2017 BACCHUS Initiatives of NASPA General Assembly

November 16 – November 19, 2017
Denver Mariott City Center

Students and advisors from across the nation will gather in Denver to be inspired, share ideas, and build exceptional peer education programs and strategies in health, safety, and student leadership.

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About

The BACCHUS Initiatives of NASPA General Assembly allows attendees to take advantage of a tremendous selection of learning opportunities including 90+ educational sessions, keynote speakers, and featured presentations from renowned speakers. We will also be offering pre-conference learning opportunities, including our Certified Peer Educator (CPE) Training for attendees.

There are many great opportunities for professionals and students throughout the conference. At General Assembly, peer educators gain new ideas and strategies for their programming and awareness events. Advisors learn how to make prevention efforts stronger on their campuses while supporting the students who make it happen. As a student peer educator you will be able to attend presentations from professionals and other peer groups on high-risk drinking prevention, sexual responsibility, mental health, violence prevention, tobacco prevention, or other health and safety issues.

All campuses are welcome to attend to learn from other institutions and to share successes. General Assembly is the culminating annual event of peer education efforts. It’s impossible to leave without new ideas, new ways of thinking, new information, and new friends. This conference is perfect to energize students, motivate advisors, and re-commit to making peer education and student health a campus priority.

General Assembly also promotes, supports and educates participants about student leadership development. The Student Advisory Committee (SAC) is comprised of volunteer representatives from each region whose primary role is to serve as the student voice of peer education within the BACCHUS Initiatives and the larger constituencies of NASPA. Elections for the two 2017-2018 SAC Directors, whose terms will be from November 2017- November 2018 will be held at General Assembly. Elections for Regional SAC positions occur at their respective Regional Spring Conferences. The deadline to submit your SAC Director application materials (resume, letter of intent, photo, and a letter of reference from your peer education advisor) is November 15, 2017. Please email Laurie with your application materials.

 

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BACCHUS Initiatives of NASPA

Audience

This event is most likely to influence these groups.

  • Undergraduate
  • Graduate

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Call for Programs

For over 40 years, peer educators have been saving lives and transforming campus environments. The BACCHUS Initiatives of NASPA General Assembly is your opportunity to shift from educating the students on our respective campuses to sharing your talents with peer education groups from across the country. One of the best opportunities to share your talents is to submit an educational session for our General Assembly in Denver, CO November 16-19, 2017.  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.

Breakout session programs address the following themes:

Conference Themes & Suggested Topics

  • Individual skill building and leadership development

    Presentations submitted under this category should be designed to enhance individual peer educator or advisor skills or develop perspectives in leadership that will enhance an individual peer educator or advisor’s capacity.

    Learning outcomes for presentations submitted to this category might include:

    • After attending this session, peer educators will understand how to use active listening techniques during program presentation to address audience responses.

    • Participants attending this session will be able to identify three common leadership methodologies for managing peer education groups as a team leader.

    • Peer education advisors will review examples of group budgets and be able to adapt a budget model for use on their own campus.

    Try answering one or more of the following prompting questions in your submission:

    • What specific skills would a participant to this session hope to leave with?

    • How will the skills developed through attending this session benefit a peer educator or an advisor in the work done back on campus?

    • How can participants attending this session continue to develop and master this skill after the session is completed?

    • Which peer education role does the proposed skill this session will teach benefit the most?

    Is the skill developed by this session valuable for peer educators with a specific topical focus (e.g. sexual health, active lifestyles, alcohol prevention, etc.)?

  • Program description & adaptation

    Presentations submitted under this category should be designed to detail an implemented program, policy, or practice on campus, discuss the successes and challenges, and offer perspectives on peer educator and advisor replication or adaptation of the program on their own campuses.

    Learning outcomes for programs presentations to this category might include:

    • “Participants attending this session will discuss the design of Sample University’s “Be You” program and be able to identify the barriers to success a similar program might face at another institution of higher education.”

    • “After attending this session, participants will be able create a plan to implement a program addressing nutrition specifically to commuter students.”

    • “Participants attending this session will be able to replicate a passive table program with at least two of the six examples discussed in this session.”

    Try answering one or more of the following prompting questions in your submission:

    • What was the process of designing the program that will be discussed in the presentation?

    • What were the challenges faced in the design, implementation, or evaluation of the program?

    • What were the successes – both anticipated and unanticipated – of the program?

    • How could a very similar college or university peer education group successfully replicate this program?

    • How could a very different college of university peer education group adapt this program to be successfully implemented on their campus?

    Note: Program Description and Adaptation may include some modeling of what your presentation looked like when it was delivered on campus, but the purpose of presentations submitted under this category is not to simply do your program in its entirety for other peer educators.

