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Sather-Wagstaff Publishes Book

Published by NDSU's News/Medial Relations, 01 March 2011

Joy Sather-Wagstaff, assistant professor of anthropology, published "Heritage That Hurts: Tourists in the Memoryscapes of September 11" in mid-February.

In the book, Sather-Wagstaff argues memorial sites are public spaces that are continuously negotiated, constructed and reconstructed into culturally meaningful landscapes through various performative activities. These activities are not limited to formal commemorative acts but also include tourists' activities and experiences at memorial sites and post-travel. Sather-Wagstaff's primary focus is on the former site of the World Trade Center in New York. This site-in-process is compared to other sites, including the Oklahoma City National Memorial and Vietnam Veterans Memorial. She demonstrates how tourists are critical to constructing memorial sites as broadly significant rather than diminishing their social importance and in doing so, challenges existing academic theories on what is called "dark tourism."

The book is the fourth volume published in the Left Coast Press Heritage, Tourism and Community series.

Originally published by NDSU News/Media Relations at

Joy Sather-Wagstaff teaches an emergency management elective entitled "Disaster and Culture" and is a member of the Center for Disaster Studies and Emergency Management.

The Tradition of Boys State Continues

The Department of Emergency Management will continue its tradition of supervising a disaster exercise this summer as part of North Dakota Boys State.  North Dakota Boys State hosts high school boys who are about to be seniors in a week long government exercise (June 12-17) where participants role-play a variety of government positions ranging from city mayor to governor.  The disaster exercise occurs mid-week and is run by professors George Youngs and Carol Cwiak along with undergraduate and graduate students in emergency management.  If you would like to help conduct this exercise for credit (3 credits, field exercise), please contact either George Youngs ( or Carol Cwiak (

Online Homeland Security Course Offered

This summer (May 17-August 5) Dr. Daniel J. Klenow will offer EMGT 199: Issues in Homeland Security and Emergency Management for the first time. Students in the course will examine

  • the history and evolution of the relationship between civil defense and emergency management, and how that history has influenced the current homeland security environment; <//span>
  • the pertinent events and subsequent policy changes that led to the creation of the Department of Homeland Security and explain the outcomes/challenges of this reorganization; <//span>
  • the federal, state, local, and non-governmental organizations involved in homeland security and emergency management, including how they are organized, how they interrelate, and their current roles, as well as any challenges associated with intergovernmental relationships; and,<//span>
  • the differences between homeland security and emergency management, how they overlap, and the differing views of what the relationship should be; and the meaning of the “all-hazards” and phase approaches, including their coordinating mechanisms, and identify the strengths/drawbacks of using these approaches in homeland security and emergency management.<//span>

There is still time to register for this new and intriguing class! Be among the first to give it a try this summer. Anyone interested can register on Campus Connection.

Jensen has Second Article Published This Spring

The Journal of Homeland Security and Emergency Management has just published another article written by Dr. Jessica Jensen, faculty member in the Department of Emergency Management and Assistant Director of the Center for Disaster Studies and Emergency Management.

The article, entitled "The Status of NIMS Implementation Behavior in US Counties" study described and explained the current implementation behavior of counties in the United States with respect to the National Incident Management System (NIMS). Data were collected in two phases: 1) an internet survey was sent to a national random sample of county emergency managers and 2) a mail survey was sent to emergency managers in the sample that had not completed the internet survey. When data collection ceased, 355 randomly selected county emergency managers had participated in the study providing a nationally generalizable study. It was discovered that NIMS may be limited in its usefulness as the foundation for our nationwide emergency management system as well as its potential for use in large-scale disaster situations because of the wide variation in the manner in which NIMS is currently being implemented in counties across the United States. The article is available for download free of charge at:

With one notable exception, Dr. Jensen is the only scholar in the United States to have published previous work on the NIMS despite the role it is presumed or assumed to play in structuring our national emergency management system. Dr. Jensen has also published a grant report on the topic, an article in the International Journal of Mass Emergencies and Disasters, and has now published two articles this spring on the topic in the Journal of Homeland Security and Emergency Management.

