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On Thursday, Aug. 11, the Boulder Fire Department will teach 213 resident advisors and other staff from the University of Colorado Boulder about fire safety. The goal of the training is for Resident Advising staff to learn how to teach freshmen students about fire safety and how to lead effectively during emergencies.
The training includes:
· Smoke evacuation from a residence hall using non-toxic theatrical smoke
· Fire extinguisher skills practice on live fire
· Classroom activities & case studies using fire-damaged materials from actual fires involving CU-Boulder students
· Panel discussions with CU police and Boulder Fire Rescue & residence hall directors on “What to Do While You Are Waiting for Emergency Services to Arrive”
The student-based program is in its tenth year, and has become a national model for fire safety training on college campuses around the country.
“It’s an honor for CU-Boulder to partner with the Boulder Fire Department in the development of a national fire safety model for college students,” said Deb Coffin, interim vice chancellor for student affairs. “The program is grounded in fire safety practices and student feedback, and we’re confident it’s making a difference in the safety and health of our students.”
Training sessions start at 8:00 a.m. and go through noon on Thursday on the CU campus, Farrand and Libby residence halls.
For fun, RAs and students will also have the chance to test their skills with fire hoses, shooting Frisbees with water from a fire engine adjacent to Farrand Field.
Some of the tips which will be provided during the training include:
· Always evacuate when a fire alarm sounds.
· Find the nearest exit, which may not be the most familiar route.
· Use the stairs – not elevators – when evacuating. Elevators can trap you between floors or open onto a fire floor.
· If you are trapped and can’t evacuate, call 911.
· Make sure the smoke alarms in your rooms have fresh batteries.
· Take responsibility for your own safety.
For more information, please contact Sherry Kenyon, Fire Safety Educator, at 303-910-8512.
University of Colorado Boulder Provost Russell Moore today announced that Vice Chancellor for Student Affairs Julie Wong has accepted the post of regional associate vice chancellor for student affairs at the University of South Florida St. Petersburg. She will leave CU-Boulder July 1 and Deb Coffin, associate vice chancellor for student affairs and dean of students, will serve as interim vice chancellor for student affairs.
“I want to congratulate Julie on her appointment and wish her all the best,” said Moore. “She has served CU-Boulder with warmth and enthusiasm, and she will be a great addition to the USF-St. Petersburg community.”
At USFSP, Wong will serve as chief student affairs officer, overseeing housing and residence life, student conduct, student involvement, enrollment and marketing and eight other major departments and programs. She will take a special interest in further developing USFSP’s programs in civic engagement and in bringing on line USFSP’s new student center, opening in fall 2012.
The USFSP campus enrolls more than 6,000 students and is part of the University of South Florida System, which has an enrollment of more than 40,000 students.
“It has been a privilege to serve at CU-Boulder and I will greatly miss the students, parents, alumni and my many CU colleagues,” said Wong. “This new opportunity offers me the chance to lead a student affairs division in a growing urban university setting, which has been a special ambition of mine.”
Wong has served as vice chancellor for student affairs since July 2008. The post oversees more than two dozen departments and offices centered on improving student life, including the CU Alumni Association, the Office of Student Conduct, Counseling and Psychological Services, Wardenburg Health Center, the CU Recreation Center, the University Memorial Center, the Office of Parent Relations and numerous others. The division maintains a $136 million operating budget.
Moore also lauded the appointment of Coffin, who currently serves as associate vice chancellor for student affairs and dean of students, as Wong’s interim replacement.
“Deb Coffin will be stepping in to provide CU-Boulder with experienced interim leadership of our student affairs division,” Moore said. “Deb is a popular and seasoned leader who knows the student landscape at CU-Boulder better than anyone. We are fortunate to have her in this key role.”
Coffin has been at CU-Boulder since 2001 and has served as associate vice chancellor and dean of students since being appointed to the post in an interim capacity in July 2008. Prior to that she served as assistant vice chancellor for student affairs, supervising the departments of Housing and Dining, Residence Life, Greek Life, and the Alcohol and Other Drugs Program.
Coffin has worked in higher education for more than 26 years in appointments at CU-Boulder, the University of Wyoming and the University of Northern Colorado.