GENESEO – A progressive alcohol risk management program for SUNY Geneseo students in fraternities and sororities will begin this month in an ongoing effort to engage alcohol safety issues at the College.
According to an e-mail to students from Wendi Kinney, Assistant Dean of Students for Fraternal Life and Off-Campus Services, Geneseo was selected to be a pilot campus for new, researched-based training program, Training On Greeks and Alcohol, or TOGA. The College will host training sessions for interested Greek students on Feb. 29 and March 1.
“The fact is that it is a collaborative effort between my office and the Office of Greek Life to increase awareness and safety both on and off campus,” said Sarah Covell, Alcohol and Other Drug Program Coordinator. “Nobody wants a party guest or friend to get sick or die from an alcohol overdose.”
Covell said that TOGA is not a top-down program to be forced upon Greek organizations, but rather a collaborative effort to help Greek organizations develop a program that meets their needs.
Two researchers from the University of Minnesota School of Public Health will host the upcoming training sessions. This follows plans announced in the Fall to work with UMinn researchers as they help selected Greek organizations pilot and create their own alcohol safety initiatives on campus.