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									                                         rgency m anagement
                          Fall 2009

                                                                                                        Inside this issue:
            Novel Influenza A H1N1 (Swine Flu)
                                                                                                 From the Desk of…..          2
            What You Can do to Protect Yourself                                                  Meet the Staff & Faculty     3
Novel influenza A H1N1           It’s uncertain at this time how                                 Graduate Program             4
(swine flu) is a new flu         serious or severe this
virus of swine origin that       novel H1N1 pan-                                                 Faculty & Staff cont...      5
                                                           Arkansas Tech University will be
was first detected in April,     demic will be in                                                Featured Story cont...       6
                                                           following the interim
2009. On June 11, 2009,          terms of how many
                                                           recommendations from the              CERT News                    7
the World Health Organi-         people infected will
                                                           Center for Disease Control and        IEMSA News                   8
zation (WHO) raised the          develop serious com-
                                                           Prevention regarding the H1N1
worldwide pandemic               plications or die from                                          Graduates
                                                           virus. These recommendations                                       9
alert level to Phase 6 in        novel H1N1 infec-
                                                           were updated on August 17,            Student of the Year          9
response to the ongoing          tion. Experience with
                                                           2009. A complete list of
global spread of the             this virus so far is lim-                                       A Long Journey              10
                                                           recommendations can be found
novel influenza A (H1N1)         ited and influenza is
virus. A Phase 6 designa-        unpredictable. While                                           Editor: Julie Halford
tion indicates that a            the Centers for Dis-      http://www.cdc.gov/h1n1flu/
global pandemic is under-        ease Control and          guidanceguidelines_colleges.htm
way. WHO’s decision to           Prevention (CDC) is                                              UPCOMING CAREER
raise the pandemic alert         taking action to con-                                                       FAIRS
level to Phase 6 is a reflec-    trol the outbreak,
                                                                                                       Business Industry &
tion of the spread of the        communities, businesses,
                                                                                                       Government Fair
virus, not the severity of       places of worship, schools,                                           Oct. 28, 2009
illness caused by the vi-        and individuals can also take
rus.                            (Continued on page 5)                                                  Spring Student &
                                                                                                       Alumni Career Fair
                                                                                                       April 7, 2010
                                                                                                       Educator’s Fair
Recipient of the Jim ed mcgee award                                                                   February 25, 2010
Lindi Criswell received the      as the outstanding graduate                                           Engineering & Tech-
2008 Jim Ed McGee Gradu-         student of the year. The                                              nology Fair
ate Honors Award at the          award was presented to         and Homeland Security de-
                                                                                                        March 9, 2010
annual Student Recognition       Lindi by Dardanelle Mayor      gree in August 2008. She
Banquet. Created in 1995         Carolyn McGee. Lindi was       went on to work for James                For more info
the award recognizes one         selected by a committee of     Lee Witt Associates as a Haz-
Emergency Management             Tech graduate faculty. She     ard Mitigation Specialist.
and Homeland Security            received a Master of Science
graduate student each year       in Emergency Management
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   F r o m t h e d e sk o f … ..

                                                                Mr. Ed Leachman...

For those of you who are new to the program “Welcome Aboard” and for our continuing students “Welcome Back.” It is you -
our students - who make this an outstanding program both while you are with us here on campus and just as importantly
when you go out into the profession and make us proud. Once again we have experienced phenomenal growth in both the
undergraduate and graduate programs. Thanks for your dedication and support.

There are several changes this year that will benefit us all. First we welcome Ms. Jamie Earls to our staff as a full-time assistant
professor. Many of you already know Ms. Earls because she has been a visiting instructor for the last year and has been very
involved in student activities. Drs. Garner and Ihde, Ms. Gray and I are very appreciative to our administration for making Ms.
Earl’s appointment permanent. We also continue to have an excellent group of adjunct professors supporting our pro-
gram. Ms. Goss, Dr. Franks, and Mr. Jackson are returning adjuncts and Mr. Jimmy Bailey is a first time adjunct teaching two
sections of Introduction to Terrorism. You truly have an outstanding, dedicated faculty.

