MD/VA/DC Regional Newsletter


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March 9, 2007


The Maryland/Virginia/DC region will sponsor a BASICS  Workshop at George Mason University on Monday, May 23, 2007 from 10:00 AM to 4:00 PM in the Johnson Center. The training will help you learn skills that can be used to intervene with high-risk drinkers on your campus. BASICS is an evidence base technique that has been shown to be effective with college students.

Dr. Cecelia VanZyl will be the workshop leader. Cecelia is the substance abuse specialist at James Madison University. She has successfully conducted trainings on this topic at conferences and on her own campus. The training is free due to financial support from The Network Addressing Collegiate Alcohol and Other Drug Issues and George Mason University.

BASICS manuals will be available for purchase at the training.  Future emails will contain reduced rate information at the Comfort Inn near the campus. Please contact Spencer Deakin at or 301-687-4234 to register. You can contact Spencer or Susan Stahley at George Mason University at 703-993-3687 if you have any questions.



The recent Network reorganization created a state coordinator position fro each state and the district. I am continuing to search for prevention professionals who would be interested in serving as a state coordinator for Maryland and the District of Columbia. These volunteer positions serve on The Network leadership team. The duties include collaborating on projects with the Regional Director and other state coordinators.

The benefits of the position include professional skill development, collaboration with other prevention professionals and leadership within your state’s prevention community. There is no financial compensation. However, state coordinators have been invited to attend the Spring Regional Director meeting for training in Tulsa, Oklahoma during March 23-25, 2007. They will likely participate in future meetings. The Network covers travel, lodging and per diem expenses. Please contact Spencer Deakin if you are interested in applying for the position or if you have questions about the state coordinator role.


Is your institution’s information correct in The Network Directory? People and University contacts are constantly changing. You can easily check if your school’s information is up to date. Go to The Network’s website at It will only take a few minutes to make any changes. Also, you can learn more about the Network and its services while you visit the website.


You may have noticed the regional newsletter has a new look. The purpose of the regional newsletter remains the same. The newsletter strives to provide useful information to you concerning Network activities, as well as some regional prevention information. You may forward any prevention related information to me to share with members of the list serve.

You are on this list serve because you are named as the campus representative to the Network or have a strong interest in substance abuse prevention in higher education. I respect your time and email space. I will continue to send the newsletter on an as needed basis. You can choose to unsubscribe to the newsletter by clicking on the unsubscribe link below.

Please contact Spencer Deakin, Network Regional Director, at or 301-687-4234 if you have questions about the Network or the newsletter.


The Network can help you with financial support for your campus prevention program through $600 mini-grants.  The money must be used to implement evidence based strategies on your campus. To apply, write a one page proposal identifying your project initiative and your budget request. The money can be used this semester or in 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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