Siena College’s academic quad was filled with smoke during the annual Campus Safety Day as the College sponsored several fire-safety drills, including hands-on fire extinguisher training and displays by the Shaker Road Loudonville Fire Department and the New York State Office of Fire Prevention and Control.
“A fire doubles in size every 30 seconds,” said Tim Norray, Assistant Director of Safety. The professionals set fire to a mock residence hall room, and in a matter of minutes, there was almost nothing left.
Campus Safety Day also featured other displays and signups for CPR and Rape Aggression Defense Systems classes.
The awareness group Choices 301 spoke to students in front of a car that was destroyed in a drunk driving accident to show how important it is for students to realize the severity of the issue.
Siena’s Franciscan Center for Service and Advocacy’s Volunteer Service Fair also made the academic quad a busy place, with more than 50 community service agencies presenting volunteer opportunities for students.
“I think it is important for Siena students to get involved in the community,” said Jackie Gentile from Peter Young Housing Industries and Treatment. “It can serve as a valuable tool for students to explore potential career avenues as well as specific organizations. Siena students have offered our agency fresh perspectives and provide an invaluable recruiting tool when they return to the campus; we have hired three Siena graduates.”