Minnesota State University, Mankato’s Healthy Mavericks Alcohol and Drug Prevention Coalition is holding a town hall meeting and panel discussion on how students can lower their risks of consequences that result from underage drinking Thursday, Oct. 3 from 3-4 p.m. in Ostrander Auditorium, located in the University’s Centennial Student Union.

The event is free and open to the public.

Panelists include representatives from: City of Mankato Public Safety; the Committee Against Domestic Abuse (CADA); the Blue Earth County Attorney’s Office; and the University’s Violence Awareness Response Program, Alcohol & Drug Studies Program and Office of Equal Opportunity and Title IX.

For more information on the town hall meeting, contact Natalie Schuette, Healthy Mavericks project coordinator, by phone at 507-389-5184 or by email at [email protected].

The Healthy Mavericks Alcohol and Drug Prevention Coalition is part of a five-year grant program that began in 2015 at Minnesota State Mankato. Student Health Services at the University was selected to participate in the program, which is focused on preventing underage drinking among persons 18-20 and marijuana use among persons aged 18-25.

The Strategic Prevention Framework State Incentive Grant was awarded by the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services’ Substance Abuse and Mental Health Service Administration to the Minnesota Department of Human Services.  Minnesota State Mankato and six other colleges and universities in the state were named grant sub-recipients.