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Northwest Missouri State University

News Release

Nov. 10, 2009

Crisis Response Conference provides planning experience to PR students

Persons interested in learning about crisis response techniques are invited to attend an upcoming conference organized by Northwest students. The Crisis Response Conference is from 3 to 7 p.m. Wednesday, Nov. 18, in the J.W. Jones Student Union Boardroom.

Since 2003, students in the Advanced Public Relations Practicum class taught by Dr. John Fisher, assistant professor of communication, theatre and languages, have had the opportunity to organize a conference based on a topic selected by Fisher. Conferences in the past have drawn more than 100 attendees, and Fisher expects a similar turnout this year.

"I'm quite impressed by how well the students do when it comes to planning a conference of this magnitude," Fisher said. "The 15 students in my class this trimester have really taken this assignment from day one and planned it themselves. They've done everything from determining the program and inviting the speakers, and they're experiencing all of the challenges involved in planning a conference. They've handled themselves very professionally."  

In addition to a "surprise simulation" at the beginning of the conference, Dr. Mark Corson, associate professor of geosciences, will demonstrate how to use a fire extinguisher; Dru Burns, University Police officer, will demonstrate self defense tactics; and Tanja Shimak, a Northwest graduate student, will discuss proper first aid techniques. Following dinner, Dr. Jerry Wilmes, director of wellness services and emergency coordinator at Northwest, will give the keynote address. The conference concludes with a panel discussion involving each of the presenters.

Tickets are $10, which includes the conference registration, dinner, a first aid kit and an attendance certificate. Payment will be accepted at the door and can be charged to a student's Aladine account. Tickets can be reserved in advance by contacting Jay Fohey at .

The Crisis Response Conference is supported by a Northwest Culture of Quality Grant.

For more information, please contact:

Mark Hornickel, Communication Manager | 660.562.1704 | Fax: 660.562.1900

Northwest Missouri State University
215 Administration Building | 800 University Drive | Maryville, MO 64468