Incarcerated Mothers Impact Children’s Future Criminal Involvement

Incarcerated Mothers Impact

Dr. Lisa Muftić investigates the connection between incarcerated mothers and links to children's future criminal behavior.

Children of incarcerated mothers are twice as likely to be arrested, convicted and incarcerated as adults, according to a study by Sam Houston State University scholars.

ACE Students Develop Security Plan for At-Risk Youth

A Security Studies class at Sam Houston State University will develop security plans for the Gulf Coast Trades Center, a Walker County facility which provides education and training in vocational skills for at-risk youth from the juvenile justice system.

Dr. Muftić Appointed Director of Undergraduate Programs in CJ & Criminology

Dr. Lisa Muftić was recently appointed as Director of Undergraduate Programs in the Department of Criminal Justice and Criminology at Sam Houston State University.

Dr. Tasca Elected to ASC Corrections and Sentencing Board

Dr. Melinda Tasca of the Department of Criminal Justice and Criminology was recently elected as a member of the distinguished American Society of Criminology Division of Corrections and Sentencing Executive Board.

Real Talk w/CJ: Jesse J. Williams II, U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement

Logos for STAFSWed, Nov 18, 2015
2:00 pm
Hazel B. Kerper Courtroom

Alumnus Jesse J. Williams II helps root out dangerous criminal aliens for U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement in Texas.

Ph.D. Student Earns Best Paper Award

Alicia Jurek, a first year Ph.D. student at the College of Criminal Justice, was awarded the Outstanding Graduate Student Paper for 2015 by the Midwestern Criminal Justice Association.

Threats Against Children During the Separation Process for Women in Abusive Relationships

Mothers who separate from their abusive partners are four times more likely to report threats to take or to harm their children than those who stay in the relationship, a study by Sam Houston State University found.

Homeland Security Graduate Students Inducted into New Honor Society

The newest criminal justice organization at the College of Criminal Justice is an elite chapter for masters’ students in homeland security studies pursuing careers in homeland security, intelligence, emergency management, and protective services.

SHSU Collaborates with Fire Marshals on Forensic Death Investigations

One of only two fire death investigation courses in the country using human case studies recently was made possible by property access and logistical support at Sam Houston State University, with lectures and research provided by the Southeast Texas Applied Forensic Science Facility (STAFS) and other professional and academic leaders.

Alumnus Protects Houston Airport System

Mark Bull’s job is to help ensure safe travels for 52 million people a year who pass through George Bush Intercontinental Airport and monitor about 34,000 employees and contractors that work in three Houston area airports.

CJ Student Org President Appointed National Leader

The new president of the National Association of Blacks in Criminal Justice (NABCJ) at Sam Houston State University was appointed to a national post overseeing student chapters that fight for minority rights across the country.

College of Criminal Justice Holds Victim Studies Career Fair

The College of Criminal Justice will hold a Victim Services Career Fair to introduce students to the diverse job opportunities that are available.

Law Enforcement Fitness and Performance

Special Presentation: Law Enforcement Fitness and Performance
with Lt. Greg Davis, Fitness Wellness Coordinator, DPS
Thu, Oct 8, 2015
2:00pm
CJ Courtroom

The majority of law enforcement agencies require physical fitness tests as part of their job application process and some agencies, like the state of Texas, require all commissioned officers to pass ongoing fitness assessments to remain on the job.

Impaired Driving Instructor Earns National Recognition

Retired Lt. Dan Webb of the Texas Department of Public Safety (DPS) was one of the first officers in the state certified in sobriety field testing and as a drug recognition expert (DRE). Last month, he was named the latest DRE Emeritus for the honor and integrity he brought to the nationwide program.

CMIT Adds New Secretariat Organization, Staff

The Correctional Management Institute of Texas added a new secretariat post, expanding its diversity in serving the correctional field, as well as new staff members to address the growing need for training professionals in prisons, jails, community corrections, probation and parole.

Recent Publications -- Fall 2015

Here is a list of publications recently produced by faculty, students and alumni of Sam Houston State University, College of Criminal Justice.

Dr. Muftic Co-Authors Victimology Textbook

“What I especially like about the book is that it integrates hot topics with cutting edge research making it more palatable for students,” said Dr. Muftić, who collaborated with Dr. Leah E. Daigle of Georgia State University on the textbook. “Within each chapter we incorporated issues that made recent headlines with a focus on research. It’s not so much about telling stories, but about using science, and the scientific method, to expand on our understanding of victims and victimization.”

Victimology introduces students to the causes and consequences of victimization; how the criminal justice system accommodates and assists victims; and how other elements of society, such as the media, deal with crime victims. The book examines the extent of victimization in society and the theories involved in the study of victimology.

In addition to examining victims’ rights and remedies, the book explores various types of victimization, including homicide, sexual assault, intimate partner violence and special populations, such as people with mental illness. It also looks at emerging topics in victimization, including terrorism, hate crimes, human trafficking, and the overlap between victims and offenders.

Because of Dr. Muftić’s extensive experience conducting research abroad, a chapter on comparative victimology is included. Furthermore, each chapter highlights an international issue giving students the experience of exploring the issues and challenges victims face in other countries.

The book also highlights stories and studies from Sam Houston State University. A chapter on homicide victimization highlights the story of Justin Lopez, a SHSU kinesiology student whose mother was murdered by an ex-boyfriend in a domestic violence incident. Justin Lopez and his sister, Porsha, who witnessed the shooting, founded Angie’s Awareness Angels, an advocacy group against domestic violence.

The book also profiles research by Drs. Leana Bouffard, a faculty member at the College, and Maria Koeppel, a Ph.D. graduate, on the short and long term health effects of repeated bullying on victims. The study found that those who experience chronic bullying before age 12 were likely to suffer from mental health issues, including homelessness, or to be in poor or fair health as they become young adults. That study was published by Justice Quarterly in 2014.

Finally, Dr. Muftić acknowledges several Sam Houston State University students who provided assistance with the book, including Dr. Jonathon Grubb (Ph.D. graduate), Molly Smith, Ashley Boillot-Fansher, Michael Candler, Susan Hoppe and Laura Taylor.

“Daigle and Muftić have crafted an excellent resource for students and professionals alike to learn about the ‘big picture’ as well as the more detailed problems and solutions surrounding victimology,” said Dr. Kate Fox, a former SHSU faculty member who is a professor at Arizona State University. “This book is approachable, digestible and leaves the reader with a comprehensive understanding of the state of victimology—and the key areas that will increasingly become important in the future.”

Beto Chair Lecture: Dr. Wayne Osgood

Fri, Oct 2, 2015
9:30 a.m.
CJ Courtroom

Dr. Wayne Osgood, a Professor of Criminology and Sociology at Pennsylvania State University, will discuss “Contributions of Friendship Networks to the Diffusion and Prevention of Delinquency and Substance Use” at the Beto Chair Lecture for the fall semester.

