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UNI to host interactive safety event

February 18, 2013

Mark Rowe-Barth, substance abuse/violence intervention services coordinator, UNI Wellness and Recreation Services, 319-273-3423,

Stacey Christensen, Office of University Relations, 319-273-6728,

CEDAR FALLS, Iowa -- The University of Northern Iowa and local and state law enforcement will host an interactive safety event for students. The event, titled "UNI I am…Making Safe Decisions!" will take place from 1 to 6 p.m., Wednesday, Feb. 20, in the Wellness and Recreation Center main corridor.

The event will include a life-size drinking and driving simulator, alcohol goggle simulations with golf and water pong, a computerized virtual bar and blood alcohol level simulation, as well as information and resources from a variety of areas on and off campus.

"Educational and high-risk drinking prevention activities are an important component to any university addressing alcohol issues on campus," says Mark Rowe-Barth, substance abuse and violence intervention services coordinator for UNI's Wellness and Recreation Services. "This particular event will engage students on the topic of drinking and driving, understanding blood alcohol levels and alcohol poisoning, all in a fun, interactive way, while still being educational."

The event is sponsored by UNI Public Safety, UNI Wellness and Recreation Services and local and state law enforcement. Students may stop by at any time. The event is free and will feature prizes and giveaways. For more information, contact Rowe-Barth at 319-273-3423 or