Lambda Alpha Epsilon Informational Meetings

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Thu, Aug 29, 2013 - Thu, Sep 5, 2013.
Criminal Justice Center, CJava Cafe

The American Criminal Justice Association, a national organization of criminal justice students, academics, and professionals with membership in over three quarters of the states in the nation, will hold meetings this week for those interested in joining the organization.

The dates and times of the meetings are:

  • Thu, Aug 29, 4:00pm and 9:00pm
  • Fri, Aug 30, 12:00pm and 3:00pm
  • Tue, Sep 3, 4:00pm and 9:00pm
  • Wed, Sep 4, 3:00pm and 7:00pm
  • Thu, Sep 5, 4:00pm and 9:00pm

Society of Forensic Science Special Presentation

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Wed, Aug 28, 2013
5:30 PM
Chemistry and Forensic Science Building
Room 103

Ms. Nicola Beckett is originally from New Zealand, where she completed a BSc at Auckland University majoring in medicinal chemistry. She continued her postgraduate studies there in forensic science before moving to the Bond University on the Gold Coast, Australia to complete a Master's degree in forensic science. She is currently in the final year of her PhD in forensic chemistry at Griffith University in Gold Coast, Australia, with a strong focus on isotopic analysis and its forensic application with illicit drugs and clandestine labs. She has presented her doctoral research at several local and international forensic meetings. Beckett will present her research into the isotopic profiling of designer drugs.

Graduate Student Organization Meeting

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Tue, Aug 27, 2013
3:30 P.M.
Flag Room, Criminal Justice Center

Papua New Guinea Studies American Justice System

A delegation from Papua New Guinea turned to Sam Houston State University for lessons on the U.S. criminal justice system.
A delegation from Papua New Guinea turned to Sam Houston State University for lessons on the U.S. criminal justice system.

The College of Criminal Justice recently hosted a delegation from Papua New Guinea on a mission to learn more about the American criminal justice system.

Alumnus Named Constable of the Year

Constable Michael Truitt of Denton County Precinct 2
Constable Michael Truitt of Denton County Precinct 2

Alumnus Michael Truitt (MS ’12) was named Constable of the Year by the Justices of the Peace and Constables Association of Texas, a distinction earned for years of enforcing the law, processing civil court documents, and instructing fellows Constables in the duties of the office.

New Master’s Degree in Victim Services Management Unveiled this Fall

Photo of a group counseling session, with group demonstrating support of woman's success.

The College of Criminal Justice is launching a Master of Sciences program in Victim Services Management this fall, “the first program of its kind to be offered in the nation,” said Dr. Cortney Franklin, Chair of the Victim Services Management program committee.

Two Studies Examine Weapons and Arrests in Domestic Violence Cases

A woman holding a knife behind her back confronts a man with a liquor bottle in his hand.

Weapons were involved in 40 percent of domestic violence cases in Houston, and researchers discovered distinct patterns on when and where each type of weapon was used, according to a recent study at Sam Houston State University.

Ph.D. Students Aid in Sexual Assault Case Research

Crime scene investigator examines evidence.

With the large number of untested rape kits found in police evidence rooms across the country, the National Institute of Justice funded studies in Houston and Detroit to understand the situation and develop responses. At Sam Houston State University, several graduate students have played a critical role on this project by collecting data from different sources, writing project reports that offered recommended courses of action, and presenting research findings to different audiences.

Dr. Latz Guides Future Victim Advocates

Dr. Kathy Latz teaches in the new Masters of Victim Services Management program.
Dr. Kathy Latz teaches in the new Masters of Victim Services Management program.

At the Montgomery County Women’s Center, Dr. Kathy Latz was involved in all facets of service delivery for victims of domestic violence and sexual assault.

Spring/Summer Commencements Add Criminal Justice Professionals

Xu Daniel Rusong was among four Chinese students to earn dual degrees from SHSU and Zhejiang Police College.
Xu Daniel Rusong (third from bottom) was among four Chinese students to earn dual degrees from SHSU and Zhejiang Police College.

About 435 students graduated from the College of Criminal Justice in the spring and summer of 2013, including seven Ph.D.s, seven from the Master of Forensic Science program, 12 commissioned officers in the U.S. Army, and the first graduates from a dual degree program with Zhejiang Police College in China.

Combating Fraud in the Insurance Industry

Alumna Khrys Fisher is a senior claims service adjuster with Allstate.

Khrys Fisher (’95) always wanted to be an investigator. As a child, she would play detective. If something turned up missing in her home she would grab a camera and take photos of the “crime scene.”

Texas Colleges to Get Primer on Campus Sexual Assaults

A lone female college student sits in a row of books in the library.

Friday Aug 2, 2013
8:00am - 5:00pm
University of Texas, Austin
Thompson Conference Center

The Crime Victims’ Institute at Sam Houston State University will co-host a statewide training for law enforcement officers, victim advocates, and campus professionals on how to address sexual assault on college campuses.

Concerned young woman holds hand to the camera to say stop.The training, which will be held on Aug. 2 from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. at the University of Texas, Thompson Conference Center, in Austin, will provide an overview on sexual assault on college campuses and cover a wide variety of topics that can serve as a foundation for responding to these crimes at universities, colleges and community colleges across the state. The program is co-sponsored by the Texas Association Against Sexual Assault (TAASA), a statewide advocacy group for survivors of sexual assault.

College of Criminal Justice Expands Specialties

Picture of the front of the College of Criminal Justice building.

The College of Criminal Justice has been reorganized into three new departments -- Criminal Justice and Criminology, Forensic Science, and Security Studies. These organizational changes along with the hiring of additional faculty will create even stronger collaborations between research and professionals in each field.

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