T3C Website

The Tri Campus & Community Coalition on Student Drinking (T3C) is developing a website.¬† One of the pages in the website lists the general membership of T3C.¬† The organizational affiliation or interest area (e.g. Duluth PD, Campus Neighbors) will be identified for each member.¬† Contact J Clark Laundergan, Ph.D. at jlaunde3@d.umn.edu if you’re interested in membership and to provide him with your affiliation or interest area.

What is T3C?

Duluth, MN
Tri Campus / Community Coalition on Student Drinking*
(Lake Superior College, College of St. Scholastica, University of Minnesota Duluth)

J Clark Laundergan PhD,  Coordinator, tricampus@lsc.edu

2009 has already been a year of changes, including change for the Tri Campus Commission*.

1.TCC has had a leadership change.  Roger Reinert is now a state representative and I have been hired in the TCC Coordinator position. Many of you know me from your past work with either the TCC or its predecessor, the Task Force on College Student Drinking.  I retired from UMD last May after 42 years as a professor in the Sociology-Anthropology Department and as Director of the Center for Addiction Studies for the past sixteen years.  During the past seven years my research and applied community efforts have been directed to issues of excessive college student drinking.
2.The TCC Executive Committee agreed to some changes beginning with a name change.¬†¬† TCC will now be Tccc: Tri Campus / Community Coalition on Student Drinking.¬† It was thought to be important to add “community” as a recognition that many students live off campus in the community and also the use of alcohol by students takes place at house parties and in off campus bars.¬† The change from “Commission” to “Coalition” was made to more accurately reflect the nature of the cooperating partners and their alcohol harm reduction efforts.
3.Changing the name is part of trying to sharpen the mission of Tccc. The following Mission Statement is intended to more clearly specify the intent of Tccc.  Also, to increase communication and visibility, a Tccc Web Site is being developed.

MISSION STATEMENT
The Tri Campus, Community Coalition (Tccc) on Student Drinking seeks to address irresponsible and dangerous use of alcohol by students of three Duluth, Minnesota higher education institutions (Lake Superior College, The College of St. Scholastica and the University of Minnesota Duluth). To meet this goal, promising campus/community programs and interventions will be identified and communicated, liaison with community citizen groups, agencies and the press will be nurtured and working interactions with the alcohol health educators, administrators and committees at each of the college campuses will be maintained.

4.Four broad strategies (ENFORCEMENT AND CONSEQUENCES, EDUCATION, ALTERNATIVE SENTENCING, STUDENT DISTRICTS) have been identified and explored by working groups.  Reports from the working groups were presented at the fall 2008 meeting.  A repeated comment heard in these reports identified decreasing financial resources impacting police and the court system.  Public funding is likely to be reduced further with the Minnesota revenue shortfall.  Each of the broad strategies is affected by funding cutbacks. Creative collaboration rather that despair or abandoning our purpose seems to be the way to proceed.  We need to have your input on ways of reducing risky alcohol use by college students without expending additional financial or workload resources.  I am reviewing the published literature looking for direction and I am requesting suggestions from all of you (email tricampus@lsc.edu) in preparation for our next Tccc meeting.

5.The Tccc Executive Committee’s thoughts are to focus attention on EDUCATION and ENFORCEMENT AND CONSEQUENCES which would be combined with “alternative sentencing”.¬†¬† Consequences would be the responsibility of the campuses in collaboration with reporting of infractions and offending behavior by police and neighbors.¬† STUDENT DISTRICTS, an attractive but long term objective, could be redirected to “college student-neighbor relations” because of the more immediate nature of that concern.¬† What are your thoughts on this (EDUCATION, ENFORCEMENT AND CONSEQUENCES, COLLEGE STUDENT-NEIGHBOR RELATIONS) strategy realignment?

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