College Honors Memory of Slain Officer with Scholarship

The College of Criminal Justice at Sam Houston State University established a scholarship fund in memory of Deputy Darren Goforth of the Harris County Sheriff’s Office, who was brutally murdered in the line of duty, to help criminal justice majors pursue future careers in law enforcement.

Alumni Update

Col Hameed Ibrahim Ali (Rtd) (MS ’88) was appointed Comptroller-General of the Nigerian Customs Service. The national organization has the dual role of ensuring speedy delivery of international goods while maintaining systematic and effective intervention to control economic crime, money laundering, terrorism, weapons of mass destruction, intellectual property rights, and disposal of toxic and hazardous waste.

The College Provides a Center for Lifelong Learning

The Criminal Justice Center at Sam Houston State University offers a lifetime of learning opportunities for individuals who want to begin or advance in careers in criminal justice in the fields of law enforcement, victim services, forensic science and security studies.

Adding New Tools to Fight Environmental Crimes

Several new classes have been added to Project EnCriPT, a new initiative at the Bill Blackwood Law Enforcement Management Institute of Texas (LEMIT) to help law enforcement officers, firefighters, code enforcers, and sanitarians fight environmental crime.

Voices Lecture Series: Justin Lopez, Angie's Awareness Angels

Angie’s Awareness Angels
Oct. 15, 2015
2 p.m.
CJ Courtroom

This year, Justin Lopez will create new memories for the date his mother was murdered It will be the day he learns the sex of his firstborn child. “It sent chills up my spine,” said Lopez.

Logos for STAFSOn Sept. 15, 2012, Angela Renee Fontenot Lopez, was killed by her ex-boyfriend in front of his then 12-year old sister, Porsha. In the wake of his mother’s death, Lopez founded Angie’s Awareness Angels to raise awareness about domestic violence and funds for women’s shelters to prevent this horrible tragedy from happening again.

Applying Skills to Crime Scene Investigations

After nearly 20 years of processing hundreds of crime scenes across Oklahoma and in parts of Texas, Alumnus Jim Stokes and his former colleague wondered if there were more efficient and effective ways to collect evidence at a crime scene and to document the process for the criminal justice system.

Ballistics Imaging Systems Effective with Good Management

During a homicide epidemic in Trinidad and Tobago driven mainly by guns, the developing country had forensic ballistics imaging technology, but faced problems effectively using it to solve crimes, according to a study at Sam Houston State University.

Protecting Courts in Texas

The Bill Blackwood Law Enforcement Management Institute of Texas recently held its first training to help certify court security specialists who protect courtrooms and courthouses as well as high security or high profile trials.

Chiefs Set Agenda to Address Emerging Issues

With controversial suspect deaths and public protests in Ferguson, MO. and New York fresh in their minds, Texas Police Chiefs representing municipal, school, and college/university law enforcement set a biennial training agenda for top law enforcement officers for Texas agencies.

Finding a Pathway to a Federal Career

As a retired military veteran with 20 years of experience, Josh Lynch came to Sam Houston State University for a college degree to open doors to federal law enforcement positions. Lynch earned his bachelor’s degree in just 20 months, which included an internship with U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE), Enforcement Removal Operations (ERO) in Houston, Texas.

College Welcomes Three New Faculty Members

The College of Criminal Justice added three new faculty members in the fall, Dr. Brandy Blasko in Criminal Justice and Criminology, Dr. Patrick Buzzini in Forensic Science and Dr. Sparks Veasey III, who will split his time between the two departments.

Study Finds Post-it Notes Deliver Returns

A Post-it note can go a long way to getting colleagues and students to respond to a survey, according to a recent study at Sam Houston State University.

Five Professors Spend Summer on Research Projects

Five faculty members from the College of Criminal Justice spent their summer conducting research to explore up-and-coming issues in the field.

CJ Welcome Week Introduces College Activities

The College of Criminal Justice will welcome students back to the fall semester with a series of events from Aug. 31-Sept. 3.

Explore the Broad Field of Homeland Security

New Course in Contemporary Issues

The Department of Security Studies will rip the news from the headlines in its latest course to explore Contemporary Issues in Homeland Security.

College Adds Five Ph.D.s and More than 40 Masters’ Graduates

Nearly 200 students graduated from the College of Criminal Justice in August, including five new Ph.D.s and approximately 46 with masters’ degrees.

Real Talk w/CJ: Laurie Christensen, Harris County Fire Marshal’s Office

Alumna Laurie Christensen still remembers the feeling of adrenaline from her first fire at the Pasadena Volunteer Fire Department, where she backed up her supervisor fighting the hot flames. When the hose burned in half, she raced outside to get a new one, and suddenly she was the one with the nozzle, with her supervisor taking up the rear.

Intern Monitors Juvenile Offenders at Home

Jessica Cervantes hit the streets this summer with the Texas Juvenile Justice Department (TJJD) Houston District Office, which is the state’s juvenile parole agency. She monitored and helped youthful offenders in the communities where they live, work, and go to school.

Alumna Prepares Harris County for Disasters

As a Homeland Security Planner for Harris County, Alumna Stevee Franks (MS ’14) is always ready for a disaster -- it’s literally her job.

Heading Homicide for Harris County

Alumnus Lt. Jerry Philpott recently was named head of the Homicide Division for the third largest county in the country.

Kevin Madden Joins Advising Staff

The newest academic advisor at the College of Criminal Justice will never forget the day he graduated from Sam Houston State University – 12-13-14.

New Student Org Aids Abused Children

A new student organization at Sam Houston State University is dedicated to assisting abused and neglected children in the local foster care system.

Alumna Serves Crime Victims in Montgomery County

Alumna Tamara Young-Niquette (’98) had planned to go to law school, but instead she found her calling in helping victims of crime in Harris and Montgomery counties.

Protecting Americans and the First Family Abroad

As a summer intern with the U.S. Department of State, Dakin Stanesic helped prepare for a visit by Michelle Obama and her daughters, Sasha and Malia, to Milan, Italy during the First Lady’s tour to fight childhood obesity. Stanesic even got to ride in the motorcade escorting the First Family through the streets of the Italian city.

Alumnus Rounds Out Police Career in Webster

Alumnus James “Rusty” Lovel (MS ’12) is getting well-rounded experience in various positions at the Webster Police Department, hoping one day to use all his skills to become a police chief.

Professor Investigates Parent-Child Visitation in Prison

It’s not “cupcakes and lollipops” for most children who visit a parent in prison, with two-thirds reported to have negative experiences including fear, anger, anxiety, and related reactions, according to a study funded by the National Institute of Justice by Dr. Melinda Tasca of Sam Houston State University.