You may have noticed there have been some academic organizational changes at Tech . We are now officially known as the
Department of Emergency Management and are part of the College of Applied Sciences. Our Dean is Dr. William Hoefler and
he is very supportive of our department as was Dr. Rollans. If you have an opportunity please let Dr. Rollans know how much
we appreciate the care and support she gave our department during its first 12 years.

For those of you who are new to the program I would like to make you aware of our Emergency Operations Center (EOC) lo-
cated in Dean Hall Room 102. This is a fully functional EOC that also serves as a laboratory for the EM majors. If you have not
seen the EOC please come by Dean 102 and get a tour of the resources that are available to you.

Please remember, all faculty and staff are here to assist you in achieving your academic goals and do not hesitate to call on us
to help in any way we can.

Best wishes for a successful semester!
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                        Meet the dedicated Faculty& staff of
                               emergency management

                  Beth Gray, JD                                                        Dr. Richard Ihde

“The beginning of fall semester is always an exciting
                                                                “I would like to say welcome back and, if you are a first
time for me. We get to meet the new students, know-
                                                                timer, welcome aboard. I think you will find your time in
ing that they have a bright future ahead of them. The
                                                                the E. M. Department to be a unique experience. We are
greatest reward of my job is witnessing the success of
                                                                all about helping students succeed and I am looking for-
our graduates and thinking back fondly, and sometimes
                                                                ward to working with each of you on developing a ca-
humorously, to the time they first entered our pro-
                                                                reer path that will take you into a very exciting and im-
gram. To all of our students I want to convey an impor-
                                                                portant field. Our country has embraced the idea of pre-
tant message - there is a clear, direct correlation be-
                                                                paredness in a major way and you are about to become
tween success for emergency management students
                                                                part of something which affects people on all levels and
and their level of involvement in hands-on activities
                                                                in all sectors. It’s truly an amazing time to enter the field.”
such as IEMSA, CERT, exercises, networking, confer-
                                                                Dr. Ihde
ences, speaker series – basically taking advantage of
every opportunity that comes their way!” Prof. Gray

       Jonathon Collins
                                                                                                       Tracy Eichenberger

                                                          Annette Stuckey
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                         EMHS GRA DUATE PRO

                                                                Dr. Michael E. Garner

New Courses: Grant Writing Development for Emergency Managers is being offered this Fall Semester in the
EMHS Master’s Program. The course will take graduate students through the entire process of identifying, develop-
ing, and submitting grant proposals. Successful grant writing is a must for most non-profit organizations, those
students who develop these skills will find themselves in great demand in the workforce. In the future this course
may be cross listed as an undergraduate/graduate course.

Severe Weather Forecasting for Emergency Managers enjoyed great success last year, the course was taught last
fall and last spring but will now only be offered in the spring. It will again be offered to both undergraduate and
graduate students.

Current Projects: Terrain Analysis of Short-Lived Cold Weather Low-Level Mesocyclones project will use geo-
graphic information system spatial and temporal tools to analyze historic tornado events for environmental factors
favoring development of tornados in the Arkansas River Valley. Any students interested in participating in this pro-
ject should contact me.

EMHS Graduate Program: The EMHS Master’s Program grew 40% in 2009, 25 new students joined the program.
Sixty three graduate students are taking classes this fall. This fall graduation will bring the total number of EMHS
graduate students receiving their Master’s Degree to 28. A number of theses are posted on the department’s web
page under the graduate program tab as pdf files. Both the Thesis Option and Practicum Option are now available
for students.
Any students interested in the EMHS Graduate Program should contact me. Email –

mgarner@atu.edu, Phone – 479-356-2159.
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                                                   e              d…
                                          co ntinu
                           ta f f
              c u lt y & S

