Written by Danielle Couture
Left to right, Leslie Bueno, Mary-Beth Bailey, Stacei Browne, Stacie Greeno, President Elsa Nunez, Christine Lillis and Sociology Professor Thomas Broffman.
Willimantic, CT - - Thomas Broffman, assistant professor of social work, and five students in the Social Work program are coordinating a gambling awareness campaign during the spring semester to educate the Eastern Connecticut State University community on the warning signs and issues of problem gambling. The campaign is sponsored by the Connecticut Council on Problem Gambling.
The campaign consists of several events that run into April. The campaign's first event welcomed Joe Turbessi, author of "Into the Muck," to Eastern on Feb. 21. Turbessi discussed how his experiences with gambling led to problems in his social and financial life, and how he eventually recovered.
Eastern residence halls have events planned for the month of March to spread awareness and inform students on the effects of gambling. According to the Connecticut Council on problem gambling, the rate of gambling on college campuses is twice that of the general population. The campaign team wants to bring this message to where students live. They are concerned with the severity of the punishment and the lack of follow-up provided for those who are caught gambling in residence halls.
The next event will take place at 6:30 p.m. on April 4 in the Paul E. Johnson Room of the J. Eugene Smith Library, where a panel of six recovering gamblers will speak to Eastern students about their experiences and inform the community of support programs being offered.
For more information on Gambling Awareness Semester at Eastern, contact Thomas Broffman at (860) 465-0298 or firstname.lastname@example.org.