CJ College Produces Third Journal on School Violence

A third journal – this one on school violence -- will be co-produced by faculty at the College of Criminal Justice, adding to the number of peer-reviewed publications on qualitative criminology and psychology in criminal justice already edited by professors at the institution.

Dr. Ryan Randa, who has published scholarly articles on bullying and cyberbullying, was recently named co-editor of the Journal of School Violence, which he will produce along with Dr. Brad Reyns of Weber State University in Utah. The journal examines urgent issues involving school violence, such as threat assessments, hostage situations, stalking behaviors, and student safety. It helps to guide administrators and policy makers on effective ways to deal with school safety issues and provides insight on social policy, staff training and international cross-culture studies.

“If it is a contemporary issue involving schools, it is what people are writing about,” said Dr. Randa. “I’ve been enjoying it. It is a different experience being the first to see real cutting edge research.”

The journal is published four times a year and recently included such topics as bullying, the perspective of teachers in hitting students back, psychosomatic complaints in bullying, and cyber peer aggression.

“Taylor & Francis is excited to have Ryan Randa, Sam Houston State University, and Brad Reyns, Weber State University, co-editing the Journal of School Violence,” said David C. Hamilton, Managing Editor of Behavioral Science and Social Care publications at Taylor & Francis. “Ryan and Brad have great ideas for the journal and we look forward to the continued success of the Journal of School Violence.”

Although the journal primarily has been targeted to an educational audience, Dr. Randa hopes to expand its offerings and articles into the fields of criminal justice and criminology. To that end, the journal will participate in conferences for the two top professional organizations in the criminal justice field this year, including the Academy of Criminal Justice Sciences and the American Society of Criminology.

Dr. Randa also hopes to grow the journal by applying for an official impact factor score, a component of a comprehensive ranking system among peer-reviewed journals in academia. The score is tallied by Thomas Reuters and is based on a journal’s circulation, how often its articles are cited, and the quality of the publications that cite them. The higher the score, the more prestigious the journal.

Having three academic journals produced at the College of Criminal Justice provides wider national exposure for Sam Houston State University in the academic world.

In addition to the Journal of School Violence, College faculty also produce Applied Psychology in Criminal Justice (APCJ) and the Journal of Qualitative Criminal Justice and Criminology (JQCJC), edited by Dr. Randy Garner and Dr. Willard Oliver respectively.

APCJ is an international, interdisciplinary, peer-reviewed journal that examines the intersection between psychology and criminal justice. JQCJC, a publication of the Southwestern Association of Criminal Justice, focuses on high quality research that consists of original qualitative research, articles that deal with qualitative research methodologies, and book reviews relevant to both qualitative research and methodologies.

Intern Wants to Protect and Serve His Community

From a young age Cirilo Portales was always taught to give back to his community, and now that he has graduated from Sam Houston State University he wants to do this by becoming a police officer for the City of Rosenberg.

Forensic Classes Offered to Teachers Over Summer

Middle and high school teachers will get hands-on experience in forensic science this summer, whether they are interested in working with their students in the laboratory or at a mock crime scene.

Parole and Probation Officers Get Lessons in Impaired Driving

Despite ongoing flooding in Texas, approximately 40 adult and juvenile probation officers braved storms to attend the newest training offered by the Impaired Driving Initiatives on how to detect drug and alcohol impairment among their clients, families and friends in an effort to keep Texas roads safer.

More Than 300 Graduate CJ College in Spring

Hundreds of students graduated from the College of Criminal Justice on May 9, including five doctoral students who earned Ph.D. degrees.

Recent Publications -- Spring 2015

Here is a list of publications recently produced by faculty, students and alumni of Sam Houston State University, College of Criminal Justice.

Crime Victims' Institute Surveys Texas Emergency Shelters

Texas has a shortage of beds for survivors of intimate partner violence (IPV), and although alternatives may be offered, survivors may find themselves isolated from much-needed services, such as crisis intervention, legal advocacy, support groups, medical advocacy, individual counseling and others, according to a study by the Crime Victims’ Institute.

Intern Finds Her Calling in Texas Legislature

As an undergraduate and graduate student at the College of Criminal Justice, Shelby O’Brien has spent a year as an intern with Texas Rep. Todd Hunter of House District 32, the coastal half of Nueces County and part of Port Aransas. She served constituents, set schedules and learned all she could about human trafficking and the Texas Legislature.

Dr. Jones Studied Drug Cartels in Mexico

As a doctoral student studying drug cartels in Mexico, Dr. Nathan Jones was given the nickname La Barbie after an American who became a Mexican drug lord and wound up as a snitch. The locals were convinced the young, clean cut student was a CIA or FBI agent.

LEMIT Hosts Polish National Police Delegation

May 1, 2015 – May 12, 2015 The Bill Blackwood Law Enforcement Management Institute of Texas (LEMIT) welcomes a delegation of six Polish National Police executives to Huntsville as part of an annual international exchange program among LEMIT, Sam Houston State University (SHSU), and the Polish National Police. The delegation includes Director Robert Zolkiewski, Chief Adam Kolodziejski, Chief Sebastian Banaszak, Chief Jarosław Rzymkowski, Chief Marek Swiszcz, and Chief Tomasz Trawinski.

Lyons Named Criminal Justice Dean, Director


Phillip Lyons, professor of criminal justice at Sam Houston State University, has been named dean of the university’s College of Criminal Justice and director of its affiliated Criminal Justice Center, effective Sept. 1.

The announcement was made today by SHSU Provost and Vice President for Academic Affairs Jaimie Hebert.

“As we embark on a new chapter in the college, I am confident that Dr. Lyons will work to ensure the continued success of the college and center and will develop a comprehensive strategy that incorporates the diverse strengths and aspirations of the faculty and staff,” he said.

New Lecture Series Launched on Innovating Police at LEMIT

The Law Enforcement Management Institute of Texas (LEMIT) launched a new Distinguished Lecture Series in honor of longtime supporter Dr. Larry T. Hoover, which will present innovative and practical ideas to law enforcement agencies on policing in the 21st Century.

College of Criminal Justice Time Capsule Documents Center's History

Written by Dr. Charles Friel, Distinguished Professor Emeritus

In 1990, at the 25th Anniversary of the founding of Sam Houston State University’s College of Criminal Justice, a time capsule was constructed to preserve the accomplishments and status of the program for future generations.
The capsule is intended to be opened and its contents reviewed at 25 year intervals, at which time materials from the immediately prior 25 year period should be added. Placed in the Time Capsule for the 1965-1990 period was a photograph album of “A Day in the Life of the Criminal Justice Center,” letters from faculty, and memorabilia of the first 25 year period.

