Higher education Task Force to recognize Hammond for 20 years of alcohol abuse prevention work

Twenty years of leadership in the battle against alcohol and substance abuse on college campuses will be recognized Monday, Feb. 17, when Dr. Edward H. Hammond, president of Fort Hays State University, is honored for his work on the Inter-Association Task Force on Alcohol and Other Substance Abuse Issues.

The award will come at a reception during the American Council on Education annual meeting in Washington, DC. College and university presidents, representatives of higher education associations, government officials and others will be present.

"Ed Hammond has provided his vision and leadership to this effort on a consistent basis since 1983," said Drew Hunter, Task Force convener. "No other college president has come even close to helping the higher education community come together to grapple with the issue of alcohol abuse on an ongoing basis."

Among the many efforts in which Hammond has played a major role, he is best known for being the chair of National Collegiate Alcohol Awareness Week, an annual event held each October to highlight campus services and educational initiatives in which up to 3,000 campuses participate.

Hammond has also played a major role in helping develop model campus alcohol policies and alcohol marketing guidelines and he is well known as an advocate for Peer Education efforts on campus and the use of Social Norms strategies.

For the Task Force, Hammond represents the American Association of State Colleges and Universities and he is also chair of The BACCHUS and GAMMA Peer Education Network (www.bacchusgamma.org).

Celebrating 20 years, the Inter-Association Task Force has been the leading voice in higher education promoting rational policies, educational strategies and campus-wide support for changing the alcohol abuse attitudes. These organizations, through their combined memberships, are the most effective vehicle in higher education for reaching a broad spectrum of administrators, student leaders and student development professionals.

For more information on IATF and its programs, visit www.iatf.org.

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