NDSU President Dean Bresciani Participates in Student-Led Functional Exercise

Each year, students in Dr. Cwiak's EMGT 263: Disaster Response class develop and run a functional exercise. This year one group of students in the course developed an exercise to test interaction between the campus and city Emergency Operations Center (EOC).

Prior to running the exercise, the group asked Dr. Dean Bresciani, President of NDSU, if he would not mind stopping by during the exercise. Much to their suprise, President Bresciani agreed, and last Thursday the President came to the exercise to be briefed on scenario-based operations by participating students.

Dr. Dean Bresciani, NDSU President, is briefed by Department of Emergency Management students as part of a student-developed functional exercise.
Director of Ghana's National Emergency Managemetn Organization Visits NDSU

Mr. Kofi Portuphy, the Director of Ghana's National Disaster Management Organization (NADMO) and Colonel Tettah from Ghana's military, visited North Dakota State University's campus on Thursday, April 14th.  Mr. Portuphy was escorted by Mr. Doug Friez, the former Director of Emergency Management for the State of North Dakota.  Faculty, students and university administration had the opportunity to meet with Mr. Portuphy, Colonel Tetteh,  and Mr. Friez from 11:00 - 12:30 PM in the Meadowlark Room in the Memorial Union.

NADMO's website is located at: .  Faculty from NDSU's Department of Emergency Management have worked with Mr. Portuphy in the past as part of North Dakota National Guard's State Partnership Program.  Dr. Cwiak was fortunate to be able to visit Ghana a couple of years ago as part of this partnership.

Left to Right: Colonel Tetteh (Ghana military), Dr. Jessica Jensen (NDSU), Dr. George Youngs (NDSU), Kofi Portuphy (Director National Disaster Management Organisation, Ghana), Dr. Carol Cwiak (NDSU), Dr. Daniel Klenow (NDSU), Dr. D.K. Yoon (NDSU).
Col. Tetteh and Kofi Portuphy visit with Department of Emergency Management faculty and students.
Internship Opportunity with FEMA

The Office of the Chief Component Human Capital Officer announces the 2011 Summer Hire Program for Students (see attached flyer).  The program will run from June thru September 30, 2011.  Students may apply from April 4 – April 15, 2011 at


Students must be in an accredited college/university, high school (must be the age of 16),  or vocational school to qualify to participate in this program.

Questions?  Email: telephone:  202-212-2083

                            telehone: 202-646-297


2011 Homeland Security Summer Scholars Program Wants You

Undergraduate Students from various disciplines interested in careers in homeland security and related industries over a ten week summer period will have the opportunity to:

  • Work with professors on research in homeland security and create a research poster based on what was learned from your research experience, or <//span>
  • Obtaining an undergraduate certificate in North American Relations with a border security emphasis while conducting research and, <//span>
  • <//span>Experience one of the most dynamic border regions; <//span>
  • Network with other students from across the U.S. interested in homeland security; <//span>
  • Visit homeland security agencies & learn from experts in the field.<//span>

 Students chosen for the program will be awarded a $4,000 stipend and receive paid on-campus housing and a meal allowance if students do not live within commuting distance (100 miles).  Students who choose the research and certificate option will have their full tuition paid. A sample of the research areas of focus for the 2011 Academy includes:

  • Exploring solution methods based on game theory for security applications <//span>
  • Improving visual vigilance in human screeners<//span>
  • Border preparedness for bio-terrorism threats and events<//span>
  • Threats posed to national security by human trafficking <//span>
  • Perceiver factors in the perceptual identification of ethnic persons <//span>
  • Open source research, exploitation, and analysis of transnational criminal activities<//span>

Program begins May 31 and ends August 5, 2011. Application deadline is April 15, 2011.  Opportunities for either program option are limited so apply now. 

To learn more details about both program options, the research opportunities available, application requirements and instructions, and to apply to the program please visit: 

Jensen and Yoon Publish Article

The Journal of Homeland Security and Emergency Management has just published an article written by Dr. Jessica Jensen, faculty member in the Department of Emergency Management and Assistant Director of the Center for Disaster Studies and Emergency Management, and Dr. D.K. Yoon, faculty member in the Department of Emergency Management.

