UCM Criminal Justice Department Newsletter
Winter 2009-10 Vol. 4, No. 3
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active during the fall
semester both within and On behalf of the Criminal Justice department, we
external to classes. We are wish each and every one a most enjoyable new
extremely proud of our year!!
Lambda Alpha Epsilon
students as they retained
their seventh consecutive regional ACJA-LAE
Betsy Wright Kreisel, Ph.D.
competition sweepstakes championship. We hosted
the most impressive 10th annual Missouri Western Missouri Court of Appeals
District Court of Appeals Session. The Department’s
Institute of Justice and International Studies hosted
the very successful three-day Crime and Popular The 11th annual Western District
Culture Conference which brought experts to campus Court of Appeals Session was held
from across the nation. We have had students and on October 22nd, in the Ballroom in
faculty conducting research, consulting and UCM’s Elliot Student Union. The
presenting at various professional national and session was coordinated by Professor
international venues. This is all in addition to Dane Miller and Graduate Assistants Brooke
academic business and activities in which the UCM McQuerrey and Beth Irsik.
Criminal Justice Department regularly excels.
The sessions are designed for UCM students and
Homecoming was once again very enjoyable as a visiting high school students to observe first-hand
number of alumni visited the department. Please the court system in action. The cases being
consider this as an open invitation for all alumni and discussed are up for appeal and at times discussion
friends to visit so we can reconnect and learn about gets rather intense, depending on the nature of the
your accomplishments. case.
I hope you enjoy this edition of the CJ Chronicle. It
is our intention to make future editions of the CJ
Chronicle available electronically for off-campus
access. It is published twice annually, or once per
The chapter advisor is Don Wallace and our
Institute of Justice executive board includes President-Amanda
Johnson, Vice-President(s)-Travis LeVee and
The Institute will host its annual Andrew Muench, Treasurer-Krystin Herman, and
conference on March 29-30, Sergeant-at-Arms-Danielle Eickhoff and A.J.
2010, on the UCM campus. Miller.
This year’s theme is “Homeland
Security—Global and Domestic
Perspectives.” This multidisciplinary conference Lambda Alpha Epsilon: LAE
seeks to investigate the range of issues surrounding
the efforts to secure the homeland from threats of The Gamma Epsilon Delta (GED)
human origin and natural threats. This Conference chapter of the American Criminal
will examine best practices along with an Justice Association-Lambda Alpha
assessment and examination of policies. Epsilon has been very active this
semester. The chapter members
Specific themes will include: international organized several campus fundraisers,
cooperative efforts in homeland security, participated in Homecoming, sponsored social
identification of threats, rural homeland security events, and organized community service projects.
initiatives, institutional architectures to respond to LAE also instituted a new process for recruiting
other security challenges and disasters, proactive new members. The LAE Academy is a first for the
measures to counter terrorism, intelligence organization, where prospective members attend a
concerns, crisis and consequence management, series of chapter-run classes which teach them
public health response, impact of homeland about the history and traditions of the organization,
security measures on concepts of justice and bylaws, symbols, and parliamentary procedures.
sovereignty at both domestic and international They are also given in-depth information
levels, training and academic educational programs pertaining to membership and participation. There
in homeland security, impact on law enforcement are over 30 prospective members set to be inducted
and firstresponders. at the end of the semester and we welcome all of
them to LAE!
Alpha Phi Sigma Honor Society The chapter advisors are Roger Pennel, Gregg
Etter, and Major Richard Gillespie. Members of
Alpha Phi Sigma (APS) is the National the executive board include President-Jennifer
Criminal Justice Honors Society and Ianno, Vice President-John Newman, Secretary-
participates in a number of volunteer Rachael Feagan, Treasurer-Bryan Van Fleet,
activities on campus and within the Historian-Elvia Abarca, Upper-class Delegate-Zac
community. Members of APS helped Bryan, and New Member Delegate-Jimmy Garlich.
with the Missouri Court of Appeals and
volunteered to escort local high school students
visiting the sessions throughout the day. They also
participated in CJ RUSH this semester and LAE Regional Conference
successfully recruited several new members to the
Honor Society—welcome to all of you!
