College of Criminal Justice Holds Spring Commencement

The Spring 2014 graduates from the College of Criminal Justice.
The Spring 2014 graduates from the College of Criminal Justice.
The College of Criminal Justice graduated about 425 students during the Spring 2014 Commencement exercises on May 9.

SHSU Develops Forensic Certification Course for TEA

Teacher helps student on a tablet, with a strand of DNA illuminating from the screen.

The Texas Education Agency (TEA) recently launched a free, online professional development course for high school teachers assigned to teach Forensic Science. The Department of Forensic Science at Sam Houston State University developed the course.

SHSU Alumnus Career Witnesses Changes to Policing

Danny Billingsley
Danny Billingsley

By: Trey Cawley

During his 25 year tenure with the Harris County Sheriff’s Office and as a former special agent with the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco and Firearms, alumnus Danny Billingsley has seen firsthand changes to policing and their investigations.

SHSU Grants Bolster CJ Research

Dr. Danielle Boisvert and her colleagues will study relationships among genes, environment and criminal behavior.
Dr. Danielle Boisvert and her colleagues will study relationships among genes, environment and criminal behavior.

Faculty from the Department of Criminal Justice and Criminology received Enhancement Research Grants from Sam Houston State University to continue their research projects on genes and criminal behavior and domestic violence in Bosnia and Herzegovina.

Dr. Dowling Retires after Four Decades of Teaching

Dr. Jerry Dowling stands next to a portrait of founding Dean Dr. George Killinger, who hired him in 1972.
Dr. Jerry Dowling stands next to a portrait of founding Dean Dr. George Killinger, who hired him in 1972.

In the early days of the College of Criminal Justice, Dr. Jerry Dowling started “distance learning” -- driving his car to Dallas, San Antonio, Austin, Beaumont and Corpus Christi to help working police officers get a college education.

Now he has mastered distance learning on the computer, delivering his well-crafted classes to a diverse student body all over the state.

Dr. Zhao Named Distinguished Alumni at Washington State

Dr. Solomon Zhao holds his Distinguished Alumni Award from Washington State University.Dr. Solomon Zhao holds his Distinguished Alumni Award from Washington State University.

Twenty-four years after being named an Outstanding Graduate Student at Washington State University (WSU), Jihong Solomon Zhao returned to his alma mater to accept the Outstanding Alumnus Award from the Department of Criminal Justice and Criminology.

Officers Trained on Processing Burial Sites

Law enforcement officers learn how to process shallow graves at STAFS.
Law enforcement officers learn how to process shallow graves at STAFS.

Law enforcement officers from throughout Texas got first-hand experience investigating clandestine burials at the Southeast Texas Applied Forensic Science Facility at Sam Houston State University.

Today’s Offenders are Tomorrow’s Victims in Gangs

Gang of six, with one carrying a bat.

Gang members are twice as likely to become both a victim and an offender of a crime than non-gang members, as single acts of violence often lead to retribution between gangs as a whole, according to a new study.

Graduate Student Organization Meeting

Graduate Student Organization logo

Tue, May 6, 2014
3:30 P.M.
Texas Room, Criminal Justice Center

Help plan activities or join a committee for the 2014-15 academic year!

New Freshman CJ Dorm Opens in Fall Semester

Picture of students siting around a table, talking to each other.Students live and learn together.

By: Trey Cawley

This fall, the College of Criminal Justice will open a new dorm for criminal justice majors only, where freshman can live and study together as part of a Freshman Learning Community.

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