Risk Management Retreat Receives National Award

Program Memorializing Tech Student Named Second-Best in the Nation

Written by: Ben Samples

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
DATE: Jan. 16, 2007
CONTACT: Ben Samples, ben.z.samples@ttu.edu
(806) 742-2136

Program Memorializing Tech Student Named Second-Best in the Nation

Texas Tech University’s Center for Campus Life received the silver award from the National Association for Student Personnel Administrators (NASPA) in recognition of the Clay R. Warren Memorial Risk Management Retreat.

The retreat was held last September in memory of Tech freshman Clay Warren, who died from injuries he suffered in an automobile wreck while returning home from a fraternity event in 2002. Through efforts of the center and the Warren family, approximately 140 chapter officers representing more than 30 Tech Greek organizations were able to gather and discuss risk management.

“To all involved with the program, this award means a great deal,” said Elizabeth Massengale, associate director of the center. “NASPA is a nation-wide professional organization, so for the retreat to even be considered was an honor.”

Massengale said winning the award showed that the retreat not only made a difference in the minds of Tech students, but it made a difference in the minds of other Student Affairs professionals across the country.

“A positive aspect of this tragedy,” Massengale said, “is that even though Clay’s life ended too early, he is still remembered and the program will continue to remind others of potential risks.”

The center has already planned a follow-up retreat to be held on Jan. 20 to review the risk management plans developed by the student organizations last September.

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Contact: Elizabeth Massengale, associate director, Center for Campus Life, Texas Tech University, (806) 742-54333, or elizabeth.massengale@ttu.edu