Our LAE chapter worked diligently
last semester to prepare for the
Alpha Phi Sigma has also been very active in the
2009 ACJA/LAE Region 3
tutoring arena. CJ Pals is APS’s student service
Conference, held in Columbia,
project and is designed for any criminal justice
Missouri, on October 16-18. After
student who needs help with classwork as well as
competing in all four events, the Gamma Epsilon
those who would like to help tutor/mentor others.
Delta (G.E.D.) chapter won their 8th consecutive
If you would like to volunteer for CJ Pals, please
Region 3 Sweepstakes Trophy, an accomplishment
contact firstname.lastname@example.org and we
unequaled in the history of ACJA/LAE!
will get you set up!
G.E.D. is the largest Lambda Alpha Epsilon alleviating chapter rivalry while providing a fun
chapter in the country, with 110 members, and of way to pair chapters together. The Car Push
those, 47 participated in October’s Regional Contest consisted of pairing a male and female
Conference. Competition divisions are based upon from different chapters together, and they had to
the number of college hours completed. Students in “push” a car at the same time as another two-
the Lower Division have completed less than 70 member team. The team with the fastest times
semester hours, students in the Upper Division across the finish line received trophies for first
have completed over 70 semester hours, while the through third place. G.E.D.’s Secretary, Rachael
Professional Division consists of those who work Feagan, received a Third Place trophy for the Car
in the field of criminal justice or are faculty Push contest.
The UCM chapter received a
total of 66 individual/team
trophies for various events.
In addition to these, there
were four major trophies
awarded to members of G.E.D: Top
Academic—Jennifer Ianno, Top Gun—Richard
Gillespie, Sweepstakes Award (for the most
trophies), and the High Percentage Trophy (highest
trophy average for the number of participants in
Lower Division competitors included Jimmy G.E.D. is the reigning 8-time Regional and 7-time
Garlich, who earned two first places, one second National champions. The CJ Department wishes
place and one third place. Bryan Van Fleet earned them the best of luck going for their 8th consecutive
three first places and a second place, and Andrew National win on March 14-19th, in Portland,
Gordon earned two first places and a third place. Oregon.
In addition to Top Academic, Jennifer Ianno
received three first places, three second places and
one third place. Also faring well was Ryan Student American Correctional Association:
Armstrong, who received four first place trophies. SACA
The three advisors for the chapter, Gregg Etter,
Richard Gillespie and Roger Pennel, did an This semester SACA focused on
excellent job of holding up the professional end of touring area facilities and
the competition, earning a total of thirteen trophies. sponsoring community service
projects. One of their tours
The team has seen vast improvements in the areas included “The Walls” in
of Crime Scene and Physical Agility over the years Jefferson City, Missouri (SEE picture below).
as well. One of the chapter’s strengths in the past “The Walls” was once the Missouri state
has been the firearms competition, due primarily to maximum-security penitentiary, but is no longer
the superb coaching of Major Richard Gillespie, of used for housing inmates. Plans are under way to
UCM’s Public Safety Department. The individual convert part of this 174-year-old former
firearms competition went very well, with chapter correctional facility to a museum.
individuals receiving eight of the nine trophies.
This included all three places of the Lower and Members of SACA collected donated items for the
Upper Division. The shooting team also did well Kansas City Rescue Mission food drive last fall,
in the Team Firearms Competition, earning six of lending a helping hand to those in need during
the nine positions. these tough economic times. SACA also
participated in CJ RUSH to recruit new members
This year the hosts of the Region 3 Conference to the organization.
came up with a new competition geared towards
On a personal note, Julie is married to Nathan
Carman, and they have one child, Ty. Julie and her
husband are KC Royals fans, but they also enjoy
UCM Mules basketball!
Undergraduate Student Spotlight
On the undergraduate
level, our star student
profile for this issue is
The chapter advisor is Fran Reddington, and the
Ryan Schlueter. Ryan
executive board of SACA includes President-
is is the is the son of
Krystin Herman, Vice President-Sara Stockwell,
Tim and Sue
Treasurer-Bryan Van Fleet, and Historian-Erin
Schlueter, of Wright
Intern Schlueter on duty at the FBI City, Missouri.