  • Peer education group development

    Presentations submitted under this category should be designed to build skills and capacities of peer education groups or address peer education group issues. For example, programs might focus on the successful retention of peer educators, how to facilitate group meetings, or training peer education groups on specific core competencies or topical areas.

    Learning outcomes for presentations submitted to this category might include:

    • “Participants attending this session will be able to describe three methods of recruiting peer educators with diverse backgrounds and skillsets.”

    • “After attending this session, participants will be able to use a competency assessment to identify the strengths and gaps of their peer education group.”

    • “Participants attending this session will be able to use an appropriate intervention to address identified group burnout.”

    Try answering one or more of the following prompting questions in your submission:

    • What are the issues that peer education groups are facing?

    • What specific skills or capacities would a participant to this session be prepared to use to help their peer education group succeed?

    • Which strategies are best aligned to address which specific peer education group issues?

    • How can peer educators and peer education advisors identify peer education group issues?

    • What tools or strategies help bring peer education groups from good to great?

  • Cultural trends and campus issues

    Presentations submitted under this category should be designed to raise awareness and prepare peer educators and advisors for new and emerging trends and issues which may impact or change the delivery of peer education on campus.

    Learning outcomes for presentations submitted to this category might include:

    • “After attending this session, participants will be able to plan for changes in administrative funding while maintaining quality peer education efforts.”

    • “Participants attending this session will be able to define new state laws surrounding personal cannabis use for individuals over age 21.”

    • “Participants attending this session will discuss the role of personal identity in peer education work, and be able to deliver peer education curricula surrounding racial identity.”

    Try answering one or more of the following prompting questions in your submission:

    • What is a specific new or emerging trend or issue that peer educators and advisors need to have more knowledge or awareness of?

    • Will campuses be making changes because of the new trend or issue?

    • How will participants attending this session continue to develop understanding on the topic after this session is completed?

    • How will the new or emerging trend or issue impact the delivery of peer education?



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Proposal Online

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Submission Timeline
  • September 29, 2017
    Call for Programs Deadline
  • September 22, 2017
    Call for Program Reviewers
  • October 12, 2017
    Program Notifications Sent
  • October 19. 2017
    Confirm Program Acceptance/ Register for Conference

Writing Tips

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

Schedule

The 2017 BACCHUS Initiatives of NASPA General Assembly has identified several thematic tracks to help customize your conference experience.  The schedule included provides opportunities for formal and informal connections and learning.

Wed, Nov 15

2:00pm – 8:00pm
CPE Training (Day 1)
6:00pm – 9:00pm
Registration

Thu, Nov 16

8:00am – 2:00pm
CPE Training (Day 2)
8:00am – 10:00pm
Registration
9:00am – 12:00pm
Topical PreConference
9:00am – 1:00pm
Advisors Academy
2:00pm – 2:45pm
Presenter Orientation
3:00pm – 3:45pm
Conference Orientation
4:05pm – 4:55pm
Breakout Session 1
5:05pm – 5:55pm
Breakout Session 2
6:00pm – 8:00pm
BACCHUS Business Meeting
8:00pm – 9:30pm
Opening Session
9:45pm – 10:15pm
SAC Candidate Session
10:00pm – 11:00pm
Open Recovery Space

Fri, Nov 17

7:00am – 6:00pm
Registration
7:30am – 5:30pm
School Exhibit Set Up and Display
7:30am – 5:30pm
Exhibitor Hall
7:45am – 8:30am
Exhibitor Breakfast
8:00am – 5:00pm
Silent Auction
8:30am – 10:00am
Opening Keynote
10:15am – 11:05am
Breakout 3
11:15am – 12:30am
Breakout 4
12:15pm – 1:30pm
Lunch
1:45pm – 2:35pm
Breakout 5
2:45pm – 3:35pm
Breakout 6
3:45pm – 5:00pm
Region Meetings
10:00pm – 11:00pm
Open Recovery Space

Sat, Nov 18

8:00am – 5:00pm
Silent Auction/ Info Desk
8:45am – 10:00am
Featured Speakers
10:15am – 11:05am
Breakout 7
11:15am – 12:05pm
Breakout 8
12:15pm – 1:30pm
Advisors Luncheon
12:15pm – 1:30pm
Student Lunch and SAC DIrector Election
1:45pm – 2:35pm
Breakout 9
2:45pm – 3:35pm
Breakout 10
3:45pm – 4:35pm
Breakout 11
4:45pm
Silent Auction Closes
4:45pm – 5:30pm
Take Home Planning
7:00pm – 9:00pm
Awards Banquet
9:30pm – 11:30pm
Dance Party
10:00pm – 11:00pm
Open Recovery Space

Registration

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. Pre- Early Registration will be open from March 1, 2017- June 30, 2017 for a Member Rate of $315 and a Non Member Rate of $365.

