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    PLCB Awards $40,000 Grant to Duquesne

    Duquesne University was among 20 colleges statewide to receive a grant from the Pennsylvania Liquor Control Board (PLCB) to help prevent underage and dangerous alcohol use.

    Duquesne received the top award amount-$40,000-through the Alcohol Education Grant Program and will be among the schools to:

    • Develop strategies to reduce underage and dangerous alcohol use, including enforcement efforts
    • Conduct social norms campaigns to change how students think about alcohol and binge drinking
    • Provide Brief Alcohol Screening and Intervention for College Students, a program to help those students who drink heavily make less risky alcohol-use decisions
    • Conduct college alcohol risk assessments of the campus and surrounding areas to identify alcohol-related issues.

    According to Residence Life Director Sharon Oelschlager, the funding will be utilized by the Offices of Residence Life and Duquesne CARES to support their marketing efforts, educational classes and presentations, and weekend programming to combat and prevent underage and high-risk drinking. The grant also will be used to purchase an additional bicycle for the Department of Public Safety, allowing Duquesne police officers a faster response time.

    "While the Duquesne CARES program provides many of these services, the PLCB grant monies will allow us to be more visible and intentional in our efforts to address underage and illegal alcohol use," said Oelschlager.

    A total of 61 organizations, including municipalities, community groups, schools, universities and law enforcement agencies, received $2.14 million from the PLCB.

    "We received more than 100 grant requests, so the process was very competitive," said Robert S. Marcus, PLCB board member. "Understanding the importance of this funding at a time when budgets are increasingly stretched, we are committed to continuing this grant program in an effort to make positive changes to the communities we serve, and we look forward to seeing the results."

    Duquesne University

    Founded in 1878, Duquesne is consistently ranked among the nation's top Catholic research universities for its award-winning faculty and tradition of academic excellence. The University is nationally ranked by U.S. News and World Report and the Princeton Review for its rich academic programs in nine schools of study for nearly 10,000 graduate and undergraduate students, and by the Washington Monthly for service and contributing to students' social mobility. Duquesne is a member of the U.S. President's Higher Education Community Service Honor Roll with Distinction for its contributions to Pittsburgh and communities around the globe. The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency and the Princeton Review's Guide to Green Colleges acknowledge Duquesne's commitment to sustainability.