Headquarters in Washington, D.C.
Graduate Student Spotlight A senior this year, Ryan has been an active and
dedicated student since his freshman year. As a
freshman, he served as as Office Assistant for the
This issue of the CJ
University Conference Center. He continued his
Chronicle “spotlights” the
employment during his sophomore year, and added
the responsibilities of UCC Hall Council President
graduate student, Julie
and UCM Community Advisor to his crowded
schedule. During his Junior year, he became the
UCM Community Advisor for the Criminal Justice
Julie graduated from then
S.H.I.P. (Special Housing Interest Program), a
Central Missouri State University in December 2003
dedicated floor for criminal justice majors.
with a Bachelor's degree in Criminal Justice and a
minor in Business Management.
Diligent in his pursuit of his bachelor’s degree,
Ryan worked his way through school to cover his
As a undergraduate, Julie earned numerous honors,
tuition costs. His efforts and tenacity have indeed
including membership in Pi Omicron Delta, the
paid off, because last summer Ryan had the
Junior Honor Society, the National Society of
opportunity to serve as an honors intern for the
Collegiate Scholars, Phi Theta Kappa Honor Society,
Federal Bureau of Investigation, in Washington,
and was a Dean’s list scholar.
D.C. While completing this internship, Ryan
accepted a full-time position with the FBI, and he
Julie completed her master’s degree in December,
is now employed with the Bureau, assigned to the
finishing the program with a 3.91 GPA. She served
Kansas City office. Having met his immediate
as a featured speaker at the commencement
career goal of securing a position with the FBI,
ceremony, where she spoke to the audience about
Ryan’s future career goal is to advance within the
opportunities and challenges.
UCM’s current (and many former) students are no
doubt familiar with Julie, because she serves as
academic advisor for the College of Health and
Human Services! She has held this position since
July 2006, having transitioned to academic advisor
from her job as Office Professional II in the
Provost’s Office. Julie plans to pursue teaching at F
UCM as an adjunct instructor, and eventually plans
to continue her graduate studies by earning a
doctorate degree in Educational Leadership.
simply replied, “This department is tops and there
Faculty Spotlight is no doubt about that. We not only want our
students to get the best education possible in the
Our faculty spotlight for this classroom, what happens outside the classroom
issue of the CJ Chronicle is matters as well. That is why we are so dedicated to
Fran Reddington. Dr. our student groups and our subject housing
Reddington earned a program, for example. Every faculty member here
Bachelor’s degree in goes above and beyond. The students here are
Sociology from Bridgewater great. I love watching them learn, seeing them get
State College, and a Master’s into a topic and running with it. The students love
degree and Ph.D. in Criminal to interact with you, and share their goals and
Justice from Sam Houston dreams. Many keep in touch to let you know what
State University. She taught they have gone on to accomplish. How perfect is
at Ball State University for that?”
one year before joining the UCM Criminal Justice
department in 1992.
Student Awards and Honors
When asked what first drew her to the Criminal
Justice field, Dr. Reddington replied, “In college I The McNair Scholars program
took a Psychology of Personality course and was was named after Dr. Ronald E.
given the choice of a term paper or a service McNair, the African American
project at the local penitentiary. In fact, at that astronaut who died in the 1986
time, the special section we were to work in was space shuttle Challenger
still called the Prison Hospital for the criminally disaster. Dr. McNair was an
insane. I took the service project to ‘counsel’ with outstanding student in high
prisoners and I was horrified, fascinated and school and college, having earned the distinction of
hooked all at the same time. It was a life changing valedictorian of his high school senior class, and
experience. I honestly, naively thought at the time, graduating magna cum laude from North Carolina
‘somebody needs to make some of these things A&T State University with a bachelor’s degree in
work better. I think I’ll do that!’ I knew then that I physics. He went on to complete his doctoral
needed to pursue my education further and this degree in physics at the Massachusetts Institute of
time in Criminal Justice.” Technology.
