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Designated Walker and SoberRide programs active Homecoming weekend

October 11, 2011

During Homecoming, Indiana State University is working to ensure the safety of other students by encouraging responsible drinking, through its Designated Walker and SoberRide programs.

Both programs, which will be in effect during Indiana State's Homecoming weekend, are a result of a collaborative partnership between the Student Counseling Center, Student Health Promotions, ISU Police, Pepsi, Fleschner, Stark, Tanoos and Newlin law firm and the Dean of Students office.

"The Designated Walker program is an example of students taking care of each other," said Aimee Janssen-Robinson, outreach educator with Student Health Promotions. "Designated Walkers can still accompany their friends and have fun on The Walk and at Homecoming. They just don't drink."

In addition to enjoying beverages provided by Pepsi and food provided by local merchants, Designated Walkers underwent Step Up training, where they learned about alcohol awareness and bystander intervention techniques.

Indiana State's Designated Walker program debuted in 2009, with 31 participants. This year, 76 students have completed the training necessary to serve as Designated Walkers.

SoberRide will be entering its second year of operation with Homecoming 2011, providing free transportation the campus area. SoberRide will have two 20-passenger buses providing transportation on Saturday. Service will begin at 11 a.m. on Saturday, Oct. 15 and continue through 3 a.m. on Sunday, Oct. 16.

Indiana State students who are concerned about driving themselves or riding in a car with another driver who may have been drinking can simply text GOISU and their location to 99000 and a bus will be alerted to the need of a ride. Students will need to show their ISU ID card to utilize the service.

The drop off locations include:

• 11th and Spruce St. (Sycamore Apts.)
• 6 ½ and Elm St. (University Village)
• 5th St. ISU (Lincoln Quad)
• 5th St. ISU Lot 11 (Hines, Jones, Sandison)
• 5th Street Lot 9 (Mills and Rhoads)

"This is a safe, one-way ride home for students within Terre Haute," said Bill Mercier, ISU police chief. "The service is not a shuttle service to bars and parties. Students are limited to one one-way ride per night."

For more information please contact Janssen-Robinson at 812-237-3939.

Aimee Janssen-Robinson, ISU Student Health Promotions, 812-237-3939
Jacqueline Smith or Bill Mercier, ISU Public Safety, 812-237-5555

Writer: Paula Meyer, ISU Communications & Marketing, 812-237-3783 or