Criminal Justice Students Shine at the Sammy's

Tyler Eberhart, a criminal justice major and president of the SGA, shares the Sammy Award with Dr. Vincent Webb, Dean of the College of Criminal Justice.
Tyler Eberhart, a criminal justice major and president of the SGA, shares the Sammy Award with Dr. Vincent Webb, Dean of the College of Criminal Justice.

Three criminal justice students were honored during the 18th Annual Sammy’s Award ceremony recognizing outstanding students at Sam Houston State University.

Two College of Criminal Justice students, Tyler Eberhart and Joshua Harris, earned top honors for the evening. Eberhart, a criminal justice major and President of the SHSU Student Government Association, received the Sammy Award, and Joshua Harris, a criminal justice minor, was given the Creager Memorial Award for a Male Senior. Both awards recognize students for their outstanding contributions and services to the University.

Megan Konarik, president of Alpha Phi Sigma, the National Criminal Justice Honor Society, was given the Excellence in Service Award for the College of Criminal Justice, one of six bestowed by each College at SHSU.

A picture of the crowd at The Sammy's ceremony."The Sammy’s is Sam Houston State University's official student award ceremony,” said Brandon Cooper, Student Activities associate director. “It's truly a way for the University to recognize the outstanding students and organizations that we have.

“For 18 years the Sammy’s focus has been honoring the amazing contributions that students and faculty/staff make at SHSU,” he said. “It's the University's way of saying thank you to those individuals and groups."

Eberhart, a former President and Pledge Trainer for Lambda Alpha Epsilon, credits the organization with sparking his passion for criminal justice and law enforcement. As Student Body President and former Student Body Secretary for the SGA, Eberhart said he has learned “patience, confidence and how to think outside the traditional mindset when necessary.” He said he has gotten to work with incredible people and considers many LAE members as family.

Joshua Harris earned the Creager Memorial Award for a Male Senior.
Joshua Harris earned the Creager Memorial Award for a Male Senior.
Harris, the first generation of his family to attend college, has been active in many student events across campus, including the Tree of Light, Fire Fest, All Paws In, tailgating, Welcome Week, and Saturdays@SAM. He also served on the executive boards of Alpha Phi Alpha Fraternity Inc., Phi Sigma Pi National Honors Fraternity, and National Pan-Hellenic Council. He volunteers with youth and the elderly in his hometown of Irving and plans to join the U.S. Armed Forces after graduation.

Megan Konarik, who received the Excellence in Service Award for the College of Criminal Justice, is pictured with Dr. Vincent Webb, Dean of the College.
Megan Konarik, who received the Excellence in Service Award for the College of Criminal Justice, is pictured with Dr. Vincent Webb, Dean of the College.
Konarik, a Forensic Science and Criminal Justice major, serves as the President of Alpha Phi Sigma and participated in the Society of Forensic Science, which she said has helped build her skills and confidence to achieve her goals. As a freshman, Konarik credited the Bearkat Learning Community with teaching her that leadership and teamwork are key ingredients in success. Konarik is active in physical chemistry research with the Chemistry Department as a McNair Scholar, and she plans to return to SHSU to pursue her Master’s degree in Forensic Science.

A total of 26 awards were given out during the ceremony to students, organizations, faculty and staff who helped make SHSU a success.

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