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Group advisers, leaders to learn risk management

(Jan. 26, 2009)--A new state law requires colleges and universities to educate student leaders and advisers of organizations on seven specific risk management topics each year. One adviser and four officers of each UTSA student organization are required to attend the UTSA Risk Management Symposium from noon to 6:30 p.m., Saturday, Jan. 31.

The symposium is a unique way for UTSA student organization leaders and advisers to learn about risk management and how it affects their organizations. Organization representatives will learn how to identify potential risks within their organizations, how to address the risks and obtain the necessary tools to develop a working risk management plan.

"There are many student accidents every year that can be prevented when the proper steps are taken," said Kelsey Bratcher, UTSA assistant director of student activities. "With this law, Texas is striving to reduce the number of accidents by college students and encourage safer and healthier college experiences."

Gov. Rick Perry signed into law House Bill 2639 effective Sept. 1, 2008, which requires student organization leaders and advisers across Texas to attend an annual risk management course.

"The goal is to make sure that everyone on campus knows there are some guidelines to follow before planning organization events and trips, as well as discourage hazing, drinking alcohol and other illegal activities," said Rep. John Smithee, author of the bill.

>> For details about registration and symposium details, visit the UTSA Office of Student Activities Web site.

>> For more information, contact Kelsey Bratcher at (210) 458-4160.

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