The article, entitled "Volunteer Fire Department Perceptions of ICS and NIMS", reports the findings from a mail survey designed to explore perceptions of the Incident Command System (ICS) and the National Incident Management System (NIMS) that was sent to volunteer fire fighters and department chiefs in Spring of 2008. The data demonstrated that both ICS and NIMS were not well perceived among responding volunteer fire chiefs and volunteer fire fighters in North Dakota. Rather than indicating issues with the ICS or NIMS systems themselves, respondents' comments revealed concerns with the systems to be rooted in their status as volunteers and their residence in rural areas. The article is available for download free of charge at:

Dr. Jensen is one of the few scholars in the United States to have published previous work on the NIMS despite the role it is presumed or assumed to play in structuring our national emergency management system. Dr. Jensen has also published a grant report on the topic, an article in the International Journal of Mass Emergencies and Disasters, and has another article on the topic forthcoming in the Journal of Homeland Security and Emergency Management.

EM Students Tour Major EOCs

December 2-3rd. IEMSA coordinated a trip for NDSU emergency management students to tour the Minneapolis EOC and the Target Company's International EOC in Minneapolis. Students got to tour the two facilities, ask questions of experienced public and private sector emergency managers, and work with the Target Company's table top exercises.

Emergency Management Scholarship Available

The International Association of Emergency Managers (IAEM) Scholarship Program benefits students pursuing studies in emergency management, homeland security, disaster management, and related fields.

IAEM’s Scholarship Program is available to full-time students pursuing degrees in emergency management, disaster management or related programs. Information, including the application, is available at The deadline for application is May 13, 2011.  Please tell students in your program about this opportunity.

Additionally, students may find membership in the organization useful. (Please note that the scholarship is available to all students, regardless of their membership status.) While a regular membership is $170 for U.S. members, students join for the same benefits for only $30. 

Student Members receive: 

  •  <//span><//span><//span>welcome letter and association services overview;<//span><//span> <//span><//span><//span>
  • <//span><//span><//span>1-year subscription to the IAEM E-News Service; <//span>
  • <//span>1-year subscription to electronic monthly IAEM Bulletin; <//span>
  • <//span>access to the online membership directory (a great resource when looking for jobs or internships), Annual Report, collection of previous Bulletins, and other IAEM materials; <//span> <//span><//span><//span>
  • <//span><//span><//span>access to the largest network of top emergency management and disaster experts who can offer solutions, guidance and assistance; <//span>
  • <//span>access to members-only areas of the IAEM web site including search capability for archived IAEM Bulletins<//span> covering a wide range of potential reference materials on disaster preparedness and emergency management topics; <//span>
  • <//span>the opportunity to advance their career with IAEM’s “Professional Opportunities”; <//span> <//span><//span><//span>discounts on registration at annual IAEM conferences and seminars; <//span> <//span><//span><//span>
  • <//span><//span><//span>discounts on sportswear and supplies from the IAEM Store, including the Annual Conference proceedings CD-ROM and other materials; <//span> <//span><//span><//span>print copies of the monthly 16-24-page IAEM Bulletin<//span> newsletter, delivered via U.S. Postal Service; <//span> <//span><//span><//span>
  • <//span><//span><//span>a unified voice to educate decision-makers about the impact of U.S. policies and legislation on emergency management;<//span>
  • <//span>pertinent U.S. legislative, regulatory and federal updates via e-mail; and <//span>
  • <//span>an organizational infrastructure and extensive network of U.S. contacts applicable to emergency management operations. <//span>

Every year some of our student members attend the Annual Conference through a stipend from IAEM to help advance their learning.  Please encourage your students to consider membership.  It is a great way to meet potential future employers. Information about membership is located at

Cwiak Presents to NDSU Staff on Preparedness

Dr. Carol Cwiak gave a presentation to NDSU staff on March 17, 2011 in the Century Theater Memorial Union. Her presentation, entitled "Do You Have Your Ducks in a Row? Preparign for the Potential Impact of the Spring Flood at Home and at Work", addressed some simple steps staff can take now to be better prepared to deal with flood issues that may arise. The presentation was part of the Discover U series sponsored by the NDSU Staff Senate Staff Development Committee.

