Effective March 1, the Notre Dame Security Police Department will be renamed the Notre Dame Police Department, the University announced in a press release Thursday.With the name change, the department aims “to bring clarity for both the campus community and partners in law enforcement, more accurately portray the enforcement duties of the department and reinforce the department as a sworn police force,” according to the release. The department reached the decision after extensive research, which included meetings with groups on campus and at other institutions, the press release said.According to the release, the department will also be undergoing several operational changes to better distinguish police officers from other campus security workers. Only police officers will be responding to phone calls, and only officers will patrol the campus and drive police cars with sirens and light bars. Police officers will still wear navy blue shirts and pants, but outreach, engagement and safety inspection staff will now wear green shirts and khaki pants.“When someone calls the Notre Dame Police Department, they will be speaking with a police officer,” Notre Dame police chief Keri Kei Shibata said in the release. “And only our officers will respond to emergencies and patrol campus, so our students, visitors, faculty and staff will know what they can expect from the officer.” Outreach and community staff will spearhead crime prevention and community outreach programs, including training sessions for personal defense and sexual assault prevention. Safety and inspection staff will continue to perform routine inspections across campus. Tags: Campus Safety, NDSP, Notre Dame Security Police
University of GeorgiaSee the newest plants for gardens and landscapes as you tour theUniversity of Georgia gardens at the annual UGA Trial GardensOpen House July 10.The event will include self-guided tours of the gardens, a plantsale including Athens Select plants, and a book signing andpersonal guided tours by world-renowned UGA horticulture expertAllan Armitage.The tours are on the hour and book signings on the half-hourbetween 8:30 a.m. and noon. Tickets are $5 at the gate.The gardens, on the UGA Campus in Athens, Ga., were created in1983 and serve as a testing ground for more than 600 kinds ofannual and perennial plants. The primary functions of thegardens are research and teaching, and detailed information onall plants is provided to all who are interested.The gardens are planted twice a year. The summer trials areusually planted in April and May and have major and minor beddingclasses, plantings of specialty annuals, many free-standingcontainers and two large perennial beds.Each type of plant is evaluated every two weeks to providedetailed information on the cultivars being tested. Performanceratings are collected based on flowering, leaf color, uniformityof habit and flower, resistance to insects and diseases andoverall appearance.Researchers also select the best cultivars for each color in eachclass of annuals and list them under “Best of the Best.” Eachyear they select the four to six recipients of the Classic CityAwards, the very best plants in the gardens over the entireseason, well worth a place in any landscape.The winter trials are planted in October and November.The gardens serve research and teaching and are an importantresource for breeders, retailers, growers, landscapers andconsumers.For more information and directions to the gardens, visit the UGATrial Gardens Web site .