September 12, 2007

Regional Network list serve member,

I hope you have had a smooth beginning to the Fall semester.  In this first regional newsletter for the 2007-08 year, I want to wish you a successful year for your campus substance abuse prevention program.  As you begin a busy year of prevention activities I want to remind you that The Network can assist you in several ways.  The Network can provide useful educational information, technical assistance, and training for you.  As your volunteer regional director, I can assist you to access these resources through the organization's website, publications, and regional training.  Please contact me ( ) if you want to learn more about The Network and how it can support you and your campus prevention program.  Again, I wish you a productive and rewarding academic year.


Spencer Deakin, Ph.D.

Regional Director of MD, VA, & DC



The Network is a national consortium of IHE professionals aimed at sharing and disseminating information to help curb alcohol and other drug abuse as well as violent behavior among college students.  Begun in 1987 by the U.S. Department of Education, the Network is a voluntary membership organization whose member institutions agree to adhere to a set of standards aimed at reducing alcohol and other drug problems.  It now has over 1,500 members.  Visit the organization's website at   The regional leadership team consists of the Regional Director and state coordinators for Maryland, Virginia, and the District of Columbia.  Spencer Deakin, Director of Counseling at Frostburg State University is the Regional Director.  Ms. Susie Bruce, Director of Alcohol and Substance Education at the University of Virginia, is the State Coordinator for Virginia.  There are vacancies for state coordinators in Maryland and the District of Columbia (Are you interested or want to learn more about the state coordinator role?). Contact Spencer Deakin for more information.




The U.S. Department of Education's 21st Annual National Meeting on Alcohol and Other Drug Abuse and Violence Prevention in Higher Education will be held in Omaha, Nebraska at the DoubleTree Hotel & Conference Center on October 18-21, 2007. This conference of prevention professionals, health and wellness specialists, administrators, law enforcement, and other campus and community professionals will gather to examine issues around alcohol and other drug prevention on college campuses.  The conference theme is "Effective Strategies Built on Research and Practice" and should provide many opportunities for participants to expand their knowledge and skills.

The regional roundtable session at The National Meeting will provide an opportunity for professionals from Maryland, Virginia and the District of Columbia to discuss current issues and consult with each other.  I hope as many of you as possible will be able to attend the conference.  For complete conference registration, hotel and agenda details, please visit the website:     The early bird registration deadline is September 18, 2007.




The Network sponsors training and educational activities in our region.  Last May, twenty individuals participated in a BASICS workshop held at George Mason University (GMU).  The regional Network can provide financial support for training workshops or educational programs on various topics.  You can share your training ideas with Spencer Deakin at A similar discussion at last year's National Meeting led to the valuable workshop held at GMU last spring.