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Administration plans ahead for new security equipment

Administration plans ahead for new security equipment

University of North Texas Emergency Management Coordinator Brad Scott, left, Michael Plante, Stanley Secruity Senior Secruity Consultant, UNT Deputy Chief of Police Ed Reynolds, UNT Assistant Vice President of Student Affairs and Dean of Students Maureen McGuinness, UNT Vice President of Student Affairs Elizabeth With, UNT President Neal Smatresk, Stanley Secruity Director of Higher Education Kyle Gordon and Stanley Secruity Senior National Account Manager Ty McNeely during a presentation of a $200,000 secruity grant from Stanley Secruity to UNT. Photo made on Tuesday, April 28, 2015 in Denton. (Gary Payne/UNT Photo)

Administration plans ahead for new security equipment
April 28
18:45 2015

Linda Kessler / Staff Writer

UNT received Tuesday the $200,000 Stanley Security Together for Safer Schools Security Grant the university won through a contest held in February.

Though no specifics have been decided as to what UNT will use the money for, Stanley Security and members of UNT’s executive leadership will meet to discuss what is intended for the funds. During a presentation, grant director of higher education for Stanley Security Kyle Gordon estimated that by the next academic school year, UNT will know the allocation of some of the funds.

“Right now we’re in the discovery phase,” Gordon said. “We will work to understand the core mission statement of UNT and figure out how we can best support it with the money that was awarded.”

Stanley Security is a large provider of college campus security and safety resources with a variety of options UNT will need to look into. Faculty said they are already thinking of ways this grant can improve the campus.

Vice President of Student Affairs Elizabeth With said UNT hopes to update, or even buy, new security equipment on and around campus.

“We do everything we can on a daily basis to maintain the safety and security of our campus for our faculty, staff, students and visitors,” she said. “But there’s quite a bit that we do to improve and this will help in doing so.”

Theatre and integrative studies junior Andrea Urbina said she feels the grant can improve the solid security system the university already has in place.

“We already have pretty good security so maybe in the areas surrounding campus, like down on Fry and Bernard where the dance and theatre building are, we could get more lights,” she said. “There’s not a lot of security over there.”

Gordon said UNT and Stanley Security are working to determine which exact measures to implement.

“Maureen McGuinness told me how active the community was around this grant program, which gets us excited,” Gordon said. “This is our way of giving back to higher education in general and to be progressive of safety and security on college campuses.”

UNT Deputy Police Chief Ed Reynolds said he is also excited about the grant because it gave the students the chance to vote in the contest. He said the fact that UNT won shows it’s important to the students.

Emergency management coordinator Brad Scott echoed Reynolds’ sentiments.

“I think this is indicative of our focus and our approach of making sure we have a safe environment for our students,” he said. “It’s a great opportunity to enhance what we’re doing and it’s a good reflection of the proactive approach we have here at UNT.”

President Neal Smatresk said he’s ready to update UNT’s security.

“At this point in any modern campus, security is key to some very challenging issues,” Smatresk said. “We need to move into the 21st century as far as how we manage access to buildings and facilities.”

Featured Image: University of North Texas Emergency Management Coordinator Brad Scott, left,  Michael Plante, Stanley Secruity Senior Secruity Consultant, UNT Deputy Chief of Police Ed Reynolds, UNT Assistant Vice President of Student Affairs and Dean of Students Maureen McGuinness, UNT Vice President of Student Affairs Elizabeth With, UNT President Neal Smatresk, Stanley Secruity Director of Higher Education Kyle Gordon and Stanley Secruity Senior National Account Manager Ty McNeely during a presentation of a $200,000 security grant from Stanley Secruity to UNT. Photo by Gary Payne-UNT Photo

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