Get to know Kristin Evans, new Campus Safety officer

Photo courtesy of Henry Gustafson

Evans joined the Campus Safety team in September, and as the only current female officer, hopes to support women on campus

Jordan Scharaga

joscharaga@ursinus.edu

This semester, the Campus Safety office welcomed a new member to the team. Kristin Evans joined the staff on Sept. 30, 2016 and has really embraced her role on campus as an officer and as a woman who can offer support to female students.

“I chose Ursinus for a couple of reasons,” Evans said. “The first is the student atmosphere; it’s also really close to my home, so it’s actually a part of my community. Working here lets me be a part of my community and allows me to give back to the community at the same time.”

Even though Evans is new to campus, she previously spent nine years working in safety and security at Thomas Jefferson University and its affiliated hospital, which she mentioned has prepared her for working here. Her previous job—like working at Ursinus—required a lot of engagement with students, which she recounted as her favorite part about the job.

“My favorite part of working here is dealing with the students, talking with the students and building relationships with them,” she said. “Helping them makes it all worthwhile. It actually makes it fun instead of being just a job where you want to do your nine to five and leave.”

In addition to taking on an officer job at Ursinus, Evans explained that she and her family had recently moved to the area, having relocated to Pottstown after living in Philadelphia. Evans and her husband have four children ages 2, 4, 11, and 15.

Evans explained that out of her four children, her 15-year-old son was the most excited about the family’s transition, especially because of her job at Ursinus.

“He really loves this school,” Evans said. “When we first moved to Pottstown and I was looking at colleges and universities in the area for a job to apply for, he basically kept saying please, please, please you need to apply. He has Ursinus posters and stuff all over his bedroom. And I’ve brought him to campus multiple times already and he always asks me when he can come back.”

Evans has been working in safety and security field since 2000, after she graduated from Temple University. There she studied and majored in music, so her current career path may be quite surprising to some. She explained this unexpected shift in her life. “I took a security job while I was still in school to help pay my tuition and I really liked it,” she said. “So that’s how I ended up making that switch. It was really fun and I was like, ‘this is what I want to do.’”

According to Campus Safety, officers are responsible for responding to medical emergencies, fire alarms, motor vehicle assistance calls, and answering the emergency telephones stationed throughout campus. They also provide escorts to students and can assist them with room lockouts and building access. Of the many tasks required by safety officers, Evans enjoys the mobility of patrolling across campus the most.

“I like being able to, as a safety officer, patrol the whole area instead of being confined to one spot,” Evans said. “So during my shift I can go from inside the dorms where the students are living over to the athletic fields. It’s just a constant change and it never gets dull.”

When asked about her time away from work, she implied that, like her job, it never gets dull. With two boys and two girls, Evans described raising her four kids as “chaotic.”

While her transition here has been smooth so far, Evans has only been working on campus for a little under two months. Some students might not have had the opportunity to meet her. However, senior Rachel Glick was recently introduced to Officer Evans and is happy Ursinus has a female Campus Safety officer.

“I think it’s awesome,” Glick said. “I’m happy to see a woman break gender stereotypes, especially in the field of campus safety. Her presence on staff will make some female students feel more comfortable in situations of reporting or just dealing with safety on campus.”

Officer Evans is enthusiastic about meeting and interacting with more students on her shifts. For those who haven’t had a chance to meet her yet, they can look for her during night shifts, starting around 9 p.m., from Friday to Monday.