APPA 2015 opened with a sobering general session where three survivors of “active shooter” incidents shared their personal stories: Kristina Anderson, survivor of the Virginia Tech shooting, and founder of the Koshka Foundation for Safe Schools; Natalie Hammond, a former lead teacher at Sandy Hook Elementary School; and Frank DeAngelis, (retired) principal of Columbine High School. In addition to telling their personal experience, all three panelists talked about efforts that need to be undertaken to ensure the facilities are as secure as possible, that facilities professionals are in actively involved with public safety officials, and that everyone – students, faculty, custodial staff – needs to vigilant to their environment. The session as facilitated by Keith Woodward of Quinnipiac University and sponsored by Siemens.
APPA is pleased to announce the release of the breakout session content for viewing. So many great sessions from APPA 2015 and now you have the chance to see content from those you were unable to attend or those you wish to view again.
In late June, Lander Medlin, APPA's executive vice president, traveled to Mexico to discuss membership and greater collaboration between APPA and three major university systems in north, west, and south central Mexico: Tec de Monterrey (ITESM), TecMilenio, and Tec Salud. The three systems comprise more than 60 campuses. APPA also is working with the Universidad Panamericana (UP), which has programs to train students in all aspects of institutional support services. Representatives from UP traveled to Chicago for the APPA 2015 conference and meetings with APPA’s Mexico committee and the Board of Directors. APPA and our six regional associations have been working together to develop and enhance our connections with Mexican institutions of higher education.