Campus Safety Conference Sessions at a Glance

The 2014 Campus Safety Conference starts July 31! Here is an overview of the educational sessions that attendees can look forward to at this sold-out event.

The highlight of the sold-out 2014 Campus Safety Conference for many will be the numerous educational sessions that cover a wide range of topics, including Title IX, Clery and Campus SaVE compliance; response to active shooters on K-12 campuses; site assessments; lockdown best practices and more. Keep reading for a more detailed look into each session..

Timothy J. Anderson, Deputy Chief, Los Angeles School Police Department (LASPD)

Anderson is the commanding officer of the LASPD Office of Strategy, Planning, and Accountability and concurrently the commanding officer of the critical response team, honor guard and counter-terrorism unit. He is a 22-year LASPD veteran and has held a variety of assignments including the interim chief of police, commanding officer: field operations bureaus, and incident commander during many high-profile unusual occurrences and tactical incidents.

Anderson will be presenting Active Shooter Training for K-12 Teachers and Administrators on Aug. 1 at 10:30 a.m. This course focuses on grievance-based attacks, pre-incident indicators and lessons learned from school-based active shooter incidents. It will provide school staff, administrators and law enforcement with a review of safe school plans and lockdown procedures, and will introduce Rapid Relocation. This course is law enforcement sensitive and restricted to school administrators/staff and law enforcement personnel.

He will also participate in the Run, Hide, Fight and Other Ways K-12 Campuses Should Respond to Active Shooters panel discussion on Aug. 1 at 2 p.m.

Brian Armes, Co-Founder, Educators Eyes LLC

Brian Armes began his professional career more than 25 years ago as a second grade teacher and later served as a junior high school vice principal, during which time he found that student discipline and campus safety were primary concerns. He went on to lead three elementary schools before co-founding Educators Eyes.

Armes will present the Idaho Statewide Assessment and How to Conduct a K-12 School Safety Review on Aug. 1 at 3 p.m. He and co-presenter Guy Bliesner will describe their findings from their statewide school assessments and how you can set up a similar study. You will hear a comprehensive overview of the design, implementation and results of Idaho’s ground-breaking school safety and security study.

Guy Bliesner, Co-Founder, Educators Eyes LLC

Guy Bliesner is a long-time educator with more than 20 years of experience. After beginning his career as a high school teacher and coach, Bliesner has spent the past eight years as the as the health, safety and security coordinator for a school district in Idaho Falls, Idaho.

He will present the Idaho Statewide Assessment and How to Conduct a K-12 School Safety on Aug. 1 at 3 p.m. with Brian Armes. Bliesner will also participate in the Run, Hide, Fight and Other Ways K-12 Campuses Should Respond to Active Shooters panel discussion on Aug. 1 at 2 p.m.

Dave Bujak, Director of Emergency Management, Florida State University

Bujak has been the director of emergency management at Florida State University in Tallahassee, Fla., for more than seven years. He previously worked for the Florida Division of Emergency Management in both the Operations Section and Critical Infrastructure Unit from 1999 to 2006. Bujak began his emergency management career with the American Red Cross in 1995. He also served as a volunteer firefighter in Chaires-Capitola, Fla., from 1999 to 2007.

Bujak will participate in the Higher Ed Emergency Management and Notification panel discussion on Aug. 1 at 1 p.m. Attendees of this session will learn effective enrollment strategies; how to streamline plans, policies and procedures to get the message out faster; and employing technology to make activation easier.

David Burns, Emergency Manager, Santa Clara University

With more than 30 years of experience, Burns is a Certified Emergency Manager (CEM) currently administering the emergency management program at Santa Clara University. He managed the UCLA Office of Emergency Management for seven years and pioneered the development of the campus’ award-winning “BruinAlert” system. Burns championed development of emergency plans, policies and procedures in the aftermath of the Virginia Tech tragedy in 2007 and consults higher education institutions on emergency management issues.

Burns will participate in the Higher Ed Emergency Management and Notification panel discussion on Aug. 1 at 1 p.m.

David Carlisle, Deputy Chief, University of Southern California (USC)

Carlisle is a deputy chief with the USC Department of Public Safety. He is in charge of training, professional standards, accreditation and media relations. Deputy Chief Carlisle is also a retired police captain having served nearly 30 years with the Whittier (Calif.) Police Department. While serving there, then Captain Carlisle was responsible for managing an entire division including detectives, crime analysis, forensics (CSI) and all contract law enforcement services provided to Whittier’s neighboring city of Santa Fe Springs.

He will be presenting Minimize the Spaces: A Crime Prevention and Suppression Strategy on July 31 at 4:15 p.m. Carlisle will describe how USC leverages security technology, as well as its relationships with local law enforcement and the community in general to manage safety and security on campus.

Daniel A. Dusseau, Chief of Police, Northern Virginia Community College (NOVA)

Dusseau currently serves as NOVA’s chief of police and has been involved in public safety for 27 years. He started as a retail security officer and became a police officer with the Prince George’s County Policy Department. In that capacity, he worked in or oversaw operations in almost all aspects of law enforcement before retiring at the rank of Major. While there, he was credited with reducing crime, decreasing administrative backlogs, establishing controls that reduced complaints, and oversaw more than 5,000 investigations.

Dusseau will be presenting Surviving a Clery Audit on July 31 at 3 p.m. He will cover what to expect in a Clery audit as well as the lessons he and his institution learned during their audit by the Department of Education and resulting Clery program initiatives suggested by the auditors.

