CSU, Chico News

CADEC Manager Honored for Prevention Work

Date: 12-07-2009

Kathleen McPartland
Public Affairs

Shauna Quinn, program manager of CADEC (Campus Alcohol and Drug Education Center), received the Champions Award at the 2009 California Higher Education Alcohol and Other Drugs Education Conference. Quinn has worked for more than 20 years building CADEC at California State University, Chico into a model program.

The Champions Award honors an administrator, faculty or staff person who has served as a “champion” for alcohol and other drug initiatives on a campus, in a community or in an organization. It is given to someone who has forged ahead even through times of difficulty or controversy; created dynamic and solid partnerships that led to exemplary programming; or provided outstanding leadership for comprehensive alcohol and other drug prevention programs.

Quinn has designed and implemented many innovative programs to address an ever-changing range of campus and community issues. Two examples of her leadership in responding to alcohol-related issues include her work to reduce injuries and driving incidents related to St. Patrick’s Day excesses and tubing on the Sacramento River on Labor Day.

When St. Patrick’s Day festivities in Chico turned into alcohol-fueled riots and brawls, she worked with local bar owners to open their doors later in the day, and created a fun run and pancake breakfast, the “Shamrock Shuffle and Flapjack Feed,” to offer students and the community a safe, alcohol-free alternative.

To counteract Labor Day alcohol-related incidents, Quinn coordinated a “Respect the River, the Road and Yourself” campaign involving local law enforcement and student and community groups.

One of Quinn’s strengths, according to one of her nominators, is that she always involves students in prevention activities. Over her career, she has trained, mentored and inspired hundreds of students as campus peer educators.

Another area of expertise is in program assessment and the use of data for program evaluation and improvement. She has administered the Core Alcohol and Drug Survey at CSU, Chico since 1990. The data has been essential to addressing problem areas and in creating support for proposed programs and changes.

Quinn has also contributed beyond the CSU, Chico campus. She co-authored two Higher Education grants and many additional smaller CSU-wide grants. An expert in her field, she has spoken at various conferences from the national to the local level on a wide range of prevention topics.