Meet the BAC Matters Specialist – Julie Gallagher

Hi there everybody! My name is Julie Gallagher. I am the new BAC Matters Specialist intern this year for the UMatter program at UWO. Are you thinking, “A BAC… whaaaat?!” Well, let me explain. The UMatter program is a campus-wide health communications campaign which strives to create a safer, more caring and compassionate UWO community. There are six different facets of the UMatter program, mine being BAC Matters. BAC stands for “Blood Alcohol Content,” so I bet you can guess what this facet of the program focuses on. Yep, that’s right, alcohol.

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BAC Matters is all about encouraging students to make safe and responsible decisions regarding the use of alcohol while avoiding the negative consequences that can result from elevating your BAC above your green zone (a BAC of .055 and below). I work closely with the AODA Coordinator on campus, Residence Life staff, and the UMatter team to develop and implement AODA prevention and outreach programming in the Residence Halls as well as throughout the campus community.“Well… what does that all mean?” Thank you for asking! I collaborate a lot with CA’s providing them with AODA/BAC education and Mocktail Bars for their residents. There have already been four successful Mocktail events this year! Many more are in the works, including our upcoming Halloween event, Nightmare on Elmwood! Come to the Titan Underground in Reeve this Thursday, October 25th at 8 PM – 12 AM for games, FREE Mocktails, a costume contest, and prizes! To prepare to win, go to www.uwosh.edu/umatter/bac-matters to take the survey and gain information! Oh, and did I mention that the Fox Valley Disc Jockey Association (F.V.D.J.A) is going to be dj-ing this event?! It’s going to be off the chain! Believe me, you’re not going to want to miss it!

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Meet the Umatter Team- Amy

Hey, everyone! My name is Amy Will and for those of you who do not know me, I am a Community Development Specialist with the Department of Residence Life here at UWO. Part of my position involves collaborating with UMatter to assist CAs with UMatter programming, as well as bringing fresh ideas from the UMatter representatives into the residence halls. Basically, I am the messenger between the two areas. Attending weekly UMatter meetings, coordinating events with both CAs and UMatter representatives, and collaborating with supervisors are integral components of my position, as well. On the whole, this experience has provided me with invaluable skills and resources that I will be able to carry on into future endeavors, both personally and professionally.

With all of the information I just threw at you, you may be thinking to yourself, “I wonder what her favorite experience with UMatter has been thus far.” Okay, so maybe you aren’t really thinking that, but I am here to tell you anyways!

A little over a month ago, I had the pleasure of working at the “Red Carpet Event”, which took place in Reeve and was aimed at providing first-year students with an alternative to going out and partying. At this event, UMatter was able to not only provide free mock-tails, but a totally awesome informational table as well! Both residents and CAs seemed to really enjoy a sweet and delicious mock-tail and were able to walk away with valuable UMatter knowledge, such as BAC information, Consent Matters knowledge, and more! Overall, we were able to educate students on the topic of UMatter and provide them with tools to make safe and responsible decisions. What more could you ask for?

Want to learn more? Visit us at http://www.facebook.com/UWO.UMatter?fref=ts.