1 CRIME AND JUSTICE STUDIES PROGRAM From DR. MICHAEL NORRIS, INTERIM PROGRAM DIRECTOR I knew that I had a hard act to follow, standing in for our esteemed director Tracey Steele while she s on professional development leave, and I ll just say that I ve been very busy. The high point of my semester was being invited by the Turkish National Police to present a paper on Greene County delinquency prevention in November at an international symposium in Antalya, Turkey (see photo below). Since I ve done a lot of grad checks for spring, I d like to impart some wisdom to advisees who ll be coming to see me for grad checks during the first two weeks of spring First, the internship is a requirement in the CJS Core and you don t get it waived because you forgot to apply or are ineligible. You should apply online -arts.wright.edu/crime-and-justice-studies/careers/internships when you have junior status, after which you ll get an appointment with Jim Adamitis (Dr. A.), who is doing a fantastic job of finding optimal pairings of interns with agencies. Internships are your best ticket to jobs in today s highly competitive market. If you want a waiver for work experience, it has to be in criminal justice and you must take an extra Advanced CJS Elective to make up the three hours credit. Ineligible students (GPA below 2.3, felony record or positive drug test) must meet with the Program Director. At an ACJS conference a few years ago I heard the story of a young graduate of the prestigious John Jay College of Criminal Justice with a 4.0 GPA who was unemployable because of a marijuana conviction. Yes, there are convict criminologists who have actually served time, but they are rare and all have PhDs. The latest problem relayed by Dr. A. is students mooching stimulants like Adderall and Ritalin from classmates with ADD/HD. If these stimulants are found in your system when you apply for an internship or employment and you have no prescription, you ll not only be rejected but may possibly face criminal charges. The second point I want to make is that higher education is not only changing but changing at an accelerated rate. The latest thinking about advising is that it, too, is a form of learning. As a junior or senior you shouldn t be calling your advisor and asking, What do I take? You should make sure your CJS Check Sheet corresponds with your DARS. For alumni who are reading my comments, I hope you find these recent developments in higher education interesting. We are certainly interested in hearing from you see alumni comments on page 13 and printing your valuable advice for current students. In closing, I wish all WSU alumni, recent graduates, colleagues, advisees and students a happy and productive Look Inside: Osman Dolu, Michael Norris, Sener Uludag 3 Agency Spotlight 6 Summer Courses 8 Dean s List 9 Graduates 13 Alumni Updates
2 Page 2 CRIME AND JUSTICE STUDIES PROGRAM CHECK OUT OUR NEW WEB PAGE Important Dates in 2014 March 3 7 Spring break May 3 Spring Commencement May 12 June 20 Summer A June 23 Aug 1 Summer B May 12 Aug 1 Summer C Aug 25 Dec 6 Fall 2014 Semester Dec 13 Fall Commencement Alpha Phi Sigma National Honor Society Recruiting new members now! Alpha Phi Sigma is affiliated with the Academy of Criminal Justice Sciences. Wright State University s Chapter Iota Iota will be accepting applications for new membership until Feb 28, CJS students must have a 3.2 overall GPA and at least 36 hours towards their degree. Applications must be typed and submitted along with a $50 money order (one-time fee) to Dr. Lahm, 267 Millett Hall, or Mary Zurawka, 270 Millett Hall. Find applications:
3 Page 3 CRIME AND JUSTICE STUDIES PROGRAM AGENCY SPOTLIGHT MONTGOMERY COUNTY JUVENILE COURT Resource Planning Wright State University s Crime and Justice Studies (CJS) Program, in partnership with the Montgomery County Juvenile Court, places student interns in the real world functions of juvenile justice. The Court s mission is to provide individualized justice for the youth of Montgomery County and protect the community, carefully balancing the interests of both. Shannon M. Jones is the Resource Planning Manager for the Probation Services Department. She holds a Master of Criminal Justice degree with a specialization in Forensic Psychology. Shannon is a licensed Chemical Dependency Counselor (LCDCIII) and is a member of the Montgomery County Alcohol and Drug Abuse Task Force and the Montgomery County Drug Free Coalition. In her current position, Shannon ensures that the services provided by the Juvenile Court are both effective and cost efficient. Ms. Jones directly supervises the Drug Court and Placement Units within probation. Additionally, she oversees the professional development of probation staff and student interns. WSU interns are assigned to probation staff, allowing them to gain hands-on experience by actively taking part in a probation officer s daily duties, including office/home/school visits, conducting urinalysis, attending court hearings and progress report writing. In 2013, eight WSU student interns were able to complete their internship requirement through the Montgomery County Probation Services Department. To find out more about the Montgomery County Juvenile Court and the Probation Department, visit If you have interest in volunteering opportunities, you can contact Shannon Jones by ing
4 Page 4 WSU Professor on Dr. Phil Show One of our very own adjunct professors, Mary Leal, appeared on the Dr. Phil Show which aired in September 11, She served as the law enforcement expert having researched internet scams revolving around online dating, love and romance, now known as catfishing. Details on the topic can be found at An earlier taping on the CBS early show, which aired November 18, 2008, also discussed the beginning research. This can be found on YouTube CBS Early Show Romance Scams. Commenting about the personal LA experience, Mary stated she will never forget the lavish celebrity-style treatment she received. Dr. Phil was quite the host and Mary commented: He was totally professional and very likeable. Every transportation need was met by a limousine and all meals and needs were completely taken care of. The staff at The Roosevelt hotel, which was the first hotel where the academy awards were held, bent over backwards the minute you mentioned that you were with The Dr. Phil show. I had the opportunity to meet many celebrities, however, the most unique experience was seeing the behind-the scenes prep and execution for the show. I had the fortunate experience of having my hair and make-up done professionally and notably by people from Kettering, Ohio. The private investigator seated next to me is a former Sandusky police officer and now a private investigator in Modesto, CA. As I returned from Hollywood, the following week during the first class of Cyber Crime, it was a pleasure to give a first-hand experience to the class of how cyber crimes happen and the impact they have. Although my Hollywood experience was one in a million, my pleasure is still teaching at Wright State University.
5 Page 5 Crime and Justice Studies Program Faculty Advisors Last Name Advisor Office Phone (937) (A-E) Dr. Enamul Choudhury 207 Millett Hall (F-L) Dr. Sean Wilson 306 Millett Hall (M-R) Dr. Michael Norris 260 Millett Hall (S-Z) Dr. Jack Dustin 223 Millett Hall CJS Advisor ( ) Carin Benning 288 Millett Hall COLA CJSAdvisor Dr. Forest Wortham 120 Millett Hall Fax # (937) General Information, call (937) Open Advising with CARIN BENNING For the academic year , Carin Benning is advising for CJS. Carin completed both her undergrad and graduate degrees at Wright State University. She is a WSU adjunct professor, teaching SOC 3700-Criminology, SOC Research Methods, and SOC 4090-Moments of Terror in Schools. In addition, she is an adjunct professor at Edison and Sinclair community colleges. If you have questions about your DARS, course planning or general core questions, Carin is the one to see. She can be reached through
