Texas Tech Partners with U.S. Department of State in Event To Help Protect Students Abroad

Media advisory for upcoming security seminar.

WHAT:           Media availability prior to the Health, Safety, and Security Seminar, co-hosted by Texas Tech University and the U.S. Department of State's Overseas Security Advisory Council (OSAC). WHEN:           7-9 p.m. (Sept. 18) WHERE:         Ranching Heritage Center, 3121 Fourth St. EVENT:          Texas Tech University and the U.S. Department of State's Overseas Security Advisory Council (OSAC) will co-host a Health, Safety, and Security Seminar Friday (Sept. 19) to help colleges and universities in Texas prepare students and faculty for their overseas experience. Though the seminar is closed to the media, experts will be available on Thursday (Sept. 18) to discuss the importance of staying safe while studying abroad. Studying overseas can be a rewarding experience, but a crisis, such as a criminal or terrorist attack, natural disaster or health scare can terrify a student in a foreign country with an unfamiliar culture, said Texas Tech Vice Provost Tibor Nagy, who served twice as ambassador during his more than 20 years in Africa as a U.S. diplomat. "As ambassador, my primary concern was the safety and security of U.S. citizens in my country of responsibility, and that remains my highest priority in sending our students abroad," Nagy said. "While an international experience is becoming essential for today's students who will work in a globalized world, vulnerabilities are also increasing and we need to be more predictive and proactive in countering them." For media contacts with the Overseas Security Advisory Council, contact David Bates at (571) 345-2518 or BatesDE@state.gov. CONTACT: Tibor Nagy, vice provost, Texas Tech University, (806) 742-3667 or tibor.nagy@ttu.edu.