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CJ Welcome Week To Introduce College Resources

Aug. 17, 2016
SHSU Media Contact: Beth Kuhles

The Sam Houston State University College of Criminal Justice will highlight the great opportunities that await new and returning students during this year’s “CJ Welcome Week” activities, Aug. 29 through Sept. 1.

Students at the CJ Org fair
Students interested in criminal justice can meet representatives from the college's various student organizations during a meet-and-greet on Aug. 31 —Submitted photo

On Monday (Aug. 29), students can meet more than 40 full-time faculty members in the Departments of Criminal Justice and Criminology, Victim Studies, Homeland Security Studies, and Forensic Science during a meet-and-greet from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. in the Criminal Justice Center Lobby.

This year, the faculty in the Department of Criminal Justice and Criminology was named No. 1 in the country for research productivity, and the college ranks No. 3 in the nation for our online graduate programs in criminal justice.

On Tuesday (Aug. 30), students can relax after class in the Kerper Courtroom with a screening of “The Battle of Algiers,” a re-creation of the Algerian uprising against occupying French in 1957. The movie will begin at 4:30 p.m. and will be followed by a discussion with Nadav Morag, the new chairman of the Department of Security Studies.

Representatives from the college’s 10 student organizations will be on hand from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. in the CJ Center Lobby on Wednesday (Aug. 31) to help those looking to get involved in the campus community find the right fit to meet their interests.

Among the CJ student organizations are:

  • Alpha Phi Sigma: Represents the National Criminal Justice Honor Society
  • Crime Victim Services Alliance: Advances knowledge and awareness of victim services and issues
  • Graduate Student Organization: Brings together graduate students at the College for academic and social activities
  • Kats for CASA: Supports abused and neglected children in foster care
  • Lambda Alpha Epsilon: Represents criminal justice students, academics and professionals as part of a national organization.
  • National Association of Blacks in Criminal Justice: Is dedicated to the needs, concerns and contributions of African Americans in the administration of equal justice
  • National Organization of Hispanics in Criminal Justice: Promotes high professional standards among Hispanics in law enforcement, courts, corrections, and interested citizens
  • The Order of the Sword and Shield: Created as an honor society for students and professionals pursuing careers in homeland security, intelligence, emergency management, and protective services.
  • Phi Alpha Delta Fraternity: Specializes in pre-law students who may be interested in pursuing law school
  • The Society of Forensic Science: Expands knowledge in the field of forensic science.

Finally, on Thursday (Sept. 1), internship coordinator Jim Dozier will provide an overview of that program, which allows students to work in the field for a semester in their senior year and earn up to nine credits toward their degree. “Internships 101” will begin at 1 p.m. in the Kerper Courtroom.

The CJ internship program offers more than 200 opportunities at the local, county, state, federal and international levels in public and private service.

“It is never too early to prepare for this experience of a lifetime, so don’t miss this session, even if you are just a freshman,” Dozier said.

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