Student Senate town hall meeting gathers input on substance abuse issues

town-hall-forum-275.jpgA town hall forum sponsored by the SMU Student Senate attracted about 150 participants and generated lively discussion on the issue of alcohol and drug abuse at SMU. For 90 minutes at the Oct. 22 session, students asked questions and gave their views to the University’s Task Force on Substance Abuse Prevention, appointed by SMU President R. Gerald Turner last spring.

“The Student Senate has a longstanding tradition of protecting the rights of the student body,” said Patrick Kobler, Student Concerns Chair of the Student Senate, at the start of the meeting.

“We want students to take ownership of this issue on campus,” added Student Body president and Task Force member Katherine Tullos, “and we encourage you to present solutions along with the problems you describe.” Read more. (Daily Campus photo by John Schreiber)

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Student Senate hosts Town Hall Forum Oct. 22

The SMU Student Senate will host a Town Hall Forum to discuss issues related to campus drug and alcohol use and the work of the University’s Task Force on Substance Abuse Prevention. Faculty, staff and students are invited to attend at 6:30 p.m. Oct. 22 in the Hughes-Trigg Student Center Theater.

“If community members have a concern or a change they want to propose to the Task Force, the Town Hall Forum will be the best place to do so,” says Student Body President and Task Force member Katherine Tullos. “Members of the Task Force will be present, and the entire SMU community is invited to attend and express opinions.”

If you cannot attend but would like to make a comment or suggestion, visit to send a comment directly to the Task Force.

Substance Abuse task force seeks input

SMU’s Task Force on Substance Abuse Prevention began its work during the summer by collecting data, reviewing reports and setting up subgroups to gather additional information and ideas.

Now the Task Force is looking for insights and suggestions from faculty, staff and other community members. A place for comments will be available soon through the Task Force link on SMU???s homepage, and Task Force updates will be posted regularly on this site. In addition, feel free to e-mail or call Task Force co-chairs Tom Tunks, associate provost, and Dee Siscoe, dean of student life. Read more.

Woodward honored at Fall General Faculty Meeting

Statistical Science Chair Wayne Woodward was honored as the 2006-07 United Methodist Church University Scholar/Teacher of the Year at SMU’s fall General Faculty Meeting Aug. 29. President R. Gerald Turner updated the faculty on important developments in campus life and the status of the George W. Bush presidential library complex. More under the link.

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