Faculty Asked to be More Involved with IAEM-USA

The International Association of Emergency Managers (IAEM) is the largest professional organization related to emergency management in the world. IAEM is "dedicated to promoting the "Principles of Emergency Management" and representing those professionals whose goals are saving lives and protecting property and the environment during emergencies and disasters" (IAEM, 2011).

IAEM recently asked Dr. Carol Cwiak, Department of Emergency Management, to Co-Chair its Training and Education Committee. Dr. Cwiak had already been active as a member of the Association's Conference Committee.

Dr. Jessica Jensen is also active within the IAEM serving on both the Training and Education and Government Affairs committees.

Nominations Sought for Blanchard Award

North Dakota State University is proud to sponsor the Dr. B. Wayne Blanchard Award for Academic Excellence in Emergency Management Higher Education

To honor the contributions and spirit of excellence cultivated by Dr. B. Wayne Blanchard in emergency management higher education, North Dakota State University (NDSU) seeks nominations for an award it has created in his name to honor like contributions in the emergency management higher education community.

The Dr. B. Wayne Blanchard Award for Academic Excellence in Emergency Management Higher Education will annually honor the contributions of one esteemed member of the emergency management higher education community who has advanced emergency management higher education through his or her efforts.  NDSU is proud to support this award and appreciates its value as a mechanism by which the higher education community can recognize excellence within its own ranks.

Nominations can be submitted on behalf of oneself or others.  Nominations should be presented in a one page narrative that summarizes the contributions made to emergency management higher education by the nominated individual.  If pertinent and available, the CV of the nominee may also be presented with the nomination.  Nominations will be accepted via email from February 21, 2011 - March 21, 2011.  Nominations should be emailed to  A receipt confirmation email will be sent upon receipt of nominations.  Due to the international composition of the Award Committee, only email submissions will be considered.

The members of the Award Committee will review the nominations and notify the recipient on or before April 9, 2011.  The recipient will be presented a plaque commemorating the award at the Higher Education Conference in June (if recipient is unable to attend the conference the plaque will be mailed) and will have their photograph and biography featured on the  Dr. B. Wayne Blanchard Award for Academic Excellence in Emergency Management Higher Education web page located at

For questions about the award, contact Carol Cwiak at NDSU at or (701)231-5847.

Ready Campus Initiative Offers Training Opportunities

The Ready Campus Initiative has added two training and planning assistance opportunities available to staff, faculty and administration to make the campus safer for students, staff, faculty, administrators and visitors.

The opportunities are as follows:

“Scale-to-Fit” Strategic Emergency Training
Overview:  To better prepare our Staff and Faculty, the Ready Campus Initiative Team is available to develop department centric “Scale-to-Fit” strategy sessions on (but not limited to) the following topics:

•Armed Intruder/Active Shooter
•De-Escalation of Violent Behavior in the Workplace
•Emergency Evacuation and Shelter-in-Place Procedures
Natural Hazard Procedures (Fire, Tornado, Winter Weather...)
Suggested Audiences:
Executive:  Vice Presidents, Associate Vice Presidents, Deans, Directors, Department Heads and Chairs.
Staff and Faculty: Department Staff, Faculty, Principal Investigators and Supervisors.
Students: Student Groups or organizations.
Open:  Applicable to all members of the university community.

 “Scale-to-Fit” Emergency Planning:
Overview:  The RCI Team will meet with staff,  faculty and administrators to assist with hazard identification and emergency plan development.

 If interested in taking advantage of the above training opportunities please fill out and submit the ***RCI Training Request Form via campus mail (Send to: Department 3300, P.O. Box 6050 / Fargo ND 58108-6050) or electronically (Via email to:  If you would like more information on the above offerings or would like to suggest additional topics please contact Dustin Jensen at 701.231.8598 or via email at

 For additional information on the NDSU Ready Campus Initiative please follow the link below.

NDSU Ready Campus Initiative:


Ready Business Train-the-Trainer Webinars Offered

Ready Business training will be offered via webinar to help leaders learn how to teach the program in their communities. The training will be offered: 3 p.m. CST, Wednesday, March 2, 1 p.m. CST, Friday, March

  • 1 p.m. CST, Friday, March 11.

