Special Agent Seeks Online Degree

Gibson with Secretary Chertoff
Michael Chertoff (l), former Secretary of the U.S. Department of Homeland Security, awarded William Gibson (r) the Secretary’s Award of Excellence for leading the investigation into a multi-agency, national, drug smuggling and money laundering operation.

As a senior special agent assigned to a high intensity drug trafficking task force at the U.S. Immigration and Customs Office (ICE) in Dallas, William "Billy" Gibson has a busy, erratic work schedule. That's why he opted to pursue his master's degree at Sam Houston State University College of Criminal Justice online.

Police Departments Fight Crime with CRIMES


A Grapevine police officer uses the CRIMES software on patrol.

At the Seguin Police Department, officers are using the CRIMES software package developed by Sam Houston State University's Police Research Center to fight crime in their community.

CMIT Hosts Annual Gangs Conference in Austin

Gang Tattoos
Gang Tattoos

Two former gang leaders recently helped enlighten 250 professionals from corrections, probation, police departments, sheriffs' offices and school police on gangs in Texas.

Alumni Update: Amanda Johnson

Amanda Johnson accepted a position as Assistant Professor of Criminal Justice at the University of Texas of the Permian Basin. Amanda received her Ph.D. from the college in August 2010.

Alumni Update: George Day

George Day, a Ph.D. candidate at the College of Criminal Justice, was named an assistant professor at East Texas Baptist University in Marshall, Texas.

Alumni Update: Natalia Tapia

Natalia Tapia accepted a position as Assistant Professor of Criminal Justice in the Department of Justice, Law, and Public Safety Studies at Lewis University in Chicago, Illinois. Natalia is Ph.D. candidate and her anticipated graduation date is December 2010.

Faculty and Alumni Publications

Raymond H.C. Teske, Jr., Kenneth C. Land and Hui Zheng. (2009) "The Short-Term Effects of Executions on Homicides: Deterrrende, Displacement, or Both?" Criminology, 47.

Alumni Update: G.M. Cox

Police Chief G.M. Cox of Murphy Texas, who earned his master's in Criminal Justice Management from SHSU in 1987, is currently working on his dissertation for a Ph.D. at the University of Texas - Arlington in Public Administration. He is a candidates as of June 2008.

Alumni Update: Cody Velkovich

Cody Velkovich, who graduated in 2008 with a bachelor's in Criminal Justice, was promoted in March to Field Supervisor of the Austin Region of Executive Security Systems, Inc. The company is a privately-owned security services contractor that provides temporary and permanent armed and unarmed security officers, mobile patrol services and private investigators through offices in Austin, Bryan, Dallas, San Antonio and Houston.

Alumni Update: Lindsay Siriko

Lindsay E. Siriko, who earned his master's degree in Criminal Justice from SHSU in 1976 and his bachelor's degree in Law Enforcement from SHSU in 1974, is running for the position of Harris County Constable in Precinct 4. Siriko is a senior police officer with the Houston Police Department.

Faculty and Student Publications

Brita Kim, Jurg Gerber, and Dan Richard Beto. (2010) "Listening to Law Enforcement Officers: The Promises and Problems of Police - Adult Probation Partnerships." Journal of Criminal Justice, 38, 625-632.

Alumni Update: Charlette Fleming

Charlette Fleming, who received her bachelor's degree from SHSU in 2006, is a Career Service Representative for the Criminal Justice Associate's Degree Program at Remington College in Houston. She has consistently placed more than 75 percent of her degree candidates within their fields of study. She has touched on nearly every aspect of the criminal justice system, including domestic violence and victimology, security, loss prevention, corrections, mediation and negotiation, and insurance claims investigation.

New Staff: Beth Kuhles

Beth Kuhles
CJ Mandate Editor

Beth Kuhles, a communications specialist for more than 25 years, joined the College of Criminal Justice as the editor of the CJ Mandate.

New Faculty: Matt R. Nobles

Description of Image Matt R. Nobles
Assistant Professor

Dr. Nobles comes to the College of Criminal Justice after serving as an assistant professor at Washington State University in Pullman, where he was named Outstanding Criminal Justice Professor in 2009. Previously, Nobles was an adjunct instructor and research analyst at John Jay College of Criminal Justice at CUNY; a graduate instructor at the University of Florida; and a GIS & Crime Analysis Intern at the Gainesville Police Department in Florida. His areas of research expertise include interpersonal violence, gun policy and communities and crime.

New Faculty: Brian B. Boutwell

Description of Image Brian B. Boutwell
Assistant Professor

Dr. Boutwell’s area of focus is in behavioral genetics and how both environmental and genetic factors influence anti-social behavior. He will teach a course in criminological theory in the fall.

Gaertner speaks at 2010 Summer Commencement

During the Summer 2010 Commencement ceremony, President James F. Gaertner bid a fond farewell to Sam Houston State University, which he has led since 2001. Under his leadership, Gaertner launched 16 new academic programs, increased enrollment and faculty, constructed new landmark facilities, and established articulated programs at more than 40 community colleges.

Forensic Science Educator Training

Aug 9 - 12, 2010
George J. Beto Criminal Justice Center
Hosted by The Forensic Science Program at Sam Houston State University
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Don’t miss this exciting opportunity to attend a four-day conference on forensic science at Sam Houston State University. Registrants will receive lab and lecture based instruction and a variety of electronic and physical resources to help incorporate forensic science into the middle and high school curriculum.

Final Exams

Fri Aug 6, 2010
8:00 A.M. - 10:00 P.M.

Final Exams for all SHSU Summer II 2010 classes.

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