WCU to Hold Campus Security Training Seminar

Hattiesburg, Miss., June 15, 2012 – William Carey University’s School of Education will host a two-day training seminar entitled, “Executive Seminar: Prevention of, Response to, and Recovery from Campus Emergencies” in the Kresge Room of WCU’s Thomas Business Building on the Hattiesburg campus July 17-18 from 8:00 a.m.-5:00 p.m. The course will be delivered by trainers from the Louisiana State University’s National Center for Biomedical Research and Training (NCBRT), and is certified by the U. S. Department of Homeland Security (DHS).

Dr. Walter Cooper, professor of education at WCU, is the point of contact for the seminar. He is currently heading efforts to develop an Institute for the Study of Security in Education (ISSE) at Carey. ISSE will focus on assisting small to mid-size institutions of higher learning in planning and improving security management effectiveness and assisting K-12 schools relative to special-event security management. The seminar at WCU will focus on security management on small to mid-size campuses with limited resources.

Dr. Cooper was formerly Director of training for the National Center for Spectator Sport Safety and Security and has been involved in numerous projects with the U.S. DHS and the U.S. Department of Education over the past six years. He has served as Training Director for a U.S. Department of Education Emergency Management for Higher Education (EMHE) Grant, as external evaluator for an EMHE Grant funded to Texas A&M University, and assesses trainers for NCBRT at LSU.
“I believe strongly in serving institutions and organizations through the pursuit of continuous improvement and in the building of effective systems for assuring quality control,” Dr. Cooper said.

There is no cost for the seminar. NCBRT will provide trainers and materials. Refreshments and lunch will be provided on both days. Registration is open to up to three participants per campus. Administrators responsible for campus safety and security staff are encouraged to attend. To sign up for the event, contact Dr. Cooper at (601) 318-6764 or (228) 324-2802 or e-mail at, by July 1. Participants should provide their name, position, and contact information.