Dr. Sally Linowski Pivot. Virtual. Remote. Hybrid. Zoom. Quarantine. Isolation. Masks. Hand sanitizer. Social Distance. Positivity rates. Death rates. PPE. Shutdown. Mandatory testing. Moderna. Pfizer. Johnson and Johnson. Vaccine hesitancy. Herd immunity. Mental health. Anxiety. Substance Misuse. Zoom Drinking Parties. Cocktails in Class. Cocktails to Go. Alcohol Delivery. Superspreader events. New Normal. Re-opening. Boosters. The COVID-19 pandemic is the public health crisis of this century. In a sense we are all riding the same storm, but in different boats. For those of us in substance...

Dr. Katrin Wesner-Harts I had the unique opportunity to attend my first American College Health Association meeting just as I was beginning a new role as the inaugural health educator at my prior institution. I will forever be grateful for that opportunity as a new college health professional. I headed to Chicago with a team of colleagues and was so impressed by the community that I found. I remember sitting at the opening session watching association officers, and wondering if I would ever have a role like theirs. Who could have imagined that, 25 years later, I would be president of the...

Dr. Allison M. Smith Picture it: a beautiful, warmer than average August Monday, with the smell of a long summer in the air. The year is 2004 and I had just stepped onto the campus (“the strip” to be exact) of Southern University and A&M College, as a loquacious and optimistic freshman ready to take on the world. A unique and distinguishing feature of Southern University is that it is one of the nation’s 107 HBCUs (Historically Black Colleges and Universities) and boasts being the only HBCU system in the world. It was on that campus that I would be introduced to the world that I now know...

I was barely old enough to order a beer when I found myself being deployed to Iraq. This was post-9/11 so to say tensions were high is an understatement at best. I was thrown right into the deep end.   I was smart enough to know I didn’t know everything. But still, nothing in my 21 years prepared me for what I would see during that year on active duty. I went from attending classes and juggling studies to engaging in small arms fire and being hit with an improvised explosive device during my first week in country. I led more than 180 combat patrols as an Army Infantry team leader and as a...

Margo Leitschuh (left) and Joan Masters As coalition leaders of Missouri Partners in Prevention, Missouri’s higher education substance misuse consortium dedicated to creating healthy and safe college campuses, we get asked a lot about what the most effective way is to create change on campus. The hard work of preventing drug misuse on college campuses often leaves professionals with low energy, little time, and scarce resources. It makes a lot of sense that our colleagues are searching for the quick and easy solution to address our campuses’ key concerns.   Our answer is always that you can...

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