Support in Starkville
Officially launched in the fall of 2013, Mississippi State University’s (MSU) new Collegiate Recovery Community (CRC) is off to an incredible start. The Health Education and Wellness Staff, the department where the CRC is housed at MSU, CRC board members and MSU Student Counseling Services have worked tirelessly to build a strong foundation for the growth of MSU’s CRC.
In its first year of existence, CRC students had a combined GPA of 3.35, and the program’s success has not gone unnoticed. After meeting in rented space including the Colvard Student Union, the
CRC students began meeting in a new, dedicated space for their seminars on September 29th. The new space will allow the program to improve ser-vices and provide additional support for student enrichment.
Nelle Cohen, co-president of the CRC Advisory Board, believes in the CRC at MSU, “I am thrilled to be a part of this progressive initiative by MSU to support students who are in long-term recovery from addictions. The traditional collegiate environment presents many challenges to people who have a history of alcohol/substance abuse and eating disorders.” This is one reason why MSU has committed so strongly to the model of having a CRC and providing services to students who are in recovery. There is a strong emphasis on community at Mississippi State’s CRC, and a few examples of activities include Sober Tailgate initiatives during football and baseball season, screening of the documentary, “The Anonymous People,” and a Spring Speaker Event attended by more than 70 people.
Through the Mississippi State University Foundation CRC account, fundraising efforts have brought in more than $25,000, including some funds being designated specifically for CRC student scholarships. Funds have been raised through grants, individual donations, and gifts from treatment centers.
When asked about the students of the CRC at MSU, Cohen concludes, “Young people who have faced addiction and chosen the path of recovery are truly some of the most remarkable and inspiring individuals I’ve ever known. These kids bring so much to our college community – they are great students, strong role models, and leaders on campus in many different ways. They are real difference makers on campus – and tremendous ambassadors for Mississippi State.”
For more information on Mississippi State’s Collegiate Recovery Community visit http://www.health.msstate.edu/health or call 662-325-2090.