Dr. Reddington has received numerous teaching In 1989, as a memorial to Dr. McNair, the United
awards during her career, including: Volunteer States Congress designated funding to establish the
Coordinator of the Year Award, 2003 College of Ronald E. McNair Postbaccalaureate Achievement
Education and Human Services Excellence in Program. This program is designed to prepare first-
Teaching Award, 2003 SACA Advisor of the Year generation, lower income college students, and
Award, 2006 UCM Excellence in Teaching Award, students from groups underrepresented in graduate
and the 2007 Governor’s Award for Excellence in programs, for doctoral study.
Teaching. More recently, Dr. Reddington was
elected President of the Missouri Corrections Preparation for graduate study includes attending
Association. seminars, visiting potential graduate schools, and
working individually with a three-person faculty
On the publications side, Dr. Reddington (in mentoring team: department mentor, library
collaboration with department chair Betsy Kreisel), mentor, and research mentor. Students selected for
published the second edition of Sexual Assault: the program work with these mentors to complete
The Victims, the Perpetrators and the Criminal the required research project, which culminates in a
Justice System. This edition was published last conference presentation, and publication in the
summer. McNair Journal.
When asked what she likes best about the CJ
department and the criminal justice students, she
The CJ Department is honored to have three MacDill Air Force Base in Tampa, Florida,
students participating in the UCM McNair Scholars received his Bachelor of Science degree in Law
program. They are Jessica Sanders, Kaitlyn Roach, Enforcement and Political Science in 1969, and a
and Charles Mitchell, IV. Master of Science degree in Business
Administration in 1971. He earned a doctoral
Jessica’s research project is degree in Public Policy Analysis and
entitled, “Hazing on College Administration in 1981 at St. Louis University.
Campuses: Prevalence and
Prevention.” Her faculty research
mentor is Lynn Urban, and her Dennis Hill
department mentor is Gregg Etter.
Dennis Hill graduated from the Missouri State
Highway Patrol Academy on December 18th,
Kaitlyn’s research project is 2009. He is assigned to Troop A—Lafayette
entitled, “Racial Discrimination in County as a probationary trooper, and officially
the Jury Selection Process: Batson began his new assignment on January 4th.
v. Kentucky as Applied in the
Missouri Appellate Courts.” Her Dennis graduated from UCM in 2006 with a
faculty research mentor is Dane Bachelor's degree in criminal justice. As an
Miller, and her department mentor undergraduate, he was a Dean’s list scholar for six
is Kim Stark-Wroblewski. semester, and he competed on the University's
Cross Country and Track teams. Upon graduation
Charles’s research project is in 2006, he began the UCM graduate program in
entitled, “College Students’ criminal justice.
Knowledge and Perceptions of
University Parking and Moving While a graduate student, Dennis served as a
Regulations.” His faculty research research assistant for the CJ department, and
mentor is Arthur Kemp, from the maintained a 4.0 GPA. After graduating in May
Psychology department, and his 2008, he applied for admission to the Missouri
department mentor is Roger State Highway Patrol Academy, and thus began the
Pennel. waiting period for selection in the Patrol's 90th
recruit class. On July 1, 2009, Dennis was
Congratulations, appointed to the Patrol. While in the academy, he
was elected to serve as Class Commander, and he
also set the recruit physical training record for the
mile-and-a-half during training.
Student AwardsAlumni News
Robert Buhrkuhl was selected as
one of the Alumni Association’s
2009 Distinguished Alumni and
International Alumni Awards
recipients during the UCM
Homecoming festivities last fall.
Recognized by their peers as the
brightest and most prominent in their fields, these
award recipients bring honor and distinction to
their alma mater. Dr. Buhrkuhl, retired Director of Pictured with Trooper Hill (on the left) is Trooper Adam Johnson
Financial Management and Comptroller of the who is assigned to Troop E - Poplar Bluff.
United States Special Operations Command at
and Utah. Dr. Pennel has been a co-advisor to the
Jenny Riggs G.E.D. Chapter for over twenty years, and has
served as an advisor upon the retirement of Dr.