Celebrating 50 Years of Service: 50th Anniversary Events

This year, the College of Criminal Justice at Sam Houston State University celebrates 50 years of service. As one of the oldest and largest criminal justice programs in the country, the College sets the stage for education, research and practice in such diverse fields as law enforcement, corrections, victim services, forensics and security. It offers the longest running Ph.D. program in the discipline, producing nearly 300 scholars around the globe, and continues to educate and train leaders in the field through its academic programs and affiliated professional institutes. The College has been at the forefront of change in criminal justice throughout its history by researching best practices, training professionals in the field, and educating undergraduate and graduate students.

50th Anniversary Beto Chair Lecture and Symposia

50th Anniversary Beto Chair Lecture and Symposia
Fri, Apr 24, 2015
9:00 to 5 p.m.
Hazel B. Kerper Courtroom

To celebrate the 50th Anniversary of the College of Criminal Justice and its prestigious Beto Chair Lecture Series, the College will offer a day of symposia featuring Dr. Michael G. Maxfield, professor at John Jay College of Criminal, along with panels of world-renown faculty form the College to discuss the past, present and future of research in the field of criminal justice.

Celebrating 50 Years of Service: Expanding Opportunities in Forensic Science

In 2001, the College of Criminal Justice launched the inaugural master’s degree for forensic science in Texas, and it is making history again by offering the first multi-disciplinary Ph.D. in the field in the country.

Celebrating 50 Years of Services: Keeping Texas Roads Safe from Impaired Drivers

For the last 10 years, a program at the College of Criminal Justice has been keeping the roads safer in Texas by training professionals to recognize the signs of impaired driving.

50th Anniversary Honors Day

As part of the 50th Anniversary celebration, the College of Criminal Justice will continue its traditions of honoring outstanding students, alumni and supporters, as well as those who have lost their lives in the line of duty.

The Leadership Luncheon pays tribute to the executive boards of criminal justice student organizations as well as distinguished scholars in the graduate program. In addition, the College will bestow awards for Outstanding Alumnus to Ronald B. Turk (’88), Acting Deputy Director of the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives in Washington, D.C, as well as the Defensor Pacem to Professor Emeritus Dr. Jerry Dowling for his outstanding contributions to the field of criminal justice.

The College will highlight the achievements of eight criminal justice organizations on campus, including Alpha Phi Sigma, Lambda Alpha Epsilon, National Association of Blacks in Criminal Justice, Society of Forensic Science, Phi Alpha Delta, Crime Victim Services Alliance, Graduate Student Organization and National Organization of Hispanics in Criminal Justice.

Distinguished Alumnus Turk oversees all field operations for the ATF in Washington, D.C. and was nominated to become a Brigadier General in the U.S. Air National Guard. He was recognized for leading troops in protecting the Bagdad Airport during the Iraq War. Turk also was involved in the investigation of the Boston Marathon bombing, is involved in high profile inspections of gun retailers, and works on developing intelligence on gun crime issues.

Dr. Dowling, who retired as a professor at the College of Criminal Justice in 2014, is a former FBI agent who joined the faculty in 1972. In addition to educating generations of law enforcement professionals, Dr. Dowling was instrumental in developing licensing and professional exams for police officers across the country. Along with Dr. Larry Hoover, Dr. Dowling wrote the first licensing exam for peace officers in Texas and Illinois and developed curriculum for basic police training in Texas, Illinois, New York and Maine. He also is responsible for the training used for jailers at the Texas Commission on Law Enforcement and for school resource officers in Kentucky. Finally, he worked at the Bill Blackwood Law Enforcement Management Institute of Texas as an instructor, providing classes on legal liability and labor relations for professionals in the field.

In addition to the awards, the College also will posthumously recognize David W. Crews, a Texas legislator who sponsored the bill that created the Institute of Contemporary Corrections and the Behavioral Sciences, the predecessor to the College, more than five decades ago.

Following the Leadership Luncheon, the College will honor the field's fallen heroes at the Sundial Ceremony, an annual event where faculty, staff, students and visitors participate in a ceremony recognizing the ultimate sacrifice in the service of criminal justice.

The evening Honors Convocation recognizes outstanding undergraduate and graduate students at the College. The College will award 43 scholarships to 76 students, which includes nine 100 Club Awards and five Deans’ Scholarships. This year, there were five new scholarships, including the Chief Charles W. Tackett Memorial Scholarship in honor of the former SHSU University Police Chief; the Texas Ranger Law Enforcement Association Scholarship recognizing the contribution of SHSU alumni to the elite state law enforcement division; athe Richard and Michelle Ward CJ Endowment Scholarship in honor of former Dean Ward; the Professor Jerry L. Dowling Scholarship for Exemplary Achievement in Criminal Law in honor of SHSU Professor Emeritus Dowling; and the Logan Bennett-Lyons Criminal Justice Scholarship established by Eric Bennett and Interim Dean Phillip Lyons.

During the Honors Convocation, the College also will recognize 253 student for their academic achievements this year at the College of Criminal Justice.

Child Abuse Awareness Month Event at The Woodlands Center

Tue Apr 14, 2015
11:00am - 11:30am
Back Lawn at The Woodlands Center

In recognition of Child Abuse Awareness Month, the Victim Studies Program has planned an event at The Woodlands Center featuring a butterfly release and speakers in the field of child abuse and neglect.

Real Talk w/CJ: Alfred Bryant, Child Protective Services


Wed Apr 8, 2015
2:00pm - 3:00pm
Hazel B. Kerper Courtroom
Alfred Bryant has spent his career helping children who are victims of abuse and neglect as well as their families.

Sexual Assault Awareness Month Events


The Sexual Assault Awareness Committee at Sam Houston State University is hosting a series of event in recognition of Sexual Assault Awareness Month. This year's national theme, It's On Us, is designed to recognize that non-consensual sex is sexual assault, to identify situations in which sexual assault may occur, to intervene in situations where consent has not or cannot be given and to create an environment in which sexual assault is unacceptable and survivors are supported.

Parents of Murdered Children Panel

Tue Mar 31, 2015
6:00pm
CJ Courtroom

Panel discussion by parents whose children have been murdered and their experiences as victims and with the criminal justice system.

Special Security Studies Presentation: FBI Agent Daniel Fuentes and Major General James Marks

Thu, March 19, 2015
2:00pm - 2:45pm (Fuentes)
2:45 - 3:30 (Marks)
Hazel B. Kerper Courtroom

The Department of Security Studies will host a special presentation with FBI Agent Dan Fuentes on “Fighting Mexican Drug Cartels” and Retired Maj. Gen. James “Spider” Marks on “Combating Terrorism and Criminal Networks."

