has been funded by the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation, the nation's largest health care philanthropy, and administered by the American Medical Association. Other universities involved were Colorado (Boulder), Delaware (Newark), Florida State (Tallahassee), Georgia Tech (Atlanta), Lehigh (Bethlehem, Penn.), Louisiana State (Baton Rouge), Nebraska (Lincoln), Vermont (Burlington) and Wisconsin (Madison).

Although the AMOD program is ending, all of the universities will continue the activities of the campus-community coalitions that were formed.

At the UI, Stepping Up coordinator Angela Reams will become director of a new office, Student Services Campus and Community Relations. The mission of the new office is to direct and coordinate the efforts of the university and community coalition to enhance the safety, health and civility of the campus and community environment through initiatives to curb the harmful effects of alcohol and substance abuse and physical and sexual assaults through educational programs, policy research and recommendations, community/campus taskforce actions, and promotion of campus and community programs.

Since its inception, Stepping Up has involved a number of campus, city and county organizations, including downtown Iowa City businesses, university administration, Student Health Service, Iowa City and Coralville staff, UI Student Government, Johnson County staff, UI faculty, the Department of Residence Services, Iowa City School District, Iowa City Police Department, MECCA Substance Abuse Services, League of Women Voters, RVAP, Iowa City District-wide Parents Organization, UI Athletics, Coralville Police Department, Johnson County Public Health, Iowa City Chamber of Commerce, UI Department of Public Safety, UIHC staff and physicians, and the UI Office of Student Life, and many more.

STORY SOURCE: University Relations, 101 Jessup Hall, Iowa City, Iowa 52242-1000.

MEDIA CONTACT: Steve Parrott, steven-parrott@uiowa.edu, phone 319-335-0552,