As a UHS health educator and the coordinator of the orientation program on alcohol, I want to thank Lewis Powell for his feedback in the Sept. 27 CT.

The ?Alcohol 101? CD-ROM program is one of the modalities I use for alcohol education because it?s been so enthusiastically received by students in the past. Students comment that the program?s interactive, entertaining format is a fun way to learn about a serious issue. I will certainly take Powell?s critique into account when planning for next year.

I was disheartened that he made no mention of the five students who co-presented with me. These students openly shared personal experiences and opinions about this sensitive and controversial issue, and put lots of effort into planning and presenting this program. It?s a challenge to most people ? even us ?adults? ? to communicate effectively to an audience of hundreds, but especially challenging, I would think, for students in front of their peers. They deserve a lot of credit for a job well done.

As always, I?m searching for effective and interesting ways to educate students about this important health and safety issue. I invite anyone who is interested to meet with me to discuss their ideas in person. I can be reached by phone at x35772, or by e-mail at nreynolds@uhs.rochester.edu.

? Nancy Reynolds

UHS Health Educator



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