EESF Attends the Elevator U Conference at Penn State

Elevator Escalator Safety Foundation

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EESF Attends the Elevator U Conference at Penn State

July 15, 2011 – The Elevator Escalator Safety Foundation (EESF) was represented at the Elevator U Conference at Penn State in State College, Pennsylvania on June 7 – 9, 2011.  EESF was offered a complimentary registration and exhibit booth space for the conference.


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.


During the Elevator U Board Meeting, staff reported that the newly released Rise Up Safe Ride program had 3,674 Visitors to the webpage, 40 Elevator Poster downloads and 37 Inside Elevator Poster downloads.   A request was presented to the board to form a committee for the marketing of the program to universities in the U.S.


Elevator U supported the Foundation by allowing them to host a silent auction on June 8, 2011, during Elevator U’s opening night reception.


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 $3,915 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 $1,040 from attendees and exhibitors alike.  The winning ticket belonged to Jeff Kneuer.


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.


The Mission of the Elevator Escalator Safety Foundation is to educate the public on the safe and proper use of elevators, escalators and moving walks through informational programs.


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


2011 – Elevator U Conference Registration Now Open

Elevator U Conference – 2011

Tuesday, June 07, 2011 8:00 AM –
Thursday, June 09, 2011 2:00 PM (Eastern Time)
Penn State University – Penn Stater
215 Innovation Boulevard
State College, Pennsylvania 16803
United States
Map and Directions

The 14th annual Elevator U conference is planned for June 7-9, 2011.  The conference is being hosted by Penn State University (Brad Haldeman), State College, PA. It will be located at the Penn Stater in State College, PA. Visit Lodging link for additional information.

The agenda includes great educational sessions for all, a vendor show, silent auction and the return of the popular, Vendor-mercials.

Conference Brochure – ElevatorU-Conference-Handout-2011

Day 1 – Tuesday June 7th, 2011
– 9 am to 4 pm – Factory Tour of Wirerope Works
– 5-9 pm – Social Event

Day 2 – Wednesday June 8th, 2011
– Educational Sessions – Hollister Whitney – MRL’s, Certified Conveyance Training Corp – Kinetic Door Force Measurement Tool, Magnetek – Elevators vs. Auxiliary  Power Generators, Planning, Design & Successful Integration of New Technologies.
– Vendor-Mercials
– Vendor Expo – During Lunch & Dinner
– Dinner, Open Bar, EESF Silent Auction


Day 3 – Thursday June 9th, 2011

– Educational Sessions Morning – MRL vs. Hydraulic – When, Where, Why? Crackerbarrel, Elevator World – Industry Update.
– Closing Luncheon

EU Conference Fees
$200 per person – 3-Days – EU Member
$350 per person – 3-Days – EU Non-Member

CANCELED – Separate CEU Session – 1 Full Day – Separate from the rest of the conference. (June 8th, ALL DAY, 8am to 5 pm) .8 Continuing Education Units or CEU’s (8 Hours)

Exhibitor Fees – 10 X 10 Foot Exhibit Space
$900 per booth space/company EU Member – Includes Exhibit Table & Educational Conference For One Representative.
$130 per person for an extra worker
8 x 2.5 Foot Draped Tables Provided

$1100 per table/company EU Non Member – Includes Exhibit Table & Educational Conference For One Representative.
$200 per person for an extra worker
8 x 2.5 Foot Draped Tables Provided

As with every year, plan on great learning experiences, interesting conversation and awesome networking opportunities from your colleagues. Register today through our online registration website.

Rise Up Safe Rider promoted at ACUHO-I / APPA Housing Facilities Conference

As a cooperative effort, the Elevator Escalator Safety Foundation and Elevator U attended the Housing Facilities Conference, October 12-15, 2010 in Charlotte, North Carolina.   This conference was co-sponsored by the Association of College and University Housing Officers-International (ACUHO-I) and APPA: The Association of Higher Education Facilities Officers (APPA).

The Conference “Keeping on Track” Providing the Foundation for Quality Student Housing, fostered leadership, addressed challenges, and explored trends in college and university housing. 

The newly developed university program, Rise Up Safe Rider is now available through the EESF website, as well as with a link from the Elevator U website.   

EESF and EU worked together for 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 exploring safe riding methods were developed by Michigan State University. 

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. 

The Goal of the Rise Up Safe Rider informational program is to educate the college and university students on the safe and proper use of elevators, escalators and moving walks. 

Program materials include:  Posters, Tri-fold informational brochure, Public Service Announcement, Press Release, Safety Article and support material for informational booths and a Residence Assistants program. 

The Conference provided a great opportunity for members of both the ACHUHO-I and APPA groups to learn about the successful effort between EESF, the student volunteers from Michigan State University and Elevator U in creating the Rise Up Safe Rider safety program.  It was anticipated that the majority of those who attended this session had not had any prior exposure to either EESF or Elevator U.  Both EESF and EU benefited by getting our messages out to them in this setting by distributing over 300 Rise Up Safe Rider brochures to interested volunteers, as well as promotional information about membership in Both EESF and Elevator U.   

The next event will be held October 3-6, 2011, in Orlando, FL.   Discussion between EESF and EU is underway on the next collaboration.  

If you are interested in the Rise Up Safe Rider program, visit education/ riseupsaferider_information.html.   For more information about the Elevator Escalator Safety Foundation, please contact EESF at (800) 949-6442, or visit the website at   Information about Elevator U can be found at