LaCASU Partners with LSU, State and Local Community for “Love Life | Live Responsibly”

05/14/2013 03:36 PM

BATON ROUGE – On Tuesday, April 23, the Louisiana Center Addressing Substance Use in Collegiate Communities, or LaCASU, office partnered with several local agencies and campus departments to host “Love Life | Live Responsibly,” an event created to address the dangers and consequences of underage drinking.


“Love Life | Live Responsibly” provided an overview of what judicial, university and community options/resources are available if one should find themselves in violation of LSU, city or state alcohol policy laws. Speakers included Cpt. Joseph Lalonde from the LSU Police Department, Kathy Saichuk from the LSU Student Health Center, Jonathon Hyde from LSU Residential Life, Baton Rouge City Court City Prosecutor Lisa Freeman and Kelly Bonaventure from the district attorney’s office.


Additional partnerships that helped to make “Love Life | Live Responsibly” possible included the Baton Rouge Collegiate Alliance, the Gamma Iota Chapter of Sigma Chi, LSU First Year Experience, the Governor’s Office and the East Baton Rouge Police Department. Members of the Gamma Iota Chapter of Sigma Chi, concerned with the safety of all LSU students, took a proactive approach by engaging with speakers on how to make LSU a safer campus while still creating an atmosphere for students to have a fun, well-rounded “LSU Tiger” experience.


Resources discussed included T.E.A.M. classes, the C.A.R.E. program, the Pre-Trial Diversion Program, in-patient and outpatient rehabilitation, counseling options and anonymous self or third-party referrals for help. For more information on any of these programs, email the LaCASU office at


The mission of LaCASU is to foster safe and healthy collegiate communities by reducing problems associated with students’ substance use through the process of collaboration among institutions of higher education and key community and state stakeholders. LaCASU illustrates LSU’s commitment to community outreach by assisting other colleges and universities across the state of Louisiana.


LaCASU serves more than 35 institutions of higher education in Louisiana by providing research, training and technical assistance in matters related to substance use on college campuses. The LaCASU office is housed within LSU’s Office of Equity, Diversity & Community Outreach and is jointly funded by the Louisiana Office of Behavioral Health and the Louisiana Highway Safety Commission.


For more information on LaCASU, visit

Melissa  Foley 
LSU Media Relations

Posted on Tuesday, May 14, 2013