2018 BACCHUS Initiatives of NASPA Region III Spring Conference

April 13 – April 14, 2018
University of Richmond

We invite you to join us for the 2018 BACCHUS Initiatives of NASPA Region III Spring Conference at University of Richmond in Richmond, VA, April 13- 14, 2018! Peer educators and advisors from across the region will gather to share, learn and inspire.

Welcome to RVA: Reaching Goals, Visualizing Success, Taking Action


The BACCHUS Initiatives of NASPA Regional Spring Conference is a great opportunity for your peer education group to: 

  • Get new program ideas on a variety of health & wellness issues relevant to working with college students 
  • Gain new knowledge and skills to support your peer education efforts 
  • Network with other peer educators & advisors from across the region
  • Learn how to revitalize, recruit and reenergize your organization
  • Learn more about how the BACCHUS Initiatives of NASPA can support your efforts

There are numerous opportunities for student and advisor networking throughout the conference experience, both social and educational.  At this regional conference, peer educators gain the opportunity to connect with other peer educators in their own backyard, while advisors gain valuable time to discuss collaborative prospects for education and creating change across campuses. Whether you are able to bring your entire peer education group or just yourself, this experience is an incredible and rewarding opportunity to build and support our collective efforts in prevention and education.


Presented By

BACCHUS Initiatives of NASPA


This event is most likely to influence these groups.

  • Graduate
  • Undergraduate


Let others know you are coming!

Call for Programs

The BACCHUS Region III team invites you to submit a program proposal to present a 60-minute breakout session at our Spring Conference. Proposals from peer education groups and advisors are given preference. Proposals from other staff, faculty and prevention professionals are also welcome.

Session topics may include advising skills and issues, peer education group issues, student leadership and development, nutrition and fitness, promoting mental health and wellness, sexual health and relationships, alcohol, tobacco and other drug prevention, or sexual violence prevention and response. The Call for Programs is now closed.

Conference Themes & Suggested Topics

  • Health and Safety

    All topics related to health and safety at Institutions of Higher Education are welcomed!

    • Alcohol, Tobacco, and Other Drugs
    • Sexual Health and Relationships
    • Mental Health
    • Nutrition and Fitness​
    • Sexual Violence Prevention and Response

  • Peer Education Group Issues

    • What are strategies to recruit and retain peer educators?
    • What models of peer education groups structure exist and how do they work?
    • How can peer educators evaluate their program effectiveness?
    • How can peer education groups involve a broader range of student sub-groups?
    • What makes a peer education retreat successful?
    • How do peer education groups deal constructively with conflict within the group?
    • What strategies and resources can peer education groups use to justify their work and funding to administrators and student government?

  • Student Leadership and Development

    • What skills are needed for peer educators to be effective leaders?
    • What strategies can student leaders utilize to motivate peer educators?
    • What skills are needed to create change in peer education groups and on campus?
    • How can student leaders work productively with advisors and campus administrators?
    • How do peer educator student leadership skills translate to future academic pursuits and careers? 
    • How can your work as a peer educator translate to the student affairs profession?

  • Advising Skills and Issues

    • What lessons can new advisors learn from experienced ones?
    • How can advisors operate a peer education group with minimal resources?
    • How do advisors maintain excitement and engagement within the peer education group?
    • What are strategies for recruitment of new peer educators?
    • How can advisors better align learning objectives with peer educators’ projects?

Submit Your
Proposal Online

Submit Proposal
Submission Timeline
  • February 19, 2018
    Call for Programs Deadline
  • March 2, 2018
    Program Notifications Sent

Writing Tips

Looking for tips on writing an effective NASPA proposal? See sample submissions and formatting tips in our Program Submission Guidelines.


Please contact NASPA if you have any further questions about submitting a program proposal for the 2018 BACCHUS Initiatives of NASPA Region III Spring Conference.

Laurie Jevons
Assistant Director of BACCHUS Initiatives
Phone: 202-265-7500 ext 1251
Email: .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address)


