OCU Students Chosen to Attend FEMA Higher Education Conference
Two Ohio Christian University students have been chosen to attend the 14th Annual Emergency Management Higher Education Conference June 6-9, 2011. The students, Jay Allen of Lebanon, Ohio and Travis Campbell of Westerville, Ohio were chosen by the Federal Emergency Management Agency, FEMA from a pool of students from across the United States. OCU's Disaster Management Program Director, Thad Hicks stated, "This is a big step for the school. We had some students apply last year but they were not chosen. This year we have two going. This is just another example of the increased amount of exposure that the Disaster Management Program at OCU is gaining in the field."
The 4-day conference is fully funded and will be a time of learning for the students. Jay and Travis will spend 20% of their time helping with various aspects of the conference i.e., passing around microphones, signing up conference attendants, and assisting breakout presenters with their logistical needs etcetera. The rest of their time will be spent attending workshops, meetings, and training sessions. These trainings through the Federal Government are a great place to network and get a fuller understanding of the field.
The primary goal of the conference is to provide a forum for collegiate faculty, administrators and students to network with each other and with representatives of Emergency Management Professional organizations which are also invited to the conference. The FEMA Higher Education Conference is a wonderful opportunity for these two students and for Ohio Christian University.
Jay Allen and Travis Campbell will represent Ohio Christian University well. Hicks added, "Jay or Travis could be handing a resume to someone in a few years who sat next to them in one of these sessions."