Alpha Phi Sigma Meeting


Wed, Oct 31, 2012
5:30 p.m.
CJava Cafe


Phi Alpha Delta General Meeting

Phi Alpha Delta logo

Mon, Oct 29, 2012
5 p.m.
Lowman Student Center
Room 319

Dr. Oliver Critiques Historic Crimes and Hollywood

Dr. Willard Oliver
Dr. Willard Oliver

Dr. Willard Oliver is going Hollywood to promote a better understanding of criminal justice history.

Dr. Oliver, a professor in the College of Criminal Justice, has turned one of his college courses into a book to help students understand how criminal justice history is presented in major motion pictures. He and co-author Nancy E. Marion use 10 films, based on actual historic events, to show the myths and realities of true crimes.

TDCJ Hero Funds Criminal Justice Scholarship

Warden Billy Hirsch and Melanie Smith work at the Wynne Unit, where TDCJ Hero Susan L. Canfield was killed during an escape.
Warden Billy Hirsch and Melanie Smith work at the Wynne Unit, where TDCJ Hero Susan L. Canfield was killed during an escape.

After spending four years at the Holliday and Wynne Units, Correctional Officer Melanie Smith decided she would like to become a lawyer to provide a voice for victims or to defend the innocent.

SHSU Grad Builds Legal Legacy at UH-Clear Lake

SHSU Alumnus Dr. James Benson built a courtroom in a classroom at the University of Houston - Clear Lake.
SHSU Alumnus Dr. James Benson built a courtroom in a classroom at the University of Houston -- Clear Lake.

Dr. James C. Benson recently purchased the furniture from the old 400th District Courtroom in Fort Bend County and made it into a mock trial classroom for his legal studies students at the University of Houston-Clear Lake.

It took $1,000 and six weeks of sawing and cutting to disassemble the courtroom fixtures and downsize it into a regular classroom. The courtroom will be used in mock trials for students in legal studies and in testing real life cases on student “focus groups” by lawyers who graduated from the program.

Teachers Dissect Criminal Justice in Prime Time

A teacher examines skeletal remains at the Southeast Texas Applied Forensic Science facility.
A teacher examines skeletal remains at the Southeast Texas Applied Forensic Science facility.

High school criminal justice instructors got a reality check on various aspects of crime during an annual training at the College of Criminal Justice.

Titled “Criminal Justice in Prime Time: Truths and Misconceptions in the Media,” the training was designed for teachers to dispel the myths about crime and the media, gangs, forensic DNA, women in criminal justice, capital punishment, skeletal remains, and photography. The two-day training, which included 46 teachers from across the state, also provided ready-made lessons for their classrooms.

Make a Difference with Victim Studies

Illustration of an open door.

The Victim Studies Program at the College of Criminal Justice will hold an Open House on Oct. 25 to highlight the degree program, internships, the Crime Victims’ Institute and a student organization in the field.

Society of Forensic Science Meeting

Society of Forensic Science logo

Tue, Oct 23, 2012
5:30 PM
Chemistry and Forensic Science Building
Room 103

The Society of Forensic Science is a special interest group at SHSU, consisting of individuals who are interested in working together to expand and share their knowledge of Forensic Science. The society participates in various volunteer and fundraising activities throughout the year.

The guest speaker for the meeting will be Jason Schroeder, a Gun Residue Analyst from the Harris County Institute of Forensic Science. Pizza and beverages will be served.

CJ College Adds Two New Student Organizations

Two new student organizations for graduate students and fraud examiners were launched this fall with roots in the College of Criminal Justice.

Real Talk w/CJ: NCIS Agent Chad Willie

Real Talk with CJ

Fri Oct 19, 2012
2:00 pm - 3:00 pm
Courtroom

Alumnus Chad Willie (BS '95) is a Special Agent with the Naval Criminal Investigative Service (NCIS.) He investigates felonies in the U.S. Navy and Marine Corps, such as rapes, death investigations, murders, computer crimes, child pornography, and fraud.

Bullying Has Long-Term Health Effects

Childhood bullying can lead to long term health consequences, including general and mental health issues, behavioral problems, eating disorders, smoking, alcohol use, and homelessness, a study by the Crime Victims’ Institute at Sam Houston State University found.

