College of Criminal Justice Graduates Three Ph.D.s

Drs. George Day, Michelle Richter and Nhatthien Nguyen
Drs. George Day (l to r)), Michelle Richter and Nhatthien Nguyen

Three Ph.D. students graduated from Sam Houston State University’s College of Criminal Justice in December.

College of Criminal Justice Commencement Reception

Sat, Dec 18, 2010, 11:30 AM - 1:00 PM
George J. Beto Criminal Justice Center
CJava Cafe

Attention all December 2010 Graduates!

Bring your friends and family for refreshments before commencement.

Online Masters Program

CJ Online

Check out our CJ Online website for more information.

Recent Publications by Faculty, Doctoral Student and Alumni

The latest research published by faculty at Sam Houston State University, as well as professional presentations delivered, was included in Faculty Research Notes.

Top 10 Lessons Offered for Jail Research

Dr. Kate Fox

After surveying 2,414 inmates at 14 jails in Florida, Dr. Kate Fox has learned several important lessons about conducting research with incarcerated populations.

Dr. Oliver Targets Presidential Assassinations

In his latest book, Dr. Will Oliver of SHSU’s College of Criminal Justice explores the assassination of four U.S. Presidents and the attempted assassination of 17 more over the history of this country.

National Prison Leaders Share Experiences

The U.S. Navy is opening a new 400-bed military prison in Chesapeake, Virginia in September 2011. Jim Adams, Technical Director of the project, developed a list of 107 issues, including budgeting, hiring, logistics, and administration, that need to be addressed before opening the doors.

New Officers Elected for Forensic Science Society

Society of Forensic Science

The Society of Forensic Science at Sam Houston State University recently elected officers for 2011.

LIFE Launches LEMIT's new Professional Development Program

Two female police officers

The Professional Development Program (PDP) is a new leadership initiative consisting of a suite of specialized personalized development opportunities at the Bill Blackwood Law Enforcement Management Institute of Texas. Leadership Inventory for Female Executives (LIFE), designed for aspiring and existing female executives in law enforcement, is the first program under the PDP series.

Houston Police Offers Student Internships

Heather Lewis at the Houston Police Department Family Violence Unit
Heather Lewis did an internship at the Houston Police Department Westside Family Violence Unit.

Heather Lewis witnessed domestic violence up close and personal during her internship.

Cesar Garcia assisted police in preparing key evidence in child sexual abuse cases by summarizing the interview tapes from young victims.

Study Abroad Germany/Austria Meeting

Thu, Dec. 2, 3:30 p.m.
Criminal Justice Courtroom

Come to the informational meeting for the Study Abroad Program to Germany and Austria. From May 16-28, Dr. Willard Oliver will guide a trip to Munich and Vienna. Students will explore the history and development of the criminal justice system and visit such sites as Neuschwanstein Castle in Bavaria and the Donauinsel Island Park in the Danube River.

ATF Internship Tracks Firearms Trafficking

Senior Carter Cole spent her Fall semester at Sam Houston State University tracking stolen guns for the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives (ATF) in Houston.

Society of Forensic Science Meeting

Society of Forensic Science

Wed, Dec. 1, 5:00 p.m.
Chemistry and Forensic Science Building
Room 103

Undergraduate Conference Proposal Deadline

Undergraduate Research Conference

Wed, Dec 1, 2010
Deadline for Proposals for Undergraduate Conference
George J. Beto Criminal Justice Center

Undergraduate students at the College of Criminal Justice have until Dec. 1 to submit a proposal for a research paper or poster for a chance to win a scholarship of up to $500.

Hypnosis Aids Criminal Investigations

Woman being hypnotizedColonel Perry Gilmore, Assistant Police Chief in Amarillo, has a unique specialty in the world of criminal justice. He is a certified investigative hypnotist who uses his skills to help victims and witnesses of violent crime recall details of the event.

Criminal Justice Professors and Students Present Research at National Conference

Chi-Fang Lilly Tsai, Dr. Vincent Webb and Claire Nolasco at ASC

Research from 27 faculty and 36 graduate students from SHSU’s College of Criminal Justice was presented during the annual meeting of the American Society of Criminology held in San Francisco from Nov. 17-20.

LEMIT Provides Continuing Ed for Police Chiefs

Police Chief Leadership Series at LEMIT

Police chiefs from across Texas recently attended continuing education training at the Bill Blackwood Law Enforcement Management Institute of Texas.

