January 17, 2009
WVU Parkersburg campus safety presentation is a national award finalist.
CONTACT: WVU Parkersburg President Marie Foster Gnage, 304-424-8200.
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
A presentation regarding the campus safety initiatives at West Virginia University at Parkersburg is a finalist for the 2009 Community College Bellwether award.
The University of Florida's National Institute of Higher Education has selected WVU Parkersburg's multi-media presentation, "Safety on a Community College Campus Via Integrated Communications," as a finalist in the national exemplary recognition program.
A selection committee of higher education organizations, including the Council for Resource Development, the National Council for Instructional Administrators, and the National Council for Continuing Education and Training, chose 10 Bellwether finalists from across the country in three categories: instructional program services; planning, governance and finance, and workforce development.
WVU Parkersburg representatives will join other finalists at the Community College Futures Assembly, a national independent policy think tank which convenes annually to articulate critical issues facing American community colleges and recognize innovative programs.
Theme of the 2009 assembly, being held Jan. 24-27 in Orlando, Fla., is "Leading Change."
Presenting at at the CCFA conference will be WVU Parkersburg President Marie Foster Gnage; Dave White, director of facilities and grounds; and Connie Dziagwa, executive director of institutional advancement. WVU Parkersburg presenters will describe how the campus has integrated a series of safety communication initiatives.
The Parkersburg campus received a national innovator award in 2007 for its implementation of an emergency paging system, a key component of its safety plan.
In addition to WVU Parkersburg, other finalists in the planning, governance and finance category include programs by Alabama Southern Community College, Bergen Community College, City Colleges of Chicago, Indian River State College, Mississippi Gulf Coast Community College, NorthWest Arkansas Community College, Rio Hondo College and Western Iowa Tech Community College.