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					April 29, 2008 FEMA Emergency Management Higher Education Program Report

(1) Emergency Management Higher Education Conference, June 2-5, 2008 – Notes:

Received confirmation today from Mary Waller, Learning and Development Branch,
Human Capital Division, FEMA, to the effect that the Human Capital Division has
accepted our invitation to set up a Hiring Information Table at the EM HiEd Conference,
and will provide information on the FEMA Career Internship program as well as how to
apply for positions within FEMA and to seek to answer any employment-oriented
questions. This service should be of value to the emergency management educators
attending the conference as well as the potentially more interested emergency
management students who will be in attendance. Not too late for other emergency
management college students to apply to attend – in that the Admissions Office has not
informed us that all the free (to U.S. citizens), on-campus, dorm rooms have been
allocated. The URL for more information, including application form, is:

(2) Emergency Management Student Testimonials:

Received the following from North Dakota State University – which will also be
uploaded to the “Student Corner” section of the EM Hi-Ed Program Website,
“Testimonials” subsection:

In my short tenure as a Ph.D. student in the Emergency Management Program at North
Dakota State University (NDSU), I have gained valuable knowledge, insight, and
experience in the emergency management discipline via educational and real-world
instruction, training, and exercise implementation. The faculty has instilled a „people
centered‟ mind-set and has established strong ties in the emergency management
community that have increased opportunities for students to participate in federal, state,
and local emergency management activities.

From a sociological perspective, my general coursework has provided well-rounded,
holistic views of the four phases and eight principles of emergency management. The
program has provided tremendous course flexibility and unwavering personal support in
pursuit of my doctoral degree. For example, I expressed academic and career interests in
continuity of operations (COOP) and pandemic influenza planning. Through NDSU and
the program, I was provided the following opportunities: I received training in WebEOC,
Living Disaster Recovery Planning System (LDRPS) and Notifind (Emergency
Notification System). I was aided in obtaining positions as a business continuity planner
for an international contract research organization and the NDSU COOP team. I attended
the North Dakota Department of Emergency Services Private Sector Pandemic Flu
Seminar and the Minnesota Governor‟s Homeland Security and Emergency Management
Conference. I was also involved in writing a COOP plan for a local public school, an
assessment of Extension Disaster Education Network (EDEN) Ready Business teaching
modules, a media campaign for the Community Preparedness Toolbox, FEMA
Community Emergency Response Team (CERT) training, and several disaster tabletop

The program kept me very busy my first two semesters and the learning will continue
into the summer semester. Beginning in May, nine graduate credits are offered this
summer in classroom study, field studies, field work (real-time disaster response if a
regional disaster occurs) and for distinguished guest lecturer Lucien Canton. In June, a
number of graduate students will attend and present at the 11th Annual FEMA EMI
Emergency Management Higher Education Conference. After the conference, an NDSU
team will facilitate a functional state level exercise in partnership with local and state
emergency management. In July, the NDSU campus will be the site of a full-scale
Homeland Security exercise; students in the program will serve as exercise evaluators.
Did I mention that this was only my first year at NDSU?

The NDSU Emergency Management Program is dedicated to providing students with a
solid theoretical and methodological background in emergency management and
facilitating real-world opportunities and experiences through student participation in field
training and exercises, internships, fieldwork, professional organizations and professional
conferences. The program faculty has extended the curriculum beyond the classroom and
the students have benefited greatly from the academic and practitioner-friendly
approaches. NDSU is a great place to be!

Alex Cole-Corde
Ph.D. Student
Emergency Management Program
North Dakota State University

(3) Email Backlog: Unresponded to emails in the am – 532; in the pm - 508.

B.Wayne Blanchard, Ph.D., CEM
Higher Education Project Manager
Emergency Management Institute
National Emergency Training Center
Federal Emergency Management Agency
Department of Homeland Security
16825 S. Seton, K-011
Emmitsburg, MD 21727

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