Board of Regents discuss crime statistics, upcoming events

Campus crime statistics, a resolution, and upcoming events were among the topics of discussion during the October meeting of the South Plains College Board of Regents.

The Annual Campus Security Policy and Crime Statistics Report was reviewed, with several key statistics having changed from 2015 to 2016.

The report showed one reported rape and one reported assault on the Levelland campus for 2016, both up from zero the previous two years. Notably, reported disciplinary referrals for drug abuse violations on campus and in student housing facilities dropped from 18 in 2015 to only four in 2016.

Arrests and disciplinary referrals for liquor law violations both increased from the previous year, with arrests rising from zero to 15, and referrals from 19 to 31.

Reporting from the Reese and Lubbock campuses continues to show no criminal offenses reported.

Dr. Robin Satterwhite, president of SPC, told the Board about several events available to students in the coming months.

The first is the Career Expo, taking place on Oct.18 at the Civic Center in Lubbock from 8:30 a.m. to noon. It will be a place for students to interact with employers in the community and should be a great opportunity for networking within various professional fields.

The annual Halloween Carnival will be held Oct. 26 in the Sundown Room of the Student Center on the Levelland Campus. The event, which is open to the public, begins at 5 p.m. Admission is free.

Also, the annual Scholarship Banquet is set for Nov. 2 at the Mallet Event Center in Levelland. It will begin at 6:30 p.m, and scholarship recipients are encouraged to attend.

Dr. Satterwhite also read a resolution honoring Dan Hook, who has represented the college as its attorney for the past 33 years. Hook was present at this month’s meeting, and has been a valued member of the counsel during his time at SPC. He is retiring this year from his long-held position.

“Dan, thank you so much for your service,” said Dr. Satterwhite. “Even in my short time here, it has been invaluable.”

“You were here before any of us in this room,” added Mike Box, chairman of the board. “I have relied on you more than once, even to call you in the middle of the night.”

“Thank you for allowing me to represent the college,” Hook responded.

The Board gave Hook a standing ovation, and the resolution was passed unanimously.

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