Bearkats Attend CJ Open House

The National Association of Blacks in Criminal Justice participated in the Bearkat Family Weekend Open House.

Parents and students tried drunk driving simulation goggles, got fingerprinted and found out about Study Aboard programs in China, Italy and Germany at the College of Criminal Justice Open House during Bearkat Family Weekend.

During the two-hour event on Sept. 25, participants were introduced to the many organizations and opportunities available at the College. They also got to visit with faculty, staff and students about the undergraduate and graduate program available in criminal justice as well as professional training offered to law enforcement and corrections personnel at Sam Houston State University.

Among the student organizations represented at Open House were:

  • Alpha Phi Sigma, the national criminal justice honor society;
  • Phi Alpha Delta, a fraternity to create a strong bond between students and teachers of the law and members of the bench and bar;
  • The National Association of Blacks in Criminal Justice, a group dedicated to promoting the needs, concerns, and contributions of African Americans and other people of color as they relate to the administration of equal justice;
  • Lambda Alpha Epsilon, a national organization of criminal justice students, academics, and professionals with membership in over three-quarters of the states in the nation;
  • Society of Forensic Science, a special interest group consisting of individuals who are interested in working together to expand and share their knowledge of Forensic Science.

The open house included representatives from the Bill Blackwood Law Enforcement Management Institute of Texas, and the Correctional Management Institute of Texas. LEMIT provide training in administrative, analytical and executive skills to current and future law enforcement officials, and CMIT offers training, technical assistance and research for adult and juvenile community and institution corrections agencies.

Bearkat families also got a preview of the Study Aboard programs in the Spring and Summer of 2011, which allows students to experience criminal justice system in other parts of the world. Students can earn three hours of college credit while exploring law enforcement and corrections system in China, Italy and Germany/Austria. The trip also includes major tourist attractions in each country.

Other services at the college were highlighted during the event, including Advisement and Recruiting, Internships, the Alumni Association, Friends of Criminal Justice and the Criminal Justice Store.

In addition to the Criminal Justice Open Home, families enjoyed three days on campus packed with activities, including a Fiesta Luncheon, campus tours, classic cars and Army helicopter, a carnival, marching band performances, tailgating, fireworks and a football game between the Bearkats and Gardner Webb.

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