Here is the latest news on alumni from the College of Criminal Justice and the George J. Beto Criminal Justice Center.
Sexual assault incidents that involve intimate partners feature unique factors that affect a victim’s willingness to cooperate with police, including the relationship between the suspect and victim and law enforcement practices in investigating these crimes, according to a recent study.
About 300 students graduated from the College of Criminal Justice in December, earning bachelor, master, and Ph.D. degrees in criminal justice, victim studies, and homeland security studies.
NIJ FellowshipDr. Melinda Tasca received the W.E.B. Fellowship to study the use of restrictive housing in corrections.
Dr. Melinda Tasca received the prestigious W.E.B. Du Bois Fellowship from the National Institute of Justice to investigate racial, ethnic, and gender disparities in the use of restrictive housing in correctional facilities.
Counterfeit ResearchDr. Patrick Buzzini is working with the Secret Service to develop a new investigative tool to trace counterfeit bills.
Dr. Patrick Buzzini of the Department of Forensic Science received a National Institute of Justice grant to develop chemical signatures for counterfeit currency or questioned documents produced with inkjet printers that can help lead investigator back to the source. Dr. Buzzini is collaborating with the U.S. Secret Service on the project.
Weekend ProgramLaw enforcement professionals can advance their careers with a weekend master’s program.
In the Dean’s Suite at the College of Criminal Justice is a plaque bearing a motto from noted leadership author James Maxwell, “A leader who produces other leaders multiplies the effect.” It is a gift from the latest graduating class of the master of Criminal Justice Leadership and Management weekend program.
Victim ServicesAlumna Melissa Brod found her niche in helping abused children find safe homes.
Melissa Brod (’92) originally wanted to be a probation officer after graduating from Sam Houston State University, but she discovered a more rewarding way to practice criminal justice.
InternationalDr. Rolando del Carmen was awarded an honorary doctoral degree in laws from Silliman University, his alma mater in the Philippines.
Dr. Rolando del Carmen was awarded an honorary doctorate degree in laws from his alma mater in The Philippines in recognition of his outstanding contributions to the legal field.
InternshipsSophomore Jordan De La Garza is participating in inaugural activities in Washington, D.C. with the Envision program.
Sophomore Jordan De La Garza already served once as President in Washington, D.C., and in January he hopes to return for a second term.
ScholarshipAlumnus Sgt. 1st Class Todd Gibb continues his dedication to service through a scholarship at the College.
Sgt. 1st Class Todd Gibbs continues to give back to his alma mater and country long after a roadside bomb took his life in Iraq in Dec. 7, 2004.
ResearchA study by Dr. Victoria Titterington found a lack of training on elder abuse issues among Texas law enforcement officers.
Law enforcement officers are often the first to respond to and investigate suspected cases of elder abuse, but nine out of 10 officers receive no training on how to handle these cases, according to a study by the Law Enforcement Management Institute of Texas (LEMIT) at Sam Houston State University.
Career ServicesCriminal justice professionals, include FBI, US Marshal, Juvenile Probation and Texas Game Warden, discuss career options in the field on 11/16.
What’s Your Story?
Criminal Justice Panel
Wed, Nov 16
3:00 – 4:30pm
Career Services at Sam Houston State University will present a panel of Criminal Justice professionals during “What’s Your Story?,” a week-long series designed to introduce students to careers available in the field. Other panels target jobs in Science, Technology, Engineering and Math; Business; and Education.
The Criminal Justice Panel will include:
- Deputy U.S. Marshal Robert Garmon
- Texas Game Warden Dornell Crist
- Jill Saumell, Chief Juvenile Probation Officer at Walker County Juvenile Services
- Adam Hitt, Staff Operations Specialist for the FBI Houston, Multi-Agency Gang Task Force
The panelists will focus on sharing their stories about how they found their professions and the lessons they learned along the way.
For more information, contact Career Services at (936) 294-1713.
An undergraduate and a graduate student in the Department of Criminal Justice and Criminology recently won outstanding student paper awards from the Midwestern Criminal Justice Association.
New FacultyDr. Madeleine Swortwood worked for the Food and Drug Administration and the Miami-Dade Medical Examiner’s Office before joining SHSU.
Dr. Madeleine Swortwood grew up wanting to be a lawyer and a doctor. She found the best of both worlds in forensic science.
Crime StoppersFormer Bearkat Steven Squier recently was named to the Texas Crime Stoppers Council.
Former Bearkat Steven Squier wears many hats in Montgomery County.
Security StudiesThe new Director of Security Studies, Dr. Nadav Morag, has been at the center of homeland security planning in the U.S. and Israel.
Throughout his career, Dr. Nadav Morag has been heavily engaged in counterterrorism and homeland security policy in the United States and Israel.
ResearchSHSU to Study Houston Police Response to Sexual Assault, Domestic Violence Victims
Three researchers at Sam Houston State University will evaluate a new training initiative by the Houston Police Department designed to improve response to sexual assault and domestic violence victims.
