2015 Agenda

Friday March 27th - Virginia Commonwealth University

     Aspire Building, 835 West Grace St.


12:00 - Lunch
12:30 - Opening Student Speaker
1:00 -   Program Updates Round Table
1:30 -   Ivana Grahovac, The Growth of Collegiate Recovery
2:00 -   Rams in Recovery Meeting.  All students welcome. 
2:15 -   Lisa Laitman, Rutgers
3:00 -   Becky Bower's Lanier, Legistlative Advocacy
3:45 -   Break out Groups, featuring local artist John Freyer    
             (see bio below)

5:30 -   Dinner Served, Keynote Speaker Ivana Grahovac
7:00 -   Jay Armstrong, Recovery Comedian, Harris Hall
              (see flyer below)
8:30 -   On campus 12 step meeting, Hibbs Building Rm 403



Saturday, March 28th University of Richmond
     Hellman Dining Hall, 28 West Hampton Way, room B09


9:30 -   Breakfast
10:30 - Student and alumni speakers
             Question and answer session

12:15 - Break out sessions
1:15  -  Lunch
2:15 -   Breakout groups report back, final speakers
3:30 -   Conference wraps up

After 3:30 there will be an optional group activity


Speaker Bios:


Ivana Grahovac, MSW, Executive Director of Transforming Youth Recovery, is a person in long term recovery and the former director for The Center for Students in Recovery at the University of Texas at Austin.  Ivana received her Master’s in Social Work at the University of Michigan, where she started their campus recovery community with the organization “Students for Recovery.”  She is a passionate advocate for advancing the public’s understanding of the unique needs of students in recovery.


Lisa Laitman, MSEd, LCADC,Director of Alcohol and Drug Assistance Program (ADAP) at Rutgers University.  Director of the Alcohol and Other Drug Assistance Program (ADAP) within the Rutgers Health Service and CAPS. She is recognized as for her work in developing assessment and intervention services for students at risk for alcohol and other drug problems and for creating an on-campus recovery support community that includes the Recovery House. In existence since 1988, the Recovery House; an on campus residence hall for students in recovery from addictions, is the first of its kind on a college campus in the US. She is a Senior Researcher with the Rutgers Center of Alcohol Studies, and serves on the University Alcohol Policy Committee, the CAPS Leadership Group and has several publications. She has a thirty-year career in the substance abuse field in both administrative and clinical roles. 

Becky Bowers Lanier, President B2L Consulting  

Becky’s career includes positions in nursing, administration, consulting, public policy, and lobbying.   In 2003, Becky moved to Richmond and began a 7-year relationship with Macaulay & Burtch, PC, where she honed her public advocacy skills and developed an impressive client portfolio that includes both education and health-care related clients.  B2L Consulting is Becky’s brainchild, and she continues her work in advocacy as well as consulting on program planning and evaluation.  Aside from her career obligations, Becky has been involved in her professional association, the Virginia Nurses Association, where she served as President from 1996-2000. She is the recipient of the Nancy Vance Award for exceptional contributions to the profession. She also serves as Vice President of the Board of Directors of The Daily Planet, a homeless services provider in Richmond, Virginia and a Board member of the Center for American Nurses.


Special Breakout Group:


Local artist John Freyer will lead a breakout group for his project  --

FREE ICE WATER is a relational art/ social practice project comprised of the sharing of ice water in a blue Ball mason jar, one-on-one conversations and a memorial token (form variable).  The project paradoxically deploys networked connectivity to encourage people to disconnect and engage in real conversation around difficult subjects. 



John D. Freyer is an Interdiclpinary artist whose projects include his internationally renowned Internet project All My Life for Sale, Live IKEA, his national PBS pilot Second Hand Stories and his readymade projects Walm-Art.com and Big Boy. His work has been reviewed in The New Yorker, The Sunday London Times, Artforum, Print Magazine and NBC’s The Today Show. In 2011 Freyer was a Fulbright Research Fellow in Stockholm, Sweden, where is collaborated with Swedish Anthropologist Johan Lindquist on an art/anthropology project about IKEA’s Billy Bookcase. Freyer is an Assistant Professor of Cross-Disciplinary Media
in the School of the Arts at Virginia Commonwealth University in Richmond VA, where he teaches performance art, film and video and digital photography classes at the graduate and undergraduate