Criminal Justice Holds Commencement for 247

CJ Graduate Shanntel White celebrates with her family at the Criminal Justice Reception.
CJ Graduate Shanntel White (r) celebrates with her family at the Criminal Justice Reception.

Sam Houston State University, College of Criminal Justice, graduated nearly 250 students in December, including five new Ph.D.s.

SHSU students sing the school song during the Commencement ceremony.
SHSU students sing the school song during the Commencement ceremony.
A total of 247 students earned bachelor, master and Ph.D. degrees from the College during commencement ceremonies at the Bernard G. Johnson Coliseum on Dec. 17. Among them were 205 undergraduate and 42 graduate students.

“Whatever career path you choose or wherever your career leads you I hope you will always seek to gain knowledge, for as the “old adage” says – ‘knowledge is power,’” said Dr. Vincent Webb, Dean of College of Criminal Justice. “And, to quote Benjamin Franklin, ‘An investment in knowledge always pays the best interest.’”

Ph.D. degrees were conferred to J. Michael Bozeman, Kyung Yon Jhi, Hee Joo Kim, Joe Serio and Sam Swindell.

Receiving Ph.D. degrees (l to r) were: Hee Joo Kim, Sam Swindell, Kyung Yon Jhi and Joshua Hill.
Receiving Ph.D. degrees (l to r) were: Hee Joo Kim, Sam Swindell, Kyung Yon Jhi and Joshua Hill.
Dr. Bozeman is a senior lecturer in Criminal Justice at the University of Texas at Tyler. His dissertation was on “The Language of Suicide Victims and Homicide Offenders in Houston, Texas, Examined through a Grounded Theory Analysis of their Statements: A Qualitative and Exploratory Study.” His dissertation committee included Chair Dr. Randall Garner and members Drs. Phillip M. Lyons and Jerry L. Dowling.

Dr. Jhi is an Assistant Professor in the Department of Criminal Justice at the University of Nebraska in Kearney. His dissertation explored “Texan Gangs in “Da Hood”: The Impact of Actual and Perceptual Neighborhood Contexts on Gang Membership.” His committee was chaired by Dr. Michael S. Vaughn and included Drs. Glen A. Kercher, Victoria B. Titterington and William Wells.

After serving as a project manager in the Correctional Management Institute of Texas, Dr. Serio will begin a career as a motivational speaker in Austin. His dissertation, “Law Enforcement Perceptions of the Russian Mafia in the United States and Canada,” was chaired by Dr. Willard M. Oliver and included Drs. Mitchel P. Roth and Vaughn. Graduation cap with CJ and cuffs written on it.

Dr. Swindell, an Assistant Professor of Criminal Justice at West Virginia State University, wrote his dissertation on “The Instruction of Law in Criminal Justice: Purposes, Methods, Content, and Faculty.” His committee included Chairman Dr. Lyons and members Dr. Oliver and Roth.

Dr. Kim is working with the Korean Institute of Criminology. Her dissertation was on “Exploring the Effects of a Restorative Justice Program: Internal Processes and Factors that Lead to Reintegrative Shaming—Impacts on Drunk-Driving Offenders’ Perceptions.” Her dissertation committee including Chairman Dr. Jurg Gerber and Drs. Yan Zhang and Dennis Longmire.

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