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‘Ville’s Student Safety Chapter Nationally Recognized

This is the second year in a row that the student chapter of ASSP has been nationally recognized for its outstanding efforts.

Millersville University’s American Society of Safety Professionals student chapter once again received national recognition. The chapter placed third out of 12 schools in the national 2022 – 2023 Outstanding Student Section of the Year Award competition. After winning first place last year, this makes it the second year in a row that the student chapter has been nationally recognized for its outstanding student efforts.

“The students organized several technical meetings, hosted events, attended campus fairs, performed training, presented research and helped with a community service project from April 1, 2022, to March 31, 2023, in preparation to submit their 51-page application,” explains Dr. Betty-Jo Bowers, associate professor at the University and lead advisor for Millersville’s ASSP student section.

Specific activities performed by the student section include research on crosswalk and pedestrian safety at the University, which 10 students completed and two students presented at the Region 6 ASSP Professional Development Conference, the Lancaster Safety Council and an ASSP Parent Chapter Meeting.

The chapter also participated in several other events, such as a winter coat drive, hosting fire extinguisher and other safety trainings, visiting local schools to present safety talks and more – both on the University’s campus and in the surrounding community.

The American Society of Safety Professionals is an organization that supports occupational health and safety, providing education, development and a community for workers in the field. The organization supports student sections by providing opportunities for students to learn more about their field of study, offering networking opportunities for students and professionals and more.

The award is granted to ASSP student sections that actively make significant contributions to safety education and research throughout each year. The MU chapter earned a $500 stipend for its third-place finish.

To apply for the award, student sections must submit a thorough report of their participation during the academic year, along with proof of activity. This verification includes endorsement from a faculty advisor and at least six meetings during the year, among other forms of participation.

The MU student section received positive feedback from the ASSP evaluation committee on their application. The committee noted that the section conducted “valuable research for the campus community and stakeholders” and demonstrated “great involvement with the community-sponsored events.” The committee also noted that the MU chapter is a “highly recognized student section.”

“The ASSP Student Section board members were dedicated and worked very hard to receive top placement two years in a row,” Bowers concludes. “I am very happy and proud of the ASSP Student Section. Achieving top placement two years in a row is an impressive accomplishment!”

Interested in studying occupational safety and environmental health at Millersville University? Click here for more information, or contact Dr. Betty-Jo Bowers, Associate Professor & Occupational Safety & Environmental Health Program Coordinator at Betty-Jo.Bowers@millersville.edu.




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