Q&A: Nebraska Freshman Disaster Preparedness & Emergency Management Major

Troy Becker in a tree on campus.

Today we feature Blaire, Nebraska resident Troy Becker, a Disaster Preparedness and Emergency Management (DPEM) major with a Certificate of Undergraduate Study (CUGS) in Counterterrorism and Emergency Response Operations. Until COVID-19 closed campus, Troy lived in Mimosa Hall.

Troy Becker sitting in a tree on campus.How did you hear about Rowan, and what made you want to come here? I searched online for schools with emergency management majors and I found Rowan. I chose this university due to it being one of the best schools in the nation for the Disaster Preparedness and Emergency Management major, as well as having a counterterrorism minor, and being an Air Force ROTC Crosstown University.

Troy in front of a blurred background of Mimosa Hall.What makes Rowan your home away from home? Rowan has a great community, good selection of food, awesome facilities that non-major specify students can use, such as Studio 231 (an experiential learning lab and makerspace in the Rohrer Business Hall), and absolutely outstanding professors for my major.

Can you tell me a little bit about the field and major Disaster Preparedness and Emergency Management? The classes being taught give both in-depth and practical information relating to DPEM. The information we are given … we are also given real-world scenarios and I have found it to perfectly find my methods of problem-solving and critical thinking in a disaster scenario.

What might you want to do with your degree? I’m planning and working toward going into go into the Air Force as an Emergency Management Specialist, and aim toward a position in FEMA (Federal Emergency Management Agency) after that. 

Troy Becker sitting in a tree on campus.

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Rachel Rumsby, freshman communication studies and public relations double major