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History and Accomplishments

History

1998-1999

President McFarland initiated first discussions on alcohol issues with invited participants, including faculty, student leaders, and key community leaders.

1999-2000

CORE survey administered. First Liquor Control Board Grant obtained to support coalition building.

PACE (Prevention and Chemical Education) name adopted for the programmatic initiative out of the Associate Vice President's Office.

Grant program to support activities in the Student Union Building was initiated.

2000-2001

Kutztown University was one of thirty-three colleges and universities invited to participate in the "Alcohol and the American Campus" conference in Washington, D.C.

2001-2002

Collected base-line data on student athlete drinking patterns and developed SAMS program (Student Athlete Mentor) for implementation in 2002-2003.

Liquor Control enforcement grant obtained from Commonwealth of PA.

Sponsored update programs on club drugs and student assistance programs on-campus and in the community.

Extensive social norms campaign and annual data collection effort launched.

2002-2003

Public relations committee added to the existing subcommittees.

Adopted evaluation measure for each subcommittee so that the progress and impact of the Roundtable initiatives could be more easily accessed.

Programming for student athletes delivered through the SAMs (Student Athlete Mentor) initiative.

Obtained continued grant support from the Commonwealth's Liquor Control Enforcement Division.

YMCA Healthy Kids Day, the Kutztown Area High School Post Prom Party, and Fleetwood Area High School Post Graduation Party were supported.

2003-2004

Sponsored many events aimed toward providing alcohol-free activities, including St. Patty's Day on the Hill, and several activities and events during National Collegiate Alcohol Awareness Week.

2004-2005

Sponsored events, such as the National Collegiate Alcohol Awareness Week Bulletin Board contest, St. Patty's Day on the Hill, "Wall of Memories," Healthy Homecoming, Healthy Spring Break, Great American Smoke Out, and the National Alcohol Screening Day.

2005-2006

A pilot study was implemented to determine the feasibility of adopting a population prevention model to help address the "college effect" as it relates to risky drinking behaviors.

2006-2007

Piloted AlcoholEdu program, and obtained funding to implement the Web-based program to all incoming first year students.

A full-time Alcohol & Other Drug Specialist (AOD) was hired to provide campus expertise and student support in dealing with alcohol and other drug issues and concerns.

2007-2008

A full-time AOD Specialist provided direct counseling sessions for students.

New faculty orientation sessions included information about AOD Programs and Services, and reference handout materials were included in their orientation packets.

Participation in National Collegiate Alcohol Awareness Week, St. Patty's Day on the Hill, and the health fair, provided opportunities to address college drinking behavior.

The first Teen Leadership Seminar was sponsored by the President's Roundtable.

2008-2009

In collaboration with the Berks County Council on Chemical Abuse, the Roundtable received an implementation grant to address underage drinking and DUIs in the Kutztown Community.

Dr. Victor DeNoble made 2 formal presentations, provided an informal discussion during a luncheon session, and provided a radio interview with KUR.

The Open Alternative Program was funded.

In response to the increased demand for services, the AOD Specialist implemented 2 group sessions specific to alcohol and other drugs issues and concerns.

2009-2010

The SPF/SIG Grant with the Berks County Council on Chemical Abuse and the Roundtable implemented campus alcohol screening events (AUDIT) and began to offer BASICS (Brief Alcohol Screening & Intervention for College Students).

A grant, "Challenging the Primacy of Alcohol in the Campus Culture of the 14 Universities in PASSHE," provided opportunities for creating a system-wide strategic plan to use evidence-based strategies on each campus that included the expansion of BASICS.

A system-wide social norms marketing strategy was created to provide a uniform approach to the campaign.

2010-2011

Several focus group sessions were held on selected campuses (representative of the PASSHE institutions) to solicit student feedback for the CORE survey.

2011-2012

The 2008-2012 Pennsylvania Prevention Framework State Incentive Grant concluded in 2012.  The grant addressed the prevalence of under-age drinking of young adults, ages 18-21, through implementation of a Community Strategic Plan of prevention strategies.  Grant Report

2012-2013

Kutztown University included the restructuring of the President's Roundtable on Alcohol and Other Drugs in the 2011-2014 updated Strategic Plan.

