- Augustana College
Kristen L. Douglass
Assistant Director of Student Activities
At Augustana College, an alliance of faculty, administrators and students dedicate themselves to implementing a comprehensive alcohol strategy. This approach is designed to assist college students in creating a healthy personal philosophy about the use of alcohol.
A balanced combination of educational programming, continuous assessment, policy enforcement and judicial sanctioning provides the foundation for Augustanas alcohol strategy. Year-round programming is an indispensable component of Augustanas approach to encouraging responsible decision-making. Each year, alcohol issues are addressed through Alcohol Awareness Week, Safe Spring Break, Orientation Weekend, and Greek Risk Management programming. This past school year has seen an increase in innovative alcohol initiatives and community outreach programs such as E-Buddies, Jam on It, and a Rootbeer Kegger tailgater at athletic events. Through the collaboration of the Dean of Students Office, Office of Student Activities, Residential Life, GAMMA and PARTY, large strides have
been made towards creating a student environment that advocates mature decision-making and the responsible use, or non-use, of alcohol.
In addition to these efforts, a Think Force was formed to develop a comprehensive alcohol strategy for Augustana College. Participants included: the Dean of Students, the Associate Dean of Students, the Director of Student Activities and the Director of Residential Life. A four-page comprehensive strategy was developed and is now in its second full year of implementation.
- Bradley University
Melissa Sage-Bollenbach, Wellness Coordinator, (309) 677-3381,
The Bradley University Wellness Program was established to provide students with resources and information to assist them in developing a healthy and balanced lifestyle. The various types of programming emphasize the seven dimensions of wellness: physical, spiritual, emotional, social, intellectual, occupational, and environmental.
The peer leadership program, the Bradley H.E.A.T. (Help, Encourage, and Teach), is a significant factor in the success of the alcohol education and prevention efforts on campus. The role of the trained peer leader is to provide information, serve as a referral source, facilitate learning, listen actively, serve as a change agent, and be a role model. Trained peer leaders co-facilitate informal and interactive workshops that include intense social marketing campaigns in substance abuse, smoking, sexual health, and stress relief/ massage. H.E.A.T. often collaborates with other student organizations such as the Inter- Fraternity and Panhellenic Councils, and university departments. H.E.A.T. and the Wellness Program have a website and email where students can ask questions about health topics.
The Peer Leaders assist area high schools with some of their alcohol education programs
such as Operation Prom Night and Operation Snowball. One of the most important aspects of the community outreach program sponsored by the H.E.A.T. is the Peer Mentoring program established in a middle school in the Peoria area.
Alcohol Awareness is promoted through Safe Spring Break campaigns, National Collegiate Alcohol Awareness Week events, Alcohol Awareness Month activities, and on a smaller scale, mocktails served at Siblings Weekend and Casino Night.
- Central Michigan University
Christy Simcox, Health Advocacy Services, (517) 774-6992, [email protected]
Central Michigan University has an integrated approach to student-focused alcohol and other drug abuse prevention and intervention efforts. CMU acknowledges and respects the rights of individuals to use alcohol in a legal and responsible manner. It supports the laws of the State of Michigan and strives to create an environment that supports healthy decisions and lifestyles. CMU also respects the rights of individuals who choose to not use alcohol and not experience the impact of others misuse of alcohol.
CMUs Alcohol Prevention Program offers alcohol and other drug education classes for campus community and court referrals for registered students. Such topics include first aid for the intoxicated person, responsible drinking, and education on date rape drugs. Another successful element is the Social Mentoring Program that connects first year students with a mentor to encourage campus socialization without the use of alcohol.
- College of William & Mary
Cynthia Burwell, Health Educator, (757) 221-2195, [email protected]
The College of William & Mary offers proactive, year round, comprehensive services that include alcohol awareness, prevention, education, early intervention, counseling, and referral programs. The goals of the Alcohol Abuse Prevention Program are to eliminate underage drinking, to reduce the abuse of alcohol among those who choose to drink and for whom it is legal, to support those who choose not to drink, and to reduce the negative consequences resulting from alcohol. These goals are accomplished through targeting at risk groups on campus (such as freshmen, athletes, fraternities and sororities), evaluating alcohol prevalence rates, using research based strategies, and blanketing the campus community with prevention messages.