6 Page 6 Summer CJS courses A term: May 12-June 20 B term: June 23-Aug 1 C term: May 12 Aug 1 Course # Course Name Rqmt Areas Instructor Day/Time PLS 3400-B01 Law and Society Foundation Area 3 Fitzgerald MTWR 1:30-3:10 PLS 4420 Criminal Justice System CORE Discipline Overview Feldmeier Mon/Wed 8-11:25 OR Foundation Area 2 PSY 2100 Psychology of Men & Women Foundation Area 4 CHECK PSY 2520 Forensic Psychology Foundation Area 2 PSY 2810 Psychology of Incarceration Foundation Area 1 PSY 3110 Abnormal Psychology Foundation Area 1 PSY 3510 Social Psychology Advanced Elective SOC 3000-C01 Internship CORE: Internship Pre-plan with Adamitis WINGS EXPRESS FOR UPDATES SOC 3220-A01 Juvenile Delinquency Foundation Area 1 Small MTWR 9:50-11:30 SOC 3410-B01 (IW) Intro to Research Methods CORE: Advanced Research Methods Lahm MTWR 8-9:40 SOC 3610-A01 Sociology of Gender Foundation Area 4 Weinzimmer MTWR 9:50-11:30 SOC 3620-B01 Race & Ethnicity Foundation Area 4 Kim MTWR 9:50-11:30 SOC 4600 B01 (IW) Sociology of Sexuality Foundation Area 4 Steele MTWR 11:40-1:20 URS A, B, C Urban Internship CORE: Internship Dustin TBD TBA
7 Page 7 COURSE HIGHLIGHTS SOC 3230 Penology/Lahm (right) SOC 3220 Juvenile Delinquency/Adamitis (Speakers from Greene County Juvenile Court, below) PLS 3410 Criminal Investigations/Leal (Mock crime scene, bottom two) Photos by C. Suttle, and M. Paul
8 Page 8 DEAN S LIST Summer 2012 Charonne Blakey Ashley Childers Katherine Dewitt Glenna Dorsak Ross Ferree James Gallagher Marie Karigirwa Andrew Leifheit Christina Silvati Kyle Stone Miles Weigandt Fall 2012 Mohammed Azzam Melanie Bearsby Kyle Bennett Daniel Bolton Zachary Brittingham Richard Buehl Erin Burgher Matthew Burian Denver Burkhart Pamela Deeds Dominic Dimuccio Glenna Dorsak Brian Easley Ryan Edwards Ross Ferree Robert Ford Brandon Graves Diane Gray Heather Gray Janine Guinaugh Cody Hartings Jacob Hudgel Dana Katai Ryan Linnell Marcus Loel Samuel Marshall Katelyn McMillion Zachary Meyers Ashley Miller Casey Morgan Adam Niederkohr Aerial Nies Ashley Osborne Justin Overman Kevin Pitts Thomas Potter Kacie Rapshus James Reynolds Brandee Riley Jocelyn Roberts Paige Rogalinski Christina Silvati Cody Simon Matthew Sowder Erin Uppenkamp Douglas Wagner Miles Weigandt Ashley Welliford Caitlin Wenger Jessica Williams SPRING 2013 Shames Alkaabi Christina Beanblossom Daniel Bolton Madison Brock Richard Buehl Erin Burgher Matthew Burian Joshua DeHart Dominic Dimuccio Brian Easley Ryan Edwards Ross Ferree Heather Gray Brandon Graves Samantha Griffiths Shaun Gunter Cody Hartings Ryan Hills Aaron Jenkins Jennifer Jones Kira Jones Jessica Lasley Ryan Linnell Marcus Loel Angele McCarthy Christa Milefchik Tasha Nguyen Aerial Neis Adam Niederkohr Ashley Osborne Justin Overman Kacie Rapshus Jocelyn Roberts Tony Sealey Cody Simon Matthew Sowder Charles Tiggs Jason Wallace Douglas Wagner Justin Walters Miles Weigandt Caitlin Wenger Michael Weikert NyEsha Williams Dean s List Criteria To be named to the list, students must have at least a 3.5 GPA for the semester; have completed for the semester at least 12 hours of credit for courses in which they have received grades of A, B, or C; and cannot have received a grade of F, X, D, I, U, T, M, or N. The categories for the Dean's List are: a cumulative GPA of at least 3.5, honors; a cumulative GPA of at least 3.7, high honors; cumulative GPA of at least 3.9, highest honors.
