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APRIL 26, 2007


Registration remains open for the BASICS workshop that will occur at George Mason University on Wednesday, May 23, 2007 from 10:00 AM to 4:00 PM in the Johnson Center .  Attendance is limited to 30 individuals.  The workshop is free but participants will be able to purchase the workshop manual for a reduced rate of $28.56.  Lunch is on your own. A discount hotel rate of $89 is available at the Comfort Inn University Center (about 2 miles from campus). Call 703-591-5900 to make a reservation by May 1.

Ms. Cecilia vanZyl, MSW , is the workshop leader.  She is a substance abuse counselor at James Madison University .  She has successfully conducted trainings at conferences and on her own campus.  The training will help you learn skills that can be used to intervene with high risk drinkers on your campus.  BASICS is an evidence based technique that has been shown to be effective with college students.

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Questions can be directed to Spencer Deakin at or 301-687-4234 , or Susan Stahley at George Mason University at 703-993-3687 .  Finally, if you registered with Spence or Susan prior to the opening of the website, you do not have to re-register.  Your information has been recorded and accepted for this program.



Workshop presentation proposals can be submitted online for the 21st Annual U.S. Department of Education’s National Meeting on Alcohol and Other Drug Abuse and Violence Prevention in Higher Education ( The deadline is May 7, 2007 .  The conference committee is eagerly looking for all program ideas, especially in the area of campus violence prevention.  This year’s National Meeting takes place in Omaha , Nebraska on October 18-21, 2007, at the Doubletree Hotel in downtown Omaha .  Accommodation, travel and other details can be found at  



The Network is a national organization that addresses the issues of alcohol, other drugs, and violence in order to promote healthy campus environments through self-regulatory initiatives, information dissemination, and technical assistance.  The Network serves as a liaison between the U.S. Department of Education and member institutions.  Members encourage and enhance prevention in higher education through a commitment to shared standards for policy development, educational strategies, enforcement, evaluation, and community collaboration.

Almost 1,600 colleges and universities belong to the Network.  The Network maintains a website at  Check it to determine if your school is a member and for helpful information.  Dr. Spencer Deakin, Director of Counseling at Frostburg State University is the regional director for Maryland , Virginia , and the District of Columbia . You can contact him at or 301-687-4234 for more information about the organization.  He is also the editor for this newsletter. 



The Network can help you with financial support for the fall semester through $600 mini grants.  The grants can assist you in implementing your campus substance abuse prevention initiatives.  The project should support environmental management strategies or use one of the evidence based strategies on your campus.  To apply, write a one page proposal identifying your project initiative and your budget request.  The money must be used by the end of the fall term.  You can submit your request to Spencer Deakin, Network Regional Director at or call (301-687-4234) to discuss your project idea.


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