Originally created 02/11/06

Funds lead to UGA site for alcohol awareness



ATHENS, Ga. - The University of Georgia will use a $2 million donation from a Texas couple whose teenage son died in an alcohol-related accident for an alcohol education center.

The University Cabinet, a group of top-level UGA administrators, voted at its Thursday meeting to name the new center the John Fontaine Jr. Center for Alcohol Awareness and Education.

The center will be part of an existing program at the University Health Center, according to a news release.

Jack and Nancy Fontaine, of Houston, have resolved to help college students make better choices about alcohol, according to the release. Jack Fontaine attended UGA in the late 1970s, and his youngest son is a freshman at UGA this year.

The donation and the new center, while timely, have been in the works for more than a year and are not connected with the alcohol and drug-related death of UGA freshman Lewis Rockwell Fish on Jan. 22, university officials said Thursday.

UGA President Michael Adams said after a Thursday meeting of the University Cabinet that Rodney Bennett, vice president for student affairs, and other staff will review the university's alcohol policies, including dorm policies, and a possible mandatory alcohol and drug awareness course for freshmen.

Mr. Adams said he expects any resulting policy reforms to be established by the end of the academic year.