260 Graduate from College in December

Security Studies graduates
Security Studies graduates and faculty.

The College of Criminal Justice graduated its fall class of 2013 in December, with about 230 undergraduates and more than 30 graduate students, including two new Ph.D.s.

Ballistics Study Leads to Changes at Federal Agency

A team of researchers led by Sam Houston State University identified a number of areas of improvement in a national database of forensic ballistics evidence used to link guns to violent crimes.

Locking in a Police Career

Alumnus Bob Lausten, Chief of the La Vista Police Department.
La Vista (NE) Police Chief Bob Lausten

Police Chief Bob Lausten, a SHSU graduate and 30 year law enforcement veteran, still uses the padlock from his police academy class. Every time he looks at it, he remembers the core lessons that come with the job.

Phi Alpha Delta Meeting

Phi Alpha Delta logo

Mon, Dec 9, 2013
5 p.m.
Lowman Student Center Room 304

Connecting Criminal Justice Classrooms

A new twist will let students at Lone Star College-Montgomery see beyond the community college classrooms—literally—via in-class videoconferencing sessions or face-to-face meetings with other students at Sam Houston State University’s College of Criminal Justice.

Called the “University Connections Series,” the new pilot program will pair an Introduction to Criminal Justice class at LSC-Montgomery with a Research Methods class at Sam Houston State University this spring. During the semester, the participating class will connect with its university counterpart to collaborate on projects, interact with each other, and share knowledge.

Students enrolled in these LSC-Montgomery sections will cover the same learning outcomes as in a traditional class and earn the same three credit hours upon successful completion.

“The goal is to assist our students in seeing themselves beyond LSC-Montgomery,” said Matthew Samford, academic counselor at LSC-Montgomery.

“Students will be able to get a taste for university-level academics and connect with those who are living the university life.”

LSC-Montgomery professor Mark Stelter will be connecting his Introduction to Criminal Justice course with Sam Houston State University’s Criminal Justice Research Methods course, which is taught by Dr. William (Bill) Wells.

“Both sets of students will see a great combination of current salient issues in the field and applied academic research,” said Stelter. “In my course, students study U.S. crime rates and trends. Dr. Wells will show how such data is gathered, analyzed, and assessed in ways much richer and deeper than our course normally has time to cover.”

SHSU logoDr. Wells sees benefits for both groups of students as well.

“SHSU students will gain a better appreciation of research methods by interacting with the Lone Star College students who are learning core elements about the criminal justice system and the nature of crime,” said Wells. “I’m excited to share criminal justice and criminological research with Lone Star College students. I hope they will become interested in learning more.”

LSC-Montgomery has projects in different disciplines with other area universities. For more information, contact Matthew Samford at (936) 273.7341, or Matthew.T.Samford@LoneStar.edu.

LCC Graduates Become Top Cops

Five graduates of the Leadership Command College, the premiere executive development program for Texas law enforcement, recently returned to the Law Enforcement Management Institute of Texas (LEMIT) as new police chiefs.

Alpha Phi Sigma Meeting

Alpha Phi Sigma logo

Wed, Dec 5, 2013
5:30 p.m.
Criminal Justice Center, CJava Cafe

Come join Alpha Phi Sigma, the CJ National Honor Society, at its biweekly meetings!

National Association of Blacks in Criminal Justice

Logo for the National Association of Black in Criminal Justice.

Wed Dec 4, 2013
Lowman Student Center, Room 302

SHSU Faculty/Staff Training on Campus Sexual Assault

Faculty talks to two students.

Faculty and staff from Sam Houston State University are invited to attend a seminar on Dec. 4 from 8 a.m. to noon in the Lowman Student Center Theater on to how to address sexual assault on campus and respond if an assault is reported to them.

Graduate Student Organization Meeting

Graduate Student Organization logo

Tue, Dec 3, 2013
3:30 P.M.
Bates Room, Criminal Justice Center

Crime Victim Services Alliance

Crime Victims' Service Alliance logo

Tue, Dec 3, 2013
5:15 p.m.
Lowman Student Center, Room 319

The Crime Victim Services Alliance is committed to advancing knowledge and awareness of victim services as a movement and as a profession among students interested in the criminal justice system, crime victim rights and crime victim services.

The Society of Forensic Science Meeting

Society of Forensic Science logo

Tue, Dec. 3, 2013
5:30 PM
Chemistry and Forensic Science Building
Room 103

The Society of Forensic Science is a special interest group at SHSU, consisting of individuals who are interested in working together to expand and share their knowledge of Forensic Science. The society participates in various volunteer and fundraising activities throughout the year.

The Election of New Officer will be held at the December meeting.

Alumnus Oversees Largest Prison System in U.S.

Deputy Executive Director Bryan Collier, TDCJ
Deputy Executive Director Bryan Collier, TDCJ

Bryan Collier (’86) began his career at the Texas Department of Criminal Justice (TDCJ) manning the switchboard while a student at Sam Houston State University. Now 28 years later, he is second in command at the state agency that oversees the largest adult prison, parole and probation system in the country.

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