In Memory of Josefa Flores del Carmen

Dr. Rolando and Josie del Carmen

Josefa "Josie" Flores del Carmen, beloved wife of Dr. Rolando del Carmen, peacefully moved on to the next life on February 27, 2011, in Houston, Texas.

Officer Shares Experience of His Shooting

Ector County Sheriff Sgt. Steven McNeill graduated from the Leadership Command College at LEMIT
Sgt. Steven McNeill graduated from LEMIT's Leadership Command College just five months after being shot in the head during a police standoff.

Ector County Sheriff Sgt. Steven McNeill, a participant in the signature leadership training class at LEMIT, gave his colleagues a lesson that they will not soon forget: what it is like to get shot on the job and survive.

Alumnus Makes His Mark on ATF

Luke Franey, Assistant Special Agent in Charge, AFT, Denver Field Office

Luke Franey has worked his way up the ladder at ATF, serving as a field agent in Oklahoma City, supervising agents in Corpus Christi and Denver, heading the Critical Incident Management Branch in ATF headquarters, and protecting the bureau’s director in Washington, D.C.

CMIT Offers Annual Drug Conference

Various Prescription Drugs

Texas law enforcement, corrections and school officials got the latest information on legal and illegal substance abuse as well as alternatives for treatment at the annual Drug Conference sponsored by the Correctional Management Institute of Texas.

The three-day Drug Recognition Conference, held in February in Austin, drew a diverse audience of 165 participants, including probation and parole officers, corrections personnel, law enforcement officers, school safety personnel and substance abuse counselors. The program included the physical and mental signs of methamphetamine, marijuana and other drugs use; drug identification and hiding places; investigative techniques and officer safety; and addiction and rehabilitation alternatives.

The main session covered illegal, over-the-counter and prescription drugs and the symptoms of their use. Kenneth Caldwell of the Texas Department of Public Safety provided information on how to identify drugs, while Dawn Mathis of the Drug Enforcement Administration covered the identification and effects of over-the-counter and prescription medication.

Margaret Gilbert of One Source Toxicology Laboratory provided tips on the different ways people try to manipulate drug tests, from buying urine samples off of Ebay to stockpiling vials of their friend’s urine.

Cynthia Arredondo discussed new ways students were hiding drugs in school, including in coke bottles, tootsie rolls and the soles of their shoes.

This is the first year that breakout sessions were offered to participants, including one for law enforcement and probation/parole officers on the proper techniques to search for drugs and safety precautions that should be taken. Those sessions were presented by John Graham of Del Mar College.

A session also presented by Graham was dedicated to grant writing to help participants set up or fund programs. Finally, another session, given by Jocelyn Boudreau, offered alternatives when traditional rehab or addictions services don’t work.

Dr. Teske Participates in Panel Discussion on "Me Facing Life: Cyntoia's Story"

Dr. Raymond Teske

Wed Feb 23, 2011
7 P.M.
Rice Cinema
Rice University Media Center
Film Auditorium (Room 100)
Stockton @ University Blvd
Entrance 8
Houston, Texas

Professor Ray Teske will participate in a panel discussion featuring this month’s HoustonPBS Community Cinema screening of “Me Facing Life: Cyntoia’s Story”. The free screening will begin at 7 p.m.

Study Abroad in China Meeting

SHSU Study Abroard students at the Puyuan Police Substation

Wed., Feb. 23, 2011
11:30 A.M.
Hazel B. Kerper Courtroom

Find out more about the College of Criminal Justice Study Abroad Program in China from May 16-28!

Criminal Justice Internship Meeting

Wed., Feb. 23, 2011
2 P.M.
CJ Courtroom

Real Talk: Resume and Interview Workshop

Real Talk with CJ

Tue., Feb. 22, 2011
2-3 P.M.
CJava Cafe

Just in time for the Criminal Justice Career Fair, students can get pointers on writing resumes and preparing for interviews for jobs in the field.

German Officer Joins Training at LEMIT

Jan M, a German police cadets, joined the Shenandoah Police Department at the firing range
Jan M, a German police cadets, joined the Shenandoah Police Department at the firing range

Under the umbrella of the International Police Program (IPP) at the Law Enforcement Management Institute of Texas, a German police officer recently experienced law enforcement Texas style.

