April 15, 2008


Regional Network list serve member,

I am sure each of you is enjoying the beginning of spring and the end of the winter season.  Also, I am certain you have had a busy semester addressing prevention issues on your respective campuses.  This regional newsletter informs college professionals from Network member institutions about AOD prevention activities, workshops, programs and resources.  Today, I want to share some new information about the 2008 National Meeting and a revised federal grant program.  Feel free to contact me at Sdeakin@frostburg.edu  if you want to learn about The Network and how it can support you and your campus prevention program.  Best wishes to you for a positive end to your semester. 

Spencer Deakin, Ph.D.

Regional Director for MD,VA, & DC



The National Meeting for Alcohol and Drug Abuse & Violence Prevention in Higher Education will be held in St. Paul, Minnesota on November 16-19, 2008.  The annual conference has expanded its focus to include mental health issues and campus emergency response planning.  The Department of Education and the conference planning committee recognize that campus professionals are addressing heightened concerns about individual and campus safety due to the campus tragedies in the past two academic years.  It is a natural extension for the conference sponsors to emphasize violence prevention and provide opportunities for conference attendees to discuss and learn about these important issues.  Conference registration information and detailed program materials will be available early this summer. 



The Department of Education has announced a new Model prevention grant competition with a May 19, 2008 deadline.  This year's grant competition has two separate tiers for proposals. One is for Model programs with exemplary evidence of multi-year change, and a second tier for "promising" prevention programs that lack the substantive evaluation evidence. 

The competition will identify and disseminate information about effective alcohol and other drug abuse prevention programs on college campuses.  Through a change in this year's grant competition, the DOE also will recognize campus prevention programs, while not yet exemplary, show evidence that they are promising and demonstrating some change in behavior.  This grant program revision allows institutions of higher education who do not have extensive evaluation data, but do have some evidence of campus and student behavior change, to receive additional grant support.

The successful grantees will be funded for $100,000 to $150,000, plus indirect costs (this also represents a change).  The submission deadline is May 19, 2008.  The award periods vary between twelve and eighteen months depending on the grant category.  The project period begins August 1, 2008. Specific information and applications are available on the Higher Education Center website www.higheredcenter.org   or the U.S. Department of Education website www.ed.gov/index 



Megan Hearron has volunteered as The Network's state coordinator for Maryland.  Megan is a licensed clinical social worker at McDaniel College in Westminster, Maryland.  She has been a counseling center staff member at McDaniel since 2006.  In addition to her counseling duties, Megan coordinates the alcohol education and prevention programs for the college. 

As a state coordinator, Megan will collaborate on regional prevention events, and maintain communication with institutions of higher education within Maryland concerning prevention issues.  Megan has a strong interest in alcohol and other drug prevention and sees substance abuse as one of the most challenging impediments to a successful college education for many students.  Megan looks forward to using her skills to expand awareness of The Network's resources among area institutions.