Sandston student named Virginia ABC College Tour peer advisor

Sandston resident Abby Pendleton, 21, is a sociology major at Longwood University, a graduate of Varina High School and a do-it-yourself project fanatic. She also is one of the first-ever peer advisors for the Virginia Department of Alcoholic Beverage Control’s (ABC) College Tour.

College Tour is a series of one-day events that gives students the necessary alcohol education to help reduce underage and high-risk drinking, along with promoting a healthy lifestyle and leadership. This year’s tour will stop at James Madison University (Oct. 24), University of Richmond (Nov. 7), Virginia Tech (Feb. 21, 2015), the College of William and Mary (Mar. 21, 2015) and George Mason University (Mar. 24, 2015).

Pendleton and six other college students from across the state were selected as College Tour’s first Peer Advisory Council. Peer advisors will help develop and plan the five College Tour regional conferences and work on-site during the events. They will also update Virginia ABC about alcohol-related issues on college campuses and offer suggested educational tools for college students throughout the academic year.

“These seven were selected because of their continued efforts with alcohol prevention and peer leadership at the college level,” said Virginia ABC Education and Prevention Manager Katie Weaks, “and because of their interest in helping us take this message to campuses across Virginia.”

This is the second year the Sandston native is attending the conference.

“College Tour helps students make better choices when alcohol may be involved,” said Pendleton, encouraging students to attend one of this year’s regional events. “They’ll learn a lot about themselves and the college environment they’re in.”

Participants will be alerted to dangerous drinking trends and learn strategies to prevent harm. They will also network with other students and professionals in order to strengthen prevention initiatives on their campuses.

Students and professional Virginia College Alcohol Leadership Council (VaCALC) members can attend College Tour for free, while professional, non-VaCALC members pay a $20 fee. Registration for each regional conference ends two weeks prior to the event.

For details, visit https://www.abc.virginia.gov/Education/collegeTour/collegeTour.html.
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