9 Page 9 GRADUATES August 2012 April 2013 Jesse Anderson Matthew Ballman Scott Banner Charonne Blakey Samuel Bond Brittany Brickman Zachary Brittingham Zachary Bryan Colin Bryant Johnathan Calhoun Megan Carroll Garry Colson Sean Cramer Katherine DeWitt Marcus Dixon Glenna Dorsak Matthew Ehrhart Jennifer Everhart Ross Ferree Emilie Fillion Denver Furkhart James Gallagher Samantha Griffiths Janine Guinaugh Joseph Hannan Stephen Hoag Bryce Hodges Cory Hoffer Lakeshia Horton Marie Karigirwa Dana Katai Lewis Kerns Bradley Kreusch Abby Kuras Jordan Lear Marcus Loel Samuel Marshall Dylan McElfresh Katelyn McMillion Brittany Merriman Ashley Miller Aric Morgan Erica Neace Tasha Nguyen Billy Picklesimon Thomas Potter Matthew Prickett Molique Reese Scott Reynolds Alex Richardson Jarred Ruhlman Jessica Sanders Nicholas Schlehuber Dylan Schober Alexander Stamper Derek Swiger Tiffany Thomas Christopher Todd Nicholas Uhlenhake Elizabeth Walraven Nicholas Watkins Miles Weigandt Ashley Welliford Kristen Wlazlo Kory Yohey Welcome to the rank of Wright State Alumni!
10 Page 10 WSU Forensic Science Society The Forensic Science Society (FSS) will have another activity-filled year. They meet on Thursdays at 5:15pm. Please contact the club president, Jenna Kolb, for location and details of exciting events planned. This academic-based organization is looking for students who have the desire to learn more about how forensics and participate in investigation workshops. Contact Jenna, Photos from the November 2013 FSS fingerprint workshop.
11 Page 11 Nic Watkins and Dr. Norris, Interim Program Director THE GEM AWARDS VOLUNTEER RECOGNITION Students volunteering in the community are recognized through this annual CJS award. The recipients were Nicholas Watkins and Lakeshia Horton. Find out more at our web site. community-service#tab=award-levels YELLOW SAPPHIRE AWARD EMERALD AWARD YELLOW TOPAZ AWARD PERIDOT AWARD 200 hours of community service 175 hours of community service 150 hours of community service 125 hours of community service
12 Page OUTSTANDING SENIOR EMILIE FILLION Dr. Steele, CJS Program Director, Emilie Fillion, College of Liberal Arts Dean Sobolik 2013 OUTSTANDING ALUMNA IESHA GRAY Iesha Gray and Dr. Norris, Interim CJS Program Director
13 Page 13 ALUMNI NEWS Benjamin Ball, 11, is part of the Assurant Inc. team, working as a Security Guard 1 in their Springfield office. Andrew Bustle 12, works as a USIS investigator in Los Angeles and will be getting married in June. Advice to students: Complete as many internships as possible and don t be too picky when finding a job. There are many jobs that can fall under criminal justice. Adam Cunigan, 11, was hired by Speedway LLC working for the Speedway Alarm Center. During his spare time, he operates two non-profit martial arts schools. He and his wife are the proud parents of Luke and are expecting their second son in March. Sam Marshall, 13, started a police officer position in December at George Washington University, Washington, D.C. Michelle Hudnell, 10, attended Greene County Career Center s OPOTA course which helped her land a job in 2011 with Trotwood Police Department. In addition, Officer Hudnell completed the Miami Valley Regional Crime Lab Evidence Training Technician course. Because the OPOTA certificate only lasts two years, applying early to jobs is important in order to avoid the certificate expiring before you are hired. Advice to students: Take as many law courses and amendment rights courses as you can and take your writing assignments seriously. You can t enforce the law if you can t read and understand the law. Matthew Pack, 10, is a youth counselor with the Montgomery County Juvenile court and spends his free time with his wife and one-year-old daughter. Advice to students: Work hard at your internship and show your marketability and skills, volunteer extra time, do some handshaking and meet new people because these connections will help in finding a job. John Vinskey, 08, credits his WSU degree for his being hired in 2009 by the City of Fairfield as a police officer. He is married with three children. Advice to students: Keep up with school and grades and stay out of trouble. There is a lot of competition and a degree gives people a big edge over other candidates.
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