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Berry joins staff of Spectator Sports Security and Safety Center PDF Print E-mail
Thursday, July 16, 2009
Contact Van Arnold, 601.266.5568   
Corey Berry relishes his first challenge as the newest staff member of the National Center for Spectator Sports Safety and Security at The University of Southern Mississippi.

Berry, a 2009 Southern Miss computer science graduate, is working to complete the beta version of the center’s Sport E-Vac Toolsuite®,  a program designed to assist emergency personnel in preparation and training for evacuation scenarios in sports venues.

“It’s exciting to be responsible for creating images and graphics that are part of such an important project,” said Berry. “There’s a lot to do, but I’m really looking forward to the challenge and eager to see how the program tests with actual users.”

Center Director Lou Marciani said his department hopes to have a prototype of the program completed by year’s end.

“Evacuation preparation and training is a priority that must be addressed as soon as possible for professional, collegiate and other types of sports organizations,” said Marciani. “Having a program like this in place will help close what has been a critical gap in sports security across this country.

“This is something that has been in works with us for the past year-and-a-half and we’re fortunate to have someone with Corey’s skills participating on the project.”

Berry, 24, a Pinola, Miss., native, has been fascinated with computers and computer software since childhood. For the past two years he has entered a programming competition sponsored by NASA, finishing second and fourth respectively. He worked closely with Marciani’s team as a student before joining the staff full time in May.

“I love creating graphics and placing objects that are part of the user interface ¬– things that the user will actually see on the screen and be able to interact with the mouse,” said Berry.

The United States Department of Homeland Security 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.

The Southern Miss center was established in 2006 to provide an interdisciplinary environment to further increase sports security awareness; improve sports security policies and procedures and enhance emergency response evacuation, recovery operations and crowd management training.

Corey Berry

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