Full Schedule

Fri, Apr 13

7:00 p.m. – 9:00 p.m.
Early Registration

Sat, Apr 14

7:45 a.m. – 8:30 a.m.
Breakfast and Registration
8:45 a.m. – 10:15 a.m.
Conference Welcome and Keynote Session
President Crutcher, Matt Barnay
10:30 a.m. – 11:30 a.m.
Breakout 1
Building the Ideal Peer Education Program Tools for Success
Aimee Hourigan, Substance Abuse Prevention & Education Director
Diversification of Peer Education: A Deep Dive Into Inclusivity Within our Organizations
Sonia Jindal, Peer Educator
Sense & Sensitivity: Trauma-Informed Responses to Post-Program Testimonials
Eric Marlow Garrison, Assistant Director, Office of Health Promotion
Effective Collegiate AOD Prevention: Lessons Learned from a Statewide Coalition
Laurie Jevons, Assistant Director of BACCHUS Initiatives
11:40 a.m. – 12:40 p.m.
Breakout 2
Collegiate Drug & Alcohol Use: How it interacts with Mental Illness, General Health & Working toward the De-Stigmatization of Addiction
Lauren Bulla, Peer Educator
Marijuana and Other Leafy Greens: What's the Risk?
Aimee Hourigan, Substance Abuse Prevention & Education Director
Stand Up, Speak Out!
Julia Diesel, Peer Educator
Sleepy Knights: An Initiative to Promote Healthy Sleep on Campus
Emily Werner, Associate Director of Campus Wellness
1:00 p.m. – 2:00 p.m.
Lunch (Provided)
2:15 p.m. – 3:15 p.m.
Breakout 3
Student Advisory Committee Candidate Session
Sarah Kook, Region III SAC Representative
Sex With The Greeks
Taylor Whitlow, Peer Education President
Should I Stay or Should I Go
Katherine Chiu, REACH Peer Educator
Presentation on Consent
ritnie Hopkins, Sexual Misconduct Education and Prevention Coordinator – University of Richmond
3:25 p.m. – 4:25 p.m.
Breakout 4
Pleasurefest, t's not Just a Health Fair
Slade Gormus, RN
Programming and Performing: the Anatomy of Successful Outreaches
Lauren Welch, Outreach Coordinator Intern
Peer Educator Round Table
Regional Volunteer Team
Advisors Round Table
Regional Volunteer Team
4:30 p.m. – 5:30 p.m.
Closing Speaker and Awards


Registration is based on NASPA instutional membership status. If your peer education group is part of a college or university that is an institutional member, you and your group can register as many advisors/students as you would like at the member rate. Registration is now closed.

Registration Fees

Early Registration
01/01/2018 to 03/15/2018
03/16/2018 to 03/30/2018
NASPA Member
Non NASPA Member


Laurie Jevons
Assistant Director of BACCHUS Initiatives
Email: .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address)
Phone: 202-265-7500 ext 1251


View Registration Policies

Refunds will be given for cancellations, received in writing by April 6, 2018, less a $50.00 processing fee. In addition, a processing fee of $50.00 per registration will be charged for credit cards declined. We are unable to change payment methods after the initial payment is processed.. NOTE: All requests for cancellation and refunds must be in writing to bacchusadmin@naspa.org. Due to our food and beverage requirements, no refunds will be granted after April 6, 2018. Registration Questions? Contact the NASPA office at 202-265-7500 or via e-mail at events@naspa.org.


Substitutions are allowed by individuals within the same institution/company. Substitutions should have the same member classification so that the payment is an even exchange transfer of payment. Please email your request for the substitute attendee to bacchusadmin@naspa.org


This program may be cancelled or postponed due to unforeseen circumstances. In this case, fees will be refunded; however, NASPA will not be responsible for additional costs, charges, or expenses, including cancellation/change charges assessed by airlines, hotels, and/or travel agencies. NASPA is not responsible for weather or travel related problems and will not reimburse registration fees for these issues.


  • Matt Barany

    Matt Barany

    Head Women’s Swim Coach
    University of Richmond

    Speaker Bio


The BACCHUS Initiatives of NASPA would like to thank our generous partner, the Virginia Alcoholic Beverage Control Authority.

Virginia ABC’s Higher Education Alcohol and Drug Strategic Unified Prevention (HEADS UP) program provides tools and resources for students, professionals and parents to understand substance misuse and recognize its role in overall student wellness and academic success.

Special Thanks To…
  • Virginia Alcoholic Beverage Control Authority


University of Richmond

University of Richmond
Richmond, VA

A block of rooms has been reserved at the Best Western Executive Hotel for $79 a night. The deadline to reserve a room at the group rate is March 20, 2018. Use this link to book at the $79 rate.

Book Your Hotel Now

For hotel questions, please contact:
Laurie Jevons

Hotel Room Rate/Night
Best Western Executive Hotel
7007 W Broad Street Richmond, Virginia 23294
(804) 672-7007
$79 Conference Rate
  • Travel

    Richmond International Airport

  • Transportation

    Richmond International Airport is about 20 miles from the University of Richmond campus.

Additional Info

Nominate an Outstanding Student, Advisor, Peer Education Program, or Peer Education Group here. The deadline to submit your award nomination is February 19th, 2018.

Applications are now being accepted for the Region III Student Advisory Committee position. Learn more about the position here. The deadline to submit your materials is April 16, 2018.

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