2012 Criminal Justice Awards Day

Photo from 2011 Sundial ceremony featuring military color guard, College of Criminal Justice leaders, sundial and singer.

Criminal Justice Leadership Luncheon
Thur, April 26, 2012
11 A.M.
Flag Room
Criminal Justice Center

The faculty, staff and students of the College of Criminal Justice will recognize the 2012 Outstanding Alumnus, Gary Johnson, the 2012 Defensor Pacem Medal Recipients Michael Jez, Retired Police Chief, League City Police Department and Michael Merkel, Police Chief, Alvin Police Department, as well as Leaders of the Criminal Justice Student Organizations.


Criminal Justice Sundial Ceremony
Thur, April 26, 2012
1:30 P.M.
CJ Sundial
Criminal Justice Center

This ceremony, held at the south entrance of the Criminal Justice Center, commemorates criminal justice alumni and other law enforcement officers who have lost their lives in the line of duty. The ceremony is open to the public.


Criminal Justice Honors Convocation
Thur, April 26, 2012
7 P.M.
CJ Auditorium
Criminal Justice Center

The College of Criminal Justice will recognize its most academically gifted students. The Convocation speaker will be Nancy Kratzer, Retired Deputy Special Agent in Charge of Homeland Security Investigations in Dallas.

Exploring the Links Between Elderly and Crime

Photo illustrating an elderly victim of crime.
The Crime Victims' Institute published a study on Elder Abuse in 2010, authored by Dr. Victoria Titterington.

While the elderly represent the largest growing segment of the population, little is known about the nature and scope of crime impacting this generation.

Forensic Intern Investigates Death Scenes


Treveon Murdock was an intern with the Harris County Institute of Forensic Science.

As an intern with the Harris County Institute of Forensic Science, Treveon Murdock said he has seen all manners of death -- murders, suicides, accidents and natural causes.

Real Talk w/CJ: Warden Billy D. Hirsch

Realt Talk with CJ logo

Tues, April 24, 2012
3:00 to 4:00 PM
CJava
Criminal Justice Center

Billy D. Hirsch, Senior Warden at the Goree Unit in Huntsville, will be the featured speaker for the last Real Talk w/CJ of the Spring semester. Hirsch will discuss career opportunities available at the Texas Department of Criminal Justice (TDCJ) in security, classification, industry and agriculture as well as what it takes to operate a prison in Texas.

Society of Forensic Science Meeting

Tues, April 24, 2012
5:30 PM
Chemistry and Forensic Science Building
Room 103

The guest speaker will be Dr. Joan Bytheway, who will be presenting on Forensic Anthropology.

Pizza and drinks will be served. For more information, contact us at shsusfs@gmail.com or search for us on Orglink.

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LEMIT Trains Law Enforcement on Texas Eyewitness ID Practices

Photo of men looking through a glass partition at a police lineup.


The Law Enforcement Management Institute of Texas (LEMIT) will team up with the Texas Police Chiefs Association (TPCA) to offer “Train the Trainer” programs for law enforcement agencies across the state on a model policy and procedures for eyewitness identification.

ZPC Cadets Teach Chinese Policing

Qilong Yuan (Charles) provides an overview of policing in China.
Qilong Yuan (Charles) provides an overview of policing in China.

Cadets from Zhejiang Police College shared information about recent reforms in police practices in their country with students at Sam Houston State University.

CJ College Bids Farewell to Dr. del Carmen, Kercher

Dr. Glen KercherDr. Rolando del CarmenDr. Glen Kercher (l) and Dr. Rolando del Carmen (r)

Two pillars of the Criminal Justice program at Sam Houston State University will retire at the end of the Spring semester.

Dr. Rolando del Carmen, considered one of the nation’s leading experts on criminal justice law, will retire after 38 years of service to SHSU. Dr. Glen Kercher, Director of the Crime Victims’ Institute, has been a professor at SHSU since 1970 and previously served at Coordinator of the Ph.D. Program and Director of Survey Research at the College of Criminal Justice.

Awards Day Honors College's Past and Future

Criminal Justice Honors Convocation
Criminal Justice Honors Convocation

The College of Criminal Justice will honor its outstanding students, alumni, friends and fallen colleagues during the 2012 Awards Day on April 26.

Junior Fellows Visit OJ Simpson Prosecutor

Logo for Junior Fellows

Thu, Apr 19, 2012
6:30 PM
Murder by the Book
2342 Bissonet
Houston, TX
713-524-8597

Junior Fellows, a political science club at Sam Houston State University, will sponsor a trip to see Marcia Clark, the Los Angeles deputy district attorney who was the lead prosecutor in the OJ Simpson murder case.

Clark cowrote a bestselling nonfiction book about the trial, Without a Doubt, and is a frequent media commentator and columnist on legal issues. She will sign and discuss her new book Guilt by Degrees, a murder mystery and followup to the national best seller, Guilt by Association.