Extension educators, business leaders, government agency and nongovernmental organization representatives, and others are invited to take part to learn how to use the Extension Disaster Education Network (EDEN) resources to teach local businesses how to develop business continuity and disaster preparedness plans.

"Developing a business continuity and disaster preparedness plan doesn't require a consultant and thousands of dollars," says Becky Koch. As North Dakota State University Agriculture Communication director, she cooperated with FEMA Ready Campaign staff, Cooperative Extension System community development educators, and North Dakota State University emergency management faculty and staff to develop the training program based on Ready Business information. "Even though some people may not consider themselves experts on this topic, with the resources provided, they can confidently walk business managers and owners through at least the basics of a plan - and something is better than nothing in the event of a disaster. Whether it's a computer crash or a flood, a supply loss or a blizzard, a power outage or a terrorist attack, a little bit of planning can help businesses get back up and running again sooner."

Webinar presenters, in addition to Koch, include:
Kathy Tweeten, Community Economic Development Specialist, North Dakota State University
Glenn Muske, Rural and Agribusiness Enterprise Development Specialist, North Dakota State University
Carol Cwiak, Assistant Professor of Emergency Management, North Dakota State University
Eric Evans, Emergency Management Specialist, University of Missouri
Rick Atterberry, Media Communications Specialist, University of Illinois

The EDEN Ready Business resources are at The materials include a marketing video, instructor guide, PowerPoint slides, disaster plan template, links to additional resources and online evaluations.

The three webinars will cover the same information. No preregistration is required for the free webinars, which are made possible with a grant from the USDA National Institute of Food and Agriculture to North Dakota State University. To join a webinar:

 *   Go to and run the setup wizard so the webinar works on your computer.
 *   Click on "Participant Login." Enter "NDSU_Ag" for Room ID. For Name, please enter your first and last names and a two-letter abbreviation of what state you're from.
 *   Once you're in the "lobby," select "EDEN: Ready Business Training" and you will enter the "training room."
 *   Be sure to have a speaker system for your computer, though you don't need a microphone. Questions and comments may be typed into the chat box in the lower left corner of the screen.

Emergency Management one of Fastest Growing Career Fields

EM has hit U.S. News' annual list again as one of the top 50 best jobs/careers. This year Dr. Klenow is quoted in the article and NDSU is the only hi ed institution mentioned.  Not too shabby... ;-) Check it out -

Research Opportunity

The National Research Council of the National Academies sponsors a number of awards for graduate, postdoctoral and senior researchers at federal laboratories and affiliated institutions. These awards include generous stipends ranging from $42,000 - $75,000 per year for recent Ph.D. recipients, and higher for additional experience and graduate entry level stipends beginning at $30,000 and higher for additional experience. The awards provide the opportunity for recipients to do independent research in some of the best-equipped and staffed laboratories in the U.S. Research opportunities are open to U.S. citizens, permanent residents, and for some of the laboratories, foreign nationals.

Detailed program information, including instructions on how to apply online and a list of participating laboratories, is available on the NRC Research Associateship Programs Web site. Questions should be directed to the NRC at 202-334-2760 (phone) or
<.There>>. are four review cycles annually. Deadlines for 2011 are: February 1, May 1, August 1, and             November 1. Applicants should contact prospective Adviser(s) at the lab(s) prior to  the application deadline to discuss their research interests and funding opportunities.


Fifth Doctoral Degree in Emergency Management Earned

As of November 4, North Dakota State University’s Department of Emergency Management has produced its fifth Ph.D. Dan Martin joins Carol Cwiak, Vicki Miller, Micheal Kemp, and Jessica Jensen as one of the few Emergency Management Ph.D. holders in the United States. Dan Martin’s doctoral dissertation is entitled, "Conceptualizing Effective Community Disaster Recovery: A Case Study of the National Response Framework's Emergency Support Function 14".

North Dakota State University remains the only institution in the United States that grants a Ph.D. specifically in Emergency Management.

Yoon Presents at ASPC Conference

Dr. Yoon, assistant professor, presented the paper titled, "Does planning matter? - Emergency plan preparedness in the Red River Valley" at the Association of Collegiate Schools of Planning (ACSP) annual conference in Minneapolis, MN on October 9th, 2010.

