DAWN History

DAWN History

DAWN History

Spring 1996

BU President Jessica Kozloff determines the university needs an office dedicated to dealing with alcohol issues on campus. Vice President for Student Services Preston Herring appoints Barry L. Jackson, Ph.D., to head a new office for alcohol and drug intervention.

August 1996

Barry Jackson starts the program entitled DAWN (Drug and Alcohol Wellness Network.) The office was opened in Kehr Union in a former storage closet. There are two philosophies the office was opened around.

The first is the harm reduction model not the absences model. The goal in harm reduction is not to stop people from doing certain things but to educate them how to do them safely and responsibly.

The second philosophy was that many resources needed to be networked together to effectively meet the need of the students. The idea of creating a "network" inspired the name of this program. The hope was to network programs on campus to reduce the use of alcohol, tobacco, and drugs.

At the start of the academic semester, 1,000 students and 200 staff members were given the CORE survey. The aim of the study was to establish a baseline of the drug and alcohol of BU’s population.

October 1996

On Oct. 18, Husky P.A.W.S. (Peer Awareness with Students) was recognized as an official chapter of BACCHUS and GAMMA International.

November 1996

The Husky P.A.W.S. organization is recognized as an official student organization by BU's Community Government Association. On Nov. 15, Barry Jackson completes the BACCHUS and GAMMA International training program to become the chapter advisor.

December 1996

The Husky P.A.W.S elected their first set of officers. Barry Jackson reports to the BU Council of Trustees on the outcome of the CORE survey.

Spring 1997

The program, in conjunction with the Dean of Students Office, establishes the protocols for alcohol and drug addiction treatment. The first Husky P.A.W.S are recruited and trained. The organization conducts its first programs, in addition to program planning for the fall of 1997.

SADD (Students against Destructive Decision) is formed on campus. Barry Jackson begins to see his first clients.

Summer 1997

Barry Jackson begins to lecture the summer students in University Seminar and Act 101 on the dangers of alcohol abuse.

Fall 1997

The Bloomsburg Initiative was established by BU, the Pennsylvania Liquor Control Board, and the Town of Bloomsburg. The purpose of The Bloomsburg Initiative is to combat alcohol abuse and underage drinking. A luncheon was held at Russell’s Restaurant, which was attended by Chairman of Liquor Control Board Steve Schmidt, a representative of the Pennsylvania Department of Health, as well as BU President Jessica Kozloff, Vice President for Student Services Preston Herring, and Barry L. Jackson director and professor of DAWN. The University representative announced at a press conference later that same day that BU was awarded a $26,000 grant from the Liquor Control Board.

The Town of Bloomsburg institutes an open container ordinance making it illegal to posses an open alcoholic substance in public.

October 1997

On Oct. 19, the SADD and DAWN erect the National Collegiate Alcohol Awareness Student Memorial Cemetery in honor of National Collegiate Alcohol Awareness Week. This was the programs first major event and it received nation wide attention. News crews from CNN, ABC, NBC, and CBS converged on the campus to cover the event. In addition to the cemetery, many other programs commemorated the week including a mock DUI accident, mock DUI arrest, information tables, and the distribution of black ribbons as a reminder of those college students injured or killed due to alcohol abuse.

November 1997

President Jessica Kozloff appears on WVIA on "Alcohol Crisis on Campus" with Dr. William Adams, President of Bucknell University. The program was one hour and it discussed alcohol colleges and the role of the university to curve underage drinking. Special attention was paid to the Greek community.

January 1998

BU institutes a "no keg policy" for all off-campus students housing.

Spring 1998

BU and the town begin strict enforcement of the underage drinking laws. Some of DAWN’s spring activities include the Health Science Symposium, multiple information tables, and the annual end of the year banquet.

April 1998

Bloomsburg Mayor Mary Lenzini Howe and Bloomsburg Chief of Police Larry Smith in conjunction with the Bloomsburg Initiative hold a task force meeting to inform students what the laws about underage drinking are and what the students can expect regarding law enforcement at the Renaissance Jamboree. At the 21st Renaissance Jamboree the town cites 25 people for underage drinking and other alcohol related offenses as the town begin to strictly enforce the underage drinking laws.

Fall 1998

Husky PAWS runs its 1st Anti-Smoking program in November at the Great American Smoke-out. DAWN holds its first Middle School Outreach Program for the Central Columbia Middle School. At the Outreach Program there were info tables, a mock driving machine the students tried to master while wearing beer goggles, and a guest appearance by the Crash Test Dummy duo.

March 1999

BU redefines what it means to be a dry campus. The change was that the university president can grant exceptions to the no alcohol policy. Some of the exceptions include alumni dinners and special presidential events.

