1999 NCAAW
Award Winning
Bradley University
Contact: Julie Weissbuch, (309) 677-3381
Focus on training peer educators to provide information, serve as a referral source, facilitate learning, listen actively, and be a role model. Interactive workshop topics include HIV/AIDS, chemical abuse, second hand smoke, sexually transmitted diseases, sexual responsibility, and eating disorders. Presentations are given in the new student experience class, residence halls, and Greek houses. Co-sponsorship with other organizations and departments is a key ingredient in success, as well as use of their own web site and e-mail accounts. Alcohol awareness is promoted through NCAAW, Safe Spring Break, and Alcohol Awareness Month, and on a smaller scale through serving mocktails at a campus special event, Casino Night. Good publicity in the forms of flyers, table tents, ads, articles in the newspaper, and radio spots. Peer educators also make announcements and extend personal invitations at other organizational meetings.
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Central Michigan University
Contact: Mark Minelli, (577) 774-6992
The philosophy of Central Michigan University is to encourage educated and responsible use of alcohol within the university community, support and individual's choice not to use alcohol if they so desire, work towards reducing alcohol/other drug use and misuse, educate and inform students, faculty, staff, administration, and the community regarding alcohol/other drug use and abuse, encourage research, increase awareness and availability of healthy alternatives, and encourage and support the student health programming group. Program efforts include stress reduction, fitness, proper diet, smoking withdrawal, coping skills, health risk assessment, and alcohol/drug abuse intervention.
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The College of William & Mary
Contact: Mary Crozier, (757) 221-4386
Believes in a comprehensive programming approach to reduce the use of alcohol among those who choose to drink and for whom it is legal, to eliminate underage drinking, to support those who choose not to drink, to eliminate the use of illegal drugs, and to reduce the consequences resulting from alcohol and other drug use. They do this by offering comprehensive programming targeted at freshmen, athletes, fraternities, and sororities. One secret to their success has been the student resource center, the FISH Bowl (Free Information on Student Health) and closely working with the student activities coordinator and the campus activities board to offer alcohol-free social events. In addition, the college utilizes a campus task force model that includes students and departments, everything from student health to campus police in planning efforts.
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Marshall University
Contact: Carla Lapelle, (303) 696-6648
Includes key campus departments in their prevention program. They tap the athletic director, the chief of police, coordinator of student health, and a counseling center professional. This group was instrumental in building a campus and community coalition which included bar owners, city law enforcement, high school principals, and university students. Programs included a "Choose Success-Not Excess" for welcome weekend, a responsible service monitoring program with bar owners, and an educational outreach into local high schools. Other creative programs included: a social marketing survey, AA Meetings, 21st Birthday cards, Thursday Night Live events, alcohol moderation training, confrontation skills training, sexual responsibility role plays, sexual assault workshop, dating violence awareness, smoking cessation, self-defense.
Northwestern University
Contact: Annann Hong, (847) 491-2146
The goals of the peer health educators is to provide education to the student population and surrounding community to promote optimal health and prevent irresponsible behaviors. They focus on increasing awareness of issues related to substance abuse, including how to handle an alcohol emergency, how to reduce binge drinking, reducing negative consequences of abuse, reducing norm misperceptions of drinking behavior, and increasing the group image as a solid resource for students. Major events included: an alcohol-free tailgate, a responsibilities 101 workshop for new students, and an NCAAW that focused on alcohol emergency situations.

Regis University
Contact: Sally Spencer-Thomas, (303) 458-3507
The CHOICES program is aligned with the institutional philosophy which challenges students to ask the question of "How Ought We to Live?" The overall mission is to provide a friendly, informative atmosphere in which critical decision making about healthy lifestyle choices is promoted and fostered. This effort has five components to educate students, challenge their belief system, promote discussion, and provide social alternatives to self-destructive behavior. BACCHUS does awareness weeks and other educational and social programs, REACH is a student athlete group, UNMASKED is a peer theatre group, the UNBAR serves up mocktails, and LISTENING EAR are trained helpers.

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St. Thomas University
Contact: Elisabeth Soifer, (305) 628-6690
This program's goals and objectives are to educate students to use alcohol responsibly in the context of other healthy lifestyle behaviors. This includes education about alternative choices, alcohol's effects, and the safety of self and others when driving. Major events include NCAAW, Safe Spring Break Programs, Stress-Less Day, Great American Smokeout, the Health Fair, and World AIDS Day.
State University of New York - Oswego
Contact: Brandie Noyes, (315) 341-5648
Oswego operates under a comprehensive peer education model with many student groups that focus on a variety of health issues to promote positive Lifestyle choices. Their theme of OkSoberfest "Life's Too Short to Be Hung Over". Their focus was to promote responsible drinking and low risk behaviors regarding sexuality, nutrition, alcohol, and other drugs and violence issues. Eighteen student organizations, offices and departments participated in planning events. Other highlights were a costume party, Speakout, social options in Oswego, and a speaker who lost their child to alcohol poisoning.
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State University of New York - Plattsburgh
Contact: Cori Jackson, (518) 564-3824
This program's focus is on multidimensional wellness, incorporating personal responsibility, risk reduction, and positive decision making. This campus targeted orientation, hosted and NCAAW with 17 events and 25 groups working together, had a wellness workshop series, a wellness fair, sexual responsibility week, body image week, and NCHWW. They also support substance-free and wellness housing programs. The peer education program provided over 40 workshops to 600 students, and the fitness center allocated wellness promotion grants to organizations.
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University of Missouri - Columbia
Contact: Kim Dude, (573) 882-4634
This program is a truly comprehensive year long prevention program that is student driven and highly creative. A major social norming was integrated into an extensive marketing effort with trainings for faculty, orientation leaders, recruiters, high school teachers and parents. "Is the price right?" was the theme for the annual alcohol responsibility month that focused consequences for using or misusing alcohol. Program highlights included a 24 hour walkathon, a jail-n-bail, alcohol and relationships, and a swing dance. Other events observed were: safe holiday break, sexual responsibility week, Safe Spring Break, the Great American Smokeout, National Nutrition Week, and Wellness Week.
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