Wendy Bauers Northup
Coordinator of Alcohol and Other Drug prevention
Randolph-Macon College was recently recognized as a finalist of the 2011 Prevention
Excellence Awards during a ceremony held in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. The annual
program, sponsored by Outside The Classroom, honors individuals, institutions, and
Greek organizations that have achieved excellence in their alcohol prevention efforts,
thus significantly improving the quality of student life.
"Educating students about the dangers of misusing alcohol and drugs is a top priority
for us. We begin an aggressive prevention campaign from the moment students arrive
on campus," says R-MC Dean of Students Grant Azdell. "This is a great recognition
for our efforts."
R-MC's prevention program is led by Wendy Bauers Northup, coordinator of alcohol
and other drug prevention (AOD). The AOD program strategies include:
• All new R-MC students are required to complete the on-line College Alc course
prior to the start of New Student Orientation.
• R-MC’s Center for Counseling Services provides confidential education and counseling
services to students regarding the harmful effects of abusing alcohol and other
• Sponsoring special speakers and informative sessions for Greek organizations and
other student groups on campus.
• Having student leaders develop and lead special alcohol and drug prevention programs
An independent panel of national prevention experts selected R-MC as a finalist,
along with four other institutions and two Greek organizations. All submitted applications
were judged on the program's vision, innovation, and overall efforts around strategic
"The Randolph-Macon College team's ability to develop, implement and sustain comprehensive
alcohol prevention and education clearly demonstrates a commitment to creating a
healthier, safer campus," says Outside The Classroom founder and CEO Brandon Busteed.
"Most importantly, it is a testament to R-MC’s investment in creating optimal conditions
in which students can learn."
About Outside The Classroom
For nearly a decade, Outside The Classroom has been committed to strengthening the
field of alcohol prevention by providing institutional leaders and their students
with the information needed to develop well-informed, cost-effective strategies
for reducing alcohol-related risk and preventing harm. Today, the organization’s
flagship educational program, AlcoholEdu® for College, is used on over 500 campuses
and by 36% of all first-year students at America’s higher education institutions.
In 2008, Outside The Classroom launched The Alcohol Prevention Coalition to take
on the larger scope of the work–providing institution-wide solutions to the key
challenges threatening effective alcohol prevention. Outside The Classroom’s programs
are developed under the leadership of national prevention expert William DeJong,
PhD. For more information, please visit