Real Talk w/CJ: Texas Ranger Steven Jeter

Tue Mar 17, 2015
2:00pm - 3:00pm
Hazel B. Kerper Courtroom

Alumnus Steven Jeter is a proud member of the Texas Rangers, an elite division of the Texas Department of Public Safety (DPS) charged with investigating major incidents, unsolved and serial crimes, public corruption, officer-involved shootings, border security and much, much more.

Chiefs Set Agenda to Address Emerging Issues

With controversial suspect deaths and public protests in Ferguson, MO. and New York fresh in their minds, Texas Police Chiefs representing municipal, school, and campus law enforcement set a biennial training agenda for the top law enforcement officers for Texas agencies.

Alumna Serves as Chief of Staff for Nation's 4th Largest Department

Sam Houston State University Alumna Martha Montalvo rose through the ranks of the Houston Police Department to become Chief of Staff to Chief Charles McClelland. She is the first of four Executive Assistant Chiefs tapped to fill his shoes when he is out of town.

Alumnus Appointed New Director of Arkansas State Police

William J. Bryant (’74) is Arkansas’ newly appointed State Police Director. He recited his oath and assumed the rank of Colonel in the Arkansas State Police on January 12, 2015.

2015 Career Week Events

Career Fair

Resume Clinic
One-on-one critique of your resume
Tue & Thu, Feb. 24 & 26, 9am – 4pm
Friday, Feb. 27, 9am – 12:00pm
CJ Lobby

Tips for Career Fair
Things you need to know to prepare for the Career Fair
Mon, Mar. 2
2:30 - 3:30pm
CJ Courtroom

The Application Process
The complex process needed to get a job
Tue, Mar. 3
2:30 - 3:30pm
CJ Courtroom

Criminal Justice Career Fair
Meet prospective employers
Wed, Mar. 4
10:00am - 2:00pm
Lowman Student Center Ballroom
For a full list of participating agencies, visit Criminal Justice Career Fair.

Internships
How to get experience in the field
Thu, Mar. 5,
10:00am
CJ Courtroom

Celebrating 50 Years of Service: CMIT Advances Practices in the Correctional Field

In 1994, the Correctional Management Institute of Texas (CMIT) opened its doors to officials from prisons, jails, and community corrections throughout the state to offer training and professional development based on the latest scientific studies available.

Spring 2015 Recent Publications

Here is a list of publications recently produced by faculty, students and alumni of Sam Houston State University, College of Criminal Justice.

Celebrating 50 Years of Service: Share Your Stories

by Dr. Charles Friel

During the week of April 19th, 2015, Sam Houston State University's Criminal Justice Center will be celebrating its 50th Anniversary.

An historic component of this celebration will be the placement of letters from our former students in the Time Capsule we created at our 25th Anniversary Celebration in 1990.

We therefore wish to invite all our former students to submit a letter commemorating the one memory that they have retained lo these many years from their studies at the University. These letters will be held in the Time Capsule until the year 2040 when they will be displayed for the benefit of our future students celebrating our 75th Anniversary.

We have several ways to share your stories! Leave your comments on our Facebook page at wwww.facebook.com/shsucj or write us a letter. You can send letters to:

50th Anniversary Celebration Committee
College of Criminal Justice
Box 2296, SHSU
Huntsville, Texas
77341-2296.

Please limit your essays to 400 words or one page in length.

Also feel free to peruse our photo album and help us identify our students and alumni!

Don’t miss out, share a memory with a colleague today and in the future!

Voices Lecture Series: Ben Smith, MADD


Tue, Feb 24, 2015
2:00pm - 3:00pm
Hazel B. Kerper Courtroom
As a Bryan police officer for 28 years, Ben Smith witnessed the impact of impaired driving accidents and arrested more than his share of DWI suspects. After his retirement, he now is helping the victims, families, and friends of those involved in drunk and drugged driving cases.

Grassroots Speaker Series: Dr. Gregory Campbell, U.S. Postal Inspection Services


Tue, Feb 24, 2015
5:30pm - 4:00pm
Haney Auditorium, College of Business Administration

Dr. Gregory Campbell is the Deputy Chief Inspector of Western Field Operations U.S. postal inspection service. He manages seven Western Field Divisions located in Seattle, San Francisco, Los Angeles, Phoenix, Denver, Dallas, and Houston. He is also Executive Liaison for the USPIS Talent Management Initiative. He developed a Law Enforcement Leadership Academy and national mentoring program for the organization.

The Woodlands Center Speaker Series: Current Trends and Issues Involving Drones

The Woodlands Speakers Series: Current Trends and Issues Involving Drones, Feb 14, 6-7:30pm, The Woodlands Center, Room 110

Celebrating 50 Years of Service: LEMIT Offers Premier Training Opportunities for Law Enforcement


LEMIT Building

by Christopher Young

For 25 years, the Bill Blackwood Law Enforcement Institute of Texas, at Sam Houston State University, has provided cutting-edge training and research for Texas law enforcement officials.

Celebrating 50 Years of Service: Director George Killinger Leads First Decade of Development

Director George Killinger
Director George Killinger

Dr. George Killinger was the first director of the Institute of Contemporary Corrections and the Behavioral Sciences, building a strong foundation for the College that would influence programs for decades to come.

Celebrating 50 Years of Service: Courtroom Offers Real Life Legal Drama

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Alumnus Eric Pedersen remembers watching parts of the “Uncle Hilty” trial in the CJ Courtroom while a student at Sam Houston State University. Little did he know at that time that the prosecutor in the case would inspire his future career.

Celebrating 50 Years of Services: Internship Spread Around the World

Internship Coordinator Dr. Jim Dozier began as a student at Sam Houston State University. Although he was already a patrol officer with the Houston Police Department when he attended the College, he completed an internship as a community service officer, teaching school children about the department.

Celebrating 50 Years of Serving: Leading Academia in the Field

Many scholars from the College of Criminal Justice have risen to the top of their fields as educators, researchers, policy analysts and practitioners. One of the pinnacles in academia is the Academy of Criminal Justice Science (ACJS), and 10 faculty or former students have served as President of this leading institution.

Celebrating 50 Years of Service: Crime Victims' Institute Enlightens Public on Victim Issues

In 2003, Sam Houston State University inherited the Crime Victims’ Institute from the Texas Attorney General’s Office and turned it into a premiere research and advocacy agency for victims’ issue in Texas and beyond.

Celebrating 50 Years of Serving: Dean Richard H. Ward Leading Academia in the Field

As a former New York City police detective, Dr. Richard H. Ward helped strengthen the ties between academics and practitioners during his tenure as Dean of the College of Criminal Justice from 1999 to 2006.

