USGA: November Recap
- USGA president is currently looking into LiveSafe App, a cloud based application to report crime that reports to campus safety. A two-way conversation is initiated, and the location is uploaded to a shared Google map. It has a safe walk function, which allows you to notify other users when you start and end your walk somewhere, so they know if you arrived or not.
- Interprofessional Week is a proposed expansion from Interprofessional Day to encourage participation from all schools and boost interprofessional-ness in a social and professional setting. Planning details presently.
- Stress Busters is back! A series of events occur this week and next to help alleviate stress this time of year. Click here for more details.
- Student parking at BioPark is secure until fall of 2015.
- There is interest in proposing a student fee for sustainability. This would be used for "green" things on campus (ex: solar panels on garage roofs, campus garden where you can get seasonal plants).
- USGA Senators met with Chief Williams of Campus Safety. A collaboration is in progress to increase education and safety on campus for students. Previously, students had poor attendance at events which discouraged Campus Safety. What events/outreach would be beneficial for students?
- Campus Safety's website has video of the previous town hall meetings that were held to discuss safety issues. Police presence has doubled and officers work 24/7. A second escort van has been added, with serious attempts to improve customer service. The boundaries of the escort service has expanded. If you interact with them, let them know how good of a job they are doing. They want feedback and everyone loves compliments.
- Tips for remaining safe on campus
- Get off your phones when walking. Don't be a victim of "apple picking."
- Video online of how to live in the city safely.
- Act like you belong. Have confidence.
- Be friendly to panhandlers and others on the street; often, a cold shoulder is thought of as disrespectful and can incite violence
- New initiative from President Perman: Council for the Arts. The goal is to improve campus quality of life, and introduce something we all love back into our lives, the arts. We plan to collaborate with businesses in the area and universities to encourage participation and attendance of performing arts, written, spoken, drawn, etc. A council will be put together that includes students, look for email for recruitment in December/January
- Please be aware of the Counseling Center's services: coping skills, short term counseling, mental health evaluations, medication management, etc. Remember, they have full confidentiality!!! Every day at 1:30 p.m. there is a walk-in counseling. Student counseling is a safe-place as mandated by Title IX. Located in the library, 4th floor. For more information click here.
Questions? Comments? Contact Jon Van Ryzin