Cwiak Part of Group to Develop Emergency Management Discipline

Dr. Carol Cwiak is one of a handful of scholars in the emergency management higher education community from around the nation asked to participate in a Roundtable discussion at FEMA's Emergency Management Institute (EMI). The goal of those participating in the discussion will be to create a set of measureable outcomes that essentially define and justify the awarding of an undergraduate degree in Emergency Management to be used by Emergency Management undergraduate degree programs across the country. 

Cwiak Invited Speaker at FEMA's Emergency Management Institute

Dr. Carol Cwiak was recently invited to speak at the FEMA Emergency Management Institute (EMI) at its Emergency Planning, Preparedness, Training and Education for Colleges and Unviersities class for Tribal Colleges and Universities. The 3 1/2 day course is primarily for Tribal College and University Preaident or their Provosts, Chancellors, or Senior Deans and is designed to provide college and university executives an introduction to emergency management, a basic overview of EMI's Higher Education Program, and an opportunity to hear from some of the leading professionals in the field of emergency management. Dr. Cwiak spoke on two topics: professionalization of emergency management and developing emergency managers of the future.

Students do Volunteer Management for Extreme Makeover: Home Edition

Students from the Department of Emergency Management are managing volunteers for the Extreme Makeover: Home Edition build in Moorhead, MN the week of October 3-10, 2010. The students will coordinate more than 4,000 volunteers over the course of the week.

The Forum did a nice little piece on the Department's role in the makeover on the front page - see - and NDSU likewise posted two articles - see and

The Department's participation in volunteer management for the Extreme Makeover: Home Edition is a follow-up to the Department's role in volunteer management during the Spring 2009 flood in the FM area.

3rd Annual Preparedness Expo a Success!

The 3rd Annual Emergency Preparedness Expo, hosted by the NDSU  Emergency Management Student Association and the NDSU Emergency Management Department,was held on Thursday September 30th, from 10am-4pm in the Memorial Union Great Room.  The event focussed on educating students and faculty on hazard awareness and preparedness.  Organizations participating in the event included: NDSU Extension Service, Clay County GIS, Fargo Cass Public Service, ND State Climate Office – NDSU, Fargo Fire Department, National Weather Service, Sanford Health, American Red Cross, NDSU UP & SO, Red River Radio Amateurs, FM Ambulance, Fargo-Cass Emergency Management, Lutheran Disaster Response, Fargo Police Department, Ready Campus Initiative, NDSU Department of Emergency Management, Emergency Management Student Association. More than 300 students were able to learn how to ready themselves for this year’s flu season, tips for creating a preparedness plan, and much more.

Ready Campus Summit Draws Wide Range of Attendees

The Ready Campus Initiative (RCI) sponsored the Ready Campus Summit for Higher Education on Thursday September 30 and Friday October 1, 2010. The free conference focussed on the importance of comprehensive emergency planning efforts and relationship building within a Higher Education framework. The conference also provided attendees with helpful planning strategies and materials to better protect lives, property, and sustain operations during a campus crisis. More than 80 individuals representing emergency management and higher education from 27 institutions/organizations in North Dakota, South Dakota, Minnesota, and Montana attended. 

Graduate Curriculum Changes Approved

At their August 31st meeting, the Acadmic Affairs subcommittee of the University Senate voted to approve the curriculum revisions proposed by the Department of Emergency Management for its master's thesis and comprehensive study options as well as its doctoral degree.

The revisions represent a significant shift in curriculum requirements for each degree program and will be applicable to all graduate students entering the program after August 31, 2010. Graduate students that entered the program prior to August 31, 2010 may elect to meet the new curriculum requirements for the degree program should they so desire with the approval of their advisor.

The newly approved curriculum revisions can be found on the Department's website on the Prospective Students page.

Ready Campus Initiative Prepares for Summit

The Ready Campus Initiative (RCI) is busily preparing for the Ready Campus Summit for Higher Education to be held on Thursday September 30 and Friday October 1, 2010. This free conference will focus on the importance of comprehensive emergency planning efforts and relationship building within a Higher Education framework. The conference will also provide attendees with helpful planning strategies and materials to better protect lives, property, and sustain operations during a campus crisis. It is expected that more than 100 individuals representing emergency management and higher education from North Dakota, South Dakota, Minnesota, and Montana will attend.

