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Ursinus Named as Finalist in EverFi Impact Award

This year, Ursinus was selected as one of only three finalists for the Campus Prevention Network (CPN) Impact Award for outstanding achievements in alcohol and other drug misuse prevention.

Ursinus is one of 1,700 institutions in the CPN who, as a group, have pledged to adopt the highest standard of prevention practice when it comes to critical health and safety challenges.

The Impact Award, given by EverFi, is a prize that recognizes a higher education institution for its commitment to creating a safe and healthy environment.

EverFi is known for providing online education on alcohol, drugs and mental health to workplaces and educational institutions across the country.

According to Kimberley Timpf, the senior director of impact and substance misuse prevention at EverFi, Ursinus was made eligible for consideration by completing the CPN’s Alcohol Diagnostic Inventory, a comprehensive, evidence-informed assessment of prevention programs and initiatives in key areas considered in the research literature to be critical to success.

“Being recognized by such a reputable national organization is important because it shows our community how much we invest in this education for our campus,” said Katie Bean, the director of prevention and advocacy at Ursinus.

Bean advocates for a healthier and safer campus community by empowering students to make responsible choices; a role praised by EverFi.

“Ursinus is to be commended for the degree of institutional buy-in exhibited through the creation of a staff position dedicated to prevention and advocacy, as well as increased attention to student well-being as a component of institutional priorities,” Timpf said. “It was evident throughout the evaluation process that Katie Bean and those who share in this work at Ursinus exemplify the tremendous effort and dedication required to be considered a finalist for this award.”

This is the first year that Ursinus is participating and there are even more plans to address these issues with a strategic and data-driven approach. Bean is hopeful that next year Ursinus could even win the top spot. —By Mary Lobo ’15