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Dr. Brian Towler to represent UW and Laramie at the 2013 ING New York City Marathon
October 30, 2013 — Brian Towler from the College of Engineering and Applied Science, Department of Chemical and Petroleum Engineering, has been selected by First Lady Carol Mead to represent the University of Wyoming and Laramie for the 2013 ING New York City Marathon to be run on November 3.
Brian will join Carol and nine other runners as part of the “Wyoming Remember the Eight”. This initiative is led by Wyoming’s First Lady Carol Mead in collaboration with the Associated Students of the University of Wyoming (ASUW) and the UW AWARE Program.
In 2001, eight University of Wyoming student athletes tragically lost their lives when their vehicle was struck by a drunk driver. To honor the memory of these students, an alcohol awareness endowment has been established through the UW Foundation, a 501c3. On November 3, 2013, First Lady Carol Mead will lead a team of marathon runners in the ING New York City Marathon. The team met for the first time on September 17 at a luncheon hosted by the First Lady at the Governor’s residence. Each runner will raise $3,000 to be donated to the Wyoming Remember the 8 endowment. These funds will be disseminated through competitive mini-grants to support students and student organizations from the University of Wyoming, Wyoming community colleges, and Wyoming high schools in taking leadership roles to prevent the misuse of alcohol among high school and college students. Brian Towler is being sponsored by the UW President’s office, courtesy of former UW President Tom Buchanan.
Funds from the Wyoming Remember the 8 endowment will go toward supporting programs for the prevention of alcohol abuse among high school and college students.
Grants will support events or programs that are alcohol-free, have an educational component, and are aligned with the mission of the University of Wyoming A-Team, a program that aims “to develop, recommend, and assess best practices in policy, prevention/intervention, and enforcement to reduce underage drinking and excessive alcohol use.”
Further, the State of Wyoming has established the Governor’s Council on Impaired Driving. In September the council launched the second phase of the statewide campaign aimed at creating a cultural shift to reduce drunk driving related fatalities, and injuries throughout Wyoming. This council was created by Executive Order on September 16, 2011, 10 years after the fatal accident.
The Governor’s Council on Impaired Driving is led by Co-Chairs Rich Adriaens and Mike Blonigen, Natrona County District Attorney. Nearly two dozen concerned citizens from law enforcement, the Judiciary, Tribal representatives and others concerned about the problem participate in this council.
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