Five Year Accomplishments

2008-2009

In collaboration with the Berks County Council on Chemical Abuse, the Roundtable received an implementation grant to address underage drinking and DUIs in the Kutztown Community.  Dr. Victor DeNoble made 2 formal presentations, provided an informal discussion during a luncheon session, and provided a radio interview with KUR.  The Open Alternative Program was funded and 4 late night events were offered as an alternative to drinking.  The borough mayor and the new police chief joined the Roundtable as members.  In response to the increased demand for services, the AOD Specialist implemented 2 group sessions specific to alcohol and other drugs issues and concerns. 

2009-2010

The SPF/SIG Grant with the Berks County Council on Chemical Abuse and the Roundtable implemented campus alcohol screening events (AUDIT) and began to offer BASICS (Brief Alcohol Screening & Intervention for College Students) as harm-reduction approaches to high-risk drinking behavior among college students.  Focus groups were conducted to begin to collect data for a new social norms campaign.  The University collaborated with other PASSHE institutions in forming a coalition to address campus alcohol use and misuse.  A grant, "Challenging the Primacy of Alcohol in the Campus Culture of the 14 Universities in PASSHE," provided opportunities for creating a system-wide strategic plan to use evidence-based strategies on each campus that included the expansion of BASICS.  Additionally, a system-wide social norms marketing strategy was created to provide a uniform approach to the campaign.  A CORE survey of all freshmen resident students was conducted in the fall, and a repeat survey is scheduled for Spring 2010.  The BASICS Program and the social norms campaign will be evaluated at the end of the grant to assess the effectiveness of the grant objectives.

2010-2011

A repeat CORE Survey was conducted in February, but the overall response rate was less than anticipated.  As a result, several focus group sessions were held on selected campuses (representative of the PASSHE institutions) to solicit additional student feedback.  The social norms campaign addressed protective behaviors identified in the AlcoholEdu studies and the PASSHE CORE survey.  One faculty member supported conducting AUDIT Screenings for over 300 students, and the screening results were shared with the instructor and the class members.  The BASICS Program included student referrals from the campus Judicial Services and members of the Housing & Residential Services.  First year resident students were required to take a pre- and post-test with a 30-day follow up survey.   Outreach activities included presentations to specific target groups (Greek Life organizations) and the general campus population.  Two social norms campaigns ran concurrently.  Messages were printed on T-shirts, pens/pencils, water bottles, lip balm, stress balls, and hand sanitizers.  Items were distributed at basketball games by the University mascot and at selected student events.

2011-2012

In collaboration with the Berks County Council on Chemical Abuse, the Roundtable received an implementation grant to address underage drinking and DUIs in the Kutztown Community.  The 2008-2012 Pennsylvania Strategic Prevention Framework State Incentive concluded.  In sustainability planning the university continued support to evidence-based alcohol and other drug prevention models with approved funding for two graduate students for the 2012-2013 academic year.   Services such as BASICS, AUDIT screenings, and awareness campaigns to reduce risky behaviors would continue after the end of third-party funding.

2012-2013

The Roundtable's Steering Committee met during the academic year to discuss restructuring and building capacity.  The coalition experienced active participation from local community, university, local school district, and local pub stakeholders.  The Steering Committee utilized the Pennsylvania Strategic Prevention Framework State Incentive Grant's Final Report, Alcohol and Other Drug SWOT report from March 2012, and the feedback from DeRicco Consulting site visit in  April 2012 report to prioritize the coalition's alcohol and other drug prevention efforts.  It was determined at the conclusion of the 2013-2013 academic year that the University would apply for Pennsylvania Liquor Control Board 2012-2015 Grant to expand peer-to-peer outreach in the Kutztown Borough and reintroduce a universal population education component for first-year students at Kutztown University.  Application for funding was submitted.