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Special Events

The Office of Health Promotion is involved in planning and co-sponsoring a number of outreach health education and promotion initiatives on campus. Special events include, but are not limited to the following:                                                 

Alcohol Awareness Day (September)

Alcohol Awareness Day is an outreach event that provides an opportunity to increase students’ knowledge and awareness on issues pertaining to alcohol use and abuse. Emphasis is placed on the importance of students making informed choices about alcohol consumption.   




National Depression Screening Day (October)

This screening event is coordinated by Psychological Services. Visit the Psychological Services link to learn more about this important screening day.



The Great American Smokeout (November)

The Great American Smokeout is a national event sponsored by the American Cancer Society and is traditionally held the third Thursday in November. The event represents an opportunity for smokers to join millions of other smokers in avoiding cigarettes for 24 hours. The Office of Health Promotion offers smoking cessation programs





World AIDS Day (December)

World AIDS Day is traditionally observed on December 1st each year. This day is focused on creating a greater awareness of the AIDS pandemic.




National Black HIV/AIDS Awareness Day (February)

This event is held on February 7th of each year and includes a focus on HIV prevention, care and treatment. To learn more, please visit



 Safe Spring Break Kick-Off Day (March)

Safe Spring Break Kick-Off Day creates an excellent opportunity to foster dialogue on healthy decision-making on a number of health-related issues including sexual health, alcohol awareness, personal safety, HIV testing, predatory drugs, stress management, and sun protection/tanning issues





National Alcohol Screening Day (April)

National Alcohol Screening Day (NASD)is a free public health event that provides anonymous screening for alcohol-use disorders and offers educational materials about alcohol and health-related issues. NASD is an outreach promotional effort to reduce and prevent at-risk drinking. The event is open to campus and community members.

The screening form, Alcohol Use Disorders Identification Test (AUDIT), asks participants about their drinking habits and if their behaviors have changed due to their drinking. Once the screening form is scored, participants have the opportunity to discuss the results with a mental health professional or University Health Services clinician. If appropriate, the participants receive referral information regarding support and/or treatment services both on campus and in the community. The screening process takes approximately 10-20 minutes for each participant.