Bruce Heads U.Va. Center Focusing On Preventing Alcohol And Substance
13, 2000 -- Susan Bruce has been named director of
the University of Virginias Center for Alcohol and Substance
Education (CASE). She started the position this summer.
career has centered on student health issues. Before assuming her
new role as CASE director, she served from 1998 until July 2000
as the assistant director for health promotion at James Madison
University, where she coordinated social norms marketing projects
to reduce substance abuse and sexual assault.
CASE, an organization under the Office of the Dean of Students,
provides a variety of educational programs aimed at promoting healthy
behaviors. Its efforts include educational workshops for residence
houses, fraternities, sororities and other student groups.
her work to promote healthier behaviors on college campuses, Bruce
agrees with others in the field that "effective alcohol education
efforts are comprehensive, intensive, relevant to the audience,
and deliver positive messages." Bruce says that she believes
a majority of U.Va. students share her goal of reducing the negative
consequences of substance abuse. One of her primary objectives is
"maintaining and increasing communication and planning with
students to develop relevant and effective programs."
earned her B.A. in English in 1989 and her M.Ed. in counselor education
in 1991 from U.Va. From 1991 until 1993, she served as a health
educator for the Universitys Institute for Substance Abuse
Studies, which became CASE in 2000.
Jessica Tyree, (804) 924-7116