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Ohio State University Story Ideas for Media 7/31/15

Higher Education Center for Alcohol and Drug Misuse Prevention and Recovery holds 2015 National Meeting – Aug. 4 – 6. The Higher Education Center for Alcohol and Drug Misuse Prevention and Recovery (HECAOD) 2015 National Meeting will be held at The Ohio State University’s Blackwell Inn & Conference Center Tuesday through Thursday, Aug. 4 – 6. The conference will focus on collegiate alcohol and drug misuse prevention and recovery. It will provide the training and tools necessary to strengthen alcohol and drug prevention, intervention and recovery during the higher education experience and beyond. SEE: hecaod.osu.edu/events/national-meeting/schedule. CONTACT: Frankie Jones-Harris, communications director, 614-330-2206, jones-harris.1@osu.edu.

Rappel to end the stigma of addiction – Aug. 6. In the United States alone, alcohol and other drugs claim more than 135,000 lives every year. On Aug. 6, the Higher Education Center for Alcohol and Drug Misuse Prevention and Recovery will join forces with the Shatterproof Challenge Rappelling Series to host a fundraiser to help raise awareness for addiction prevention, treatment and recovery.
Participants will rappel from the Sheraton Columbus at Capitol Square, 75 E. State St., between 9 a.m. and 5 p.m. (no experience necessary). For every dollar raised over $500, Shatterproof will donate 50 percent or at least $250 to the HECAOD ($1000 minimum required to participate). This event follows The National Meeting, a conference focused on collegiate prevention and recovery, being held Aug. 4 – 6 at Ohio State. SEE: www.teamhecaod.org. CONTACT: Frankie Jones-Harris, communications director, 614-330-2206, jones-harris.1@osu.edu.

Ohio State to award 1,700 degrees at summer commencement – Aug. 9. Bruce McPheron, vice president for agricultural administration and dean of the College of Food, Agricultural, and Environmental Sciences, will address graduates as the speaker for the summer 2015 commencement. Approximately 1,700 degrees will be awarded during the ceremony, which begins at 1 p.m. on Sunday, Aug. 9, in the Schottenstein Center.

Also during the ceremony, the university will award the Distinguished Service Award to Stephanie Hightower, president and CEO of the Columbus Urban League and one of the university’s greatest student-athletes. CONTACT: Amy Murray, 614-292-8385, murray-goedde.1@osu.edu.

Suicide prevention made easier by updated Ohio State website. Suicide is the leading cause of death among college students. A newly updated university webpage will offer at-risk students help.

The Ohio State University has the country’s largest and most comprehensive student suicide prevention initiative on a university campus. After undergoing a comprehensive redesign and restructuring, Ohio State’s key online resource for suicide prevention has relauched its website.

Visitors in need continue to receive the same emergency research-based self-help prevention resources. Additionally, 21 risk factors educate friends, family and faculty on the information and training needed to start a simple conversation that will help save a life. The new website also lists outreach, campus and web-based resources, as well as ways to become a suicide prevention advocate.

CONTACT: Darcy Haag Granello, principal investigator and professor of counselor education, granello.1@osu.edu, or Wendy Winger, program manager, suicideprevention@osu.edu.

The person listed as the CONTACT will have the most current information about the story. Call on our media relations staff for help with any Ohio State story:Liz Cook, 614-292-7276 or cook.17@osu.edu; Gary Lewis, 614-688-2048 or lewis.330@osu.edu; or Amy Murray, 614-292-8385 or murray-goedde.1@osu.edu.