September 30, 2009



The U.S. Department of Education has awarded a new five year contract to the Educational Development Corporation, Inc. (EDC) in Newton, Massachusetts.  EDC is the current contractor and will continue to provide substance abuse prevention support and programming for the higher education community.  However, the U.S. Department of Education did not identify The Network as a continuing task for the new contractor.  The Network has been funded through EDC or other contractors since 1987.  The lack of funding for The Network and the National Meeting for Alcohol, Drug and violence Prevention significantly impacts The Network's activities beginning this fall. 

The Network will continue to sponsor its website, provide technical assistance and electronic handouts.  Unfortunately, there will be no National Meeting this year (a 2010 meeting will occur), and support for regional trainings and other funded activities will end in December.  The Network's Executive Committee remains committed to maintaining the organization as an important proponent of AOD prevention in Higher Education.  The organization's leadership is also pursuing other sources of financial support and sponsorship.  Regionally, I will continue to serve as the Regional Director.  Our state coordinators, Ms. Susie Bruce and Ms. Megan Hearron will continue to volunteer in their positions.

Please contact me at or 301-687-4234 if you would have questions or would like to discuss this issue.



The Network has received a no-cost extension for its remaining fiscal year budget until December 2009.  Therefore, the region can continue to offer $600 mini-grants to member institutions this semester.  Please contact me soon if you seek support for an evidence based campus prevention initiative or an environmental management strategy. You will need to submit a one page outline of your project to me.  Please contact me to discuss your project ideas or if you have questions about the mini-grant project.  Most previous awardees have called me at 301-687-4234 to discuss their ideas prior to writing their proposals.



Each year, the BACCHUS Network provides peer educator affiliates with resources they can use to develop educational and health programming on campuses.  This year's theme, "I Choose" campaign kit is now available.  The kit contains information that will help you design National Collegiate Alcohol Awareness Week activities and other fall programming efforts.  The materials may also supplement program ideas that you have already developed for the semester.  You can access the "I Choose" resource guide and other materials at the BACCHUS website