Thursday February 27, 2014 at 10:00 AM CST
Friday February 28, 2014 at 12:00 PM CST

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Starved Rock Lodge 
2668 East 873rd Road
Oglesby, IL 61348

(815) 667-4211

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Cherise Murphy 
Illinois Higher Education Center 

IHEC's 2nd Annual

Mid-Year Retreat 

You are cordially invited to our 2nd Annual Mid-Year Retreat and Affiliate Meeting at beautiful Starved Rock State Park and Lodge.

Event Details:


  • 10:00 am - Interactive Workshop "Telling Your Program's Story"
  • 12:00 pm - Lunch 
  • 1:00 pm - Featured Speaker, Thomas Vander Ven, author of "Getting Wasted: Why College Students Drink Too Much and Party Too Hard." (see details below)
  • 4:00 pm - Close
  • 6:00 pm - Dinner and Evening Socializing


  • 7:00 am - Mindful Trail Hike, led by Lindsey Greeson of the University of Chicago
  • 8:00 am - Breakfast Buffet
  • 9:00 am - 3rd Quarter Affiliate Meeting (agenda coming soon)
  • 12:00 pm - Depart

Overnight accomodations are available at your expense; rates start at $110. Thursday lunch and Friday breakfast will be provided. Dinner is Dutch treat: Enjoy the Lodge's Main Dining Room or venture to town with Eric to his favorite Cajun restaurant. Evening activities include swimming in the indoor pool and hot tub, games and conversation in the Great Room, or socializing in the Back Door Lounge.

Register today - space is limited!

*Free to anyone affiliated with a two- or four-year college or university in Illinois. Participants subject to our terms and conditions

About our Speaker...

Tom Vander Ven is a sociologist who is interested in risky drinking and its attendant outcomes as a collaborative process and socially defined activity. He will discuss the ways in which students work together to decide when to drink, how much to drink, and how they manage crisis during a drinking episode.  He uses his sociological imagination to connect the college drinking culture to larger social trends in American culture (such as parenting styles, and the "millennial" ethos) so as to propose explanations for the latent functions of drinking culture and to suggest poetential programming pathways that may be particularly effective for modern adolescents. Tom will discuss the variety of forms of "drunk support" and the ways in which drunk support might be drawn upon to contsturct harm reduction policy.