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National Speaker Mike Green Discusses Addiction

National Speaker Mike Green Discusses Addiction


Mike “Greeny” Green, the president of Collegiate Consultants on Drugs and Alcohol, will discuss “The Four Stages of Drinking” on Wednesday, Sept. 22, at SUNY Cortland.

Green will speak at 8 p.m. in Old Main Brown Auditorium. Presented by the College’s Judicial Affairs Office, Health Promotion Office and the Student Development Center as part of the College’s “Wellness Wednesday” series of programs, the talk is free and open to the public.

Green will share his take on the four stages of drinking and how even the “one night problem” can have a lifetime of consequences. Green’s background as an athlete, coach, educator and recovering alcoholic provide him with the know-how to help students create a low-risk relationship with alcohol.

The founder of Collegiate Consultants, he has presented on more than 2,000 college campuses nationwide during the past 18 years in his effort to make drug and alcohol awareness and education an integral part of every student’s life. He is a recognized leader in the field who has earned the respect of both his colleagues and the students he has counseled.

In 1987, he was chosen to give expert testimony before the United States House of Representatives Select Committee on Narcotics Abuse and Control.

Green serves as a consultant to the student affairs and athletic departments of numerous universities including Boston College, Florida State, Penn State, Brown, Princeton, Hobart College and the University of Vermont.

He is listed among the Outstanding Young Men of America and was recently added to the ranks of West Chester University’s Distinguished Alumni.

At the request of Sen. Bill Bradley, Green developed drug and alcohol programs for New Jersey High Schools. In the non-academic setting, he produced programs for the New Jersey and Virginia medical societies and for professional sports teams including the Philadelphia Flyers.

Green has appeared as a featured guest on various television programs including “A.M. Philadelphia” and “People are Talking,” as well as having had interviews published in The Chronicle of Higher Education, Coach, Athletic Management, Scholastic Coach and in hundreds of campus newspapers.

He produced a series of videotapes that include many of the innovative “Think before you drink” techniques as demonstrated during actual presentations.

As a defensive lineman, he received All-Pennsylvania Conference and All-State Honors and a try-out with the Philadelphia Eagles. A high school athletic director, Green has coached Division II football at West Chester University.                 

For more information about the lecture, contact Michael Pitaro, assistant director of judicial affairs, at (607) 753-4725. For information about “Wellness Wednesday” events, contact Catherine Smith, the College’s health educator, in Van Hoesen Hall, Room B-1, or at (607) 753-2066.