            Adjunct Professors:
                 Kay Goss
            Dr. George Franks
              Jason Jackson
   Welcome to our new Adjunct Professor                                Jamie Earls
                J.O. Bailey
    Welcome to our Graduate Assistants
                                            Although I know many of you, it is great to be getting to
                 Tim Boe                    know you know in my new role as Assistant Professor. Hired
                                            this summer, I have taken on the role as externship coordina-
                  Lu Jin                    tor and Faculty Advisor for both IEMSA and CERT. It is a won-
                                            derful opportunity to work with the students, and I hope to
                                            continue to build our student base and just as important, if
                                            not more so…our alumni base.
                                            To alumni out there, if you have any opportunities for intern-
                                            ships or externship with your company, please let us know.
                                            To students, if you have not started making contacts and
                                            working on your externship, please come see me or talk with
                                            other students. This is a vital part of your degree!
                                            I look forward to a great semester!
                                            Jamie Earls

                     J.O. Bailey

           Tim Boe                                                                Lu Jin
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(Continued from page 1)

steps to slow the spread.
Novel H1N1 flu spreads when sick people cough or sneeze flu germs onto others or onto surfaces that someone else may
touch. Whether you're at home, work, school, or running daily errands, you can help prevent the flu by washing your hands
often with soap and water and avoiding contact with sick people.
Sometimes you won't have access to running water, so you might want to carry hand sanitizer that contains at least 60 percent
alcohol. If you can, it's best to use soap and water because hand sanitizer doesn't remove soil and other material that might be
on your hands.
The symptoms are similar to the symptoms of seasonal flu and include fever, cough, sore throat, body aches, headache, chills, or
fatigue. Some people with novel H1N1 flu have also reported diarrhea or vomiting. Severe illness, including pneumonia or respi-
ratory failure, as well as death, can occur. Like seasonal flu, novel H1N1 flu may worsen underlying chronic medical conditions.
If you live in an area where novel H1N1 flu infections have been reported, and if you become ill with flu-like symptoms you may
want to contact your health care provider, particularly if you're worried about your symptoms. Your health care provider will
determine whether treatment is recommended.
If you become ill and experience any of the following warning signs, get emergency medical care. In children, emergency warn-
ing signs that need urgent medical attention include: fast breathing or trouble breathing, bluish skin color, not drinking enough
fluids, not waking up or not interacting with others, being so irritable that the child does not want to be held, fever with a rash,
or flu-like symptoms that improve but then return with fever or worse cough. In adults, emergency warning signs that need
urgent medical attention include: difficulty breathing or shortness of breath, pain or pressure in the chest or abdomen, sudden
dizziness, confusion, or severe or persistent vomiting.
People with novel H1N1 flu can infect others and could be contagious as long as they are symptomatic, and possibly for up to
seven days following the onset of illness. Children, especially younger children, might potentially be contagious for longer peri-
Fortunately, there are medicines available to treat novel H1N1 flu. Antiviral drugs are prescription medicines, such as pills, liq-
uids, or an inhaler that fight against the flu by keeping flu viruses from reproducing in your body. If you get sick, antiviral drugs
can make your illness milder and can make you feel better faster. They may also prevent serious flu complications. For treat-
ment, antiviral drugs work best if started within two days of the beginning of symptoms. CDC recommends the use of osel-
tamivir, which is also called Tamiflu®, or zanamivir, which is also called Relenza®, for the treatment or prevention of infection
with these novel H1N1 flu viruses.
If you're diagnosed with novel H1N1 flu, it's important to stay away from others. Stay home from work or school to keep from
spreading the virus for 7 days after your symptoms begin or until you have been symptom-free for 24 hours, whichever is
CDC also recommends that you cover your mouth and nose with a tissue when you cough or sneeze. Put your used tissues in
the trash.
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 CERT partnered with the Russellville
 Police Department this summer for the                          Team Leader
 first annual Neighborhood Beautifica-                        Samantha Easter
 tion project. The team along with other
 community volunteers worked on
 cleaning up and repairing patios at the                       CERT Officers                           UPCOMING EVENTS
 Southlawn Retirement Community.
                                                              Donald Minster                        October 15
 Russellville Police Departments Public
 Information Officer, Josh McMillian                           Travis Cooper                             TTT/Leadership training
 commented that his goal is for this to                     Tracy Eichenberger                      October 23-25
 become a semi annual event.
                                                                David Rector
                                                                                                         CERT Training Class
                                                             Malynda Callahan
                                                                                                    October 30
                                                                                                         Mass Flu Clinic
                                                                                                    October 31

