Alumni Update

Here is the latest news on alumni from the College of Criminal Justice and the George J. Beto Criminal Justice Center.

Study Examines Victim Cooperation in Cases of Intimate Partner Sexual Assault



Sexual assault incidents that involve intimate partners feature unique factors that affect a victim’s willingness to cooperate with police, including the relationship between the suspect and victim and law enforcement practices in investigating these crimes, according to a recent study.

College Awards Degrees to 300 in December

About 300 students graduated from the College of Criminal Justice in December, earning bachelor, master, and Ph.D. degrees in criminal justice, victim studies, and homeland security studies.

Dr. Tasca Earns Prestigious National Institute of Justice Award

NIJ Fellowship

Dr. Melinda Tasca received the W.E.B. Fellowship to study the use of restrictive housing in corrections.

Dr. Melinda Tasca received the prestigious W.E.B. Du Bois Fellowship from the National Institute of Justice to investigate racial, ethnic, and gender disparities in the use of restrictive housing in correctional facilities.

Dr. Buzzini Pinpoints Investigative Tool for Counterfeit Bills

Counterfeit Research

Dr. Patrick Buzzini is working with the Secret Service to develop a new investigative tool to trace counterfeit bills.

Dr. Patrick Buzzini of the Department of Forensic Science received a National Institute of Justice grant to develop chemical signatures for counterfeit currency or questioned documents produced with inkjet printers that can help lead investigator back to the source. Dr. Buzzini is collaborating with the U.S. Secret Service on the project.

Weekends are Designed for Learning Leadership in CJ College

Weekend Program

Law enforcement professionals can advance their careers with a weekend master’s program.

In the Dean’s Suite at the College of Criminal Justice is a plaque bearing a motto from noted leadership author James Maxwell, “A leader who produces other leaders multiplies the effect.” It is a gift from the latest graduating class of the master of Criminal Justice Leadership and Management weekend program.

Alumna Finds Niche at Child Protective Services

Victim Services

Alumna Melissa Brod found her niche in helping abused children find safe homes.

Melissa Brod (’92) originally wanted to be a probation officer after graduating from Sam Houston State University, but she discovered a more rewarding way to practice criminal justice.

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