Let’s Not Break a Leg: EIIA presents perspectives on campus theater and risk management

Perspectives on Campus Theatre and Risk Management at URMIA Conference

CHICAGO, Sept. 19, 2017 – Recognizing that colleges across the nation with theater programs could face many dangers, two risk management experts will address the topic in a session at the URMIA conference on September 27, 2017 in Orlando, Florida.

With the increasing incidence of serious injuries to students and staff resulting from activities at campus theaters, Roger Olsen, director of risk management at Concordia and John Schwartz, LD, risk management director for EIIA, will address the risks through a virtual “walk-through” of a campus’ theater to identify areas of concern and what they have done to reduce the risk.

The session, Let’s NOT Break a Leg: Campus Theater Risk, will be at 9:15 a.m., after the General Session, on Wednesday, Sept, 27.

“Often, theater programs are not on the loss control priority list,” said Olsen, “yet, faculty and students are handling the same equipment, tools and chemicals we train our facility’s crew to handle. We cannot overlook this exposure on our campus.”

“Risk management is not just one person’s job. It takes a holistic approach that starts with meaningful conversations to create awareness and collaboration. We want to provide help, not oversight.”

John Schwartz: “Risks are inevitable on any active campus. Theater safety is only one of the hundreds of exposures our Member’s face on a day to day basis. Our job is to identify and work with our Members to provide risk management services that help mitigate those exposures so they can focus on fulfilling their mission.”

EIIA’s risk management program focuses specifically on the exposures of liberal arts institutions.  It develops the tools and resources necessary to address those unique risks. EIIA is currently shooting a 15-minute video on theater safety, to be released in January. The video is one of many educational videos housed in EIIA’s Risk Management University, developed to address specific risks on campus.

“The collaboration of Roger Olsen from Concordia and John Schwartz, our risk management director, is an example of the combined effort that helps us create programs that are tailored to higher education,” said Jeff Wolf, president of EIIA.

EIIA is a not-for-profit organization that provides insurance and risk management services to its Member institutions of higher education. With its 50-year history of focusing on higher education, EIIA has extensive knowledge and experience to serve its Members nationwide.

Concordia College in Moorhead, Minnesota, is a private, coed, four-year liberal arts college. It’s a community of more than 2,100 students who come from 37 states and 28 countries, and represent 39 religions and denominations. Concordia employs 166 full-time faculty, including NSF scientists, award-winning composers and writers, and national experts in a wide range of fields.


Contact: Marion Gonzalez

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