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January 11, 2002

UW-RF Public Safety Director Named to Campus Enforcement Group Board

UW-River Falls Director of Public Safety Priscilla Stevens has been named mid-America director for the International Association of Campus Law Enforcement Administrators.

As a regional director for IACLEA, Stevens works with the campus law enforcement departments of 296 institutions in 13 states, representing the views and concerns of her region to the board of directors for the organization. She communicates information to members about public safety, such as legislation that has a direct impact on how they do their jobs and disseminate information to their campus community, current trends on campuses, and decisions handed down by the board of directors.

Stevens began her career as an officer at another Midwestern university, came to UW-RF in 1997 as director of public safety.

"I was looking for a different kind of challenge, at a bigger school," said Stevens. "I would say Iıve found it here. Each day presents a new opportunity for professional growth. "Our office is involved with campus parking, environmental health and safety, and public safety. We respond to a variety of calls, including any calls for assistance. We are concerned about hazardous materials in the chemistry labs, and we have to see that OSHA and EPA guidelines are adhered to.

"We have an opportunity to make a difference in young peoplesı lives," she said. "They are learning life things, and we can hold them accountable for their actions. If they are going to make a mistake, it is better for them to make it here than in the Œreal worldı."

Stevens, of New Richmond, said she originally wanted to be an opera singer or a police officer. She studied music and criminal justice in college, and when she graduated she went to work as a police officer to support her study of music in Chicago and Salzburg, Austria. She performed in several operas and musicals, but says she hasnıt had the opportunity to perform since she has been in River Falls.

She is the second employee from UW-RF to be appointed to the board of IACLEA. Oliver (O.J.) Clark , who served as UW-RF director of campus security from 1988 to mid-1992, is serving as president of the organization. Clark is director of public safety and chief of police at the University of Illinois.

Established in 1958, IACLEA has 1,636 members. Its mission is to advance public safety for educational institutions by providing educational resources, advocacy and professional development.


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