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University Receives National 'Collaborative Excellence Award' for Mock House Party Event

Minnesota State Mankato is one of two national recipients of 2016 award.

Minnesota State University, Mankato Media Relations Office News Release, 3-1-2016

Mankato, Minn. – The American College Personnel Association (ACPA), a comprehensive student affairs association with 7,500 members from 1,200 educational institutions across the U.S. and around the world, has named Minnesota State University, Mankato one of two recipients of its national 2016 ACPA Collaborative Excellence Award.

Minnesota State Mankato was honored for holding its 2014 “mock house party,” which the University held annually in the fall for 12 years (2003-2014) at an off-campus fraternity house in an effort to educate students on the dangers of high-risk drinking. Student Health Services at the University organized the annual mock house party, during which students took tours of a real fraternity house to explore a “house party” from a sober perspective.

The 2016 ACPA award winners, representing association-wide, chapter, coalition and commission awardees, will be recognized during an award reception at the annual ACPA convention on Monday, March 7 in Montreal. Joining Minnesota State Mankato as a recipient of the 2016 ACPA Collaborative Excellence Award was the Illinois Skyway Collegiate Conference. The 2015 ACPA Collaborative Excellence Award winners were programs at Florida State University and the University of California-Berkeley.

During Minnesota State Mankato’s mock house parties, volunteers acted out scenarios that students may have encountered at a real house party. Students were given statistical information about the prevalence of high-risk behaviors and how to better keep themselves and their friends safe if they do choose to drink.

In May 2014, the event earned Student Health Services at Minnesota State Mankato the Mothers Against Drunk Driving (MADD) Underage Drinking Prevention – Teen Influencer Award.

In addition to Student Health Services, various Minnesota State Mankato departments along with city and neighborhood organizations helped sponsor and stage the event each year.

Minnesota State Mankato’s Student Health Services provides quality and affordable medical services and health education to Minnesota State Mankato students to enhance their learning experience and support their academic success.

Minnesota State Mankato, a comprehensive university with 15,193 students, is part of the Minnesota State Colleges & Universities system, which comprises 31 state institutions.

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