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Marcia Latta to have lead role at CASE conference

Marcia Sloan Latta, senior associate vice president for advancement and campaign director, will be chairing the development track at the CASE V Conference in Chicago Dec. 14-16.  

The conference is the largest of those sponsored annually by the Council for the Advancement and Support of Education and draws more than 1,500 professionals in the alumni, development, government relations, and marketing and communications fields. About two-thirds of the attendees are involved in development work for colleges and universities in the states that make up the CASE V region: Ohio, Michigan, Indiana, Illinois, Iowa, Wisconsin and Minnesota.


Be safe through winter, holidays: review campus policies

Environmental Health and Safety asks that everyone review the University’s Fire Safety Decoration Policy and comply with the prohibition of portable heaters and halogen lamps. If you have any questions, call 2-2171.

Portable Heater and Halogen Lamp Policy Portable heaters and portable halogen lamps are prohibited in University buildings. Fires and fire-related deaths have occurred nationally when halogen bulbs came in contact with combustible materials such as clothing, curtains, bedding and upholstered furniture. The portable heater and halogen lamp policy can be viewed at:  

Decoration Policy For the safety of students, employees and visitors, there are requirements for the use of candles, lighting, Christmas trees and other holiday decorations.

  • Candles, incense, lanterns and similar "open flame" receptacles are not permitted in residential housing, burned or unburned. Candles and other open flame devices can be burned only in Olscamp Hall, the Bowen-Thompson Student Union and Prout Chapel, and only with a permit issued by Environmental Health and Safety. 
  • Decorations shall be fire resistant and cannot interfere with safe passage or evacuation.
  • Exit signs, fire extinguishers, smoke detectors, fire alarm pull stations, emergency lights, sprinkler heads, and audible fire signals/strobe lights cannot be decorated, covered or obstructed in any way.
  • Live or cut trees, straw, hay, leaves, corn shocks or dry vegetation are not permitted in any building.

See the complete Fire Safety Decoration Policy at

December 8, 2008