September 25, 2008
Regional Network list member,
As we near the end of September, I am sure you are fully involved in the fall semester's prevention activities. As your volunteer Regional Network Director, I hope your institution has a successful substance abuse prevention program this year. The Network can help you by providing useful educational information, technical assistance, and training information. Besides myself, this year's regional Network volunteer team also includes Ms. Susie Bruce, Director of Alcohol and Substance Education at the University of Virginia, and Ms. Megan Herron, Counselor at McDaniel College. Susie is the Virginia State Coordinator and Megan is her counterpart in Maryland. Please contact me (sdeakin@Frostburg.edu) if you want to learn more about The Network and how it can support you and your campus prevention program.
Spencer Deakin, Ph.D.
Regional Director of MD, VA, & DC
22nd ANNUAL NATIONAL MEETING ON ALCOHOL & OTHER DRUG ABUSE & VIOLENCE PREVENTION IN HIGHER EDUCATION
The U.S. Department of Education's 22nd Annual National Meeting on Alcohol and Other Drug Abuse and Violence Prevention in Higher Education will be held at the Crowne Plaza Hotel in St. Paul, Minnesota from November 16-19, 2008. Registration, hotel and travel information is available at www.higheredcenter.org/natl/2008 Early bird registration ends October 13th. The conference theme is "Ensuring the Safety & Well-being of Our Students: Widening the Lens of Prevention". It should provide many opportunities for participants to expand their knowledge and skills. This conference attracts prevention professionals, administrators, health and wellness specialists, law enforcement, and other campus professionals. In addition, the Senior Administrators Forum provides senior administrators with the most current information concerning issues related to campus safety, AOD issues, violence prevention and student mental health. The conference also allows professionals from the Maryland, Virginia and the District of Columbia to discuss regional issues and consult with each other during the regional roundtable session on November 18th. I hope as many of you as possible will be able to attend this year's conference.
NETWORK REGIONAL MINI-GRANTS AVAILABLE FOR 2008-09
The Network can provide some financial support through a $600 mini grant during the 2008-09 year. The grants can assist you in implementing your campus substance abuse prevention initiatives. Last year, three Network schools augmented their efforts with this funding source. The project should support environmental management strategies or use one of the evidence-based strategies on your campus. 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 the Spring semester. You can submit your request to Spencer Deakin, Network Regional Director at sdeakin@Frostburg.edu or call (301-687-4234) to discuss your project idea.
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The Network publishes an electronic newsletter every two weeks during the academic year. The newsletter addresses current substance abuse topics, links to online prevention resources, and provides opportunities to connect with prevention professionals through discussion groups. "News From the Front" is published each Friday and it is free since your institution is a member of The Network. You can subscribe by sending your request to firstname.lastname@example.org
WHAT IS THE NETWORK?
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 http://www.thenetwork.ws or contact Spencer Deakin at sdeakin@Frostburg.edu
NETWORK MEMBERSHIP SURVEY
The Network's Executive Committee is conducting a membership survey concerning The Network's enforcement standard. The survey is anonymous and the results will not be shared outside of The Network. It requires about ten minutes. The results will be used to guide training efforts, technical assistance, and programs. The link below will take you to the survey.
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