Message from Dr. Belinda S. Miles: Fall is in full swing!
October 27, 2017
Fall is in full swing with students fully engaged in classes and activities. Several are still making final selections for 7.5-week courses starting next week. In addition, for the first time in three years, men’s basketball takes the court for a conference home opener against Monroe College next Thursday at 7 p.m.
Following a long and lush Westchester summer, fall is bringing a more colorful landscape, and fewer hours of daylight. After we turn our clocks back on November 5, the sun sets before many of our workdays end. This is an opportune time to be reminded of some basic ways we can keep each other and ourselves safe at home, on campus, and in the community. Security offers a few tips to share with students and colleagues as you spend time on the campus, at home, or while celebrating Halloween and the changing season.
- Be aware of your surroundings, especially if you are wearing headphones that may distract your attention.
- Keep your cell phone handy and have emergency numbers programmed into your phone, such as Campus Security (914-606-6351) and your local police and fire departments.
- Familiarize yourself with the emergency blue lights on college grounds and emergency red call boxes inside college buildings. Blue lights connect directly to 911 dispatchers, and red phones automatically dial Campus Security.
- Use the “buddy system” when you are out, especially during times of day when visibility is limited. If needed, you may call Campus Security for an escort to your car or bus stop.
- If you will be on campus during the evening or weekend when fewer people are around, notify your supervisor and Campus Security. Security staff routinely check in on individuals who report that they will be here during non-traditional hours.
- Watch out for pedestrians when driving, especially on campus roads.
We provide many opportunities for students and employees to attend classes, sporting contests, lectures, exhibits, and special events in the evening and on weekends. By reminding ourselves of these basic tips, we can preserve the college’s strong and proud record of safety.
Have a safe…and fun…Halloween!
Dr. Belinda S. Miles