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Master of Arts in Management for Public Safety and Homeland Security ProfessionalsThe urgency and ever-expanding issues of public safety and security affect our lives, communities, homes, and families every day. In our post-9/11 world we are challenged to be prepared and every year the security industry and public safety sectors grow by millions of dollars and thousands of employees. Dyson College is meeting that market demand by producing leaders. Innovative Programming and TeachingIn order to make this a program a success, we called on the best of the best, those making the big decisions, immediately on the scene. Our experts have worked with the FBI, FEMA, state and local police and fire departments, as well as public health organizations and private security companies. Our collaboration with the Center for Homeland Defense and Security and the Post Naval Graduate School gives our students access to cutting edge documents and resources used by our government to support the private and public sector. Our graduates' final project requires them to design a large scale public safety managerial plan ready to be put into practice, to prevent crime and terrorist threats, and protect our resources from human and natural hazards. In fall 2010 the Master of Arts in Management for Public Safety and Homeland Security Professionals launched, designed to meet the challenges students are facing while they pursue their careers as first responders, health care providers, and public safety experts. Our program not only trains but prepares our graduates for disasters, emergencies, and terrorist threats. 18 | Dyson College of Arts and SciencesProgramming

Medieval (Second) LifeWhat could technology possibly have in common with medieval literature? The answer is Literature 361, a Chaucer class taught by Martha Driver, PhD, distinguished professor of English. Driver's students adopt a Canterbury pilgrim to be their avatar in a simulated, medieval environment on the Second Life website (a 3D virtual world where users can socialize and connect). In addition to jousting, fencing, riding horses, and weaving, the students' avatars quote Chaucer and participate in a live, online performance involving avatars from all over the world."To read Chaucer in Middle English, it helps to be able to visualize the medieval mind and with Second Life that's what we are able to do," says Dyson student Mara Berkoff '12. According to Driver, the students are motivated and inspired by having an expanded, public audience in Second Life. Yet to stay true to Chaucer and their chosen pilgrim, they read the text closely.Eugenie Noel '10 works as a teacher's assistant and plans to become an elementary school teacher after attending graduate school. She hopes to repeat the Second Life experience with her own students someday. "Technology is really important for my career," she says. "You can do everything with technology!"In fall 2008, Driver began exploring the potential of Second Life to serve as a teaching tool. Her Chaucer class was first offered in spring 2010, and Martina Blackwood, PhD, Dyson's director of instructional technology, was enlisted to help orient the students. As tech-savvy as they are, typically, this class provides the students' first visit to Second Life.Fast Fact About Dyson This year our Master in Public Administration Program celebrated 30 years of preparing new leaders, policy makers, and innovators with the tools they need to succeed in the ever changing health care, government, and the nonprofit worlds.Year in Review 2010-2011 | 19