April 1999

Zeta Psi frat party is busted resulting in 69 arrests and 211 citations. This caused the university to reexamine campus fraternity houses. At the Health and Science Symposium, the crash test dummies are sent into retirement.

Spring 2000

Inaugural Fitness Challenge was sponsored by DAWN. Students went to the gym to log in miles of aerobic exercise. Trophies were given to the group of 3 who logged the most miles.

August 2000

Husky PAWS in conjunction with Len Rogutski of the town police sponsor the Sticker Shock Program. The stickers remind people it is illegal to buy alcohol and give it to minors. The Pennsylvania Liquor Control Board and Division of Liquor Control Enforcement honored the PAWS with an award for Outstanding Services for "Enforcing the Underage Drinking Laws Programs" from 1998-2000. The PAWS support keg registration to reduce underage and binge drinking on and around campus.

November 2000

The PAWS launch their Anti-Smoking Frog campaign. The slogan is "Please don’t smoke, you might croak."


DAWN moves from its original home in the Kehr Union to its new location on the second floor of the new Student Services Center.

Spring 2001

The results of the CORE survey of 2000 are in as 21 percent of BU students do not drink, compared to the National Average of 20% percent. Among those who drank:

  • 76% drank less than 7.5 drinks per week
  • 39% are considered to be binge drinkers
  • 31% of freshmen do not drink

DAWN begins its social norming program. National Data in 2000 for drinks per week:

Male Females
Freshman 8.5 3.7
Sophomore 9.1 3.8
Juniors 9.5 4.1
Seniors 10.1 2.3

January 2001

On Jan. 29, Jared Brosnock, an 18-year-old freshmen, died of acute alcohol poisoning at the Pi Kappa Phi fraternity house.

February 2001

On Feb. 22, students march on Carver Hall in protest of the changes made to the university alcohol and drug policy. The amendment to the policy states anyone providing or selling a controlled substance will be dismissed from the university.

Fall 2001

The area saw a dramatic increase in the use of Heroin. Therese Mahony dresses up as the Blood Drop of the Red Cross Blood Mobile.

September 2001

Inaugural Drunk Driving Daze was scheduled for Sept. 12 and Sept. 13. After 9/11, the students decided to still have the program, because they did not want to allow the terrorists to affect their lives.

November 2001

The Husky PAWS sponsored the first Junk Food Free Days. These were information tables set up to remind student they should eat healthy and nutritious foods.


DAWN gets a face life with the addition of the Fred Fox Library. The library contains information relating to alcohol, tobacco, drugs, and sex.

Spring 2002

The Town of Bloomsburg puts a stop to the annual Block Party. Leo Sokoloski was named as Bloomsburg's new chief of police.

February 2002

Zachariah Readler is struck and killed by a car at 2:16 a.m. after a night of heavy drinking. The driver of the car was completely sober and was not charge, because the accident was ruled Readler’s fault.

March 2002

DAWN, in conjunction with the Caring Community for AIDS, sponsors Safer Sex Days. The manager and educator from the Caring Community for AIDS, Mary Ann Stasik, came to the university to educate students on the proper use of condoms.


The Husky PAWS attended the BACCHUS/GAMMA Area II Regional Conference. The organization received an Outstanding Regional Program Award for the "Middle School Outreach Program" The PAWS were honored with a "Best Table Award" for the best original educational materials and displays. The PAWS team received the Tobacco Summit Award of Excellence for "Anti-Tobacco Use Programming"

The BACCHUS/GAMMA National Conference, held in Washington, DC was attended by PAWS students. Our chapter was one of six chapter programs nominated for a national recognition for best programs for our "Middle School Outreach Program".


The PAWS team was awarded the Outstanding Regional Programming Award for Chapter Programs "for creating a long term impact on campus." Barry Jackson received the "Outstanding Regional Advisor" award. The organization was given the "Best Table Award" for best original educational materials and displays.

PA-SWAT "Award of Excellence" was given to the Husky PAWS program STOP (Students Working Against Tobacco). The Husky PAWS hosts its first annual "Mocktails Contest." The winner of the contest is the group of students who can prepare the best non-alcohol mixed drink. PA-SWAT also honored Jackson with the "Award of Excellence".

The BACCHUS/GAMMA National Conference was held in Chicago, IL. At the National Conference Ms. Katie Humen was one of the six students nominated for "Best Student Peer Educator" and Barry Jackson was named "Outstanding National Advisor."


The Husky PAWS staff and volunteers march in the 2005 Homecoming Parade. The students marched along side the DAWN mascot "Ciggy", a life size cigarette. The energetic character was played by Danielle Minnig. Barry Jackson and the PAWS staff are formally received by President Jessica Kozloff. At Buckalew Place, the group is recognized for the achievements and successes the program has made.