“Unmonitored entrance points make our schools vulnerable to unwanted access leading to possible equipment theft, violent activity, and criminal behavior.” These are words no parent wants to hear. And yet they echo loud and clear in many of America’s schools. Every year ASIS, through its Foundation, empowers one such educational institution to improve its ability to keep its students, teachers and staff safe by awarding a cash donation for security enhancements to a school in the host city of the ASIS Annual Seminar.
“It is difficult to express into words what this award means to my school and the students and families that we serve in our community,” said Dr. Shawn L. Jackson, principal of Spencer Technology Academy in Chicago, host city to the ASIS 59th Seminar and Exhibits, and the recipient of the 2013 ASIS Foundation’s School Funding Competition. The school was awarded $42,450 for security improvements to its two buildings that house 930 preK – 8 grade students.
Spencer Technology Academy is the recipient of only one of the many awards and scholarships the Foundation provides - work that is only possible through contributions from people like you. While a $20 or $30 donation may not seem like much, collectively, it adds up – in 2012 the Foundation gave out 68 awards and invested or raised just under $150,000. These awards included matching scholarships for future practitioners to get the education they need; University of Phoenix and Webster University scholarships to help current practitioners earn degrees necessary to advance in our profession; and Alan J. Cross Awards to help established security professionals attain an ASIS-board certification.
Another priority of the Foundation is security research. A popular offering are the Connecting Research in Security to Practice (CRISP) reports. CRISP reports provide practical, researched-based solutions to help security professionals effectively tackle a wide-range of security issues. The series invites experts in specialist aspects of security to present their views on specific security concerns and provide concise summaries of available research, deliver expert analysis, and offer ideas for recommended actions with their own existing or planned security programs. This, and all ASIS Foundation resources, are available to ASIS members at no cost.
Attendees of ASIS 2013 have the opportunity to support the Foundation’s work by purchasing tickets for themselves, staff, clients, and colleagues to attend the Foundation’s two signature fundraising events—a golf tournament and an upscale social event.
Begin your Seminar week with a great day of golf with friends, old and new, at the Foundation Golf Tournament, September 23 at Harborside International Golf Center. This popular event sells out fast so be sure to reserve your foursome today.
And at the end of what I know will be an amazing week of exhibits, education, networking, and nonstop action, you can relax, unwind, and take your metaphorical shoes off at the Foundation Night, Thursday, September 26, at Willis Tower – 99th Floor Club. Join me for an incredible evening in a world-class establishment that offers a stunning 360 degree view of Chicago, including panoramic views of the lakefront and up to four states. And, if you are brave, see it all from the Ledge in the Skydeck – an entirely glass box that appears to float over the city. The always festive evening features plenty of food, drink, and stimulating conversation.
For tickets to the Foundation Night, you can register with your ASIS 2013 general attendance registration or purchase tickets on site at the convention center. To register for the Golf Tournament, download a registration form and return by email to firstname.lastname@example.org or register online at www.asis2013.org along with your Seminar registration.
I look forward to seeing you in Chicago.