The University of Southern Mississippi's 2010 Centennial-themed Commencement took on added significance for staff members at the National Center for Spectator Sports Safety and Security (NCS4) when former New York City Mayor Rudolph Giuliani stopped by for a visit.
Giuliani observed demonstrations from the NCS4 National Sport Security Laboratory and received briefings on related research taking place at the nationally recognized center. Giuliani, who served as New York’s mayor from 1994-2001, was in town to deliver the keynote address for the 2010 Spring Commencement at Southern Miss held on May 15, 2010.
Giuliani witnessed first-hand the devastation wrought by the terrorist attacks on New York City on Sept. 11, 2001 and spearheaded the recovery efforts with decisive, unwavering leadership. He sees the work being done at NCS4 as another vital weapon in the fight to keep Americans safe.
“I commend the University of Southern Mississippi for their forward thinking in establishing the National Center for Spectator Sports Safety and Security,” he said. “I recently toured the university and was impressed by this state-of-the-art facility. Dr. (Lou) Marciani and his staff should be applauded for their efforts in further enhancing and protecting spectator events.”
Established in 2006, The National Center for Spectator Sports Safety and Security was created to provide an interdisciplinary academic environment to further increase sport security awareness; improve sport security policies and procedures and enhance emergency response through evacuation, recovery operations and crowd management training.
The National Center receives funding from the United States Department of Homeland Security which has identified sports stadiums and arenas as potential targets of terrorism. Major sporting venues in the United States host millions of spectators every year, providing a perfect target for mass casualties, global media coverage and catastrophic economic impact.
“It was a great opportunity for the faculty and staff to have Mayor Giuliani visit the National Center for Spectator Sports Safety and Security,” said Marciani, NCS4 director. “His experience provided us with great insight into the direction of sport security concerns for the future.”
For more information about the National Center for Spectator Sports Safety and Security, visit www.ncs4.com
Former New York City Mayor Rudolph Giuliani met with the staff at the National Center for Spectator Sports Safety and Security during a tour of the facility on May 14, 2010. The following morning Giuliani delivered the commencement address during graduation festivities at The University of Southern Mississippi in Hattiesburg. (Office of University Communication photos by Steve Rouse)
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