In addition, William & Mary maintains the F.I.S.H. (Free Information on Student Health) Bowl resource center, uses student expertise as F.I.S.H. Bowl volunteers, seeks support from the off-campus community, faculty and parents. The college maintains an Alcohol and Substance Task Force, offers an array of alcohol and drug abuse counseling services, and supports alcohol-free activities.
The Alcohol Awareness Week Planning Committee offered the following activities: a nationally known guest speaker; a Proclamation Ceremony; TIPS on-premise training; alcohol-free entertainment programs; the annual 5-K run; two wrecked cars with drinking and driving data spray painted on them; students and faculty pledge to be alcohol-free for the week; game show night; alcohol fair; and educational displays throughout campus that distributed hundreds of pieces of literature.
Outreach education is offered to many different groups on campus. Another type of outreach education is the use of passive programming. There are five permanent display sites and four temporary sites around campus. These sites include the Carefrontation Card display, literature, give-away materials, and referral numbers. Annual Awareness Campaigns regarding Safe Spring Break, The Great American Smokeout, Eating Disorders Awareness Week, and AIDS Awareness are regularly conducted.
- Oswego State University
Kimberly Bowman, Lifestyles Center, (315) 312-5648, [email protected]
Oswegos prevention program is a system of groups addressing a variety of health and safety issues. Oksoberfest 2000 - Theres Strength in Numbers - NCAAW campaign - was a combination of awareness, social and educational programming. The focus of the week was to promote responsible choices surrounding alcohol consumption and to reinforce real behaviors related to drinking. Others issues connected to alcohol during the week included promoting low risk behaviors regarding sexuality, nutrition, and violence issues. On Sunday and Monday, I PLEDGE booths were set up in the five dining halls located throughout campus, in the student union, and in three major academic buildings. Pledging for the event generated over 370 signed pledges for the week. Students that completed a pledge were eligible for a daily prize drawing, as well as receiving a free plastic cup that was purchased through BACCHUS & GAMMA that displayed many different social norming statistics.
Other awareness activities included educational programming held in various residence halls, as well as activities such as the midnight basketball tournament and a display in one of the Union showcases to highlight NCAAW. The theme of the display was to show students how much of their money was going towards alcohol, and what else the students could use that money for.
- Regis University
Sally Spencer Thomas, (303) 458-4323, [email protected]
The Choices program is a health promotion program at Regis University, and the focus of the 2000-2001 academic year was to raise awareness of issues that impact student life and to challenge misperceptions of drinking behavior on campus. Choices involvement in the first social norms marketing project at Regis University was an important part of our mission this year. In keeping with the successful national trend of social norm marketing, Choices eagerly developed the Alcohol Abuse Prevention Task Force (AAPTF). The AAPTF, comprised of key stakeholders in the Regis spearheaded the first social norms campaign Regis
Students Drink Less Than You Think. Choices worked within a philosophy of harm reduction in its programming and publicity.
The NCAAW served as a springboard for yearlong activities to promote harm reduction.
These activities included the Seize the Keys fall campaign, a mass mailing of our www.drivesober.org magnets and letters, a keynote presentation on impaired driving, and an exhibit on alcohol awareness from the Denver Museum Hall of Life. Annual events promoting alcohol abuse awareness included the theme weeks Alcohol Responsibility Week, 3D (drunk and drugged driving prevention) Month, Safe Spring Break, and Health Nut Week. Additionally, the mobile mocktail UnBar continued to be very popular at weekly Regis events, speakers, and athletic games.
Finally, Choices continued its efforts to outreach to local high schools to promote peer education. In October of 2000, Choices presented to 260 Regis High School freshmen with a program entitled, Perspectives on Alcohol and Drugs.
- University of Missouri Columbia
Lindsay Bessick, Prevention Coordinator, (573) 882-4634, [email protected]
The University of Missouri-Columbias ellness Resource Center (WRC) and ADAPT (Alcohol and Drug Abuse Prevention Team) provide comprehensive prevention programs and services. The WRC/ADAPT, in partnership with students, use a responsible decisionmaking approach coupled with harm reduction to convince students to make good choices in regards to alcohol and other drugs. In addition, the WRC/ADAPT address other wellness issues such as stress reduction, self-esteem, nutrition, fitness and tobacco. Students are exposed weekly to the social norming message that Most of Us...Drink 0-4 drinks per week. Trainings have taken place for faculty, staff, students, community members and parents to help them realize their role in communicating the social norming messages. This year an additional campaign targeting Greek students, helps Greeks realize that Most Greek students drink 0-6 drinks per week.
