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Photo Opportunity: UAlbany's Middle Earth Peer Assistance Program to Celebrate 35th Anniversary

Contact: Catherine Herman (518) 437-4980

ALBANY, N.Y. (November 14, 2005)

What: The University at Albany's nationally recognized Middle Earth Peer Assistance Program will celebrate its 35th Anniversary Wednesday, November 16, from 3 to 4:30 p.m. at the Alumni House on the uptown campus with the presentation of a donation from the Dominion Foundation and a reception attended by alumni, staff and others who founded, participated in and supported the University's award winning program since 1970.


  • Kermit L. Hall, President, University at Albany

  • Vice Admiral John R. Ryan, Acting Chancellor, State University of New York

  • Donald Raikes, Managing Director, Marketing and Transportation, Dominion Transmission, Inc.

  • Estela M. Rivero, Director, University at Albany Counseling Center

  • Christine M. Fan '04, Outreach Coordinator, Middle Earth

When: Wednesday, November 16, 2005, 3–4:30 p.m.

Where: Alumni House, University at Albany main campus, 1400 Washington Ave., Albany

Parking will be available in the Dutch Quad lot.

Background: Middle Earth began as CRISIS 5300 back in 1970 when a small group of student volunteers were concerned about the impact of drugs and 1960s culture and issues on their peers. Today, their model drug and alcohol prevention and education programs and committed volunteer staff set the standard nationally and are routinely recognized and honored with awards from Boost Alcohol Consciousness Concerning the Health of University Students (BACCHUS) and Greeks Advocating Mature Management of Alcohol (GAMMA). Over the past 35 years, Middle Earth has trained 15,000 student volunteers, provided hotline assistance to more than 77,000 students in crisis, and presented outreach education programs to more than 100,000 individuals in need.


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