National Association of Blacks in Criminal Justice

Wed Feb. 16, 2011
5 P.M.
Lowman Student Center
Room 302

All majors are welcome to this Informational/Meet and Greet session. Refreshments will be served. For more information, contact Larson Harris at

Society of Forensic Science SHSU Meeting

Society of Forensic Science

Wed Feb. 16, 2011
5:30 P.M.
Chemistry and Forensic Science Building
Room 103

Beto Chair Lecture: Dr. Samuel Walker

Beto Chair Lecture Series

Tue Feb. 15, 2011
9:30 - 11:00 A.M.
Hazel B. Kerper Courtroom

Dr. Samuel Walker, Emeritus Professor of Criminal Justice at the University of Nebraska, Omaha will be the featured speaker at the Beto Chair Lecture Series on Feb. 15, 2011. His topic will be "Two Steps Forward, One Step Back: Recent Developments in Police Accountability."

CJ Ph.D. Student Earns National Award

Melissa Petkovsky earned a scholarship for her research paper from the Academy of Criminal Justice Sciences

A first year Ph.D. student in the College of Criminal Justice is the recipient of the 2011 Doctoral Student Scholarship/Paper Competition awarded by the Academy of Criminal Justice Sciences, one of two major professional organizations in the field.

Crime Victims Services Alliance Meeting

Wed, Feb 9, 2011
4:15 P.M.
Bates Room
Criminal Justice Center

This is the organizational meeting for the newly revived student club, which will feature guest speakers and activities involving victims services. It is open to all students, but especially victim services majors and minor.

Alumnus Recruits for Houston Police Department

Abrian B. Nelson, Houston Police Department Recruiting Unit

Houston Police Officer Abrian B. Nelson knows the ins and outs of getting a job in a major city police department.

Alpha Phi Sigma Informational Meeting

Wed, Feb. 2, 2011
5 P.M.
CJava Cafe

Alpha Phi Sigma is a nationally recognized honor society that recognizes academic excellence by undergraduate and graduate students in the field of criminal justice.

Requirements Needed to Join

  • criminal justice major or minor
  • completed three full time semesters
  • maintain at least a 3.2 overall GPA
  • completed a minimum of four courses within the criminal justice field

If you have any questions, please email Erin Stephens at

Real Talk: Houston PD Motorcycle Officer Gonzalez

Martin Gonzalez, a retired member of the Houston Police Department Solo Motorcycle Detail

Tues, Feb. 1, 2011
2 P.M.
CJava Cafe

Martin Gonzalez was part of the Houston Police Department’s Solo Motorcycle Detail before his retirement, escorting presidents, leaders of foreign countries and State Department officials on Houston highways at high speeds on a motorcycle.

Apply for Criminal Justice Scholarships!

Wed, Feb 1, 2011
Deadline to Submit Application for Scholarship
Click here to visit Financial Aid Office

Things to remember when filling out your application:

  • List of References
  • Extra Curricular Activities

Alumni Updates

Police Chief G.M. Cox of Murphy Texas, who earned is masters in Criminal Justice Management from SHSU , is working on his dissertation for a P.D. at the University of Texas – Arlington in Public Adminstration. He became a candidate as of June 2008.

Chris Cronen, a 1991 graduate of Sam Houston State University’s College of Criminal Justice, recently was promoted to Deputy Director of the National Firearms and Tactical Training Unit (NFTTU)at U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE).

Dr. George Day, who received his Ph.D. from the College of Criminal Justice in December, was named an assistant professor at East Texas University in Marshall, Texas.

Dr. Chuck Howard, who earned a Bachelor of Science in Law Enforcement and Police Science at SHSU College of Criminal Justice, was appointed Chair of the Forensic Psychology and Clinical Psychology graduate programs at the American School of Professional Psychology at Argosy University in Denver.

Dr. Amanda Johnson accepted a position as Assistant Professor of Criminal Justice at the University of Texas of the Permian Basin. Amanda received her Ph.D. from the College in August 2010.

Natalia Tapia, accepted a position as Assistant Professor of Criminal Justice in the Department of Justice, Law, and Public Safety Studies at Lewis University in Chicago, Illinois. Natalia is Ph.D. candidate.

Cody Velkovich, who graduated with a Bachelor of Science in 2008, was promoted to Field Supervisor of the Austin Region of Executive Security System, a privately owned security services contractor that provide permanent and temporary armed and unarmed security officers, mobile patrol services and private investigators throughout Texas.

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