BSU junior wins scholarship to attend emergency managers' conference
Sept. 17, 2015 - Ryan Newhouse, a junior criminal justice major at Bemidji State University, has received the 55th Annual Association of Minnesota Emergency Managers Conference Scholarship. The Warroad, Minn., native is the first Bemidji State student to receive this scholarship, which will send him to the Association of Minnesota Emergency Managers conference, Sept. 20-23 in Breezy Point, Minn.
Newhouse's interest in criminal justice comes from his father, who works in Bemidji for the Bureau of Criminal Apprehension.
"It seems like he has a pretty interesting life, and I guess you could say I've always wanted to do this," he said.
The Association of Minnesota Emergency Managers Conference provides those who work in emergency management and public safety-related professions to earn certifications, sit through advanced training courses, and network with other professionals in their fields. This year's conference includes certification sessions on local government's role in disaster response, rapid needs assessment and local incident command, and principles of emergency management and planning. Other presentations include workshops on personal safety and threat awareness, an overview of communications efforts during the Sandy Hook shooting, and ways that a person's own personality can impact how he or she reacts during trauma situations. Attendees will also receive updates from Minnesota Division of Homeland Security and Emergency Management, the Minnesota Department of Public Safety and the Minnesota Fusion Center.
The scholarship will cover Newhouse's registration fee, a lodging and meal package at Breezy Point Resort and a mileage reimbursement.
Newhouse won the scholarship through an essay contest, where he provided insight into his educational goals and his interest in emergency management, and answered specific questions related to the conference.
"This conference has tremendous value both monetarily and professionally," said Dr. Jan Heuer, assistant professor of criminal justice. "All attendees have an opportunity to earn certification in three areas as well as advanced training. I am delighted and very excited for Ryan."
Heuer connected Newhouse with information related to the scholarship application over the summer using the Criminal Justice Club's Facebook page.
"Ryan has a promising future and this conference is the perfect opportunity for him and his criminal justice career," Heuer said.