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Tom Farley of the Chris Farley Foundation Coming to Alliance April 20-21

April 16, 2009

The Chris Farley Show: A Biography in Three ActsTom Farley, brother of the late comedian and actor Chris Farley, will be coming to Mount Union College on Monday, April 20 and Alliance Middle School on Tuesday, April 21 to discuss the dangers of substance abuse and the advantages of building strong communication skills in order to make healthy choices. 

Tom Farley, the author of The Chris Farley Show: A Biography in Three Acts and founder of Think.Laugh.Live. will meet with faculty, staff, students and the public to discuss the dangers of substance abuse and how to live a healthier lifestyle. Chris Farley passed away in 1997 from an overdose of cocaine and morphine.

Dr. Peter Schneller, associate professor of education at Mount Union, arranged for his middle school community field experience seminar class to conduct an informational workshop on drug and alcohol abuse featuring Tom Farley.

At 7 p.m. on Monday, April 20, Farley will be signing copies of his book in Campus Grounds, located in the Hoover-Price Campus Center at the College. Following his book signing, he will speak with everyone attending.

think-laugh-liveAt the Alliance Middle School on Tuesday, April 21from 6 to 7:30 p.m., students, parents, teachers and community members will have the opportunity to attend break-out sessions during which Alliance Middle School and Mount Union students along with a group of adolescents from The Tomorrow Center in Mt. Gilead, OH will be discussing drugs and alcohol, cognitive development and courts and incarceration. Also speaking during the break-out sessions will be William H. Fiegenschuh, Jr., M.D., who is ASAM Certified and serves as Medical Director of Mercy Medical’s IMPACT Program and Alliance City Councilman and Attorney Steve Okey. Tom Farley’s presentation will be begin at 7:45 p.m. and conclude at 9 p.m.

These events are being made possible through a Student Senate P.R.E.P. Grant, a Great Cities grant, The Office of Student Affairs and additional support from the Office of Service-Learning and Community Service.

All events are free and open to the public. For more information, contact Pete Schneller (330) 829-8223 or schnelp@mountunion.edu.

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