Hobart and William Smith Colleges will host the Supervisors Academy for campus safety supervisors from Monday, July 29 through Thursday, Aug. 1. This is the second year Campus Safety is presenting the program and the number of institutions participating has doubled. Members of HWS campus safety will be joined by supervisors from Daemen College, Drew University, Keene State College, Keuka College, Niagara County Community College, Niagara University, Roberts Wesleyan College, Skidmore College, St. Bonaventure University, St. Lawrence University, and the University of New Hampshire police department.
“We focused on a larger radius when promoting the conference this year and are now seeing attendees coming from as far as New Hampshire and New Jersey,” says Associate Director of Campus Safety Chris Beattie.
The academy will again feature a wide variety of speakers from offices across campus including Residential Education, the Counseling Center and Human Resources. The first two days of the conference are set to focus on strategies for new supervisors who may be looking for guidance; the next two days will provide the more experienced attendees with the chance to delve into issues such as conducting sexual assault investigations.
“Our goal in creating the academy was to provide training for supervisors and fill the significant gap in training opportunities for those in the campus safety field,” explains Beattie. “We also wanted to develop something relevant for both new supervisors and those with more experience, so we operate two tracks throughout the week to provide areas of specific interest for all.”
The inaugural conference was well received by professionals at all career levels.
“This training was as unique as it was specific to the type of work we do and the people we work with and for. All the material was good and the speakers engaging,” says Roxanne Cliff, assistant director of safety and security at St. Lawrence University, who participated last year. “I took more away from this training than any other that I have ever attended. It was a great experience!”
Among those speaking are Director of Campus Safety Martin Corbett, Assistant Vice President of Student Affairs Montrose Streeter and Robert Pool, vice president of student affairs at Houghton College, who will lead two talks on leadership styles and ethical decision making. Associate Director of the Centennial Center for Leadership Amy Forbes will discuss what it means to be a supervisor. Others providing their insight to the academy are Vice President of Human Resources Sandra Bissell, Director of Residential Education Stacey Pierce and Vice President for Student Affairs Robert Flowers.