CMIT Helps Jail Managers Up the Ladder

The Correctional Management Institute of Texas (CMIT), in collaboration with the American Jail Association, recently trained mid-level jail managers from 16 states across the country to take on leadership roles in their institutions.

Saturdays@SAM

Sat Nov. 20, 2010
8:00 AM - 2 PM
Sam Houston State University Visitors Center

Saturdays@SAM is a free program for prospective students, families, and friends.

Society of Forensic Science Meeting

Society of Forensic Science

Wed, Nov. 17, 5:00 p.m.
Chemistry and Forensic Science Building
Room 106

The scheduled speaker, Forensic Anthropolist Dr. Joan A. Bytheway, will be unable to attend the session. Instead, the guest speaker will be Dr. Karon Murff on digital forensics.

Real Talk with CJ: Tom Jones Regional LP Director

Real Talk with CJ

Tue Nov 16, 2010
2:00 pm - 3:00pm
CJ Cafe (CJava)

Shoe Box Drive for Soldiers

Nov. 15-19
10 AM - 2PM
Lowman Student Center, Mall Area

ROTC and LAE are working together to send our soldiers Shoe Boxes full of items to show our support. Come help us support our soldiers.

Society of Forensic Science Scholarship

Society of Forensic Science

The Society of Forensic Science is offering a Spring 2011 Scholarship to a deserving member of the organization. The purpose of the award is to financially assist the student with additional educational costs above tuition and fees such as textbooks. The total award amount is $250.

Internship Leads to Royal Canadian Mounted Police

Canadian Mounted Police perform Musical Ride
Thirty-two members of the Royal Canadian Mounted Police perform the musical ride.

Graduate Student Breanne Dolphin spent her summer with the Royal Canadian Mounted Police, researching books, movies and articles on child predators for that country’s National Child Exploitation Coordination Center.

SHSU Provides Citizen Survey to Houston Police

Police Officer

Sam Houston State University’s College of Criminal Justice recently completed the Houston Police Department’s latest citizen survey.

Study Abroad Italy Meeting

Wed, Nov. 9 or 11, 4 p.m.
Dr. Mitchel Roth's Office
Criminal Justice Hotel Building
Room 224

Join Dr. Roth for informational meetings about the Study Abroad Program in Italy this summer. Dr. Roth will lead the trip from June 15-28, examining the historic and current criminal justice system in the country. The trip includes visits to Rome, Florence and Sicily, with stops at famous landmarks like the Coliseum, Vatican and Mamertine Prison.

National Association of Blacks in Criminal Justice Women's Week

Monday, Nov 8, 5 p.m.
Health and Kinesiology Center, Multipurpose Room 3
Workout with NABCJ

Come start your week off right with an invigorating workout.

Tue, Nov. 9, 7 p.m.
Olsen Auditorium
W.O.W (Women of the World)

A forum discussing the image of women in public and professional settings portrayal of women in the media and dating.

Wed, Nov. 10, 7 p.m.
Lowman Student Center, Room 304
Dirty Dark Secrets

You think you know but you have no idea.

Thu, Nov. 11, 7 p.m
SHSU Mall Area
Candelight Visual for Domestic Violence

Come light a candle for survivors of breast cancer and domestic violence as guest speakers talk about their experience with domestic violence.

Police Command Staff Gets LEMIT Training

Top command staff for Texas police departments were trained in key management issues during a recent program at the Bill Blackwood Law Enforcement Management Institute of Texas.

High School Staff Get Lessons in Criminal Justice

Teachers tour Southeast Texas Applied Forensic Science Facility




High School criminal justice teachers tour the Southeast Texas Applied Forensic Science Facility

High School criminal justice teachers from across Texas got lessons on new trends in the field, including the areas of DNA, cyber-crime, forensics, terrorism, crime in the media and data analysis.

ROTC Cadets Target Criminal Justice Degrees

SHSU Senior Joan Kim has dreams of joining the Department of Homeland Security or the Drug Enforcement Agency. She is commissioning as an officer in the U.S. Army and hopes her criminal justice degree and experience in the military will make that a reality.