In 1916, then-Berkeley Police Chief August Vollmer started the first criminology program in higher education at the University of California to help develop expertise in policing. A hundred years later, criminal justice programs have become a mainstay on college campuses across the country and have helped professionalize the field.
Here is a list of publications recently produced by faculty, students and alumni of Sam Houston State University, College of Criminal Justice.
Victim StudiesJoin us in recognition of Domestic Violence Awareness Month for the Clothesline Project Oct. 20 and 27 and for “Telling Amy’s Story” on Oct. 25.
The Clothesline Project
Oct. 20, 10am to 2pm (decorate)
Lowman Student Center Mall
Oct. 27, 9am to 2pm
Criminal Justice Center (display)
“Telling Amy’s Story”
Oct 25, 6 – 8pm
Lowman Student Center Theater
Special PresentationAlumna Dr. Nancy Rodriguez, Director of the National Institute of Justice, will present “Following the Science: My Journey from Research to Policy and Practice” on Oct. 27.
Following the Science: My Journey from Research to Policy and Practice
Thu, Oct 27, 2016
Performing Arts Center, Recital Hall
Alumni Keep Roads Safe in Brazos County2 Sam Houston alumni were at the forefront of training local officers how to detect drug use among those they encounter on the roads
When a K2 epidemic hit the Bryan-College Station area in 2014, two Sam Houston alumni were at the forefront of training local officers how to detect drug use among those they encounter on the roads.
Two faculty members from the Department of Security Studies recently helped an international company with offices in Houston to understand better Homeland Security issues and emergency management practices in the United States.
FellowshipThree graduate students, Stephanie Basiliere, Cassie Mayes and Meghan Mitchell, received prestigious federal fellowships.
Three doctoral students in the College of Criminal Justice received fellowships to pursue research in their fields.
A Father/Son Reunion at the CJ CenterCody Leach is literally following in his father’s footstep in the College of Criminal Justice
Cody Leach is literally following in his father’s footstep in the College of Criminal Justice, using a part-time position at the Criminal Justice Center to make valuable contacts for his career.
Training New Law Enforcement Recruits100 percent of the graduates of the Police Academy at McLennan Community College in Waco have passed the state test to become certified peace officers in Texas on their first try
Since its creation in 2004, 100 percent of the graduates of the Police Academy at McLennan Community College in Waco have passed the state test to become certified peace officers in Texas on their first try.
Real Talk with CJLearn about a career in Crime Scene Investigation in the U.S. Army and how to start right after graduation
Tue, Oct. 18, 2016
In the U.S. Army, special agents in the Criminal Investigation Command, commonly referred to as CID, serve as detectives and crime scene investigators on felony-level crimes related to the U.S. Army.
ResearchA study published by the Crime Victims’ Institute found same-sex couples face higher abuse rates and few services.
The prevalence of intimate partner violence (IPV) is higher among sexual minority men and women (lesbian, bisexual, gay, transgender and queer) than rates reported for heterosexuals, but there are fewer resources dedicated to the unique needs of these populations, according to a review published recently by the Crime Victims’ Institute.
Victim Studies Career FairBecome a voice for victims and find a job at the Victim Studies Career Fair on Nov. 3 in the CJ Lobby.
Victim Studies Career Fair
Thu, Nov 3
10 a.m. – 2 p.m.
Real TalkLearn more about protecting the nuclear industry from terrorism, natural disasters, and cyberattacks from Mike Coates of STP Nuclear Operating Co. on Sept. 22.
Thu, Sep 22, 2016
Hazel B. Kerper Courtroom
Beto Chair Lecture: Dr. Ami PedahzurThe Next Steps in the Quest for Understanding Terrorism
Fri Oct 29, 2016
11:00 A.M. - 1:00 P.M.
Hazel B. Kerper Courtroom
Inmates who received prison visitation were less likely to re-offend after release when compared to offenders who did not receive visits, according to a meta-analysis study by researchers at Sam Houston State University.
International PolicingDr. Phillip Lyons teaches community policing to officers in Central America to combat gang violence.
For the last seven years, Dr. Phillip Lyons has been working with law enforcement officers in Central America to teach them the basics of community policing as a strategy in their efforts to combat gang violence plaguing the region.
Dr. Scott Menard taught a lot of people to use statistics to address crime and victimization issues involving juvenile delinquency, mental health, socio-economic status, substance abuse, and false accusations, to name a few.
Senior Alvin Casimere will be steeped in history this fall in the hallowed halls of Congress.
Law enforcement officers in remote areas of Texas will receive training on detecting drunk and drugged drivers through a special grant awarded to the Impaired Driving Initiatives program at Sam Houston State University.
Welcome WeekJoin us for Welcome Week.
August 29, 9 a.m. – 1 p.m.
