Connect Club

The Connect Program was initiated in the fall of 1995. Students were trained as peer educators. Several students attended a Department of Transportation (DOT) Conference. The Connect members then developed a plan to promote alcohol awareness on campus.

In January of 1996, Viterbo University was awarded a $5,000 grant to provide educational opportunities on campus and to the community.

What is Connect?

Connect Club is the peer education organization at Viterbo University. The Club focuses on delivering health messages to the campus community, emphasizing messages related to alcohol and other drugs. The college students participating in Connect complete training sessions preparing them for a variety of roles on campus and in the community. Peer educators may be found doing tasks such as the following:

  • Delivering fun and educational sessions about low-risk alcohol/drug choices to incoming freshmen,
  • Conducting prevention sessions about topics such as peer pressure to community youth groups,
  • Publicizing non-alcohol activities available in La Crosse,
  • Trick or treating for food products for local food pantries,
  • Developing posters and displays about topics such as stress management,
  • Coordinating a campus-wide Alcohol Awareness Week,
  • Attending meetings with La Crosse community leaders to address issues affecting college students in the community,
  • Having fun, and
  • Making a difference.

Connect Club Goals:

Connect Club is not a prohibition group but a group that promotes healthy and low-risk choices. Club activities focus on the following goals:

  • To create an environment where abstinence is recognized as a good choice and always accepted and respected without explanation.
  • To create an environment where low-risk choices are perceived and practiced as the norms among those who choose to drink.
  • To work to ensure that the majority of students recognize high-risk choices and have information/skills to effectively help a peer making a high-risk choice related to alcohol and other drugs.

Why join Connect?

  • To make a positive difference in our campus and community.
  • To develop and practice skills you’ll use in your career.
  • To meet people.
  • To have fun.
  • To get involved in the community.
  • To build your resume.
  • To make a difference. 

How to join Connect?

Students interested in joining Connect may contact Sue Danielson at 796-3806 or scdanielson@viterbo.edu. After completing the application and program interview, students attend the initial Connect training, generally scheduled at the beginning of each semester.

Connect Club Recognition

  • Connect was one of 35 college prevention programs in the nation to be recognized as a character development program by the Templeton Foundation.
  • Connect received Viterbo University’s Outstanding Educational/Service Program of the Year Award  in 2000 and 2001.
  • In 2000, Connect received the campus Pax Et Bonum Award, an award that recognizes the demonstration of Franciscan values.