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Over 2-million college and high school students have heard Mark Sterner’s amazing and tragic story.

Just three months before graduation, Mark and four of his fraternity brothers—and best friends—headed to Spring Break. On the final night, they decided the least drunk would drive home.

The next morning, three of the men were dead, and Mark lay in the hospital critically injured and facing three felony counts of DUI manslaughter. Instead of being the first in his family to graduate college, Mark ended up the first member of his family to go to prison for his role in the tragic death of his three friends.

My overall experience with Mark was beyond my expectations. He touched every heart in the auditorium!! His message was able to be conveyed to all staff and students and connected on all levels. You could hear a pin drop in an auditrium of 1000 students!

Pina Palmisano, New Rochelle High School

Mark was amazing as always. He gets and holds the audience's attention better than any other speaker I have worked with. Mark, as he puts it, doesn't preach, doesn't speak down to anybody, and doesn't waste their time. The audience really appreciates that. His presentation is one that won't soon be forgotten.

John Lata, Florida State University

Students were thoroughly engaged throughout the entire presentation. Mark was professional, friendly, and clearly dedicated to making a meaningful experience for the SXU students. He connected with the audience by not being condescending, by being approachable, by using appropriate humor and language, and by telling his story in way that they were able to relate based on their age and experience.

Amanda Mesirow, Saint Xavier University

As Mark addressed our student body after sharing his Spring Break video, you could have heard a pin drop. It is a rare occasion when you can get 65 students to all turn off the cell phones, stop chatting and really tune into a speaker. Mark's message really struck a chord. Very powerful. The following week, as students were beginning to pack up for Spring Break, I even heard a student yell to a friend, "Be safe! Don't pull a Mark...," so I know the message got through!

Kimberly Anderson, Lynchburg College

Our students at Augusta State University gave Mark Sterner a standing ovation, which showed me and other staff members from across campus here at ASU that he really touched their lives in a special way that night.

Jessica Haskins, Augusta State University

I do think he was a great way to start our National Collegiate Alcohol Awareness/Homecoming week. Most students in the audience were current student leaders and I know they were able to really absorb what he was saying. I think having actual footage of the night was key to having the audience connect with the story. We felt like we knew the boys too. I thought everything was effective.

Sharon Brownlow, Kennesaw State University

Mark spoke to our new freshmen at the University of Kansas. He connected with everyone, and we were all completely captivated by his story. After his presentation, many students came up to both him and me, thanking us for the experience. Mark is an amazing man with an incredible story, and I would recommend him to any group of students.

Tali David, University of Kanas

...I want to let you know that as my friends and I walked off the bleachers, every single one of us was deep in thought about what you had said; we each tried to act normal, tried to act as if we weren't questioning every drunk decision we'd ever made, but that didn't last long. When the topic came up we were all (all 30 of us) in agreement that your story was one of the most moving things we'd heard in a while. None of us can imagine losing each other, let alone imagine being responsible for it. None of us will ever drive drunk ever again.

Student, High School

DUI: A Powerful Lesson

In his acclaimed keynote, Mark leaves students with a real story that forces them to confront their own decisions. He doesn’t preach or tell people what to do, but puts real faces to the tragic consequences of impaired driving by showing videotape the friends made of their trip, ending just moments before the crash. Mark helps students realize that the simple choice they make, like drinking and driving, can cause an everlasting impact on their friends, families and themselves.

Mark is your most impactful choice for alcohol awareness, Safe Spring Break, student-athletes and wellness programming. As a fraternity brother, Mark is perfect for any Fraternity and Sorority Life programming, especially when emphasizing the importance of caring for your brothers and sisters.

Learning Outcomes

As a result of attending this program, students will learn:

  • That their momentary decisions have the potential for severe consequences which could impact both themselves and their loved ones.
  • The actions and choices they make while in college are not in a bubble, and help set the tone for their future.
  • The importance of taking individual responsibility to take care of their friends and loved ones.

Mark's Bio

Mark has been a keynote presenter for the Northeastern Greek Leadership Association, Association of Fraternal Leadership & Values—Central, Association of Fraternal Leadership & Values—West, CHAMPS Life Skills, the BACCHUS and GAMMA Peer Education Network’s General Assembly and the Mid-American Collegiate Health Association’s conference.


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