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SAMSWelcome to the SAMs page!

Otterbein's Student Athlete Mentor (SAM) program is sponsored by the NCAA Choices Grant and offers peer-to-peer coaching in regard to smart, safe drinking and for those who choose not to drink at all. SAMs have undergone alcohol-specific training and are available to you--the Otterbein student--in case you have questions about drinking, partying or social norms. SAMs can answer questions like:

  • How many drinks can I have and still drive legally and safely?
  • How many drinks does it take to relax and loosen up without losing control?
  • How many drinks does it take to get and keep a "buzz?"
  • How many drinks can I safely drink per hour?
  • I don't drink at all. Am I in the minority?

SAMs are overseen by the Wellness Department in Student Affairs are happy to talk to student athletes, non-athletes and Greeks. If you would like to talk to a SAM, please contact Student Affairs at614-823-1250 or email us at wellness@otterbien.edu.

Abby RogersName: Abby Rogers
Class: Class of 2017
Major: English Language Arts AYA Education
Hometown/High School: Avon Lake, Ohio. Avon Lake High School
Involvement on Campus: Otterbein Softball, Otterbein Deaf Culture Club Events Coordinator, CRC Front Desk
Personal Philosophy on Responsible Alcohol Use or Abstaining: Never do something that is uncomfortable or you might regret. Think about your future and what the consequences are to your actions. If you wish to use alcohol, know your limits and have a support system.
How you plan to reach out to students with similar views: I’m an open book. If anyone needs anything I am always here and will help as much as I can.
Jude BurnsideName: Jude Burnside
Class: Class of 2018
Major: Public Relations
Minor: Legal studies, journalism and media communications
Hometown and high school: Mount Vernon Ohio, Mount Vernon High School
Involvement on campus: Host and Tour Program, Otterbein University Student Government, Greek Life, Panhellenic Council, and UGGB.
Personal Philosophy on Responsible Alcohol Use or Abstaining: No matter what you do, and no matter what people urge you to do, keep a clear thought of your future in your mind when participating.
How you plan to reach out to students with similar views: Through personal stories and conversations. Talk to me, basically!
Cameron ArminioName: Cameron Arminio
Class: Class of 2019
Major: Undecided
Hometown and high school: Fairfield Township, Ohio/ William Mason High School
Involvement on campus: Men’s Basketball, SAM, SAAC, AIA, OCF
Personal Philosophy on Responsible Alcohol Use or Abstaining: I believe that 1 an hour or none at all is the best way to go for alcohol use. In my own life, I go by this philosophy. If you want to have 1 an hour, then it is safe but also keeps the buzz that you may be looking for. Not drinking at all is obviously the safest way to go though and you can still have fun.
How you plan to reach out to students with similar views: I plan on being a resource to anyone who has similar views and is looking for someone to talk to. I plan on talking to others as much as possible and sharing my views with anyone who is has any questions. I ask people to do other things on the weekends instead of partying or drinking like going to go see a movie, bowling, playing video games, playing any kind of sport, etc.
Chad KarnesName: Chad Karnes
Class: Class of 2019
Major: Allied Health
Hometown/ High School: Galion, OH. Galion High School
Involvement on Campus: President of Special Olympics Club, OCF, Phi Delta Theta, Triad Hall Council (Social Chair), Best of Both Worlds, and Share Bac a Pac.
Personal Philosophy on Responsible Alcohol Use or Abstaining: I urge people to be smart about any decisions they choose to make regarding alcohol; do not let others tell you what to do. Moderation is key, and I think as long as that is kept in mind then a person can be safe.
How you plan to reach out to students with similar views: I hope to be a resource to students about responsible alcohol consumption. I want to be a positive impact on anyone who wishes to learn more about alcohol and responsible decisions concerning limiting consumption.

Questions? Call Jill McCullough at 614-823-1371.

/ Office of Student Conduct & Wellness

The Office of Student Conduct and Wellness is located in the Office of Student Affairs in the back of Hanby Hall on Cochran Alley.

Office Hours
M-F: 8:30 a.m. – 5:00 p.m.
M-F: 8:30 a.m. – 4:00 p.m. (summer)

Contact
Julie Saker,  Associate Dean of Students
Jill McCullough, asst. director
p / 614.823.1250
e / wellness@otterbein.edu