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2010 Conferences


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Event Details

March 6 – 10, 2010
Chicago, IL


Effectively Engaging Students in Prevention
Date: Monday, March 8 from 12:45pm to 2:00pm
(Sheraton - Mayfair)
Moderated by Kimberley Timpf, Director of Prevention Practice Management
Emerging national data has shown an increase in the percentage of students coming to campus as non-drinkers or low-risk drinkers, which presents a significant opportunity for student affairs professionals to engage these students and harness the power of the ‘responsible majority’ to shift norms away from alcohol use.  This session will examine best practices from leading institutions that have increased student activism and participation in on-campus social events, and created interdisciplinary collaboration among students, faculty, and staff. (Panelists include prevention professionals from Assumption College, Villanova University, Wentworth Institute of Technology, and University of Eastern Illinois.)

The Impact of Alcohol on Student Retention
Date: Tuesday, March 9 from 9:30am to 10:45am (Sheraton - Superior A)
Moderated by Cindy Berg, Vice President of Partner Education and Strategy
In today’s economic climate, student retention is a key strategic priority at public and private institutions alike.  However, there is a dearth of research analyzing the relationship between high-risk drinking and retention. This session will explore how alcohol-related attrition is keeping institutions from achieving their retention goals, with discussion focused on ways student affairs professionals can measure and address the impact of alcohol on student persistence.  (Panelists to be determined)

Alcohol Use by Entering College Freshmen: Practice Implications
Date: Tuesday, March 9 from 8:00am - 9:15am (Sheraton - Huron)
Presented by:  Bill DeJong, Executive Director of and Research and Analysis at Outside The Classroom and Professor in the Department of Community Health Sciences at the Boston University School of Public Health (BUSPH); Todd Wyatt, Director of Research for Outside The Classroom and doctoral candidate in applied developmental psychology at George Mason University in Fairfax, VA
Shortly before or just after starting college, freshmen from over 200 colleges completed a baseline survey prior to an online alcohol education course.  We used hierarchical linear modeling to identify both individual- and institution-level predictors of alcohol use. We conducted a content analysis to determine whether those colleges with relatively high freshman drinking levels might be using marketing materials that inadvertently attract heavy drinkers to attend those institutions. Discussion will focus on the implications of this research.

Prevention Excellence Awards Reception
Date: Monday, March 8, 2010, 9-11pm
Join Outside The Classroom to honor the recipients of The Prevention Excellence Awards at our annual awards reception, located at the InterContinental Chicago in the heart of downtown's Magnificent Mile. Enjoy an array of desserts and listen to the talents of a jazz vocalist as we celebrate the many accomplishments within the higher education prevention community. More details to come.