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Professional Background 

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Jim Matthews, M.Ed. provides students, faculty, staff and parents with critical information about college drinking in an entertaining and non-judgmental manner. In addition to a description of Jim’s presentations, workshops, and books – vital information about alcohol’s impact on college students and their friends and families is also available on this website. Jim was the Coordinator of Health Education at Merrimack College in Massachusetts. Prior to this position, for 13 years he was the Assistant to the Vice President for Alcohol and Other Drug Programs at Keene State College in New Hampshire where the campus newspaper identified his courses as the “most popular courses” at Keene State. 


He received his Bachelor of Science degree from Manhattan College and his masters in Education from Queens College both in New York City. Jim is a certified trainer for the Prevention Research Institute, has a Certificate in Chemical Dependency Therapy, was a participant in the Professional in Residence Program at the Betty Ford Center in California and is the author of “Beer, Booze and Books…a sober look at higher education,” “The ABCs of College Drinking…25 tips for navigating the collegiate party scene” and “The Parents Guide to College Drinking…facing the challenge together.” 

The NCAA approved Jim’s presentations as part of its Sports Sciences Speaker Grant Program. Jim has been recognized by the New Hampshire legislature for his work in alcohol and other drug education and abuse program.  He has appeared on ABC-TV, WOR-TV, CNN, NBC Radio and New Hampshire Public Radio and has been featured in numerous magazines and newspaper articles. Jim has spoken to over 500,000 students on more than 500 campuses throughout the country.

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Jim Matthews is one of the top campus alcohol educators in the country.
Dr. Will Keim; Author, Educator, Campus Minister

Professional Experience

  • U.S. Treasury Dept. Bureau of Customs: Air Marshal                                

  • New York City Board of Education: Health and Physical Education Teacher

  • Wilderness Experiences: Founder, Director

  • Nantahala Outdoor Center: Promotions Consultant and Guide

  • North Carolina State University: Health and Physical Education Faculty

  • Boston University Sargent Camp: College Programs Director

  • Keene State College: Asst. to Vice President for Alcohol & Other Drug Programs

  • Merrimack College: Coordinator of Health Education

  • Daniel Webster College: Adjunct Faculty; BASICS Provider

  • Cape Cod Community College, Advisor 


Education and Training

  • Manhattan College: Bachelor of Science: Health & Physical Education

  • Queens College: Master of Education: Health & Physical Education

  • Keene State College: Certificate in Chemical Dependency Therapy

  • Prevention Research Institute: Certified Trainer

  • Betty Ford Center: Professional in Residence Program

  • New Hampshire State Police: Drug Recognition Expert Program


Professional Activities
Affiliation

  • MyStudentBody.com: Advisory Board

  • USDOE Northeast Regional Center for Drug Free Schools & Communities: Advisory Board

  • New Hampshire Prevention Association: Advisory Board

  • Alpha Epsilon Chapter of Phi Kappa Theta: Adviser

  • Order of Omega: Member, Adviser


Presenter at Regional and National Conferences

  • National Association for Campus Activities

  • National Association for Student Personnel Administrators

  • U.S. Department of Education FIPSE National Meeting

  • BACCHUS Regional Conference

  • BACCHUS National Conference

  • New England College Alcohol Network

  • Georgia State Higher Education Network

  • New York Statewide College Conference

  • Maryland Statewide Conference


Conference Keynotes

  • New Hampshire Substance Abuse and Treatment Professionals

  • California State University System Administrators


Media Appearances

  • CNN TV News

  • NBC Radio

  • WKBK Radio - Keene, NH

  • WOR TV - New York, NY

  • WABC TV - New York, NY

  • WMUR TV News - NH

  • New Hampshire Public Radio

  • Numerous campus newspapers as well as radio & television stations


Jim has been recognized by the New Hampshire State Legislature for Outstanding Work in Substance Abuse Prevention.

6 Reasons Jim Matthews will be a valuable asset to your campus alcohol and other drug education and abusevention program.


Jim knows students. 
With more than 20 years of experience working with elementary, secondary and college students as a teacher, adjunct professor, administrator and parent of two children himself, he presents this sensitive topic in a way that students appreciate and enjoy.

Jim's programs contain critical, up-to-date and applicable information about alcohol and students.  
While acknowledging the value of abstinence, programs include the pertinent information that can assist students in avoiding the negative impact of high risk alcohol consumption.

Jim handles this topic with humor and sincerity. 
His humor shines and helps ease some of the tension and concern that students may have when discussing such a controversial topic.

Jim adeptly integrates extensive multi-media appreciated by today’s students. 
Combining lecture with numerous movie clips, video interviews of students, commercials and other media, he captures the attention of students, parents, faculty and everyone else in the audience.

Jim has both personal and professional experience in dealing with alcohol issues. 
He grew up in Queens, a blue collar neighborhood in New York City where alcohol and alcohol problems knew no boundaries for Jim, his family and his friends.

Jim is one of the easiest professional speakers you’ll ever work with!

 

6 Reasons Jim Matthews will be a valuable asset to your campus alcohol and other drug education and abusevention program.


1. Jim knows students. 
With more than 20 years of experience working with elementary, secondary and college students as a teacher, adjunct professor, administrator and parent of two children himself, he presents this sensitive topic in a way that students appreciate and enjoy.

2. Jim's programs contain critical, up-to-date and applicable information about alcohol and students.  
While acknowledging the value of abstinence, programs include the pertinent information that can assist students in avoiding the negative impact of high risk alcohol consumption.

3. Jim handles this topic with humor and sincerity. 
His humor shines and helps ease some of the tension and concern that students may have when discussing such a controversial topic.

4. Jim adeptly integrates extensive multi-media appreciated by today’s students. 
Combining lecture with numerous movie clips, video interviews of students, commercials and other media, he captures the attention of students, parents, faculty and everyone else in the audience.

5. Jim has both personal and professional experience in dealing with alcohol issues. 
He grew up in Queens, a blue collar neighborhood in New York City where alcohol and alcohol problems knew no boundaries for Jim, his family and his friends.

6. Jim is one of the easiest professional speakers you’ll ever work with!

PRESENTATION  INTRODUCTION

 

Jim Matthews was the Coordinator of Health Education at Merrimack College in Massachusetts for 8 years.  Prior to this position, he was the Assistant to the Vice President for Alcohol and Other Drug Programs for 13 years at Keene State College in New Hampshire where the campus newspaper identified his courses as the "most popular courses" at Keene State.  He is the author 3 books about college drinking including the campus favorite:  Beer, Booze and Books...a sober look at higher education.

 

The NCAA approved Jim's presentations as part of its Sports Sciences Speaker Program and he has been recognized by the New Hampshire Legislature for his work in alcohol and other drug education and abuse prevention.

 

Jim has appeared on ABC-TV, WOR-TV, CNN, NBC and National Public Radio and has been featured in numerous magazine and newspaper articles. Jim has spoken to over a half million students on more than 500 campuses throughout the country and Canada.