Chadron State College
Chadron State College

Programming and Education

Chadron State College Alcohol & Drug Programming and Education

Chadron State College offers wide-ranging Alcohol and Drug Education programs and services. The Office of Student Affairs, in collaboration with Counseling Services, focuses highly on preventive and proactive measures to ensure the safety and well-being of our students. Below is a list of current programming and educational opportunities we offer on our campus.

Chadron State College distributes the student handbook electronically to all new students and to all residential students, both new and returning. The College provides it in hard-copy form during New Student Orientation at a presentation where the Code of Conduct is reviewed. Both the Student Handbook and Residence Life Handbook contain information about Alcohol and Drug policies. The Student Handbook is updated annually and is made available on the college web site for returning students, faculty, and staff. Full and part-time commuting students will receive an email with the Student Handbook attached and the encouragement to review the rules, policies and procedures outlined in the handbook.

3rd Millennium Alcohol-Wise. Alcohol-Wise is a 1-hour online alcohol abuse prevention course designed specifically for use on college campuses for first-year students and other high-risk groups. Alcohol-Wise is typically used for incoming first-year students to reduce risk for freshmen and positively impact campus culture. When implemented effectively, the course educates students about the harmful effects of alcohol, raises retention rates, and acts as a prevention tool for future alcohol-related violations.

Attached are the Alcohol Awareness programs/speakers that Residence Life Association has hosted.

Freshman Alcohol Program - Professional college speaker Robert Hackenson Jr. is nationally recognized for his highly interactive college “edutainment” presentations. For over 10 years he has been delivering dynamic presentations that infuse educational lecture with magic and hypnosis that engages and educates. This presentation is not a “don’t drink” substance awareness presentation, but instead simply focuses on why poor decisions are made and how to see through common college misperceptions and make positive choices. The presentation covered the following:

  • The negative college perceptions and influences
  • Why students fall victim to them
  • Consequences of poor-decision making
  • 3 Steps on how to see through perceptions & make positive decisions
  • Alcohol and Substance Abuse effects on choices
  • Alcohol and Sexual Assault

Campus Safety Presentation – Covers safety on and off campus for students, consequences of drinking and substance abuse/use from the perspective of the campus and law enforcement, and Title IX.

Drunk Goggle Relay – An interactive game raising the awareness of the negative effects of alcohol while trying to do simple tasks. Impairment was related back to driving while consuming alcohol and safety while drinking.

Marc Mero –Marc Mero selflessly gives of his time and talent to impact young lives with amazing results. Through the nonprofit organization he founded in 2007 called Champion of Choices, this self-proclaimed “Happiest Person on the Planet” shares his powerful story of tragedy and triumph, speaking candidly about where his good and bad choices took him. His anti-bullying, substance abuse, and suicide prevention message reaches students at a heart-level during a dynamic stage production. Lives are saved and changed by his honest portrayal and courage to stand up, step up, and speak up. Thousands of young people credit Marc Mero with giving them hope, inspiring them to live healthy, successful lives by empowering them to make positive choices.

Kent Hall Kegger – The Kent Hall Kegger is an alcohol awareness program that educates the students on safety while drinking, and acute alcohol intoxication. Each student was given a red cup with their name on it when they entered. The group simulated the dangers of not keeping possession of your drink and the consequences. An RA went around marking the cups and that signified their drink being tampered with/drugged. We also had the “Body in a Bag” experience which included handouts regarding acute alcohol intoxication and when to contact health professionals for assistance. The handouts also explained the new “Good Samaritan Law,” and how that protects individuals who contact authorities for help.

Posters hanging in all the Residence Halls regarding acute alcohol intoxication and the Good Samaritan law.

Bulletin boards that have content related to alcohol safety/prevention.

Student Health 101’s “Stall Street journal” hanging in the community bathrooms, with some content regarding Alcohol Awareness/Prevention.

RA/RD Training:

  • Mock Room situations featuring Acute Alcohol Intoxication
  • Drug training with Police Department
  • Effects of Alcohol Training with Ann Dockweiler

First Residence Hall Floor Meetings:

  • Drug and Alcohol policy
  • CSC Health 101 explanation and how to access

For alcohol education sessions with sanctioned students, the Counseling Department uses the following resources:

  • The College Alcohol Profile (CAP), “a web-based brief intervention program designed to reduce high-risk drinking and alcohol related problems among college students in Nebraska” (
  • To assess for risk of Substance Use Disorder, the SASSI-3 Substance Abuse Subtle Screening Inventory
  • To educate students about using alcohol or other substances, workbooks from the MEE Journal System (Motivational, Educational, and Experiential) published by The Change Companies

From the Student Health Program

  • All students are provided Student Health 101, a FREE, online magazine covering a variety of college health issues including stress, sleep, nutrition, alcohol and drug use, safe sex, colds, flu, and more.
  • The Navy Seals is part of the Athlete project in cooperation with WCHR and PPHD. We do screening annually – offered to all athletes, and risk reduction efforts are individual and by mass speaker presentation….such as the Navy Seals.
  • Brief interventions at the CSC Clinic to assess risk (alcohol and tobacco) and suggest risk reduction.
  • College Short Stay in cooperation with Chadron Hospital – students that are assessed in Res Life to need evaluation at the ER are transported by EMS and assessed by the on-call physician in the ER and admitted for the night under protocols. Dismissed the following day after brief intervention on cutting down alcohol and referred back to CSC for sanctioned counseling sessions.

If you have questions about programming and educational opportunities please contact:

Dr. Pat A. Beu
Senior Director of Student Affairs
Phone: (308) 432-6280