Article Co-authored by Dr. Yoon Published

D. K. Yoon, Assistant Professor of Emergency Management, and Jimmy Kim, Assistant Professor of Civil Engineering, published an article in the September/October 2010 issue of the Journal of Bridge Engineering, American Society of Civil Engineers. In their paper “Identifying Critical Sources of Bridge Deterioration in Cold Regions through the Constructed Bridges in North Dakota,” a novel approach is proposed to assess the performance of existing bridges in cold regions, including a combined Geographic Information System (GIS) and statistical analysis method. The collaborative investigations are based on the 5,289 bridges in North Dakota sampled from the National Bridge Inventory database inspected between 2006 and 2007. Of particular interests is the determination of the critical sources affecting deterioration of constructed bridges subjected to cold regions environments. The research findings are expected to enhance infrastructure planning and management in North Dakota.

Yoon’s research interest includes planning and policy for natural and man-made disasters, risk, and vulnerability analysis. Kim’s interest includes infrastructure rehabilitation using advanced composite materials and performance assessment of constructed facilities. The Journal of Bridge Engineering is one of the leading journals in the area of transportation structures. The American Society of Civil Engineers is the oldest engineering society in the nation (found in 1852) and has over 144,000 members around the world.

EM Students Participate in Exercise Course and Full-Scale Exercise

The summer of 2010 saw a number of EM undergraduates and graduate students exercising hard, yet nary a bead of sweat was dropped.  Does this mean that the NDSU EM Program discovered the dream, summer exercise program?  Yes! 

A dozen NDSU EM students began the summer in an Exercise Facilitation course taught by Drs. Youngs and Cwiak.  The course focused on preparing for the Department’s annual coordination of a disaster exercise for North Dakota Boys State (NDBS).  Materials were organized; many maps were redone; and a multitude of new “threats” were devised.  The course concluded with the actual conduct of the exercise at North Dakota State College of Science in Wahpeton.  Sixty high school students, soon to be seniors, participated.

The Boys State exercise was a work-out, but more exercising was still to come.  Many of the same NDSU EM students who were in the Boys State exercise went on to the “next level” with enrollment in an Advanced Exercise Design course.  This course also was conducted by Drs. Youngs and Cwiak.  The advanced course examined the empirical literature in emergency management on exercise outcomes and then concluded with participation in yet another exercise.  This time, our EM students served as exercise evaluators for the “NDSU side” of a multi-party, full-scale exercise held on the NDSU campus.  Finally, two courses and two exercises later, our EM students completed their dream, summer exercise program.

Faculty Publish Chapters in Emergency Management Higher Education Book

Four NDSU emergency management faculty have contributed chapters to a recently published book by the Public Entity Risk Institute in Fairfax, Virginia.  The edited book, Integrating Emergency Management Studies into Higher Education: Ideas, Programs and Strategies, includes chapters by Professors Jessica Jensen, Carol Cwiak, Daniel J. Klenow, and George A. Youngs.

             Professor Jensen’s article is titled “Emergency Management Theory: Unrecognized, Underused, and Underdeveloped”.  Professor Jensen provides an analysis of the state of theory in emergency management and reviews the importance of theory content in emergency management graduate programs.

            The chapter by Klenow and Youngs, “Developing and Enhancing Emergency Management Programs at the Undergraduate Level” details the evolution of the undergraduate emergency management curriculum at NDSU and addresses student recruitment and program management processes.

             Professor Cwiak’s chapter is titled “Emergency Management Higher Education: A Snapshot of the Community”.  This article presents data from an annual survey of emergency management programs across the nation.

Emergency Management Program becomes Stand-Alone Department

It is a pleasure to announce that this morning the North Dakota State Board of Higher Education approved the request to form a separate academic unit which will be named the Department of Emergency Management at North Dakota State University.  The new unit will officially separate from the Department of Sociology, Anthropology, and Emergency Management on June 30th, 2010.  The department will include five faculty members who hold doctoral degrees.  Dr. Daniel Klenow will serve as department head and serve the faculty and students as this exciting new unit continues to grow and establish additional local, state, regional, national and international linkages.

