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Campus safety conference at Holiday Inn: June 10-13

(Bethlehem, Pennsylvania) -- Moravian College’s Department of Campus Safety will host the 48th annual Northeast Colleges & Universities Security Association (NECUSA) Conference from June 10-13 at the Holiday Inn in Bethlehem. The program is being coordinated by Moravian College in conjunction with Lafayette College and Muhlenberg College. Other campus safety departments from area institutions participating in the conference will include Cedar Crest College, DeSales University, and Lehigh University.

Sean Tallarico, director of campus safety at Moravian College, will serve as moderator, introducing each of the six speakers and their special topics on Monday. Tallarico has been a NECUSA Conference member for 18 years, 16 of those years representing Moravian College. He has served on the NECUSA board for 12 years and is a past president

Major Ben Brooks, retired Pennsylvania state police officer, will present, "Cultural Diversity Issues Involving Crime Victimization," during the morning session. He will discuss the importance of understanding the ramifications of cultural differences among students.

Lydia Perry, Center for Humanistic Change, will focus on "Dealing with Conflict". She will demonstrate how officers should deal with situations in a controlled manor by using professional language, body language, and other techniques to deescalate problems.

The last topic on Monday, "The Jean Cleary Act One Year Later," will focus on the impact of releasing campus crime statistics to the public. The act was founded in 1987 and became a federal law in 1990.

On Tuesday, June 12, Captain Houck, Bethlehem Township Police Department, will moderate the day’s main topic "Active Shooter, Threat Assessment," focusing on what campus safety officers should do if faced with a situation similar to Columbine. New theories of not waiting for officials to arrive on the scene of an active shooter, but to become involved immediately will be discussed.

Wednesday’s topics, "Domestic Violence" and "Total Wellness for the Security Administrator," will end the conference. The first presentation will discuss roommate and boyfriend/girlfriend fights on campus and how to deal with them.

The security issue will be led by Mike McCarthy, Director of Security at St. John Fisher College, to teach officers how to take care of themselves. McCarthy will talk about physical fitness and stress management for the campus law enforcement officer.

The conference will then commence with a Cracker Barrel free forum in which attendees can ask questions to several officials. Ken Lupole, Hugh Harris and Ed Shupp with monitor.

The NECUSA is the oldest campus law enforcement association in the country, with 300 colleges affiliated. One hundred and ninety-seven colleges will attend the June conference. The association membership extends as far northeast as Maine, southeast to Maryland and west as Ohio.

Moravian College is a private, coeducational, selective liberal arts college located in Bethlehem, Pennsylvania. Tracing its founding to 1742, it is recognized as America's sixth-oldest college. Visit the Web site at www.moravian.edu.