Steven F. Goldfarb, Emergency Manager, USC

Goldfarb is USC’s emergency manager and has more than 21 years of experience in the fie
ld. He oversees all aspects of emergency planning, including mitigation, preparedness, response and recovery for 10 campus locations. Goldfarb has developed specialized plans for many facilities and departments including libraries, museums, animal resources, sports arenas, laboratories, and the iconic Los Angeles Memorial Coliseum. He is also responsible for facilitating emergency exercises and training for all emergency response teams and departments. 

Goldfarb will participate in the Higher Ed Emergency Management and Notification panel discussion on Aug. 1 at 1 p.m.

Samantha Koch, Director of Strategic Initiatives, Clery Center for Security on Campus

Koch’s role with the Clery Center focuses on enhancing the organization’s strategic partnerships with individual, institutional, corporate, government and other partners. She directs the Clery Center’s Collaborative Program, a learning membership initiative for colleges and universities to institutionalize Clery Act compliance, as well as oversees the organization’s communications, marketing and development efforts.

Koch will be presenting Navigating Compliance: Clery Act, Title IX & Campus SaVE on Aug. 1 at 10:30 a.m. She will review the basics of Title IX and the Clery Act, including the Violence Against Women Act (VAWA) Amendments to Clery (a.k.a. Campus SaVE). The session will focus on the intersections of Clery and Title IX, as well as how institutions of higher education can improve their prevention and response efforts.

Lynette Merriman, Student Affairs, USC

Merriman serves as an assistant provost for student affairs at USC overseeing the areas of support and advocacy. In this role she coordinates student troubleshooting and crisis support and response efforts in partnership with the Department of Public Safety, Emergency Planning, Student Counseling Services and others. She chairs the Student Concerns Committee and is a member of the University’s Threat Assessment Team. Departments reporting to her include the Center for Women and Men, Disability Services and Programs, three cultural centers, the LGBT Resource Center, Student Judicial Affairs and Community Standards, and Student Support and Advocacy.

She and USC Police Chief John Thomas will present Partnering with Student Affairs and Other Stakeholders to Improve Public Safety on Aug. 1 at 2 p.m. They will discuss the importance of developing partnerships before there is a crisis. They will also highlight the success of the USC Student Concerns Meetings as a model for other universities. 

Stephen C. Satterley Jr., Director of Transportation & School Safety, CSC Southern Hancock County

Satterley is a certified Indiana School Safety Specialist and an alumnus of the Indianapolis FBI Citizen’s Academy. He has basic certification in the active shooter doctrine and as a gang specialist. He is a co-author of a new book, Staying Alive: How to Act Fast and Survive Deadly Encounters, published by Barron’s Educational Series. Satterley has also served as a research consultant for the White House’s Safe School Healthy Student Initiative and as a writer for the Web course IS-360 Preparing for Mass Casualty Incidents: A Guide for Schools, Higher Education, and Houses of Worship.

Satterley will be presenting The Warning Signs of Violence on Aug. 1 at 1 p.m., which will cover the behavioral warning signs of impending violence in both adults and juveniles, the research behind them, and ideas about what to do when these signs manifest. He will also participate in the Run, Hide, Fight and Other Ways K-12 Campuses Should Respond to Active Shooters panel discussion on Aug. 1 at 2 p.m.

Brad Spicer, CEO, SafePlans LLC

Spicer served in military intelligence and is a veteran of Operations Desert Shield and Storm. He spent 11 years with the Missouri State Patrol, with assignments on SWAT and the governor’s protection detail. Spicer coordinated security operations during presidential visits and other high-profile events. In 2001, he developed the Emergency Response Information Portal (ERIP), an emergency preparedness application and founded SafePlans. His clients now include fortune 500 companies and two of the five largest schools systems in the nation.

Spicer will be presenting Components of a Safe School Entrance on July 31 at 3 p.m., where he will explain the role of physical security and technology in the K-12 environment and outline strategies to enhance main entrances and the overall safety of school campuses. He will also participate in the Run, Hide, Fight and Other Ways K-12 Campuses Should Respond to Active Shooters panel discussion on Aug. 1 at 2 p.m.

John Thomas, Chief, USC Department of Public Safety

Prior to his appointment to captain at USC Department of Public Safety in October 2006, Thomas spent 21 years as a member of the LAPD where he retired at the rank of Lieutenant in 2005 to accept a position as deputy chief of police for the University of the District of Columbia Department of Public Safety & Emergency Management in Washington, D.C.
He and Merriman will present Partnering with Student Affairs and Other Stakeholders to Improve Public Safety on Aug. 1 at 2 p.m.

Lt. John M. Weinstein, Commander, Safety District 3, NOVA

Weinstein is a fully certified Virginia law enforcement officer and a certified instructor in Verbal Judo, firearms and active shooter tactical response. He currently serves NOVA PD as a district commander, overseeing police operations on two campuses. In addition to his command responsibilities, Weinstein also heads the police department’s community outreach program and publishes a monthly public safety newsletter.

He will be presenting Dealing With Difficult People on Aug. 1 at 3 p.m., in which attendees will learn how police and security officers can build rapport with an angry citizen; what not to say during an interaction; techniques to gain compliance; and more.

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About the Author

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Robin has been covering the security and campus law enforcement industries since 1998 and is a specialist in school, university and hospital security, public safety and emergency management, as well as emerging technologies and systems integration. She joined CS in 2005 and has authored award-winning editorial on campus law enforcement and security funding, officer recruitment and retention, access control, IP video, network integration, event management, crime trends, the Clery Act, Title IX compliance, sexual assault, dating abuse, emergency communications, incident management software and more. Robin has been featured on national and local media outlets and was formerly associate editor for the trade publication Security Sales & Integration. She obtained her undergraduate degree in history from California State University, Long Beach.

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