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Anniversary Celebration To Include Four Public Events

March 18, 2015
SHSU Media Contact: Beth Kuhles

This year, the College of Criminal Justice at Sam Houston State University celebrates 50 years of service and will host a number of events in recognition of that achievement.

CJ 50th anniversary logoTwo public activities will kick off the celebration on April 23, including the Sundial Ceremony, an annual event that honors criminal justice alumni who lost their lives in the line of duty, at 1:30 p.m. at the flagpole outside the Criminal Justice Center, and an Honors Convocation, during which scholarships will be presented to criminal justice students, at 7 p.m. in the Hazel B. Kerper Courtroom.

On Friday, the college will offer a series of panel discussions featuring past Beto Chair speakers and current faculty with the “Building a Criminal Justice Knowledge Base Seminars and Presentations,” from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. in the George G. Killinger Auditorium.

At 6 p.m., the celebration will continue in the Beto Criminal Justice Center Lobby for the 50th Anniversary Gala, beginning with a cocktail hour at 6 p.m.

Other activities include a leadership luncheon for the college’s students and student organizations.

The College of Criminal Justice is one of the oldest and largest criminal justice programs in the country.

RSVP for all
50th Anniversary events 
by March 23 here.

Setting the stage for education, research and practice in such diverse fields as law enforcement, corrections, victim services, forensics and security, the college offers the longest-running doctoral program in the discipline, producing nearly 300 scholars around the globe, and continues to educate and train leaders in the field through its academic programs and affiliated professional institutes.

The college has been at the forefront of change in criminal justice throughout its history by researching best practices, training professionals in the field, and educating undergraduate and graduate students.

Those interested in attending any of the events must register by March 23 at

For more information on the college’s 50th anniversary, visit

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