Society of Forensic Science -- Prison Tour

Society of Forensic Science

Thur, Nov. 4, 3:30 p.m.
Walls Prison Unit
815 12th St.
Huntsville, Texas 77320-3320
(936) 291-4200

University Hotel Open House

Wed Nov 3, 2010
4:30pm - 6:30pm
University Hotel
Bluebonnet Suite

The University Hotel cordially invites you to an open house to see our newly renovated rooms. Reception in Bluebonnet Suite.

SHSU Receives Grant to Target Drug Abuse in the Workplace

SHSU’s Impaired Driving Initiatives Program recently received a $740,000 grant from the Texas Department of Transportation (TxDOT).

Alumnus Appointed to ICE Firearms Unit

Chris Cronen, a 1991 graduate of Sam Houston State University’s College of Criminal Justice, recently was promoted to Deputy Director of the National Firearms and Tactical Training Unit (NFTTU) at U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE).

Society of Forensic Science Meeting

Society of Forensic Science

Wed, Nov. 3, 5:30 p.m.
Chemistry and Forensic Science Building
Room 103

High School Criminal Justice Instructors Training

Oct 28 - 29, 2010
George J. Beto Criminal Justice Center

Teaching Criminal Justice in the 21st Century

Sam Houston State University College of Criminal Justice will once again host an annual seminar for Texas high school criminal justice instructors. Don't miss this opportunity to attend 1½ days that will provide professional training directly related to CJ subject field and special needs.

Real Talk with CJ: FBI Special Agent David Mohr

Real Talk with CJ

Tue Oct 26, 2010
2:00 pm - 3:00pm
CJ Cafe (CJava)

After 24 years of high adventure, experiences that seem almost unreal and travels that have taken him all over the world, David Mohr laughs as he thinks back to where it all began – in the little prison town of Huntsville.

CMIT Holds 41st Annual Jail Conference

Doug Dretke
Doug Dretke

More than 140 sheriffs, jail administrators and jail personnel converged on Sam Houston State College’ s Criminal Justice Center in October for the 41st Annual Jail Conference.

Probation/Parole Heads Trained from Across US

New probation and parole executives from across the country met at the College of Criminal Justice in September to learn management techniques and discuss common issues. Ideally, each executive has been in their position for a year or less.

Society of Forensic Science Meeting

Society of Forensic Science

Wed, Oct. 20, 5:30 p.m.
Chemistry and Forensic Science Building
Room 103

Former DEA/ATF Agent Seeks Ph.D. to Teach

Deborah Sibila

Deborah Sibila already had a 22-year career working for the Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA) and the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives (BATFE) before she came to the College of Criminal Justice for her Ph.D.

LEMIT Provides Training for New Chiefs

New Police Chiefs Trained at LEMIT

Police chiefs from four major cities in Texas joined the latest New Chief Development Program at the Bill Blackwood Law Enforcement Management Institute of Texas in October.

Parents of Murdered Children

Tue Oct 19, 2010
6 pm to 8:30 pm
CJ Courtroom

Panel discussion by parents whose children have been murdered and their experiences as victims and with the criminal justice system.

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Beto Chair Lecture Series: Dr. David Garland

Beto Chair Lecture Series

Tue Oct 19, 2010
9:30 - 11:00 A.M.
Hazel B. Kerper Courtroom

Dr. David W. Garland, one of the world’s leading sociologists in crime and punishment, will be the featured speaker at the Beto Chair Lecture Series on Oct. 19. His topic will be "Peculiar Institution: America's Death Penalty in an Age of Abolition."

Society of Forensic Science Meeting

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Wed, Oct. 20, 5:30 p.m.
Chemistry and Forensic Science Building
Room 103

Dr. Gerber Has the World at His Fingertips

Dr. Jurg Gerber in China 2007
Dr. Jurg Gerber stands in front of Zhejiang Police College in China.

In addition to being a criminal justice professor, Dr. Jurg Gerber is wearing many hats for Sam Houston State University, including those from Korea, Japan, India, China, Mexico, Switzerland and Eastern and Central Europe, to name just a few.

Dr. Wells Appointed Research Director at LEMIT

Dr. William (Bill) Wells



Dr. Bill Wells

The Bill Blackwood Law Enforcement Management Institute of Texas (LEMIT) recently appointed Dr. Bill Wells of Sam Houston State University’s College of Criminal Justice as its new Research Director.

