March 3, 2009

Regional Network List Member:

I am certain you are very involved in a busy semester of activities and responsibilities on your campus.  As your volunteer Regional Network Director, I want to share some important Network news with you, and hopefully, you will find it useful in supporting your substance abuse prevention activities.  The Network can help you by providing useful educational information, technical assistance, and training information.  Please contact me ( if you would like to learn more about The Network.


Spencer Deakin, Ph.D.

Regional Director of MD,VA, & DC



Are you looking for some supplemental money for a Spring prevention activity on your campus?  The Network can provide some financial support through a $600 mini grant.  Due to the end of the current U.S. Department of Education funding cycle, our Network region has some additional money available for program support.  The mini-grant should support environmental management strategies or use one of the evidence-based strategies on your campus.  Also, the Network money could be used to co-sponsor an area prevention meeting or training.  During this academic year, The Network grants have supported two trainings and one campus initiative.  The application process is simple.  Write a one page proposal identifying your project initiative and your budget request.  The money must be used by the end of September.  You can submit your request to Spencer Deakin, Network Regional Director at or call (301-687-4234) to discuss your project idea. 



Are you uncertain or confused about campus requirements for the Biennial Review?  Wendy Segers, The Network Regional Director for Illinois and Wisconsin, recently developed a Biennial Review online training program.  In thirty minutes, the viewer will gain insight into the federal law, understand the necessary components for your campus review, learn common elements of model biennial reports, and overall improve their skill in developing a useful and informative review process for their campus.  This tutorial can help each of us make sense of the reporting requirements while also engaging in a review that can strengthen your campus prevention efforts.  You can access the online training through The Network's website.  The URL is  Click on the "Members Only" link.  Enter the login: "network" and the password: "members".   The online training link can be found at the top of the page.  The Network website also contains several examples of campus biennial review reports for your inspection.  If after reviewing the training, you have questions about the biennial review process, you can contact Spencer Deakin at 



Many of us regularly use the substance abuse prevention information developed by The Higher Education Center for Alcohol and Other Drug Abuse and Violence Prevention.  Currently, the Center is in the midst of their evaluation of services.  The evaluation is conducted by an outside evaluator.  If you receive an email within the next two weeks from Jill Capitani with the subject line  Survey on The Higher Education Center for Alcohol and Other Drug Abuse and Violence Prevention that means you have been randomly selected to complete a survey about the Centerís services. Please consider responding to the survey, whether you have used the HEC services or not, and submit your responses.  This is an excellent opportunity for you to make a difference in the services available to you.   



The Network is a national consortium of IHE professionals who share and disseminate information to help reduce 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 1,600 member institutions.  For more information check  The Virginia, Maryland & DC region has two state coordinators.  They are Ms. Megan Heron, McDaniel College, and Ms. Susie Bruce, University of Virginia. 


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