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VTV Family Outreach Foundation Spring 2016 Newsletter





Spring 2016

In This Issue


_  32 National Campus Safety Initiative

_  Promoting Positive Practices

_  April 16, 2016: A Day of Remembrance

_  Shattered Lives Radio Interview



_  32 NCSI Advisory Council met 

_  National Crime Victims’ Rights Week 2016

_  Cardinal Bank Supports VTV

_  VTV and the Security Industry Association

_  VTV signs MOU with NASPA

_  VTV at the NASPA Conference


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32 National Campus Safety Initiative

32 National Campus Safety Initiative (NCSI) is an innovative and unique resource for university administrators. Online, private and FREE, 32 NCSI gives higher education officials the opportunity to assess their school’s safety in nine areas: Alcohol and Other Drugs, Campus Public Safety, Emergency Management, Hazing, Mental Health, Missing Students, Physical Security, Sexual Violence and Threat Assessment. With funding, future modules include Study Abroad Safety, Cyber Safety and Resilience. To date, one-hundred-and-six colleges and universities have at least one representative (and many times multiple administrators) engaging the Assessment. 


To date, 106 colleges and universities have at least one representative…engaging the 32 NCSI Assessment.

Promoting Positive Practices

Promoting Positive Practices (3P) School Resource Officer (SRO) curriculum has been approved by the Department of Justice. Pilot testing and deployment plans have been in discussion with two national associations and two state agencies have have expressed interest in the curriculum as they are in the process of SRO training review.

April 16, 2016: A Day of Remembrance

In memory of the 32 lives lost on April 16, 2007, Virginia Tech held its annual Day of Remembrance on Saturday, April 16, 2016. VTV President Joe Samaha, his wife Mona, their family members, along with Board members Lolly Miller and Alec Calhoun, Executive Director Alan Davis, Senior Director for Operations and Programs Will Marling, administrative assistant Isabela Walker, and other VTV family members.  

In addition to the annual 3.2 mile Run in Remembrance and other ceremonies, the Newman Library presented the touching exhibit, “Words of Comfort”, which displayed an impressive collection of letters, correspondence, gifts, and tokens of condolence, sent to Virginia Tech from all corners of the world soon after April 16, 2007. 

Examples included painted Ukrainian Eggs by Carol Davis, a former Hokie, one thousand paper cranes hand-made by students at the American School in Japan, gifts from an English class in China, and the hood from NASCAR driver Dave Butler’s car, which was raced on April 21st, 2007 in Hampton, VA. Pictures can be seen below.




Blogtalk Radio Interview: A Must Listen!

On April 30th, 2016, Will Marling was interviewed by Donna Gore for Shattered Lives Radio and discussed 32 NCSI, issues surrounding campus safety, along with victim assistance and advocacy related topics. Listen Here >

32 NCSI Advisory Council Meeting

In February 2016, Alan Davis and Will Marling attended the annual Stetson University School of Law Higher Education Conference. At the conference, Will and Tanya Sharpe, our 32 NCSI methodologist, facilitated a meeting for the 32 NCSI Advisory Council. In attendance were: Peter Lake, Hank Nuwer, Connie Kirkland, Dan Reilly, and Jen Day Shaw. During the meeting, progress to date was reviewed and future plans were discussed.

National Crime Victims’ Rights Week 2016

On April 12th, 2016, Alan Davis represented the Foundation at the annual National Crime Victims’ Service Awards Ceremony. Victims’ advocates from around the nation were in attendance. United States Attorney General Loretta Lynch delivered the keynote address.

Cardinal Bank Supports VTV

The Virginia-based Cardinal Bank recently funded a $1,000 donation to the foundation. The grant was awarded by the Cardinal Community Fund, the philanthropic arm of the corporation, that partners with charitable organizations across Virginia, Maryland, and the District of Columbia. The Cardinal Community Fund builds relationships with nonprofits whose missions are focused in the areas of children and families, healthcare and wellness, arts and humanities, and educational services. This support is instrumental in helping charities achieve their missions, and continue the vital work of providing services for those in need. (see picture below of Executive Director Alan Davis, Cardinal Bank Senior Vice President Todd Rowley, and VTV President Joe Samaha). 


VTV and the Security Industry Association

VTV is cooperating with the Security Industry Association(SIA) in the monitoring of federal and state safety and security legislation nationwide. For example, the SIA is currently closely monitoring proposed legislation in New Jersey (NJAB3348) that has noteworthy provisions in the area of new school construction. VTV has been invited to the annual SIA summit in June and will participate in future SIA activities as well. We are very appreciative of the SIA collaborative efforts.

VTV signs MOU with NASPA

Recently, VTV and NASPA (Student Affairs Professionals in Higher Education) signed a Memorandum of Understanding to offer a series of webinars in various areas of campus safety, including areas covered in the 32 NCSI assessment.

The first live briefing,"Containing Hazing in Organizations and Team Sports", was conducted on April 13th by Professor Hank Nuwer, the 32 NCSI hazing expert. The following live briefing, "Effectively and Compassionately Responding to Student Deaths", took place on May 26th, and was delivered by Dr. Jen Day Shaw, Associate Vice President of the University of Florida. 

Upcoming live briefing: June 28th, 2 pm EDT, "Top Ten Legal and Compliance Concerns for Campus Administrators" For more information on registration, click here.

VTV at the NASPA Conference

Alan Davis had the pleasure of meeting with various firms and school representatives to discuss the possibility of support for 32 NCSI and taking the assessment. Jen Day Shaw, Associate Vice President of the University of Florida and 32 NCSI Advisory Council member, received the Dr. Zenobia Lawrence Hikes Memorial Campus Safety Excellence Award.

Upcoming VTV Board Elections

The VTV Board of Directors has formed a 2016 Nominating Committee to fill 6 2-year seats on our Board. Elections will be held this fall at our annual meeting. If you are interested in joining our mission to honor our 32 and survivors, and working to make schools and campuses across the country safer, please contact the VTV Nominating Committee (acalhoun@vtvfamilyfoundation.org). More information on the nomination process and election dates coming soon!


Attend the Campus Safety Conference and you will walk away with the skills and training you need to protect your campus. Attendees will experience 2 full days of K-12 and Higher Ed safety education, including a one-day training workshop and a second day of in-depth conference sessions. Friends of VTV Family Outreach Foundation, use code VTV15 for 15% off your registration!

For more information and registration, click here.


Thank you to the VTV Board of Directors for their time and dedication!

Joe Samaha

Brad Updegrove

Alec Calhoun

Stephanie Herbstritt

Jennifer Herbstritt

Pat Craig

Barbara LaPorte

Jody McQuade

Lolly Miller

Readers- Thank you again for your support!

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