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President McDavis addresses media at Oct. 19 press briefing

ATHENS, Ohio (Oct. 20, 2005) -- Ohio University President Roderick McDavis met with the local media on Wednesday, Oct. 19, at Cutler Hall to update them on the university's latest news and initiatives.

McDavis invited the media to join him on Friday for Verizon Ohio's presentation of a $30,000 check to the Appalachia READS program. With this gift, Verizon has donated $175,000 to the program since 2002.

Appalachia READS increases the public awareness concerning the importance of literacy issues, hosts meetings to foster collaboration and support among providers, offers professional development and training opportunities for literacy services providers and advocates on behalf of literacy issues at the local, state and national levels. The program has a network of 702 programs in the region.

McDavis announced the students in the university's Political Communication Certificate program will conduct telephone surveys on approximately 800 voting-age residents in Ohio on a variety of election issues on the state and national levels on Oct. 23 to 27 and Oct. 30 to Nov. 2. The students will use the Scripps Survey Research Center, which has 20 telephone survey stations and is completely computerized. The survey will allow the students to gain practical experience, while also gauging the views of the voting public.

The president reminded the media about the upcoming homecoming activities, especially the "Yell like Hell" pep rally on Thursday and the Alumni Gala on Friday where Ohio U.S. Sen. George Voinovich will receive the Alumnus of the Year Award, and parade through Uptown Athens and the campus at 10 a.m., Saturday.

McDavis also spoke about the university's civic responsibility initiatives with three major weekends -- Homecoming, the Athens Halloween street festival and Parents Weekend -- on the horizon.

He said members of Student Senate and the Off-Campus Living Office will visit student neighborhoods to remind them of their responsibilities to the community. He also said the university plans on sending letters to the parents of undergraduate students and e-mails to students concerning civic responsibility.

The president briefed the media on several alcohol-abuse reduction initiatives at the university. He especially praised the Coalition Advocating Responsible Drinking Decision (CARDD) and new programs such as the Alcohol Response Task Force and Choices. The task force was created to refine the university's protocol for responding to alcohol-related problems and the latter will serve students who are at risk for alcohol-related problems but are not yet showing signs or symptoms. McDavis said more than 400 members of the Greek community will participate in the Choices program this fall.

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