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N.C. Attorney General Roy Cooper speaks to members of the media following his delivery of the keynote address at ECU’s Campus Safety Symposium, held Jan. 31 through Feb. 1. (Photo by Marc J. Kawanishi)

Symposium Focuses on Safety

By Erica Plouffe Lazure

Making the state’s 101 campuses safer, N.C. Attorney General Roy Cooper told the participants of ECU’s Campus Safety Symposium, comes with a host of expectations and challenges.

“We need to prevent violence and critical incidence, but if it does happen then we need to ready to respond,” he said.

Cooper, who delivered the keynote address, was among the 250 people across the state who came to the second annual symposium Jan. 31-Feb.1.

Designed to attract school administrators from community colleges and universities from across the region, the symposium addressed the legal and safety challenges academic institutions face today, including crisis communications, and strategies for safer campuses, said Peter Romary, director of ECU’s Student Legal Services and conference organizer.

“Safety is obviously a top priority for all educational institutions. Through this symposium we hope to provide attendees with knowledge and skills that are best in practice at identifying threats, preventing violent crimes and communicating and responding effectively if events occur,” he said.

Other presenters included: Kevin Foust from the Federal Bureau of Intelligence; Euqene Zdziarski, assistant vice president and dean of students at the University of Florida; David Robey, Secret Service threat assessment team; Dave Rainer, associate vice chancellor for ECU’s Environmental Health and Public Safety at N.C. State University; and Mark Namee, provost of Virginia Tech and Scott Bullard, director of emergency services for the N.C. Community College System.

Also: Chancellor Willie Gilchrist at Elizabeth City State University; interim provost Marilyn Sheerer; Lynn Roeder, ECU’s dean of students and Glen Gilbert, ECU’s dean of Health and Human Performance.

This page originally appeared in the Feb. 29, 2008 issue of Pieces of Eight. Complete issue is archived at