Join the Friends of CJ

The College of Criminal Justice at Sam Houston State University has held a strong reputation in the criminal justice field. Because of our prominence, we have gained a strong alumni network, who serve as leaders in the criminal justice sector. Through the support of our donors, we have consistently held our position as one of the best criminal justice colleges in the nation. Impact the future of criminal justice by joining the Friends of CJ!

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A Message from Dean Lyons

It’s All Thanks to You

Our donor’s generous contributions have tremendously helped us improve the quality of education and research that directly impacts the future of criminal justice. With the support of our Friends of CJ, we are able to foster alumni ties, develop internship opportunities, and provide professional networking. Through our scholarship program, we are able to award over 100 CJ students with a scholarship!

For over 50 years we have dedicated our resources to provide opportunities to students seeking a career in the criminal justice field. Our donors make this possible through their continued support of our endeavors. We appreciate all that you have done for our college in an effort to maintain our high-quality standards of criminal justice education and research.

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Membership Benefits

Your generous (and tax-deductible) contribution will support the mission of SHSU and the Criminal Justice Center in the following manner.

  1. Profoundly improving the quality of justice through education and research.
  2. Fostering close ties and maintaining communications between the College of Criminal Justice, its supportive alumni, former students, and loyal friends.
  3. Promoting invaluable internship opportunities for students dedicated to the study of criminal justice.
  4. Supporting professional networking.
  5. Supporting CJ Alumni events such as the tailgates, the gala, and conferences.

Your kind donations will be acknowledged on our Donor's List (above) and you can join our Honorary Wall of Friends of CJ with a donation of $500. Join the Friends of CJ today.

  • $50 Star
  • $100 Centurion
  • $250 Silver Star
  • $500 Gold Star
  • $1,000 Dean's Circle

Join the Friends of CJ

For further information about the Friends of CJ, contact:


Jackie Chavarria

Alumni Development Specialist
CJC A-214