Because prevention isn’t just NCAAW...

One of the most important suggestions we want to give you is that prevention programming, and alcohol awareness specifically, should not be limited to only one week. It takes a multi-level concerted campus commitment to these issues to truly make a difference. You spend so much time, energy and money on NCAAW, why not take that momentum and build a year full of activities and educational programming?

National Collegiate Health and Wellness Week

NCHWW is always held the first Sunday in March through the following Saturday. In 1998, that will be March 1-7. Like NCAAW, there is major national publicity for this week sponsored by the Task Force. This is a great week to sponsor programs which emphasize topics such as nutrition, exercise, mental health, sexual health, and others.

World AIDS Day

World AIDS Day is always observed on December 1. Perhaps you could sponsor a speaker, or a workshop on “how to help a friend who is HlV-positive.” How about a candlelight remembrance program; passing out red ribbons; a display of the AIDS Memorial Quilt? Maybe you could have “A Day Without Art” where you memorialize the impact of the AIDS crisis on the world of art and entertainment by covering up anything on your campus that is artistic. Maybe you could fund-raise for your local AIDS service organization. Many campuses choose to observe AIDS awareness weeks or month during February to coincide with Valentine’s Day and the obvious event tie-ins available that month.

Women’s Health Month

March is Women’s Health Month. Perhaps you could hold a women’s health fair. Work with a campus sorority to promote breast self-exams to prevent breast cancer. Maybe you could do a program on preventing sexual assault. The possibilities are limitless, and the Women’s Center on your campus would probably love to co-sponsor activities with you.

Safe Spring Break

Each year, The BACCHUS and GAMMA Peer Education Network sponsors a “Play it Safe” Spring Break Campaign. Students are encouraged to sign “SSB Pledges” promising that they won’t drive impaired, ride with an impaired driver, or forget to wear their seat belts. BACCHUS gives away a vehicle each year to one lucky student who signs an SSB pledge. You can build a whole week of activities around this theme, doing programs on topics such as impaired driving, safer sex, alcohol poisoning, safe travel skills, sun/skin care, and others. For more information on the Safe Spring Break Campaign, call (303) 871-0901.

Finals Stress Busters!

Remember that fraternities and sororities, Greek Week, residence halls, athletic teams, and other student groups are always looking for educational programs! You don’t have to have an occasion! Everyone gets nuts around finals time. So, what can you do to help students manage the stress? Maybe you could pitch a tent in the middle of campus with “stress buster” activities. How about a midnight breakfast where students can get some free nourishment and relieve some stress? Maybe you could put together care packages with healthy food samples from local stores. Maybe a free massage hour in the union.

Safe Senior Week/Graduation

Why not get out there and talk to those seniors? Remind them to party smart during the celebration. You may want to provide some fun events during their week or pass out promotional items or serve mocktails at an event. Focus on issues such as impaired driving prevention, peer pressure, alcohol poisoning, and more!

And More!

Remember that fraternities and sororities, Greek Week, residence halls, athletic teams, and other student groups are always looking for educational programs! You don’t have to have an occasion!


Use this list of suggested ideas to support your programming efforts.

August ’97

August 11-25
Residence Staff Training

August 21-30
New Student Orientation: Programming and Recruitment for Peer Programs

September '97

September 1-13
Fraternity and Sorority Dry Rush and New Member Recruiting

September 11-December 15
“Know When to Say When” Poster Competition ($20,000 in scholarships)

September 18-21
National Meeting on Alcohol and Other Drug Prevention in Higher Education,
U.S. Dept of Education
San Antonio, TX

October ’97

October 19-25
National Collegiate Alcohol Awareness Week

National Breast Cancer Awareness Month

November ’97

November 13-16
The BACCHUS and GAMMA Peer Education Network General Assembly
St. Louis, MO

November 19-30
Pre-Finals Stress Reduction Programming/ Study Skills Workshop

November 20
Great American Smokeout

December '97

World AIDS Day
National 3-D Month
Red Ribbon Campaigns for Holiday
Designated Driver Programming
End-KWTSW Contest

January ’98

January 2-16
Second Semester Orientation and Recruiting for Prevention Programming
Illegal Drug Use Prevention Programming

February '98

Black History Month
American Heart Month
National Condom Month

February 8-14
Safer Sex Programming for Valentine's Day

March '98

March 1-7
National Collegiate Health and Wellness Week

March 2-28
BACCHUS and GAMMA Safe Spring Break Programming

National Nutrition Month
Women's History Month

April '98

National STD Awareness Month

April 3-7
NIRSA Natural High Programming

National Intramural-Recreational Sports Association
Natural High Training
Annual Conference
Salt Lake City, Utah

April 7
World Health Day

April 19-25
National Volunteer Week

April 20-May 1
Peer Education:
Selection and Officer Training for next year

April 22
Earth Day

April 30
Apply for Outstanding Campus Year-Round Prevention Program Awards,

May '98

Better Sleep Month
National Skin Cancer Detection and Prevention Month
Pre-Finals Stress Reduction Programming

May 4-15
Safe Senior Week
Graduation Programming

June '98

Evaluation of 1997-1998 Programs

June 9-15
National Men's Health Week

July '98

Strategic Planning for 1998-1999 Academic Year