                                                              For more information                       Fall Fest

                                                            http://eam.atu.edu/cert/                For more info or to sign up for
                                                                                                    trainings and events contact
                                                                                                    Samantha Easter at

G r e at h a n d s o n e x p e r i e n c e
                                                                                               NEED EXTERNSHIP HOURS?
 Last semester we had two CERT trainings, one in February and one in April. The
 February training was our largest training so far. Our second training was tar-       CERT is an awesome opportunity for students
 geted towards training the trainers. We implemented a lot of new training exer-       to gain needed externship hours while get-
 cises these included, GPS/Radio drill taught by Donald Minster, a tornado table       ting valuable hands on experience. CERT
 top exercise, and a medical relay race, each taught by members of the leadership      gets involved in crowd control for local
 team. Future training plans include a leadership course taught by J.O. Bailey and     events such as Fall Fest and the Mass Flu
 CPR/First Aid classes taught by Jamie Earls. Both trainings will be offered to CERT   Clinic. CERT members are trained to be
 members free of charge.                                                               ready to assist during disasters. CERT re-
                                                                                       sponded during the Atkins Tornado and
                                                                                       helped with evacuees from hurricane Gustav.
                                                                                       To receive advanced training you must have
                                                                                       the basic training course, the next training is
                                                                                       October 23-25. CERT also offers networking
                                                                                       opportunities which are a must in the emer-
                                                                                       gency management field.
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          DID YOU KNOW?                                  IEMSA Officers
There are many benefits to becom-                   David Rector: President                 UPCOMING EVENTS
ing an IEMSA member. Getting in-                 Brittany Bradley: Vice President             Arkansas Preparedness
volved is crucial for the field of                                                            Conference
                                                  Malynda Callahan: Treasurer
emergency management.                                                                          September 14 & 15
                                                   Jessica Hamilton: Secretary
IEMSA members enjoy DOUBLE                                                                    IAEM Annual Conference
credit for externship hours earned.                  Andrew Solomon: PIO
                                                                                               October 31-November 5
                                                 Seth Sumners: Student Activities
Joining IEMSA gives you more
                                                                                              Fall Fest Booth
“Bang for your Buck” because you                  Joby Hills: Student Activities
also get membership into IAEM.                     Eric Shepherd: Fundraising                 October 31

                                                  Jeremy Gamble: Fundraising
                                                 Samantha Easter: CERT Liaison

                                                   To learn more visit

W h at h a s I E M S A b e e n u p t o ?
The student organization has put to-
gether some great fund raising ideas.     Last semester IEMSA hosted several great speakers at their meetings. Justin Drittler and
Last semester they set up a yard sale     Denny Foulk from Pope County OEM talked about the importance of getting involved
from donated items, and conducted a       in the volunteer opportunities available to students such as CERT and SAR. James Hoy
bake sale from homemade goodies           from the American Red Cross spoke about volunteering for the organization and how
made by the students as well as the       important networking is. A special treat was Becky Minster from Nashville’s Employers
staff in the department.                  Insurance Group. Ms. Minster talked about some great career opportunities outside of
                                          emergency management.
The group also went camping and on a
float trip for some relaxation and fun.   IEMSA hosts a movie night every semester. The movies selected are geared toward the
                                          field of emergency management. Last semester the group chose The Day After Tomor-
                                          row and this semester’s choice was Avalanche. After the movie, students apply what
                                          they have learned in class through discussions about various situations in the movies.
                                          At the Senior Banquet this year IEMSA awards were presented to students who are
                                          active and display dedication, merit, leadership and generosity. Some of these awards
                                          poke fun; however the students receiving them have displayed the qualities men-
                                          tioned above. James Holman received the Excellence Award, Seth Race received the
                                          Ambassador Award, Samantha Easter received the Selflessness Award, Alyson Brooks
                                          received the Most Likely to Cause a Disaster Award, Shaolong Chai was voted most
                                          likely to appear on the cover of Forbes, and Kris Kendrick was voted most likely to be
                                          the next FEMA administrator.
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            2008-2009 Student of the Year
The Student of the Year Award is given to an outstanding student who is
nominated by his or her peers and selected by faculty from the nomina-
tions. The nominees must demonstrate academic achievement and have a           Congratulations!
GPA of 3.5 or better. The student must also show a commitment to profes-
sionalism and service in the field of emergency management. Congratula-
tions to Denny Foulk on achieving this honor.

