President McFarland initiated first discussions on alcohol issues with invited participants including faculty, student leaders and key community leaders.
- Stricter sanctions imposed on-campus for violations of university policy
- Early work done for eventual adjudication of off-campus violation of law on campus as well
- District Justice began imposing maximum penalties for violations of law related to alcohol and other drugs
- Focus groups were conducted with student organizations to access their understanding of the alcohol issues
- Poster campaign featuring responsible student athletes initiated
- Alcohol 101 piloted in the orientation program
Discussions with original group continued through the fall semester. CORE survey administered through Health and PE classes. 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.
Campus activities programmers were instructed to shift more programming to weekends. Grant program to support activities in the Student Union Building was initiated.
- Alcohol 101 adopted as part of the sanction for all first time alcohol policy offenders on-campus as well as first offense heard by the District Justice.
- Cultivated off-campus partners such as: Berks College Consortium, Caron Foundation, and Community Prevention Partnership of Berks County.
- Expanded the Roundtable through workshops entitled "Kutztown Kares." Roundtable membership grew to eighty-eight members.
- "Stuff 2 Do" posters (monthly) and "Late Night Options at KU" were designed to provide a single source calendar system for students to use when seeking activities options. The latter was a funding resource guide.
- An Alcoholics Anonymous group was established at the Christopher House.
Kutztown University was one of thirty-three colleges and universities to be invited to participate in the "Alcohol and the American Campus" conference in Washington, D.C.
Two large coalition meetings were held and Roundtable membership grew to 135.
New organization structure, mission statement and goal structure adopted.
- Roundtable work focused through four subcommittees and goal accomplishment was escalated.
- Roundtable recognized by the Caron Foundation for "Educational Excellence"
- TIPS (Training Intervention ProcedureS) program piloted
- Money was allocated to support two curriculum infusion model projects in Biology and Health courses
- The number of evening and weekend programs for students grew
- First attempt to develop a social norms campaign was not successful
Reduced the number of all member coalition meetings to one annual meeting. Reported on results achieved to date recognized key participants and conducted on planning session for 2002-2003 programs. Primary work was conducted in the subcommittees.
Collected base-line data on student athlete drinking patterns and developed SAMS program (Student Athlete Mentor) for implementation in 2002-2003.
Obtained a Liquor Control enforcement grant for 15,200 from Commonwealth of PA.
Sponsored a curriculum infusion workshop for all interested faculty. Fifty-five faculty attended. Sponsored update programs on club drugs and student
assistance programs on-campus and in the community.
Launched an extensive social norms campaign and annual data collection effort. Secured a one-half time professional coordinator position.
Reestablished pattern of bi-monthly steering committee meetings and all member meetings once per semester. Subcommittees met more frequently.
Added a public relations committee 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.
Delivered a full year of programming for student athletes through the SAMs initiative (Student Athlete Mentor). Programs included NCAA Speak Up program, peer education role-plays with local middle schools, Healthy Kids Day, and numerous non-alcohol based socials for athletes around sporting events.
Post program delivery data collected by team. Currently awaiting results for comparative analysis.
Obtained continued grant support from the Commonwealth's Liquor Control Enforcement Division.
Continued an extensive social norms campaign.
Supported YMCA Healthy Kids Day, The Kutztown Area High School Post Prom Party, and Fleetwood Area High School Post Graduation Party.
- CORE survey results from 2003 compared with data collected at the Roundtable inception show a 40% decline in the amount of alcohol consumption by KU students.
- Dr. Harry L. Serio, Roundtable Co-Chair and pastor of St. John's UCC in Kutztown received the Caron Foundation Award for Clergy of the Year.
- President's Roundtable received the YMCA Red Triangle Award for its work locally and regionally.
|2003-2004 The Roundtable sponsored many events aimed
toward providing alcohol-free activities. Some events and
activities included: St. Patty's Day on the Hill and several
activities and events during National Collegiate Alcohol
2004-2005 The Roundtable sponsored
events such as, the National Collegiate Alcohol Awareness Week
Bulletin Board contest in the Residence Halls, St. Patty's Day
on the Hill, "Wall of Memories," Healthy Homecoming, health fair
(drunk driving simulator), "dive-in" movie night with KAHS,
Healthy Spring Break, Love your Body Day, Great American Smoke
Out, and 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
2006-2007 The AlcoholEdu program was successfully
piloted, and funding was obtained to implement the Web-based
program to all incoming first year students. Additionally, the
AlcoholEdu program was utilized as an educational sanction for
students involved with alcohol. Alcohol & Other Drug
Programs and Services were consolidated under the auspices of
the Executive Director for Health & Wellness Services. 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 seeking services and for
those students sanctioned as a result of an alcohol or other
drug violation. New faculty orientation sessions included
information about AOD Programs and Services, and reference
handout materials were included in their orientation packets.
Participation in the annual 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. The graduate assistant for the
Roundtable conducted a pilot program (Open Alternative) in
collaboration with the Eckhaus to determine the success of
providing alcohol-free activities during late night hours.
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