Department of Community Health Announces Campus Mentoring Grants

April 9, 2002


Michigan Department of Community Health Director James K. Haveman, Jr., today announced $325,000 in funding to thirteen Michigan universities for the Campus Connections Program.  This program is a comprehensive mentoring program that emphasizes an alcohol and drug-free approach to campus life. 


"These grants mark the fourth consecutive year that we have funded these mentoring programs," said Haveman.  "We are very pleased to offer these important educational programs to assist incoming freshmen in making the transition from high school to college without using alcohol."


  • Central Michigan University will receive $30,000
  • Eastern Michigan University will receive $30,000
  • Ferris State University will receive $30,000
  • Grand Valley State University will receive $30,000
  • Lake Superior State University will receive $17,000
  • Michigan State University will receive $30,000
  • Michigan Technological University will receive $17,000
  • Northern Michigan University will receive $19,000
  • Oakland University will receive $17,000
  • Saginaw Valley University will receive $28,000
  • University of Michigan - Ann Arbor campus will receive $30,000
  • University of Michigan - Flint campus will receive $17,000
  • Western Michigan University will receive $30,000


The mentoring program links incoming freshmen, who volunteer to participate, with upper class mentors who have been trained to help the freshmen adjust to college life without the use of alcohol.  They offer drug and alcohol free activities that help the freshmen establish a drug-free social routine and help them make friendships with other non-drinking students.


"I am very pleased with the way the Campus Connections program is changing the environment at Michigan's universities," said Craig Yaldoo, Director of the Office of Drug Control Policy.  "Supporting students who choose not to drink is an important piece of the prevention puzzle.  These students are leaders on their campuses and future leaders for Michigan."


"We are thrilled with the way that Michigan universities have collaborated with us to educate students of the dangers of underage drinking," said Special Assistant for Drug Policy, Jim McBryde.  "Binge drinking is not social behavior, it's deadly behavior. "