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UVU To Present Second Annual Conference On Addiction

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February 14, 2013

For Immediate Release

University Marketing & Communications: Mike Rigert (801) 863-6807

Written by: Mike Rigert (801) 863-6807

Utah Valley University’s College of Humanities & Social Sciences will present its second annual Conference on Addiction on Friday, Feb. 22, from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. in the Sorensen Student Center.

The conference’s opening keynote speaker is Alema Harrington, a noted sports broadcaster in the region who is currently the host of “Jazz Game Night,” anchor of BYUtv’s “Countdown to Kickoff,” and a frequent contributor on national television and radio programs. His remarks are titled “From Rock Bottom to Rock Solid,” and will be presented at 9 a.m. in the Grande Ballroom.

The Conference on Addiction features over 20 concurrent presentations and two plenary sessions intended to help participants investigate various aspects of addiction. The program will feature information meeting the interests and needs of those seeking professional information on chemical dependency as well as compulsive behavioral addiction, educational perspectives regarding prevention and treatment, and information for families and loved ones experiencing the challenges of addiction.

“For our second annual conference, we have assembled an excellent line-up of presenters who will address a variety of topics relating to addiction,” said Toni Harris, assistant dean of the College of Humanities & Social Sciences. “We are confident that all of our attendees will benefit greatly from the quality of sessions. With the wonderful support of our many community partners, we are pleased to host a truly diverse educational event geared toward relevant and timely issues in our community.”

Harris said organizers are pleased this year to have the support of the Utah County Department of Alcohol and Drug Abuse Prevention and the Utah Division of Substance Abuse and Mental Health. More than 25 presenters will participate in the conference representing professionals (including social service workers, medical researchers and educators) and volunteers from the community.

John Carnevale, an internationally recognized expert with over 30 years experience in the fields of substance abuse policy, performance measurement and strategic planning, will provide the conference’s plenary session during the noon luncheon in the Grande Ballroom. Carnevale served three presidential administrations and four drug czars in 18 years within the executive branch’s Office of Management and Budget and the White House Office of National Drug Policy.

“In the College of Humanities & Social Sciences, we strive to provide opportunities that foster critical thinking for both our student and community populations,” Harris said. “We believe that one of our essential roles in extending UVU’s mission of engagement is bringing experts on campus to further equip our students with the tools to engage the world responsibly and confidently.”

Community and state service providers will be on hand to provide additional resources, information packets and insight to participants visiting their exhibition booths.

This event is open to the public. Registration, which includes lunch, is $35 and is available at uvu.edu/chss/addiction. The college is also offering a combined ticket for $60 that includes six CEUs approved through NASW.

Alema Harrington


About UVU

Utah Valley University is located in Orem, Utah, and is home to more than 30,000 students. UVU began as a vocational school during World War II, and in the seven decades since has evolved into a technical school, community school, state college and, finally, a comprehensive regional teaching university. UVU is one of Utah’s largest institutions of higher learning and offers programs ranging from career training to high-demand master degrees, with emphasis on undergraduate education.

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