Counselor Co-chairs National Alcohol and Drug Abuse Conference
Lisa James Goldssberry (518) 437-4980
N.Y. (October 15, 2003) -- M. Dolores Cimini, director of
the Middle Earth Peer Assistance Program at the University
at Albany, has been appointed co-chair of the 17th Annual
National Meeting on Alcohol and Other Drug Abuse and Violence
Prevention in Higher Education by the U.S. Department of Education.
The meeting will be held October 16-19 in Austin, Texas.
The national meeting is the primary national
conference for examining issues around alcohol, other drugs
and violence prevention on college campuses and in their surrounding
communities. The conference offers a variety of opportunities
including keynote speakers, workshop and poster sessions.
Attendees include prevention professionals, students, and
community-based coalitions. "The opportunity for us to
discuss effective strategies and programs helps us remain
accountable to the students and communities we serve on a
daily basis," Cimini said.
UAlbany's Middle Earth program was the recipient
of a 2001 Exemplary Substance Abuse Prevention Program Award
from the U.S. Department of Human Services. The program is
nationally known for its work in presenting social norms information
on alcohol and other drugs to college students using interactive
peer theatre techniques. Regarded among best practices in
the field, Cimini's research has been disseminated through
professional publications and presentations on a local, regional
and national level.
Cimini will be among four UAlbany faculty
and professional staff members presenting at the National
Meeting. Other presenters include Thomas L. Gebhardt, chair
of the nationally-recognized UAlbany Committee on University
and Community Relations, Matthew P. Martens, assistant professor,
Department of Educational and Counseling Psychology, and Flora
Casallas, the University's coordinator for Alcohol and Other
Further information about the U.S.
Department of Education National Meeting can be found at: