A long time coming

Published by Haley Potter, Author: Haley Potter - Senior Rocket Contributor, Date: April 3, 2019

Strain Safety Building is back up and running after months of being under construction. The first official day for the building to be back in use for the safety management department was February 25.

Dr. Joseph Cali, Safety Management Professor and head of this project said the students and faculty are both happy to be back in the building.

“The facilities are great for the students and I am excited to see them use the new equipment,” Cali said.

Cali said some of the new features include a lab for hazardous material and waste management that has different armor to be worn in various dangerous situations. He also said that the room includes a fire lab and fire system.

“Firefighters will be coming next month to train students on this equipment,” Cali said.

Derek Szymkowski, a Senior Safety Management major said it is more convenient to have class in Strain because there is more parking and easier access to professors.

Cali said there will be even more opportunities for students in the fall.

“There will be an overhead crane, scaffolding equipment, and power equipment for the students to use,” Cali said.

Szymkowski said he is most excited for the fire lab.

“It is a hands-on lab and I think it will be better than just learning it in the classroom,” he said.

Mike Hall, a Junior Safety Management major also said it will be nice to have hands on experience.

“Before, professors would tell us in what we would be doing in the safety building, but now we can actually do this stuff,” Hall said.

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Haley is a senior converged journalism major, and this is her fourth year contributing to the news section of The Rocket. This is her second year as a senior Rocket contributor and she focuses on campus and community news. Haley also contributes to the multimedia section of The Rocket, which goes hand-in-hand with her role as President of WSRU-TV News. After graduation, Haley hopes to continue her passion for reporting and become a broadcast news reporter or Multimedia Journalist at a local news station. Aside from The Rocket and WSRU-TV News, Haley is also a member of the Alpha Epsilon-Rho honor society, National Broadcasting Society, Lambda Pi Eta, and SRU's Project to End Human Trafficking.


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