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CSU receives grant for prevention programs

By Mehgaan Jones

mjones@news-daily.com

The Division of Student Affairs at Clayton State University recently received a Governor's Office of Highway Safety (GOHS) grant, which is effective Oct.1 of this year, through Sept. 30, 2011, according to CSU's Director of University Relations John Shiffert.

Shiffert said, in a written statement, that Andre Clanton, assistant director of student conduct, and chairperson of the Alcohol and Other Drug Education and Prevention Team (ADEPT) at Clayton State, along with Deborah Dupree, director of special projects for student affairs, worked together on the grant proposal.

"The GOHS grant will be used to provide alcohol and other drug education and prevention programming at Clayton State University," Clanton said. "In addition, the grant will support a peer health educator position, survey tools to assess the alcohol and other drug climate on campus, education and training for our BACCHUS (Boosting Alcohol Consciousness Concerning the Health of University Students) peer health educators, and attendance to local alcohol and other drug education conferences."

Shiffert said school officials are excited about receiving the grant, which is in the amount of $7,490.

Clanton explained that "this grant will help us educate students and provide them with the knowledge they need to make wise decisions regarding alcohol and drug use, and abuse."

According to Clanton, the grant allowed the school to purchase an assessment tool to help collect statistical information about CSU students' actual use, and perceptions of, alcohol and other drugs on campus.

"What's most rewarding is seeing some of the results of our labor," Clanton said. He said that, over the summer, CSU received its BACCHUS network charter. "We received our charter through hard work and dedication of our student peer health educators. We also attended the Governor's Office of Highway Safety Young Adult Conference. While there, we interacted with other institutions and shared struggles and triumphs of alcohol education and prevention on our perspective campuses."

He added that, "what we learned is we are all fighting for the same cause ... saving lives."

According to Shiffert, the grant will also be used for National Collegiate Alcohol Awareness Week programming, which will take place from Oct. 17, to Oct. 23. He added that BACCHUS will sponsor programs with the Campus Events Council.

The first program, which is hosted by BACCHUS and the Campus Events Council, is a dinner and movie program on Monday, Oct. 18. The organizations will be showing the movie, "Higher Learning," and will discuss the issues the film addresses.