Real Talk w/CJ: Stephen Ingram, Texas Parks & Willdlife


Thu, Feb 19, 2015
2:00pm - 3:00pm
Hazel B. Kerper Courtroom

One of the duties of Game Warden Stephen Ingram is to lead youth hunts.
One of the duties of Game Warden Stephen Ingram is to lead youth hunts.
As a Game Warden, Stephen Ingram leads youth hunts.

For eight years, Stephen Ingram has protected the natural resources of Texas on land, water and the border.

National Organization of Hispanics in Criminal Justice

Wed, Feb 18, 2015
6:30pm - 7:45pm
Lowman Student Center, Room 315

Celebrating 50 Years of Service: Dean Timothy J. Flanagan Oversees Growth of College

As Dean of the College of Criminal Justice and Director of the Criminal Justice Center from 1991-98, Dr. Timothy J. Flanagan helped the program grow with the addition of the Correctional Management Institute of Texas (CMIT), a doctoral program in clinical psychology, and a new satellite site at the University Center in The Woodlands.

Celebrating 50 Years of Service: Dean Vincent Webb Creates Three Departments at College

During his tenure, Dr. Webb ushered in many new changes and initiatives at one of the oldest and larger criminal justice programs in the country. To demonstrate the extensive specialties available in the criminal justice field, he created three distinct departments to guide students in their chosen fields, including Criminal Justice and Criminology, Forensic Science and Security Studies. He also recruited new faculty in diverse areas of research, including emerging disciplines in biosocial, victimology, homeland security, and forensic science.

Dr. Webb led the College, one of the largest academic programs in criminal justice in the country with more than 40 faculty members, as well as the George J. Beto Criminal Justice Center, a highly integrated facility which incorporates a number of research and professional training institutes, including the Bill Blackwood Law Enforcement Training Institute of Texas, the Correctional Management Institute of Texas and the Crime Victims’ Institute, to name a few.

Dr. Webb also was successful at establishing new institutes in the field, including the Southeast Texas Applied Forensic Science Facility, one of only six "body farms" in the world for forensic anthropology research and an independent crime lab to assist jurisdictions in the area with toxicology and illegal substance testing. He also oversaw High Incident Drug Area (HIDTA) program for the Office of National Drug Control Polices as well as Project Safe Neighborhoods funding for police departments. Finally, he administered Impaired Driving Initiatives, a Department of Transportation funded program to get drunk and drugged drivers off the road by training law enforcement, school officials, employers and probation and parole officers to recognize the signs of impairment.

Here are some other programs established under Dr. Webb:

  • Initiated the Ph.D. in Forensic Science and master's degrees in Security Studies, Forensic Science and Victim Services Management.
  • Started online degree programs at the College, including bachelor's degrees in Criminal Justice and a master's degree in Criminal Justice Leadership and Management
  • Introduced the Criminal Justice Career Fair
  • Established dual degree program with Zhejiang Police College in China
  • Won Outstanding Book Award from Academy of Criminal Justice Science for co-authoring Policing Gangs in America
  • Implemented programs to train and educate law enforcement and corrections officials from other countries
  • Began the Major Cities Research Initiative, which targets research and development programs to control crime in the state’s six largest cities

"It has been a real privilege to serve as Dean and Director since coming to Sam in 2006," said Dr. Webb. "This faculty and staff have been great to work with -- they simply are the best! The criminal justice/center faculty, staff, and alumni can take pride in all that they have accomplished and they can look forward to a very bright future."

Celebrating 50 Years of Service: Beto Chair Attracts Top CJ Scholars to SHSU

Since its inception in 1981, the Beto Chair has drawn about 100 top scholars in the field to Sam Houston State University (SHSU) to discuss the current and pressing issues in criminal justice.

Celebrating 50 Years of Service: Police Research Center Manages Data for Police

An officer in a patrol car during night duty using onboard computer.

by Romney Thomas

Today’s world is one of near constant communication, and for agencies that align with the criminal justice field, speedy and accurate communication is key.

100 Club Leads the Way in Scholarship for Officers and Students

Chief of Staff Martha Montalvo, Executive Assistant Chief George Buenik, and Assistant Chief M.D. Slinkard credit the scholarships with allowing them to continue their education and, as a result, to move to top positions in the agency.

“It helped me tremendously,” said Martha Montalvo, one of four Executive Assistant Chiefs at the Houston Police Department. “I had a growing family and if it had not been for the scholarship, I wouldn’t have been able to continue my education. We had a lot of other responsibilities.”

During the last quarter century, the 100 Club funded 720 scholarships for active police officers and supervisors as well as criminal justice students – many of them at the College of Criminal Justice.

One of the recent student scholarship recipients was Frank Mosca, who received the Howard Moon Scholarship in 2013 and is now working as an officer with U.S. Customs and Border Protection in Nogales, Arizona. He was grateful to the organization that helped him pursue his dream of becoming a federal agent, that continues to protect officers with specialized equipment and that supports families of officers killed in the line of duty.

“I felt very honored to have received a 100 Club scholarship,” said Mosca. “It is a very prestigious organization.”

Originally founded in 1953 by 100 men, who each contributed $100 to assist families of fallen law enforcement officers, the organization later expanded its offerings to fund life-saving equipment for law enforcement agencies and scholarships for officers to further their education in criminal justice. Today, there are more than 30,000 members who contributed $42 million to dependents, equipment and scholarships. The organization, which covers 18 counties in Texas, initially collaborated with Sam Houston State University to offer those educational opportunities, and later expanded the program to two other Texas universities.

“The end result has been a win-win,” said Rick Hartley, Executive Director of the 100 Club. “If an officer becomes management or part of leadership, they are better stewards of taxpayer money and they have better-run agencies.”

The 100 Club offers a limited number of full scholarship in criminal justice annually -- both undergraduate and graduate -- to law enforcement officers serving in state, county or municipal department in Angelina, Austin, Brazoria, Brazos, Burleson, Chambers, Colorado, Fayette, Fort Bend, Galveston, Grimes, Harris, Liberty, Madison, Montgomery, San Jacinto, Walker, Waller and Washington counties. The candidates apply and are accepted after meeting the eligibility requirements at each college.

“I think it has had a positive impact,” said Hartley. “Many of these graduates have gone up into full management position and have had a pretty strong impact on their agencies.”
In addition, like many other professionals, management position in law enforcement require advanced degrees. “It provides a ticket to move up,” Hartley said.

The 100 Club also offers endowed scholarships to more than a dozen outstanding criminal justice students at the college annually who are planning to join the field. Those scholarships were created to honor past chairmen of the organization.

Montalvo said the weekend master’s program at SHSU helped her in so many ways.

“It was a good program that exposed me to other law enforcement individuals from across the state,” she said. “It has very comprehensive classes that help me understand policies not only at the local level, but nationally. Also, the statistics classes helped me write proposals, and it upped my game and prepared me for the things I would do down the road.”

