|College campus programs
studied to reduce risky behavior
June 27, 2007 :: No. 240
The work of Cal State Fullerton’s
Campus Community Alcohol Management Project team to combat
underage drinking and alcohol-related issues on campus
has not gone unnoticed. Team members recently were presented
with the inaugural Champions Award, given by the California
State University Alcohol Education Conference.
Awardees are Jackie Gogan,
health educator and coordinator of substance-use prevention
programs; Mary Hermann, director of health
education and promotion at the Student Health and Counseling
Center; Kandy Mink Salas, dean of students;
and Brie Roumeliotis, health educator.
All are members of the CSUF Campus Community Alcohol Management
The county of Orange Health Care Agency’s
Alcohol and Drug Education and Prevention Team nominated
the CSUF staff members. The award represents outstanding
work on a CSU campus that leads the charge for alcohol-use
prevention, including collaborative efforts on- and off-campus.
“It’s definitely an honor
to be recognized by your fellow CSU colleagues,” Hermann
said. “We’re providing a framework of how
other campuses can take this collaborative approach to
reduce high-risk drinking among college students.”
CCAMP’s work is funded through a three-year
$435,000 state grant, administered by the Health Care Agency’s
Alcohol and Drug Education and Prevention Team. The project,
which started in 2004-05, is a joint effort of Cal State
Fullerton, the county and UC Irvine to reduce the incidence
of binge drinking and other risky behavior due to alcohol
use among college students.
Over the last three years, Mink Salas said
that team members have worked tirelessly to address alcohol
abuse — a continual problem on many college campuses — and
to promote healthy, alcohol-free lifestyles.
“Our goal has been to increase
our alcohol education efforts on campus and, in particular,
to reduce underage drinking and underage access to alcohol,” Mink
The partnership has resulted in the launch
of effective, positive programs on campus, aimed at increasing
student awareness about the risks of alcohol abuse. Programs
include a social marketing campaign, which targets students
ages 21 and older to alert them of the dangers of providing
alcohol to underage young people. The campaign, launched
this school year, has included placing posters in key campus
areas and inserting advertisements in the Daily Titan student
The message of the campaign is “Imagine
If You Provided and Someone Got Hurt …” and
includes a series of photographs depicting such tragedies
as a wrecked car and an injured person in an ambulance.
“The bottom line is that we don’t
want students providing alcohol because it puts them and
others at risk,” Mink Salas said.
In the fall, the team will release
a report showing some of the effective programs, policies
and best practices to address alcohol-related issues
on college campuses. The team’s efforts are part
of CSUF’s overall activities related to student
alcohol use, overseen by the Campus Alcohol and Other
Drugs Advisory Committee.
Kandy Mink Salas, Student Affairs,
Debra Cano Ramos, Public Affairs,
657-278-4027, or email@example.com
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