Movie Night "The Battle of Algiers" with Dr. Nadav Morag
August 30, 4:30 p.m.
Student Organization Fair
August 31, 10 a.m. – 2 p.m.
September 1, 1 p.m.
Welcome to the Fall 2016 semester!
CJ Welcome Week (August 29 – September 1)
Brian Howard has taken the University’s motto to heart throughout his academic career at Sam Houston State University and now he wants to pass that lesson on to current students at the College of Criminal Justice.
Offenders with federal immigration detainers received significantly shorter sentences in state courts than those that did not face deportation, except in cases involving life or death sentences, researchers found.
Nearly 250 students graduated from the College of Criminal Justice on Aug. 5, including an estimated 176 undergraduates and 67 graduate students. The Commencement Ceremony was held at The Woodlands Church Campus because of ongoing construction at the Johnson Coliseum.
Book TalkDr. Mitchel Roth will read excerpts from Convict Cowboys: The Untold Story of the Texas Prison Rodeo at the Texas Prison Museum on Oct. 2 from 2-4 p.m.
For 55 years, Huntsville held, what was at one time the largest sporting event in the state, the Texas Prison Rodeo starring the most unlikely of sports heroes – Texas prison inmates.
InternshipJustin Amundson spent his summer working side-by-side with Texas Game Wardens in Harris and Waller counties.
Over the summer, Justin Amundson worked side by side with Texas Game Wardens on land and water.
Sierra Smith spent her summer at the Southeast Texas Applied Forensic Facility (STAFS) working with the deceased to help teach the living.
Graciela Garcia said her textbooks and classroom lessons came to life this summer in the Walker County Courthouse.
Senior Robert Parsley got an in-depth lesson in processing evidence during his internship with the Freeport Police Department.
ResearchA study by Dr. Jeffrey Bouffard found restorative justice programs are more effective in reducing recidivism than traditional court processing.
Restorative justice programs, such victim-offender mediation and community impact panels, are more effective in reducing recidivism rates among juvenile offenders than traditional court processing, a study by researchers at Sam Houston State University found.
International ConferenceThe College hosted the annual Asian Association of Police Studies conference , which featured the latest research on policing issues in Asian nations.
This summer, the College of Criminal Justice hosted the 16th Annual Conference of the Asian Association of Police Studies (AAPS), an international organization that advances scientific, practical, and professional knowledge concerning policing and crime control.
Most so-called honor crimes in the U.S. occurred during the process of separation or because the victim had become too westernized, according to new research.
AlumnusWayne Dicky, Jail Administrator in Brazos County, was named President of the American Jail Association.
As the new President of the American Jail Association, Alumnus Wayne Dicky continues to stress the importance of ongoing education for jail professionals.
Forensics and LawForensic science students got a lesson in providing testimony in the Hazel B. Kerper Courtroom.
Forensic science students had the opportunity to testify in moot court about their expanding expertise in the field.
Alumni NewsLuke Scamardo ('15) achieved his dream of becoming a state trooper after graduating from DPS Academy..
When he was five, Luke Anthony Scamardo Jr.’s grandmother sewed him a uniform that looked just like his uncle Chris Clark, a Department of Public Safety (DPS) trooper. He even sported a handmade utility belt with a pair of handcuffs donated by his mentor.
Twenty years later, Clark, now a Texas Ranger Lieutenant, pinned a badge on his nephew after he graduated from the DPS Academy. On July 9, Scamardo heads to his first assignment in Rio Grande along the Texas/Mexican border.
“I am looking forward to getting out on the road and putting my training to good use to help people,” said Scamardo, now a strapping young man of 6’8”, who towers over his uncle and his classmates.
Security StudiesGraduates of the Security Studies program joined ASIS to provide teddy bears to children in Houston area hospitals..
Community ServiceSecurity Studies graduates distributed teddy bears to children with cancer in Houston hospitals.
Graduates from the Department of Security Studies recently returned to assist with “Teddy Bears for Tots,” an ASIS-Houston Chapter initiative to purchase and distribute 1,000 stuffed animals to children in major hospitals throughout the Houston region.
FacultyFour new faculty will join the College this fall in Forensic Science and Criminal Justice and Criminology..
Four new faculty members will join the College of Criminal Justice this fall, adding expertise in corrections, victim studies, and forensic science.
ResearchDr. Larry Hoover and colleagues investigate success factors for hot spot policing.
Hot spot policing is most successful in reducing street crimes in small area with the highest crime rates through long-term concentrated patrols, according to researchers at Sam Houston State University, College of Criminal Justice.
ScholarshipsTwo TDCJ supervisors hope to climb the ladder at the state agency with a scholarship from the College of Criminal Justice.
Misty Dowdell eventually would like to become a Warden or Director with the Texas Department of Criminal Justice (TDCJ), while Adrienne Bailey hopes to improve her leadership skills, promote at the State Counsel for Offenders, and explore different areas of the agency.
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