Montalvo also built valuable friendships.
“We had a lot of chiefs from other police departments,” said Montalvo. “There was a lot of discussion of issues, but I also learned a lot from just listening.”

Originally from Chicago, Buenik chose Houston because it was a growing department with lots of opportunities for advancement. As a father of two young girls in 1990, the 100 Club helped him to get back into graduate school just as he began studying for his Captain’s promotional exam.

“I think studying and going back to school helped me get good study skills and helped with the Captain’s exam,” said Buenik. “It helped me to understand the concepts and was an advantage for promotions in my career. I learned leadership and management skills as well as statistics and budget, which help me as a manager.”

In September, Buenik was promoted to Executive Assistant Chief in charge of Strategic Operations, including Airports, Special Operations, Air Support, Criminal Intelligence, the Tactical Units for SWAT, Bombs and Hostage Negotiations, Professional Development, Recruiting and Employee and Staff Services.

Under his command is Assistant Chief M.D. Slinkard, who handles the Homeland Security component. Slinkard received his bachelor’s degree at Sam Houston State University and knew the importance of education in the law enforcement field. Through the 100 Club, he too enrolled in the master’s weekend program.

“It was a great opportunity,” said Slinkard. “I was able to make the commute on weekends and the school and the 100 Club made it possible to accomplish it.”

“While the bachelor’s program gave me the basics to operate as a police officer on the streets, it didn’t allow us to step back and look at the history of policing or to think about the future of planning on how to better manage police resources,” Slinkard said. “It provided the proper amount of policy and theory and challenged you to think a little differently.”

Celebrating 50 Years of Service: Advancing Forensic Study at STAFS

STAFS

by Romney Thomas

The Southeast Texas Applied Forensic Science Facility is one of the only body farms in the U.S.

The concept of forensic science and forensic anthropology has been fascinating since shows like “CSI,” “NCIS” and “Bones” hit the airwaves more than a decade ago. Part of the appeal of these programs is found in the adrenaline-pinching crunch of solving a case and catching a criminal using advanced scientific techniques.

SHSU Offers First Multi-Disciplinary Ph.D. Program Forensic Science

Ph.D. Degree

Sam Houston launches the first multi-disciplinary Ph.D. degree in forensic science.
Sam Houston State University launched the nation’s first interdisciplinary doctoral degree in forensic science to meet the growing needs of public and private crime labs and to train faculty for higher education programs in the expanding field.

Juvenile Gang Members Top One Million in U.S., New Study Finds

There are over one million juvenile gang members in the U.S., more than three times the number estimated by law enforcement, according to a recent study.

Celebrating 50 Years of Service: Dean Strecher Ushers in College of Criminal Justice

Upon his appointment in 1978, Dean Victor Strecher persuaded SHSU’s administration to elevate Criminal Justice to become the institution’s seventh college.

Celebrating 50 Years of Service: Changing Criminal Justice Around the World

Across the globe, international graduates from the College of Criminal Justice are making a difference in policing and academia in their native countries.

Celebrating 50 Years of Service: The Legacy of Dean Charles Friel

Dr. Charles Friel during his time as Dean of the College of Criminal Justice.
Dr. Charles Friel during his time as Dean of the College of Criminal Justice.

Dr. Charles M. Friel took over as Dean and Director from 1986-1991 during one of the worst budget crises in Texas, but he found new and innovative ways to keep the College growing and prospering.

National Organization of Hispanics in Criminal Justice

Wed, Feb. 11, 2015
6:30pm - 7:45pm
Lowman Student Center, Room 315

Helping Juveniles at the Crossroads of Texas

After nearly 30 years of serving adult and juvenile probationers across the state, Alumna Pama Hencerling recently was presented the Amador R. Rodriguez Lifetime Achievement Award from the Juvenile Justice Association of Texas (JJAT).

Beto Chair Lecture: Dr. James Forest


Beto Chair Lecture Series
Fri, Feb 6, 2015
9:30 - 11:00 A.M.
Hazel B. Kerper Courtroom


Dr. James Forest
Dr. James Forest, an expert on terrorism and national security, will present "Apocalypse Not: The Limited Threat of Terrorism with Weapons of Mass Destruction" at the first Beto Chair Lecture of the Spring.

Dr. Forest, a Professor and Director of the Security Studies Program at the University of Massachusetts Lowell, serves as Director of the Center of Terrorism and Security Studies and is a Senior Fellow with the Joint Operations University, where he conducts research on emerging terrorist threats, insurgencies, transnational criminal networks, and U.S. Special Forces training.

National Organization of Hispanics in Criminal Justice

Wed, Feb 4, 2015
6:30pm - 7:45pm
Lowman Student Center, Room 315

LIFE Expands Across State Lines at LEMIT


In November 2014, 23 female officers, representing 16 law enforcement agencies across the state of Arizona, attended the first Leadership Inventory for Female Executives (LIFE) class held outside the state of Texas.

Dr. King Appointed to IACP Policy Board

Dr. William King, Associate Dean of Research and Program Development at the College of Criminal Justice, was recently appointed to the International Association of Chiefs of Police (IACP) National Law Enforcement Policy Center (NLEPC), Advisory Board. The board helps develop model policies and procedures for law enforcement agencies.

“I am honored to serve the IACP and the law enforcement community by serving on the Policy Center’s Advisory Board,” said Dr. King. “This appointment reflects the influence of the College of Criminal Justice in justice issues at the national level, and I am looking forward to contributing to IACP’s mission.”

Dr. William King conducted a study of the NIBIN system for the National Institute of Justice. The College, one of the oldest and largest criminal justice programs in the country, has been at the forefront of research on issues in the field. As Associate Dean, Dr. King oversees projects on such key issues as eyewitness identification, sexual assault investigations, ballistics evidence, gangs, crime victim issues, toxicology and DNA studies, to name a few.

“Dr. King’s contributions to the board are directly aligned with the contributions the College of Criminal Justice at SHSU hopes to make to the field,” said Interim Dean and Director Phillip Lyons. “Good policy and best practice are informed by sound research and Dr. King is very much on top of it.”

The College also conducts research for the Bill Blackwood Law Enforcement Management Institute of Texas (LEMIT), a premiere professional development program in management and leadership for law enforcement professionals in Texas.

“Having Dr. Bill King appointed to such an important IACP advisory committee, such as the National Law Enforcement Policy Center (NLEPC), is a testament to his expertise on law enforcement related issues,” said Dr. Rita Watkins, Executive Director of LEMIT. “Dr. King has researched and submitted key results in a manner that is instrumental in helping police agencies in Texas and across this county establish and implement sound policies and procedures. Ongoing research in the law enforcement field helps agencies identify best practices and Bill King is committed to getting timely research out to the field and in the hands of practitioners who face those issues daily.”

