2011 Elevator U Conference Dates Set

Mark your calendars everyone! June 7th – 9th are the dates for the 2011 Elevator U Conference! The event will take place at Penn State University and our conference committee and hosts are working diligently to get everything finalized so we can turn on the online registration in early 2011.  Stay tuned for more information and make sure you sign up for our e-newsletter so you’re the first to know when registration does open.

EESF Attends the Elevator U Conference at Purdue University

August 25, 2010 – The Elevator Escalator Safety Foundation (EESF) attended the Elevator U Conference at Purdue University in West Lafayette, Indiana on June 8 – 10, 2010 where release of the new EESF / Elevator U Safety program, Rise Up Safe Rider, was announced.

EESF and Elevator U not only care about maintaining the highest standards of university facilities management, but also about safety education available to college students.  These organizations wish to prevent any injury or death because of lack of elevator knowledge. 

Rise Up Safe Rider is a safety kit developed for university resident assistants, student government representatives, public safety officials, on-campus elevator shops and on-campus media such as the newspaper, television and radio stations. 

The safety kit, which is available by download from both www.EESF.org and www.ElevatorU.org, consists of a Planning Guide, safety posters for elevators, escalators and moving walks, a brochure, a radio public service announcement as well as an article and press release for student publications.

Rise Up Safe Rider program materials are user-friendly for malls, airports and transit systems, as they are generic in the safe riding rules with eye-catching graphics. 

EESF and Elevator U have been working together for the past several years to create a campaign for the university setting.  Several universities were invited to participate in the development of the program.  Concepts were used from Communication classes at both Michigan State University and Purdue University.  Initial components plus an entertaining video of students explaining safe riding methods were developed by Michigan State University. 

EESF and Elevator U appreciate the time of those students involved, especially Kallie McConkie of Michigan State and Tony Barenie of Purdue, who led the student teams and Matt Wright (Michigan State) and Jeff Cooper (Purdue), who served as the Elevator U coordinator with the teams.  EESF and Elevator U also wish to thank Matt Rupp, EESF Marketing Committee Chair, Mike Ryan, EESF Chairman and Marketing Committee member as well as Stuart Rosebrock, C. E. Electronics graphic designer, for assisting in the final stages of development for print materials.  

The final program was presented at the Elevator U Conference, where each attendee was asked to take the materials to their universities, deliver the program and provide feedback. 

During the Conference, Elevator U supported the Foundation by allowing them to host a silent auction on June 9, 2010. 

Elevator U requested each exhibitor bring at least one silent auction item to be displayed in the exhibitor’s booth.  Conference attendees visited each booth to view and bid on the items available.  This gave the exhibitors a unique opportunity to interact with conference attendees and display their products. 

At the conclusion of the event, each exhibitor brought forward their item and the winning bid was announced.  The Elevator U silent auction raised $3,659 for EESF which will be used to help the Foundation achieve its mission. 

In addition to the silent auction, Glenn Duncan of Parts Specialists, Inc. volunteered to conduct a 50/50 raffle with proceeds to go to the EESF.  Duncan sold tickets for two days, collecting $1,402 from attendees and exhibitors alike.  The winning ticket belonged to Gary Schreiber. 

EESF would like to thank the exhibitors for their generous donations of items for the silent auction; everyone who bid on items; those who purchased a raffle ticket and the Board of Elevator U for allowing the event to take place. 

For more information about the Rise Up Safe Rider program, please visit the “Safety Education” page at www.EESF.org. For more information about the Elevator Escalator Safety Foundation, please visit www.EESF.org, e-mail info@EESF.org or call (251) 479-2199.

Elevator U Conference Attendees

If you attended the 2010 EU Conference at Purdue and are in need of a certificate for either the .8 Continuing Education Class or for the presentations that were given during the regular sessions please send the website committee an e-mail.

The NAEC Education Committee has reviewed your Continuing Education Application for the Elevator U 2010 Annual Conference. We are pleased to inform you that the committee has approved the educational content at a total value of 4.0 CET contact hours and 2.0 CAT contact hours for Continuing Education.

  • Elevator Modernization Team Effort (Gregory)  @ 1.0 CET contact hrs
  • What’s New is the 2010 Elevator Industry Field Employees’ Safety Handbook (Hendrick) @ 1.0 CET/CAT Safety contact hr
  • Future Serviceability Options for Today’s MRL Elevators (Thran) @ 1.0 CET contact hr
  • Emergency Communications & Code Compliance (Dietz) @ 1.0 CET/CAT contact hr

E-mail us if you need a certificate.

2010 Purdue Conference a Success!

The Conference Planning Committee and Board of Directors would like to thank you for attending the 2010 Elevator U Conference this past week! It was a great time and we appreciate Jeff Cooper, Purdue University, offering his campus for the conference.  Jeff has hosted many conferences including the first two back in 1998 and showed how first class Purdue University is.

Listen to what Mike from the Unversity of Alabama had to say.

Elvis and I would like to thank everyone at Purdue University and Elevator U for their hard work making last week a wonderful experience for us. We submitted a letter on Friday to the administration at UA reporting on our time at the conference. They are very pleased as they understand the importance of Elevator U in terms of making the elevator shop a safer and more efficient place to work.
Thank You,
Mike & Elvis
The University of Alabama
Elevator Maintenance Team

The Board would like to offer a special welcome to our new board members, Steve Pydynowski , Wayne Koepke and Martin Culp. We’d also like to thank Matt Wright and Brad Haldeman for their hard work in making Elevator U a better organization.

In the upcoming weeks we’ll be editing and uploading the presentation videos onto the website. We’ll also be sending out an e-mail with the attendee list shortly.

Continuing Education Session Participants – Please note that we will be sending out the necessary documentation to NAESA, EIWFP, the State of Indiana and the State of Illinois by the middle of next week. Certificates will be e-mailed by the end of next week. We appreciate your participation and hope those who attended had a great time.

Thanks once again to everyone for making the 2010 EU Conference a success.


Elevator U BOD & Conference Planning Committee