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Mission Statement

Oregon State University is committed to providing engaging and understanding support to our students in recovery. Our recovery community is rooted in the belief that no student should feel alone and that every student should receive the support they need, in the way they need it, from the people that they find most comfortable. We are here to support the individual student’s efforts in their recovery, academics, and continued success.

What is the Collegiate Recovery Community?

The OSU Collegiate Recovery Community (CRC) provides a nurturing environment in which students recovering from addiction can obtain recovery support while working towards their collegiate goals. Students participating in this community are presented with opportunities that offer long-term academic and career growth. With opportunities to expand their social and professional networks, and by participating in group activities and events, students are supported in their decision to live a life centered on recovery. This also encourages academic improvement and helps to build positive life skills. Through this holistic approach, the CRC helps to provide a normative college experience for students in recovery.

The CRC provides the following to all its members and residents:

  • A 24/7 Clubhouse space with:
    • Recovery-oriented meetings
    • Study space
    • Lounge
    • Kitchen with refrigerator, microwave, sink, and water cooler
    • Coffee/tea
    • Safe, sober place for members to go
    • Locker space
  • 24/7 support from other members, as well as community staff
  • Academic advising
  • Sober events and gatherings
  • A tight-knit fellowship of sober students in recovery

What the Collegiate Recovery Community IS NOT

The CRC is NOT a treatment facility. We do not provide residential nor outpatient treatment services. We do not work with government programming such as drug court, probation, or parole. We are not a halfway house. We provide support to students at OSU who have been in recovery for a minimum of three months, and desire to continue to live sober. Please see above for a list of the services and support we do offer.

CRC Advisory Board

Upon inception in September 2012, the advisory board sought to create and implement a plan for a CRC on Oregon State’s campus. The advisory board created a vision for OSU’s Collegiate Recovery Community, to best meet the unique needs of our student body. The community was inspired by different aspects of recovery community programs at the University of Vermont, Augsberg College, Texas Tech University, and Rutgers University.

Board Members

  • Susie Brubaker-Cole – Vice Provost of Student Affairs
  • Sara Caldwell-Kan – Peer Health Implementation Specialist
  • Karen Chrisman – Referral Coordinator, Student Health Services
  • Norene Collins – Print Procurement Specialist, OSU Printing and Mailing
  • Karen Elliott – Instructor/Undergraduate Internship Coordinator, College of Public Health and Human Sciences
  • Gerry Frank – UHDS Inventory and Asset Manager
  • Jim Gouveia – Counselor, Counseling and Psychological Services
  • Jenny Haubenreiser – Executive Director, Student Health Services
  • Michael Henthorne – Director, Memorial Union
  • Michelle Inderbitzen – Associate Professor, Department of Sociology
  • Alex Matiash – Resident Director of McNary Hall, University Housing and Dining Services
  • Robert Reff – Director of Alcohol, Drug and Violence Prevention Center, Student Health Services
  • Raphelle Rhoads – Coordinator of Community Conduct, Student Conduct and Community Standards
  • Larry Roper – OSU Faculty
  • John Ruyak – Alcohol, Drug and Recovery Specialist, Student Health Services
  • Cathy Sullivan – Fitness Services and Education Coordinator, Department of Recreational Services
  • Ellen Topnes – Staff Counselor, Counseling and Psychological Services

Grant Information

Special thanks to the Stacie Mathewson Foundation as well as the Pepsi Beverage Partnership at OSU.