                              Graduates                                             Denny foulk
                                                                           2008-2009 student of the year
                  EAM                                 EMHS
 Douglas Anderson                      Kenoly Aqib
 Robert Brown                          J.O. Bailey
 Jodie Bullock                         Doug Brown                          Two Arkansas Tech graduates
 Adam Burris                           Roger Freeman                       established a scholarship through the
 Shaolong Chai                         Michael Hill                        Arkansas Tech University Foundation.
 Jesse Dacus                           Kristopher Kendrick                 David Maxwell, director of ADEM,
 Dustin Davis                          Kathryn Loyd-Wilson                 and his wife Lauren presented a check

 Samantha Easter                                                           to ATU to establish the David and
                                       Bradley McLaughlin
                                                                           Lauren Maxwell Scholarship. The
 Robert Fernandez                      Dalton Sawyer
                                                                           scholarship will be awarded to a senior
 Denny Foulk                           Timothy Tarbox
                                                                           emergency management major.
 Ernest Jones
 Drew Latch
 Mark Mathews
 CJ Patschke
 Holly Pope
                                                                             ATU hosted the first ever summer
 Seth Race                                                                   graduation ceremony on Saturday
 Judy Taylor                                                                August 8. There were approximately
                                                                             200 students that received degrees.
 Dave Vanterpool
 Michael Vallee
 Boyang Zhang
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         A long jo

                         Imagine visiting a university campus for the very first time, and then
                         less than 24 hours later, earning a degree from that same institution.

                         Dave Vanterpool, a resident of the British Virgin Islands and a member
                         of the Arkansas Tech University Class of 2009, had that unusual ex-
                         perience this weekend.

                         Vanterpool graduated from Arkansas Tech with a Bachelor of Science
                         degree in emergency management on Saturday. He earned his degree
                         through online classes while continuing to serve as a police officer in
                         his native land.

Having already earned an associate’s degree at a local community college, it took Vanterpool
just two years to complete his bachelor’s degree from Arkansas Tech.

On Saturday, he was handed that degree inside Tucker Coliseum just a few hours after laying
eyes on the Tech campus for the first time.

“It’s a different environment than where I come from,” said Vanterpool of his first impressions of
Tech. “Mostly, I was looking to meet the people I had met online so that I could get a feel for
them as individuals. It was very entertaining, and the hospitality was great.

“To interact with other cultures and other peoples is more rewarding (than receiving a degree in
the mail),” continued Vanterpool. “I can actually say I’ve met my professors, and that makes a
big difference. That was one of the main reasons I wanted to travel that distance.”
Vanterpool learned of Arkansas Tech from Sharleen DaBreo, a 2001 graduate of the Arkansas Tech
emergency management program and the director of the British Virgin Islands Department of Disas-
ter Management.

He said that the opportunity to study disaster response operations in countries around the globe was
among his favorite aspects of the Arkansas Tech emergency management curriculum.

“Most of the program is based on lessons learned,” said Vanterpool. “That’s what I got the most out
of. You can sit and read, but when you get that knowledge of what others have experienced, you
can put a picture to it and apply it in the every day world.”

Vanterpool said that hurricane is the primary emergency threat that faces the British Virgin Islands.
He said that his country is also in an earthquake zone, but there has not been a major earthquake
there since 1867.

Earlier this year, Vanterpool participated in the British Virgin Island’s first full-scale drill to simulate
emergency response needs in the event of an earthquake and the resulting tsunamis that could
pose major flooding threats to the nation.

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