CVSA Helps Ignite the Night

Crime Victims' Service Alliance logo

Wed, Apr 18, 2012
6 p.m.
Old Main Pit

SHSU Counseling and Disability Services, Multicultural Student Services, SAAFE House, Crime Victim Services Alliance, Student Health Services, and Alpha Chi Omega Sorority would like to invite you to Ignite the Night and take a stand for sexual assault survivors! April is National Sexual Assault Awareness and Prevention Month and we would like for you to march with us as we Ignite the Night and honor those that have lost their lives due to sexual assault.

Event participants will meet at the Old Main Pit and march to the Walker County Courthouse after hearing presentations from SHSU officials and student leaders. A candlelight vigil will take place at the Walker County Courthouse and will be followed by debriefing sessions with SHSU counselors for students to process the event and overall experience.

Junior Fellows Host 10th Circuit Court of Appeals

Logo for Junior Fellows

Wed, Apr 18, 2012

10 AM, 11 AM, 1 PM, 2 PM
Hazel B. Kerper Courtroom

The Junior Fellows and Sam Houston State University will host Oral Arguments for the 10th Court of Appeals Wednesday in the Criminal Justice Building’s Hazel B. Kerper Courtroom Wednesday.

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.

Rising Through the Ranks in Texas Corrections

Senior Warden Billy D. Hirsch, Goree Unit
Senior Warden Billy D. Hirsch, Goree Unit

Billy D. Hirsch made his career in the Texas state prison system, working his way up from a corrections officer at the Estelle Unit, to Assistant Warden of Death Row, and to Senior Warden of the Goree Unit in Huntsville.

CMIT Project Coordinator Brings Passion for Training

CMIT's new Project Coordinator Craig Corder outside the Criminal Justice Center.CMIT's new Project Coordinator Craig Corder outside the Criminal Justice Center.

Craig Corder, a longtime trainer for juvenile probation programs, joined the Correctional Management Institute of Texas (CMIT) as a Project Coordinator overseeing adult probation and parole and various trainings, including motivational interviewing programs.

International Corrections Leader Visits SHSU

International Corrections Leader Gary Hill met with SHSU Ph.D. students. Pictured are (l to r) Hill, Jonathan Grubb, Abdullah Cihan and CMIT Director Doug Dretke
International Corrections Leader Gary Hill met with SHSU Ph.D. students. Pictured are (l to r) Hill, Jonathan Grubb, Abdullah Cihan and CMIT Director Doug Dretke.

The Correctional Management Institute of Texas (CMIT) at Sam Houston State University recently hosted a leader in international corrections for a tour and visits with state criminal justice representatives.

NABCJ Gets a Professional Perspective on Jobs

Candice Williams (MA '11), a counselor with Children's Safe Harbor (l), and Georgia Haynes, Senior Court Officer with Tarrant County Adult Probation (r) visit with a student at an NABCJ gathering.
Candice Williams (MA '11), a counselor with Children's Safe Harbor(l), and Georgia Haynes, Senior Court Officer with Tarrant County Adult Probation (r), visit with a student at an NABCJ gathering.

Criminal justice students got an insider’s view from professionals on how to get hired and succeed at jobs in the field at the second annual conference sponsored by the National Association of Blacks in Criminal Justice.

Society of Forensic Science Meeting

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Tues, April 10, 2012
5:30 PM
Chemistry and Forensic Science Building
Room 103

The guest speaker will be Jim McNutt, Senior Fingerprint Specialist, U.S. Customs and Border Protection.

Pizza and drinks will be served. For more information, contact us at shsusfs@gmail.com or search for us on Orglink.

Alumnus Becomes Top Cop in Phoenix

SHSU Alumnus Daniel V. Garcia will take over as Chief of the Phoenix Police Department in May.
SHSU Alumnus Daniel V. Garcia will take over as Chief of the Phoenix Police Department in May.

A graduate of Sam Houston State University recently was named Police Chief for the sixth largest city in the United States.

CVSA Collects Toiletries for SAAFE House

Crime Victims' Service Alliance logo

Mon, Apr 9, 2012 to Thu., April 26, 2012
Criminal Justice Center Lobby
Lowman Student Center Quad

To promote Sexual Assault Awareness Month, the Crime Victim Service Alliance will be in the lobby of the Criminal Justice Center from April 9 to April 18 and on the quad in front of the Lowman Student Center from April 23 to April 26 to hand out teal ribbons and collect toiletries and other goods for women and children at SAAFE House.

Introduction to the Chinese Police System

Tue and Thu, April 3 & 5, 2012
2 to 3 PM
A201
Criminal Justice Center

The presentation will include:

  • basic information
  • surveillance
  • crime prevention
  • intermediation practice
  • investigative techniques
  • an integrated policing command system
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