Moonlight Walk Focuses on Campus Safety

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Date: 10-15-2010

Joe Wills
Public Affairs
530-898-4143

California State University, Chico President Paul Zingg and the members of the University Public Safety Advisory Committee will lead the Sixth Annual Moonlight Safety Walk on Tuesday, Oct. 19. Campus community members are encouraged to take part.

Participants will divide into teams to walk through areas of campus to help identify safety hazards, such as inadequate lighting or overgrown brush, and test the blue-light safety phones in their area.

The group will gather at Sylvester’s-by-the-Creek behind Kendall Hall at 6:30 p.m. for pizza and refreshments, followed by the walk starting at approximately
7 p.m.

Political science professor Matthew Thomas, chair of the Public Safety Advisory Committee, said the walk is modeled after a long-standing activity at CSU, Northridge.

“The moonlight walk brings together a cross-section of people from throughout the campus community. Participants are divided into teams and, for about an hour, the team members note any safety issues, such as overgrown brush or lighting issues, and they test the blue-light safety phones in their area. Their findings and suggestions have helped enhance the safety of the campus over the last five years,” said Thomas.

At the conclusion of each team’s walk, the issues they discovered will be entered into a database, and an expert committee from the offices of Risk Management, Environmental Health and Safety, and Facilities Management will review the issues. The Public Safety Committee will then communicate the findings of the walk to relevant departments on campus.

Contact Thomas for more information at mothomas@csuchico.edu or call 530-898-5738.

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