As an arm of the International Association of Chiefs of Police, the 11-member NLEPC board oversees the development and update of model policies for day-to-day operations and administrative procedures in law enforcement agencies. Since 1987, the board has produced more than 125 white papers on key issues in criminal justice, most recently on the use of body worn cameras by police officers.

“The intent is to put together model policies and procedures to help provide the best practices in administrative and operational areas,” said Philip Lynn, Manager of the NLEPC. “Each one comes with a research paper that reflects legally sound policy and contemporary and best practices, particularly for medium and small-sized cities. These are not standards, but rather recommendations.”

The board, which includes representatives from police leadership, accrediting agencies and academia from across the country, are expected to examine policy revisions on missing children, patrol dogs, personal appearance and standards of conduct at upcoming sessions. These revisions are generally reviewed if the policies are outdated or if there have been changes to the law.

The model policies are currently contained in seven volumes and cover the gamut of day-to-day operational issues of departments. Among some of the most recent issues discussed are:

  • Excited Delirium
  • Recording Police Activities
  • Interviewing and Interrogating Juveniles
  • Critical Incident Stress Management
  • Special Weapons and Tactics
  • Retaliatory Conduct by Employees
  • Missing Persons with Alzheimer’s
  • Social Media
  • License Plate Readers
  • Stalking/
  • Pregnancy
  • Personal Relationships in the Workplace


Giving the Gift of Security


Students from Sam Houston State University, College of Criminal Justice, Department of Security Studies, presented New Danville, a community for individuals with intellectual and developmental disabilities, with the gift of security in December 2014.

National Organization of Hispanics in Criminal Justice

Wed, Jan 28, 2015
6:30pm - 7:45pm
Lowman Student Center, Room 315

Liberty & Security Lecture Series: Radley Balko on "Militarization of Police Forces"

Statue of Liberty on a patriotic background

Tues, January 27, 2015
11:00am - 12:30pm
Hazel B. Kerper Courtroom

Society of Forensic Science Meeting

Society of Forensic Science logo

Tue, Jan 27, 2015
5:30 PM
Chemistry and Forensic Science Building
Room 103

Welcome back to a new semester and new events! Be prepared for a group activity and more!
As usual, pizza and drinks will be provided. But again, we do ask that you please pay your dues this semester, as the funds collected from dues pays for pizza and drinks for each meeting.

Sam Houston State Studies Civilians in Policing


In the wake of the financial crisis of 2008, many police agencies across the country began looking at effective ways to cut costs and maintain services in their departments.

Phi Alpha Delta Informational Meeting

Phi Alpha Delta logo

Mon, Jan 26, 2015
5 p.m.
Lowman Student Center Room 307

Welcome back for the spring semester! We are excited to see that you have taken an interest in our organization! The purpose of Phi Alpha Delta Pre-Law Fraternity is to help you decide whether or not law school is the direction you want pursue after you graduate.


To kick off this semester we would love to have you join us at our first couple of meetings that will take place within the next few weeks. We will provide you with everything you need to know about us at this meeting and help you decide if this organization is right for you. Mark your calendars and we hope to see you there!

Brown Bag: How to Work With Faculty with Dr. Bill Wells

Brown page lunch with yellow sticker that says Learn.

Thu, Jan 22, 2015
3:30 - 4:30 P.M.
Bates Room, Criminal Justice Center

Working with a faculty member is something that all graduate students will experience at some point during their time at SHSU. However, we quickly learn that not all faculty members have the same working style as other faculty or as the students assigned to them. Dr. Wells will be discussing how to work with a diverse set of faculty and how to adapt to their methods, even if they are vastly different from your own. Dr. Wells has worked with a variety of graduate students during his time at SHSU with tasks ranging from independent research, to acting as teaching assistants, to engaging in data collection during grant and research projects. His insight will be helpful to even the most veteran of graduate students.

Presented by the College of Criminal Justice and the Criminal Justice Graduate Student Organization.

National Organization of Hispanics in Criminal Justice Meeting

Wed, Jan 21, 2015
6:30pm - 7:45pm
Lowman Student Center, Room 315

Alpha Phi Sigma Meeting

Alpha Phi Sigma logo

Wed, Jan 21, 2015
5:30 p.m.
Criminal Justice Center, CJava Cafe

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

Lambda Alpha Epsilon Informational Meetings

Lambda Alpha Epsilon logo

Tue, Jan 20 -- Tue, Jan 27, 2015
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:

  • Jan 20, 3:00pm and 6:00pm
  • Wed, Jan 21, 3:00pm and 7:00pm
  • Thu, Jan 22, 4:00pm
  • Fri, Jan 23, 3:00pm and 7:00pm
  • Mon, Jan 26, 3:00pm and 7:00pm
  • Tue, Jan 27, 3:00pm

National Organization of Hispanics in Criminal Justice Meeting

Wed, Jan 21, 2015
6:30pm - 7:45pm
Lowman Student Center, Room 315

Intern Tracks Death Penalty Case as Private Investigator


Intern Marcus Ussery worked in a private investigator's office.
Intern Marcus Ussery worked in a private investigator's office.
Marcus Ussery, a McNair Scholar at Sam Houston State University (SHSU), stepped into the intriguing world of a private investigator, walking right into a capital murder case 0n his first day on the job.

Celebrating 50 Years: A Treasure Trove of Criminal Justice History at SHSU

Felicia Williamson, head of SHSU Special Collections, reads from a historic journal collecting signatures against the death penalty.
Felicia Williamson, head of SHSU Special Collections, reads from a historic journal collecting signatures against the death penalty.

In the regal Thomason Room on the fourth floor of the Newton Gresham Library is one of the largest collections of criminal justice history in Texas.

Rangel Appointed to Texas Board of Pardons and Paroles


Fred Rangel, member of the Texas Board of Pardons and Parole.
Fred Rangel, an alumnus and former Project Coordinator for the Correctional Management Institute of Texas (CMIT), was recently appointed by Gov. Rick Perry as a board member for the Texas Board of Pardons and Paroles.

Career Counselor Available at the College


Career Counselor Michelle HaynesMichelle Haynes recently joined the College of Criminal Justice to provide career counseling for students in the criminal justice field.

Stalking Risk among College Students

A man's eye peeking through a keyhole.

According to a study by the Crime Victims’ Institute at Sam Houston State University, college students are at higher risk for stalking than the general public, but are less likely to report the crime to police.

Intern Serves as U.S. Liaison to United Nations in Vienna

Intern Stephany Cornejo served at the U.S. Mission to International Organization in Vienna.
Intern Stephany Cornejo served at the U.S. Mission to International Organization in Vienna.
For first generation college student Stefany Cornejo, her internship turned out to be even bigger and better than her dreams.
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