The growth of this exciting field at NDSU is due to the efforts of many undergraduate and graduate students, departmental faculty, supportive on campus administrators, FEMA administrators, and our many external partners at every jurisdictional level.

CDSEM Completes Study on State Associations of Emergency Management

Dr. Jessica Jensen, faculty member in the Department of Emergency Management and Assistant Director of the Center for Disaster Studies and Emergnecy Management has just completed a study on state associations of emergency management for the International Association of Emergency Managers, United States Council (IAEM-USA).

The purpose of the study was to designed to give IAEM-USA a general sense of the form and function of the associations. The survey was also viewed as a way to begin identifying ways IAEM-USA might formalize relationships with state associations and/or support state association efforts.

The survey, hosted by Survey Monkey, remained open for completion until the 16th of July. When the survey closed, representatives from 29 out of the 43 state associations of emergency management had completed the survey for a completion rate of 67%. A briefing book with data on each state association and a summary report on the data will be soon available for download through the IAEM-USA website.

Jensen has been conducting research for IAEM for several years and is a member of its Government Affairs Committee.

Emergency Management Faculty and Students Active at FEMA Hi Ed Conference

Department of Emergency Management faculty, students, and graduates were active in the 2010 Federal Emergency Management Agency’s Annual Higher Education Conference this past June in Emmitsburg, Maryland.  Carol Cwiak coordinated the nomination, review and award process for the Wayne Blanchard Award which was established by NDSU to recognize academic excellence in Emergency Management Higher Education.  Cwiak also gave a presentation on the “Principles of Emergency Management Independent Study Course Development” as well as the annual research based report on Emergency Management programs across the nation and the body of knowledge review.  She also presented an extended session on “Emergency Management for Higher Education: U.S. Department of Education Resources and Grantee Highlights from North Dakota State University.”  That session reviewed the activities generated on the NDSU campus from the $412,353 Department of Education planning grant for which she serves as principal investigator.  NDSU graduate student Marc Khatchadourian also participated in that session.  Khatchadourian also gave a presentation on Emergency Management internships.  Department Head, Daniel J. Klenow, gave a presentation on “Building and Maintaining Emergency Management Progams” and Jessica Jensen gave a presentation in the session on “Theoretical Considerations for Emergency Management in Higher Education.”  NDSU doctoral graduate Mike Kemp teamed up with current doctoral student Dan Martin for a presentation on “Utilizing Emergency Management Focused Technologies in the Classroom.”

Quick Start Guide: Pandemic Planning for Businesses

Carol Cwiak of NDSU's Emergency Management Program partnered recently with Grand Forks Public Health to create the Quick Start Guide: Pandemic Planning For Businesses. The guide was written to help businesses prepare for issues they may face with the resurgence of the H1N1 virus this fall and winter. The guide encourages businesses to focus on seven key areas in their immediate planning efforts: identifying and detailing critical functions; identifying vulnerabilities and challenges; classifying employees; creating a communication protocol; cross-training employees; implementing healthy workplace policies; and, educating employees.

NDSU Department of Emergency Management Receives Department of Education Grant

NDSU was recently awarded $412,352 under the Department of Education's Emergency Management for Higher Education grant. The 18 month grant award will support comprehensive emergency management planning for the campus through the Ready Camus Initiative. The Emergency Management Program is working in collaboration with the University Police and Safety Office and the University's Crisis Management Response Team to ensure that NDSU is prepared to deal with the hazards it faces. Emergency management faculty members, Carol Cwiak and Daniel Klenow are the P.I.s on the grant and four emergency management graduate students are also working on the grant.

Teen Cert

A team from NDSU's Emergency Management Program recently participated in West Fargo High School's Teen CERT end-of-the-semester emergency simulation. West Fargo ran the pilot Teen CERT Program in North Dakota as a result of a partnership between West Fargo School District, FirstLink and NDSU's Emergency Management Program.A few photos from this event are below. Additional photos and video footage will be posted at a later date on the Teen CERT page (on the Project page). Also see photos from the simulation taken by Dave Wallis of The Forum.

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