CJ Planners Welcome International Prison Officials

Cj Planner meet with prison officials from Uzbekistan and Kazakhstan
County Criminal Justice Planners met with (l to r) Dr. Vokhid Karimov of Uzbekistan and Yeskali Salamatov of Kazakhstan, Interpreter Natalia Kononenko and Rinat Kabiyev of Kazakstan.

The Correctional Management Institute of Texas (CMIT) hosted prison officials from Kazakhstan and Uzbekistan during the biannual meeting of the Executive Forum for Criminal Justice Planners.

LAE Fraternity Captures Regional Sweepstakes

The local chapter of Lambda Alpha Epsilon brought home the Sweepstakes title from a recent regional competition of its fraternity.

Watkins Appointed to Texas Police Association

Rita Watkins, Executive Director of the Bill Blackwood Law Enforcement Management Institute of Texas, was appointed to the Board of Directors of Texas’ oldest police organization.

Society of Forensic Science -- Prison Tour

Society of Forensic Science log

Thu Oct. 7, 2010
3:30 p.m.
Estelle Prison Unit
264 FM 3478 Rd.
Huntsville, Texas 77320-3320
(936) 291-4200

Society of Forensic Science SHSU

Society of Forensic Science SHSU

Wed Oct. 6, 2010
5:30 pm
Chemistry and Forensic Science Building
Room 103

Get a crash course in different Forensic Science disciplines by taking a tour through the lab. We will be looking at Blood Spatter, Trace, Toxicology, DNA, and Fingerprints.

Pizza and drinks will be provided!

Real Talk with CJ: Rice University Police Chief William F. Taylor

Real Talk with CJ

Tue Oct 5, 2010
2:00 pm - 3:00pm
CJ Cafe (CJava)

For Bill Taylor, a police officer is like a paladin, a knight sent out to protect citizens against those that would harm them.

Taylor is Police Chief and Director of Public Safety for Rice University, a sprawling 300 acre campus located in the heart of Houston, the fourth largest city in the country. Taylor has spent his career protecting college campuses, including Arizona State University in Tempe and Washington University in St. Louis, Missouri.

Criminal Justice Ph.D.s Celebrates 40 Years

Dr. Jerry Dowling and Dean George Killinger
Dr. Jerry Dowling (left) and then Dean Dr. George Killinger in 1977.

The brainchild of two visionary men, George J. Beto, former Director of the Texas Department of Corrections, and Arleigh B. Templeton, former President of Sam Houston State College, was to establish a program of excellence in criminal justice education. Forty years later, the College of Criminal Justice has produced 259 doctoral graduates, including prominent leaders in academia and in practice across the Unites States and world.

Institute Leads Criminal Justice Legal Research

Established just four years ago, the Institute for Legal Studies in Criminal Justice at Sam Houston State University continues to seek a wider influence on the study of law as it relates to criminal justice.

Alumni Robert Garmon Tackles U.S. Marshals


Deputy U.S. Marshal Robert Garmon discusses his job with criminal justice students during Real Talk with CJ.

Like the new television series “The Chase,” Deputy U.S. Marshal Robert Garmon has tracked down fugitives, seized property and brought suspects to justice in court.

Society of Forensic Science SHSU

Sat Oct 2, 2010
1:45 pm
Texas Prison Museum
491 State Highway 75N
Huntsville, Texas
(936) 295-2155

Join Us for a Tour!

Top Correction Officials Briefed on Research

CMIT Senior Level Corrections Leadership

Top managers within adult and juvenile corrections throughout Texas met leading researchers in the criminal justice field during the latest training offered by the Correctional Management Institute of Texas.

Special Child Abuse and Neglect Class

Thu Sept 30, 2010
2:00 pm - 3:20pm
CJ Center, Lower Auditorium

Dr. Teske's class will feature the author of "To the Last Breath," the story of the murder of two-year old Renee Goode and her grandmother’s search for justice.

Among the presenters will be:

  • Grandmother Sharon Couch
  • Investigator Sue Dietrich
  • Prosecutor Jeri Yenne

All students and interested parties are invited to attend.

Texas Schools Get Lessons on Impaired Driving

Police stop teen impaired by drugs

As teen death and injuries continue to rise from alcohol and drug related crashes, Sam Houston State University, Impaired Driving Initiatives Program, is addressing the statewide issue by delivering a national curriculum to teachers, counselors, nurses and coaches.