Bearkats Make the Grade as School District Police

Austin ISD Police Chief Eric Mendez watches over parents and students during a back to school event.
Austin ISD Police Chief Eric Mendez watches over parents and students during a back to school event.

At the Austin Independent School District, a half dozen Bearkats have made their careers in education.

Developing a Lab Test for Bath Salt Drugs

A vial of bath salts.

Sam Houston State University received a federal grant from the National Institute of Justice (NIJ) to create a test for bath salts for toxicological samples in crime labs.

Stalking Hits Home on SHSU Campus

Illustration of young woman looking nervously through blinds.

In December 2006, a 20-year old pre-nursing major at Sam Houston State University was shot to death in her off campus apartment by a fellow student who she had known since high school and briefly dated. She was a victim of stalking.

Alpha Phi Sigma Meeting


Wed, Oct 17, 2012
5:30 p.m.
CJava Cafe


Fighting Gangs in Houston, One Hot Spot at a Time

Officer Vento gives a presentation on Houston gangs to teachers.
Officer Vento has worked with prison and street gangs in Houston.

Officer Eric Vento has dedicated his short career to fighting gangs on the street as part of the Houston Police Department, and he would like to share his knowledge with prospective law enforcement officers in the future.

Webinar Expands Learning in the Corrections Field

The webinar was hosted by Doug Dretke of CMIT and moderated by Carey Welebob of TDCJ CJAD.
The webinar was hosted by Doug Dretke of CMIT and moderated by Carey Welebob of TDCJ CJAD.

The Correctional Management Institute of Texas hosted its first live broadcast on the Internet for adult probation officers to discuss ways to implement research-based practices in the field.

High School Criminal Justice Instructors Training


A teacher examines a skeleton at the Southeast Texas Applied Forensic Science Facility.
A teacher examines a skeleton at the Southeast Texas Applied Forensic Science Facility.

Oct 11 - 12, 2012
George J. Beto Criminal Justice Center

Criminal Justice in Prime Time
Truths & Misconceptions in the Media


Sam Houston State University College of Criminal Justice will once again host the 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 w/CJ: Graduate and Law School

Real Talk with CJ

Tue Oct 9, 2012
3:00 pm - 4:00pm
CJ Cafe (CJava)

Get tips on how to get into law school or graduate school from faculty members at Sam Houston State University at the next Real Talk w/CJ.

Dr. Kelly E. Knight, an assistant professor at the College of Criminal Justice, and Mike Yawn, pre-law advisor at SHSU, will provide an overview of what you need to know to pursue advanced degrees. There are basically three routes to choose in graduate education – law school, academic research and teaching or professional advancement.

Society of Forensic Science Meeting

Society of Forensic Science logo

Tue, Dec. 3, 2013
5:30 PM
Chemistry and Forensic Science Building
Room 103

The Society of Forensic Science is a special interest group at SHSU, consisting of individuals who are interested in working together to expand and share their knowledge of Forensic Science. The society participates in various volunteer and fundraising activities throughout the year.

The guest speaker for the meeting will be Dr. Jeff Walterscheid, Forensic Toxicologist from the Harris County Institute of Forensic Science. Pizza and beverages will be served.

Phi Alpha Delta General Meeting

Phi Alpha Delta logo

Mon, Oct 8, 2012
5 p.m.
Lowman Student Center
Room 319

Alpha Phi Sigma Meeting


Wed, Oct 3, 2012
5:30 p.m.
CJava Cafe


Female Law Enforcement Executives Continue LIFE’s Lessons

Female officers stands in front of an American flag.

The Law Enforcement Management Institute of Texas (LEMIT), through its Professional Development Program (PDP), is expanding opportunities for current and future female law enforcement executives through a series of one-day seminars, an annual conference, and a newsletter.

Discover Careers in Corrections at New Web Site

A correction officer interviews an inmate outside prison doors.

A new web site was launched earlier this year to help the public discover the wide variety of careers available in corrections.

New Anti-Fraud Student Club Forming at SHSU


Tue, Oct 2, 2012
6:00 PM
Smith-Hutson Business Building, Room 341

The Association of Certified Fraud Examiners is starting a SHSU chapter for majors in Accounting/Finance, Computer Science, Criminal Justice, Digital Forensics, MIS and Security Studies. Guest Speaker: Ryan Hubbs, Houston Area Chapter President and Forensic Audit Manager at Halliburton.

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