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Cumberland University Dean of Students Honored for Alcohol, Drug, and Violence Prevention Work


On November 18, 2011, the Coalition of Healthy and Safe Campus Communities (CHASCo) awarded Ms. Lisa Macke the Susanna L. Baxter Alcohol, Drug, and Violence Prevention in Higher Education Award for her statewide efforts to prevent substance abuse and violence at the collegiate level. The Baxter Award, given biennially, recognizes an individual in the State who, like its namesake, has volunteered his or her time and energy to achieve positive results in the area of alcohol and other drug and violence prevention.

Macke is the Dean of Students at Cumberland University in Lebanon, Tennessee. She has served in multiple roles on CHASCo’s Executive Board.  In 2007, she was elected Vice-Chairperson and Treasurer. She was the Chairperson of the CHASCo Executive Board from 2008-2010.  During 2011, she served as the Immediate Past Chairperson of CHASCo.  Macke has been instrumental in ensuring CHASCo continues to be a proactive, statewide resource for colleges and their surrounding communities to combat alcohol and drug abuse and the violence often associated with it.  Under Lisa’s leadership, CHASCo’s successes include a diversified funding stream, a membership increase of 50%, and sponsorship of dozens of campus based prevention activities.  Lisa will share the lessons learned from building an effective statewide higher education with a national audience at the NASPA Alcohol and Other Drug Abuse Prevention and Intervention Conference in Atlanta, Georgia in January 2012.

By bringing together campus leaders from 32 public and private college campuses across Tennessee, CHASCo has had a profound impact on reducing substance abuse and preventing violence statewide. Since its inception in 2002, CHASCo has received multiple state and federal grants to enable campuses to assess the prevalence of and reduce the misuse and abuse of alcohol and other drugs on college campuses. CHASCo offers multiple training sessions annually to staff from its member campuses on cutting-edge, research-based prevention tools including motivational interviewing and social norming.  CHASCo, in collaboration with public and private higher education institutions, non-profit organizations, and governmental agencies, works to implement evidence-based, environmental strategies to decrease under-age and high-risk drinking across the state of Tennessee. More information about CHASCo is available on its website, www.tnchasco.org