SAN ANTONIO, Oct. 31, 2001 – Ten Texas colleges and universities are gathering in San Antonio today with community and liquor industry leaders for the “American Campus and Alcohol Conference,” a three-day meeting on combatting alcohol abuse on college campuses. “The purpose of this conference is to develop and sustain partnerships between the campus, the beverage alcohol industry, the community and local government to prevent alcohol abuse on our campuses,” said Dr. John R. Brazil, President of Trinity University. “We are pleased to work with the Distilled Spirits Council to bring this conference to Texas. Their participation is an example of industry and education working in partnership to achieve a common goal.” The 10 Texas colleges and universities are attending the conference with a campus-community team to develop specific, action-oriented plans to take back and implement in their community. Each campus-community team is structured to include university officials, counselors, students, beverage alcohol industry representatives, law enforcement officials and other community leaders. “As a former university chancellor, I know the importance of integrating the campus and the community to combat alcohol abuse on college campuses,” said Distilled Spirits Council President Dr. Peter H. Cressy, one of the organizers of the conference. “The distilled spirits industry is an active member of the community and we will continue our longstanding commitment to social responsibility.” Schools participating in the conference are Huston-Tillotson College, Our Lady of the Lake University, Schreiner University, St. Edward’s University, St. Mary’s University, Texas A & M University, Texas Christian University, Trinity University, University of Texas-Austin and University of Texas-San Antonio. The conference, taking place Oct. 31- Nov. 2 at the DoubleTree Hotel in San Antonio, is being convened by Trinity University, the Distilled Spirits Council, the American Association of State Colleges and Universities, and the National Association of Independent Colleges and Universities. At the conference, nationally-recognized speakers from universities, government and alcohol-related organizations are presenting information and research on a range of programs and best practices being used successfully on campuses to reduce alcohol abuse among college students. The regional conference is modeled off of the national “American Campus and Alcohol” conference, convened in Washington D.C. last October by the Distilled Spirits Council and five universities. Trinity University was one of 34 universities that participated in the national conference that later applied for a matching grant from the Distilled Spirits Council to organize a similar conference for Texas colleges and universities. The Distilled Spirits Council provided a $12,500 matching grant and the university received another $5,000 from the Texas Licensed Beverage Distributors, the state association of distilled spirits and wine distributors. “We are proud to be involved in such an important conference. Only by working together with educators, parents, and other alcohol industry leaders can we help keep alcohol out of the hands of minors,” said Robert H. Sparks, Jr., Executive Director of the Texas Licensed Beverage Distributors, Inc.