Clone of Office of Safety & Security’s Open House a Success

by Carlos Mojica

On Wednesday, September 16, the Office of Safety & Security held its first Open House event. The event provided students with an opportunity to ask questions and learn more about the job that Security Aides do, as well as the services they offer.

The event lasted three hours and was attended by students and full-time professionals alike, all of whom seemed happy to attend the event – and not just for the refreshments. “I think it is a wonderful idea to have an open house.  It is an opportunity for the students to meet some of the residential hall security staff and learn about the services that are offered,” said KSUPD Officer Steve Steele.

Heavily advertised in the days leading up to it, the Open House was part of the on-going community outreach efforts by the Office of Safety & Security. In the past, students have only had limited interaction with Security Aides, something the program is seeking to change.

“I know a lot of people don’t know about us or they simply think we’re out to get them in trouble. I think it was a great idea to [help] put our name out there,” said Supervisor David Rodenbaugh.

Criminal Justice student Joseph Haluska was among those with limited knowledge about the Security program. “I didn’t know exactly what Security aides did. I knew that they would walk students home at night, and that they would make sure everyone is all right,” he said

Among the services offered by the Office of Safety & Security are bike registration, escorts, and item labeling. But beyond teaching the student body about the services offered, Assistant Director Brian Hellwig hopes the event helped students see Security Aides in a different light.

“We had hoped that the Open House would not only educate students on what we do, but also let them get to know our Security Aides on a one-on-one basis and help them realize that our Aides are students too,” said Brian.

It seems as though the Open House was a success in that regard, as the students who attended seemed to enjoy the laid back nature of the event and were pleasantly surprised with what they saw.

“I was very impressed. Security is very organized, very professional… but they’re also very friendly, and very outgoing. I felt very welcomed by the other Security Aides that were there. It was a very nice first impression,” said Joseph.

The Security Aides were also happy with the overall success of the program, but there were some parts that stood apart to them.

“I think best part was allowing other staff to come in and maybe clarify for them what we do. They see a lot of the negative stuff that we do like writing people up or doing things like that, but we do a lot of good things too for the halls and the community,” said Supervisor Tyler Verma.

The Office of Safety & Security will continue its community outreach efforts throughout the year, so make sure you are on the lookout for any upcoming events. Security is open every day of the year, from 8 p.m. until 2:30 a.m. Sunday through Wednesday, and from 8:00 p.m. until 4:00 a.m. Thursday through Saturday.