The Tradition


submitted by: Chastitie Anderson, National Association of Criminal Justice

Members of the SHSU Chapter, National Association of Criminal Justice (NACJ), attended the 40th Annual conference. Two SHSU chapter members were recognized during the event. Although many other students from all over the nation applied for the Bennett Cooper scholarship, it was SHSU chapter member, Orlando Gray, who received the award.  Another member won a free trip to Washington, DC to celebrate the 50th anniversary of Martin Luther King.

Workshops during the conference offered information concerning how to prevent unacceptable or misbehavior in correctional facilities, what cyber bullying can do to the youth, drug use and prevention, or ethics classes.  Participants received credit hours for every workshop they attended.  Breaks between workshops provided a great opportunity to network with professionals. Participants also had an opportunity to meet with Charles Lockette, a federal prison warden from Florida.  He gave participants advice and shared the story of his journey.  He also collected participant resumes and asked, “How many are willing to take the opportunity to work for a federal agency in Florida?”

During the national board meeting, student and city chapter members were given the opportunity to speak about things they’ve done at their particular schools.  Sam Houston chapter members were anxious to convey what their chapter has done at Sam Houston State University, such as, conducting a mini conference for the criminal justice students on campus, setting up educational programs, and fundraising events.   

Other events held during the conference were luncheons and banquets to recognize and acknowledge everyone’s hard work and dedication, inspirational speakers such as Jeff Johnson, and various occasions to mingle with members and get to know them.

The Sam Houston NACJ was proud to represent Sam Houston State University at this conference.  Members felt more confident about their futures and with many new opportunities. Recent graduates received job offers; and everyone met new friends and mentors. Back

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