The WRC/ADAPT has implemented a comprehensive environmental management approach that includes a campus and community coalition called the Alcohol Summit and a statewide coalition called Partners in Prevention. The strategies this year have included working towards limiting access to alcohol through efforts to eliminate inexpensive drink specials, a new Dry 2000 alcohol policy among fraternities, developing a parental notification policy for fall 2001, and working towards a predatory drug protocol in our emergency rooms.
The strength of the prevention efforts of the University of Missouri-Columbia comes a a result of significant student involvement, creativity, and evaluation. The peer educators, PARTY, GAMMA, and steering committee members create, plan and implement the majority of the programs and services throughout the year. These events include: freshmen orientation, Alcohol Responsibility Month, Safe Holiday Break, Sexual Responsibility Week, Safe Spring Break, Wellness Month, and over 200 outreach programs in residence halls, Greek houses, classrooms, and over 20 high schools throughout the state.
- University of Nebraska @ Lincoln
Bob Schroeder, Drug & Alcohol Education, (402) 472-7443, [email protected]
In the past few years, the University of Nebraska-Lincoln (UNL) has developed a comprehensive approach to reduce high-risk drinking on campus. This approach has been accomplished primarily through collaboration among a number of campus offices/organizations. Central to the collaborative approach has been the University Health Centers Alcohol and Drug Education Program (ADEP) and Project CARE (the Health Centers peer alcohol educators).
Co-chaired by the Lincoln Chief of Police and the Vice Chancellor for Student Affairs, a 40- member coalition participated in a yearlong planning process that resulted in a four-year plan with over 60 objectives. These objectives were divided into environmental strategies, educational strategies, and social alternatives. ADEP and Project CARE conduct year round activities with National Collegiate Alcohol Awareness Week as the highlight. Activities included presentations on campus/community alcohol laws and policies and alcohol physiology women and alcohol; presentations on the identification and response to acute alcohol poisoning; and presentations designed to prevent drinking and driving. These presentations are given to Greek living units, residence halls, academic classes, and freshmen foundation classes.
ADEP and Project CARE conducedt a social norms campaign at the beginning of the year
which culminates during NCAAW, assists with Do It Sober, an evening for all Greek members featuring a national speaker during NCAAW, conducts or collaborates in four other NCAAW events, the 20 Cameras project, Jail n Bail fundraiser, Purple Ribbon drinking and driving campaign, and the RISK Knowledge on Display exhibit. Other activities include attending the National and Regional BACCHUS/GAMMA conferences, developing and supporting the NU on Wheels Safe Ride Program, a Safe Spring Break campaign, a
Valentines Day campaign, and mentoring a Just Say No club at a local elementary school.
- University of South Dakota
Matthew Mims, Residence Life, (605) 677-5466, [email protected]
When summarizing prevention at the University of South Dakota, there are two words that immediately come to mind: comprehensive and collaborative. This task has been readily
met by a campus task force known as the Group of Nine Plus or Minus One, which is often simply referred to as the Group of Nine. The group currently consists of representatives including the Student Counseling Center, Residential Life, Native American Cultural Center, GAMMA Chapter, BACCHUS Chapter, Athletics, Academics, Public Safety, Student Activities, Greek Life, Admissions, and Orientation.
The task force begins planning for each of the major awareness weeks up to six months in advance in order to maximize campus support. The campus collaboratively pools its resources to support the programs to allow them to be as comprehensive as possible.
In addition to awareness weeks, the task force works to support and promote a multitude of other prevention efforts. In the past few years, the Group of Nine came to the realization that in order to provide effective alcohol, drug, and violence prevention for students, the University of South Dakota environment would have to change. The Group of Nine decided that norms and policies for the University and its surrounding environment needed to be evaluated. It was at this point the Group of Nine set into motion a plan that would drastically change prevention for the University of South Dakota. They laid out a framework for a campus-community coalition, which would be sponsored by the President of the University of South Dakota. After a thorough planning process, the Presidents Task Force on Alcohol, Drug, and Violence Prevention was officially recognized. This group of campus and community officials meets regularly, and has dedicated itself to assessing and developing norms and policies at the University of South Dakota.