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Registration Fees

Early Registration
07/01/2017 to 09/14/2017
Regular Registration
09/15/2017 to 10/19/2017
Late Registration
10/20/2016 to 11/03/2016
NASPA Institutional Member
$325
$345
$400
Non Member
$375
$395
$450

Pre-Conference Registration

Early Registration
07/01/2017 to 09/14/2017
Regular Registration
09/15/2017 to 10/19/2017
Late Registration
10/20/2016 to 11/03/2016
NASPA Institutional Member
$75
$75
$75
Non Member
$100
$100
$100

CPE Training

Early Registration
07/01/2017 to 09/14/2017
Regular Registration
09/15/2017 to 10/19/2017
Late Registration
10/20/2016 to 11/03/2016
NASPA Institutional Member
$145
$145
$145
Non Member
$170
$170
$170

CPE Train the Trainer

Early Registration
07/01/2017 to 09/14/2017
Regular Registration
09/15/2017 to 10/19/2017
Late Registration
10/20/2016 to 11/03/2016
NASPA Institutional Member
$295
$295
$295
Non Member
$320
$320
$320

Questions?

Laurie Jevons
Assistant Director, BACCHUS Initiatives
Email: [email protected]
Phone: 202-903-0651

Membership
NASPA Membership Team
Email: [email protected]
Phone:

Policies

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Refunds will be given for cancellations, received in writing by November 3, 2017, 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. With prior approval, anyone registered but who cannot attend may send a substitute. Substitution information must come in writing from the registered participant. The institutional membership status of the substitute must be the same as the registrant in order to have the same registration fee applied. Additional charges may apply if the membership status is not the same. The conference may be cancelled or postponed due to unforeseen circumstances. In this case, registration 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-related travel delays or other issues in regard to personal travel and no refunds will be given due to these occurrences. NOTE: All requests for cancellation and refunds must be in writing to [email protected] Due to our food and beverage requirements, no refunds will be granted after November 3, 2017. Registration Questions? Contact the NASPA office at 202-265-7500 or via e-mail at [email protected]

Speakers

The BACCHUS Initatives of NASPA invites keynote and featured speakers each year. Suggested speakers come from the Conference Committee, other NASPA programs, and an Open Call for Speakers. The Call for Speakers is now open.


  • Applications for speakers are now being accepted!

    Speaker Bio

Venue

Denver Mariott City Center


Denver Marriott City Center
Denver, CO

Hotel Room Rate/Night
Denver Marriott City Center
1701 California Street, Denver, CO 80202
303-297-1300
$169 - Single/ Double
$189 - Triple
$209 - Quad
  • Travel

    Denver International Airport

  • Transportation

    The Denver Mariott City Center is about 26 miles from Denver International Airport. The Train to Plane lightrail runs every 15 - 30 minutes. The lightrail fare is $9 per person and runs directly to Union Station. A cab fare from Denver International Aiport is typically $60 one way.

Additional Info

Attire

The suggested dress for the 2017 BACCHUS Initiatives of NASPA General Assembly is business casual. Business casual attire typically consists of khakis or slacks, button up shirts, polos, blazers, a dress or skirt. If you are in doubt when packing, please err on the side of caution- athletic wear, clothing with rips/ tears and revealing clothing should be left at home. Remember- you will be representing both your home institution and peer group during the conference.

On Thursday, we recognize school spirit and recommend that you bring an institution or peer education group branded t-shirt or sweatshirt.

Saturday evening there is an Awards Banquet that most participants choose to wear semi-formal dress. Semi-formal attire includes cocktail dresses, slacks/dress pants, ties, vests, blazers.

Silent Auction

Each year the BACCHUS Initiatives of NASPA hosts a Silent Auction to fundraise for future General Assembly scholarships. Donate a swag bag from your campus bookstore, jewelry or art, or memorabilia for your peers to bid on! Please donate your items to the registration desk and don't forget to bit on items throughout the conference.

School Exhibits

Interested in showcasing your peer education group's programs through an exhibit? You will be provided with a six-foot table during the conference.  Registration will be open soon!

Student Advisory Committee Director Elections

Elections for the two 2017- 2018 SAC Directors will be held during General Assembly. The deadline to submit your materials (resume, a letter of intent, photo, and a letter of reference) is November 15, 2017. Please email Laurie with your application materials. 

Awards

General Assembly culminates in a banquet on Saturday evening. During the banquet, the BACCHUS Initiatives of NASPA are honored to present awards in four categories; Outstanding Student, Outstanding Advisor, Outstanding Program, and Outstanding Peer Education Group.  The deadline for nominations is October 5, 2017. The award nomination form will be open soon.

Scholarships

The BACCHUS Initiatives of NASPA offers several scholarships to mitigate the cost of attending General Assembly each year. The deadline to apply for a scholarship is October 5, 2017. The scholarship application will be open soon.

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