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SADD Anniversary Gala

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The Center for Adolescent Research and Education (CARE) at Susquehanna University was announced at the JFK Library in Boston on Dec.1, during a gala held by Students Against Destructive Decisions (SADD).

CARE at Susquehanna University Formally Unveiled at JFK Library in Boston

Susquehanna University announced the opening of its new Center for Adolescent Research and Education (CARE) at a gala event Dec. 1 at the John Fitzgerald Kennedy Library and Museum in Boston. The Friends for Life Inaugural Gala celebrated the 30th anniversary of Boston-based Students Against Destructive Decisions (SADD) and marked the achievements of departing board chairman and CEO Stephen Wallace, who will serve as director of CARE at Susquehanna University.

L. Jay Lemons, Susquehanna's president, served as honorary co-chair of the event, which celebrated Wallace’s 15 years of service to youth and families through SADD (formerly Students Against Driving Drunk), the nation’s leading youth-based, peer-to-peer education, prevention and activism organization. Author and medical journalist Jeanne Blake served as mistress of ceremonies, with speakers including SADD Board Chairman Danna Mauch and SADD Executive Director Penny Wells. Some 225 people attended the dinner and awards presentation, including students who are members of SADD chapters in their schools.

Addressing the guests, Lemons said, “Susquehanna is pleased to collaborate with Stephen on this new venture, because it is consistent with the university’s commitment to academic inquiry and research. It is our expectation that the work of the center will provide an important resource for families, schools and communities, not just regionally but nationally.

“With the passion, experience and knowledge that Stephen brings to his work, and the academic contributions of Susquehanna University, the center holds great promise.”

A portion of event proceeds will help fund future CARE at Susquehanna University research. Operating under Wallace, a 1981 Susquehanna graduate, the center will study factors in teen attitudes, behaviors and decision-making. In addition to his work with SADD, Wallace brings three decades of work as a school psychologist, adolescent counselor, researcher, author and motivational speaker to his new position.

CARE at Susquehanna Announcement Video

Susquehanna University President L. Jay Lemons, Provost Carl Moses, and Center for Adolescent Research and Education Director Stephen Wallace discuss the significance of the newly created center at Susquehanna.

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