Virginia Tech Students to Address University Presidents on Campus Security

EDMOND, Okla.–(BUSINESS WIRE)–Two Virginia Tech students, on campus during the horrific shootings that killed 32 people earlier this year, will share their experience with university presidents, school administrators and law enforcement at the 2007 National Campus Security Summit, to be held May 30 on the University of Central Oklahoma campus in Edmond, Oklahoma.

The students, both in leadership positions on the Virginia Tech campus, will bring to the Summit a reality and first-hand experience that no expert can ever duplicate.

This event will not be an analysis of everything that happened at Virginia Tech, said Summit co-host and MIPT Executive Director Donald Hamilton. Experts are examining all aspects of that terrible day. Even so, hearing the voice of some of those most directly affected is a powerful experience, one that reminds us of what is at stake and why we need to press for the right balance of openness and security, of safety and liberty.

Their world was turned upside down by the actions of one man, said Summit co-host and UCO President Roger Webb. Its important for those in charge of student safety to hear what happened and its impact on this campus community.

The summit is the first of its kind in the U.S. since the tragedy in April at Virginia Tech and pulls together speakers from across the country to offer practical ideas that will help protect our most vulnerable targets.

David Paulison, administrator of the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) will be the featured speaker, as well as former FBI profiler and NBC commentator Clint Van Zandt.

Deadline for Summit registration is May 23.

For more information, go to the 2007 National Campus Security Summit website at http://campussecuritysummit.ucok.edu.

MIPT is a non-profit, nationally recognized think-tank creating state-of-the-art knowledge bases. You can access the worlds largest single source of information on terrorism at www.MIPT.org.

The University of Central Oklahoma is a public, four-year, masters level university. Founded in 1890, UCO is the oldest institution of higher learning in the state of Oklahoma.

UCO also is home to the nationally known UCO Forensic Science Institute, headed by Dr. Dwight Adams, former director of the FBI Laboratory in Quantico, Va.