Bearkats Attend CJ Open House

The National Association of Blacks in Criminal Justice participated in the Bearkat Family Weekend Open House.

Parents and students tried drunk driving simulation goggles, got fingerprinted and found out about Study Aboard programs in China, Italy and Germany at the College of Criminal Justice Open House during Bearkat Family Weekend.

Internship Meeting

Mon Sep 23, 2010
3:00 p.m.
Hazel B. Kerper Courtroom

Attention Criminal Justice Sophomores, Juniors and Seniors: If you are interested in completing an internship

  • Spring/Summer 2011
  • Federal Internship Summer/Fall 2011
  • Spring/Summer 2011
  • U. S. Marshals Co-Op Dec. 2011 – Aug. 2012

Applications due Oct. 1, 2010. You will need to attend a registration meeting on

Monday, September 20, 2010
at 10:00 a.m.
CJ Court Room
or
Thursday, September 23, 2010 at 3:00 p.m.
CJ Court Room

Please contact the Internship Office at 294-1659 or come by Room 228-A (Hotel) for further information.

Internship Meeting

Thu Sep 23, 2010
10:00 am
Hazel B. Kerper Courtroom

Attention Criminal Justice Sophomores, Juniors and Seniors: If you are interested in completing an internship

  • Spring/Summer 2011
  • Federal Internship Summer/Fall 2011
  • Spring/Summer 2011
  • U. S. Marshals Co-Op Dec. 2011 – Aug. 2012

Applications due Oct. 1, 2010. You will need to attend a registration meeting on

Monday, September 20, 2010
at 10:00 a.m.
CJ Court Room
or
Thursday, September 23, 2010 at 3:00 p.m.
CJ Court Room

Please contact the Internship Office at 294-1659 or come by Room 228-A (Hotel) for further information.

Study Aboard Programs Set for 2011

CJ Students at Puyuan Police Station
SHSU Criminal Justice Student Delegation at Puyuan Police Police Substation in China.

Criminal justice students will get a chance to combine study and sightseeing during trips to China, Germany/Austria and Italy in the Spring and Summer of 2011.

Beto Chair Lecture Series: Dr. John Hagan

Beto Chair Lecture Series

Wed Sep 22, 2010
9:30 - 11:00 A.M.
Hazel B. Kerper Courtroom

The College of Criminal Justice will host Dr. John Hagan, John D. MacArthur Professor of Sociology and Law at Northwestern University, for the Beto Chair Lecture Series on Sept. 22. Hagan's topic will be "Explaining State-Led Genocide: Dehumanization, Death, and Displacement in Darfur."

Society of Forensic Science Meeting

Wed Sep 22, 2010
5:30 p.m.
Chemistry/Forensic Science Building 103

Our guest speaker at this meeting will be Forensic Firearms Examiner Bradley Bruns from the Harris County Sheriff's Office.

Real Talk with CJ: Deputy Marshal Natalie Garza

Real Talk with CJ

Tue Sep 21, 2010
2:00 pm - 3:00pm
CJ Cafe (CJava)

Alumni Natalie Garza found a diverse and exciting career in the U.S. Marshals Service. As a deputy in the federal agency, Garza assists with apprehending federal fugitives, protecting the federal judiciary, shielding the Witness Security Program, transporting federal prisoners and seizing property acquired through illegal activities.

LEMIT Trains Police Chiefs in Texas

Police Chiefs Leadership Lubbock

The Texas Police Chiefs Leadership Series recently was held by LEMIT in Lubbock. Among the participants were (l to r) Chief Brian Frieda of Muleshoe Police Department; Yvette Shorten, TPCLS Assistant Coordinator; Chief Jackie Skelton of LaGrange Police Department; Chief Rusty Moore of Crowell Police Department; Chief Steven Jones of Trinity Police Department; Mike Mirarchi, TPCLS Instructor; Chief Larry Payne of Dumas Independent School District Police Department; Donna Garcia, TPCLS Program Coordinator; James McLaughlin, Executive Director/Legal Counsel, Texas Police Chief Association and Dr. Steven Presley, Associate Professor/Research Coordinator, Zumwalt National Program

A total of 64 police chiefs from northwest Texas participated in a biennial 40-hour management training provided by the Bill Blackwood Law Enforcement Management Institute of Texas.

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