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The development of criminal justice education in the United States and the rise to international prominence of the criminal justice program at Sam Houston State University are the subjects of a new book written by SHSU history and criminal justice professor Mitchell Roth.

"Fulfilling a Mandate: A History of the Criminal Justice Center at Sam Houston State University," examines the evolution of the criminal justice discipline from police science, sociology, and psychology roots going back almost a hundred years.

Roth used interviews, newspaper clippings, and unpublished manuscripts to follow the growth of the SHSU program from its creation almost 35 years ago by a House resolution of the Texas Legislature.

The book details how SHSU officials recruited George Killinger to head the program. It describes the program's growth in staff and facilities, from the small Woods Building to its present impressive inmate-built quarters in the George J. Beto Criminal Justice Center.

Topics include the work of leaders like Beto, early programs like the interagency workshops, speakers from criminal justice pioneers to criminals (G. Gordon Liddy), and trials held in the Kerper Courtroom.

Published in hard cover by the Sam Houston Press, the 125-page book is available from the Criminal Justice Center for $22.50, which includes shipping. Call 409-294-1706 for information.


Thirteen Sam Houston State University students were treated to a tour of a part of the King Ranch that few other visitors see, and a briefing by Stephen J. Kleberg, a descendent of the King Ranch founder and the ranch's current manager.

Kleberg discussed the ranch's wildlife and conservation activities. Michael Rhyne, who is in charge of the ranch's ag-business operation, discussed ranch record-keeping and daily operations.

Other speakers included department managers of the breeding cattle/genetics program and the stock cattle program. The group was also treated to lunch and given a tour of the 15,000-head feedlot.

The tour was arranged by agriculture faculty member Roger Hanagriff. Students who participated included Mary Kay Ball, Kim Borders, Rick Bowles, Ron Crisp, Shelby Gudgell, Jason Hammons, Shelby Holcomb, Lance Langley, Chad Lenz, Jennifer Mock, Jodie Smith, Rob Walters and Ken Woodley.


A Sam Houston State University graduate student in Criminal Justice has been selected to serve a one-semester internship this spring with the FBI's Child Abduction and Serial Killer Unit in Virginia.

Sheri Erickson is the first SHSU student to be selected for such an internship, said James Barrum, internship coordinator for the College of Criminal Justice.

Erickson, who earned her bachelor's degree in psychology from Texas A&M, said that she is interested in working for the FBI after she completes her graduate education, possibly in the child abduction and serial killer area.

"Doing the internship in this unit will give me the exposure to make sure that's where I want to work," she said. "It should also provide contacts, and let them see my work."

Erickson, who lives in Spring, will work in Virginia from January to May. She said she hopes that her success in obtaining the internship will inspire other SHSU students to seek such national opportunities.


Registration is under way for 11 courses offered by the SHSU Office of Continuing Education, with some beginning as early as Jan. 6.

The courses and their dates are: Phlebotomy (Jan. 6 - April 30); Medical Terminology I (Jan. 6 - 29); Nurse Aide Training (Jan. 12 - March 26); Spanish II (Jan. 20 - March 10); Introduction to Computers (Jan. 26 - Feb. 18); Paralegal Certification (Jan. 24 - March 8); EMT-Basic (Feb. 18 - July 13); CPR (March 9 and 11); and Medication Aide Training (April 13 - Aug. 31).

Courses in Genealogy and Sign Language are also being formed. For more information call 409-294-3701.


Faculty, staff, students and friends of Sam Houston State University are invited to an open house from 1-4 p.m. Wednesday (Dec. 17) at the University Advancement Building.

The renovated building, which once housed the Kampus Korner bookstore and other businesses, is now home to the offices of University Advancement and Public Relations.

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Dec 14, 1997

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