2018 BACCHUS Initiatives of NASPA Region V Spring Conference: Wellness in the West

April 07, 2018
Dillon, MT

We invite you to join us for the 2018 BACCHUS Initiatives of NASPA Region V Spring Conference at the University of Montana Western in Dillon, Montana April 7, 2018! Peer educators and advisors from across the region will gather to share, learn, and inspire.

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The BACCHUS Initiatives of NASPA Regional 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.


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BACCHUS Initiatives of NASPA


This event is most likely to influence these groups.

  • Undergraduate


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Call for Programs

BACCHUS Region V invites you to submit a program proposal to present a 50-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 Deadline was Tuesday, March 6, 2018.

Conference Themes & Suggested Topics

  • Health & 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?

Submission Timeline
  • March 6, 2018
    Submission deadline
  • March 16, 2018
    Program notification sent

Writing Tips

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


Sat, Apr 07

8:30 a.m. – 9:00 a.m.
Registration and Conference Check In
9:00 a.m. – 10:00 a.m.
Conference Welcome and Keynote Session
Wayne Mortimer
10:15 a.m. – 11:05 a.m.
Breakout 1
Power of Peer Programs
Wayne Mortimer
Mental Gymnastics and Other Simple Magic: The Schience of Behavior Change
Malia Morris, Peer Health Educator
Developing and Applying Skills for Effective Peer Mentoring
Olga Antonio, Mentor Coordinator
11:15 a.m. – 12:05 p.m.
Breakout 2
Whose Got Game? An Engaging Way to Teach Harm Reduction for Alcohol
Shawnee Swanson, Student Prevention Specialist
Bringing New Programs to Your Campus—My Experience with Yoga and Meditation
Roma Seal, Peer Educator
12:15 p.m. – 1:15 p.m.
1:30 p.m. – 2:20 p.m.
Breakout 3
Knock Out Your Stress
Augustina Wofford, Peer Educator
Overcoming Addiction with No Regrets: Guidance for Quitting Tobacco
James Cutler, Tobacco-Free Peer Educator
Do What You Say You Will Do: Aligning Program Outcomes and Lesson Plans with Learning Outcomes
Olga Antonio, Mentor Coordinator
2:30 p.m. – 3:20 p.m.
Breakout 4
Sex Talks and Blow Pops
Shayla McGregor, Peer Educator
Campus Mental Health
Maureen Dechico, BACCHUS Project Assistant
3:30 p.m. – 4:00 p.m.
Awards and Conference Wrap Up


Registration is based on NASPA institutional or individual 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. If you or your institution are not members, visit the Membership section of the NASPA website to learn about membership types.

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Registration Fees

Registration Deadline
01/04/2018 to 03/16/2018
NASPA Member
NASPA Non-Member


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Phone: 202.265.7500


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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.


The Region Conference Committee is thrilled to welcome Wayne Mortimer as the Founder and Lead Facilitator of Manaia Youth Programs as the keynote speaker.

  • Wayne Mortimer

    Wayne Mortimer

    Founder and Lead Facilitator
    Manaia Youth Programs

    Speaker Bio


University of Montana Western
Dillon, Montana

Please join Region V for a day of learning at the University of Montana Western. The conference will take place in the Swysgood Technology Center (STC). The address is 710 South Atlantic Street, Dillon, MT 59725. Free parking is available anywhere on campus.

There is a hotel block for the BACCHUS Initiatives of NASPA Region I Spring Conference at Best Western. There is a 25 room hotel block. You must call 406-683-4214 and book under the NASPA/BACCHUS Region V Conference by March 16th to receive the room rate of $105.

Hotel Room Rate/Night
Best Western
650 N Montana Street, Dillon, MT 59725
  • Travel

    Bert Mooney Airport (Butte, MT) and Bozeman yellowstone International Airport (Bozeman, MT)

Additional Info

The deadline to nominate an Outstanding Student, Outstanding Advisor, Outstanding Program, or Outstanding Peer Education Group is March 16, 2018.

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

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