Jenny Riggs co-authored a paper Carrie Dunson. He was elected Vice-President
with CJ faculty member Lynn during the Regional Conference in Warrensburg in
Urban, and the paper was 2003, holding this position for two consecutive,
published in the online journal, two-year terms. He was initially elected as Region
International Journal of President in 2007.
Restorative Justice. Their paper is entitled,
“Mediation/Dialogue in the Juvenile Justice Lynn Urban was invited to give
System: A Comparison of Two Jurisdictions.” If two presentations in the fall. The
you would like to check it out, please visit the MU School of Social Work held
journal’s website at www.crjcs.org. their fall conference on
September 25th. The theme was
“Evaluating Restorative Justice.”
Jessica Nelson Dr. Urban served on a panel, and
her presentation was entitled
Jessica Nelson accepted the “Restorative Justice: The More
position of Deputy Juvenile Effective and Ethical Way of Responding to Crime
Officer with the Cole County and Harm.” In addition, the Restorative Justice in
Juvenile Office, located in the Adult Courts Symposium was held on November
19th Judicial Circuit. Jessica 13th, in Columbia. Her presentation was entitled,
participated in the Spring 2009 Commencement “The Why, When, and How of Evaluating
ceremony, and recently defended her Master’s Restorative Justice.”
thesis on the Juvenile Detention Alternative
Initiative of St. Louis. In addition, Dr. Urban published a paper entitled,
“Identifying ‘Deterrable’ Offenders in a Sample of
Active Juvenile Offenders,” in the journal,
Southwest Journal of Criminal Justice. Also, she
published a paper co-authored with UCM alumnus,
Faculty and Staff News Jenny Riggs, entitled, “Mediation/Dialogue in the
Juvenile Justice System: A Comparison of Two
Professor Dane Miller was Jurisdictions. Their paper was published in the
appointed by Governor Jay International Journal of Restorative Justice.
Nixon to the Missouri
Sentencing Advisory Fran Reddington and Gene
Commission. Professor Miller Bonham attended the Missouri
was nominated for this seat by Association of Social Welfare
George Lombardi, Director of annual meeting on November 6th.
the Missouri Department of They participated in a workshop
Corrections. The Commission is entitled, Sex Offenders:
responsible for examining current and past Awareness, Advocacy, and
sentencing practices for offenders to make Action. Dr. Reddington’s
recommendations for future sentences. presentation was entitled “Sex
Offender Laws: Some legislative
During the recent Region 3 Responses,” and Dr. Bonham’s
Conference of the ACJA/LAE, presentation was entitled “Sex
Roger Pennel was re-elected Offenders: The Social Narrative
President of the Region. The and Public Policy Implications”
Region consists of nine states:
Missouri, Kansas, Nebraska,
South Dakota, North Dakota,
Colorado, Wyoming, Montana,
Scholarship” in the box right below. Alternatively,
In Memoriam you can mail your gift to the UCM Foundation,
Smiser Alumni Center, Warrensburg, Missouri,
64093. Please note “Davila Scholarship” in the
The Honorable Betty Pine memo section of your check. For questions or
Lockard, Faculty Emeritus, further information, please contact Ryan Bowie at
passed away on Thursday, 660-543-8000.
October 22, 2009, at Menorah
Medical Center in Overland
Park, Kansas. Betty received UCM Department Newsletter Staff
her Bachelor’s and Master’s of Criminal Justice
degrees from the University of 300 Humphreys Editor
Central Missouri, and went on University of Central Missouri Angela Dunlap
Warrensburg, MO 64093 Dunlap@ucmo.edu
to earn her law degree from the
University of Kansas School of Law. She returned Phone: 660-543-4950 Assistant Editors
to UCM’s CJ Department and taught criminal Fax: 660-543-8306 Jennifer Ianno
justice classes for 24 years, retiring in 1994. The email@example.com Krystina Dowler
faculty, staff, and students of UCM’s Criminal
Justice Department send their condolences to the
Pine and Lockard families.
As we mentioned in previous
CJ Chronicle issues, an
endowment in the name of
G.E. "Bill" Davila has been
established to honor the
founder of UCM’s Criminal
Justice department. The
interest earned from the
endowment will be applied
toward undergraduate student
The Department sincerely appreciates your
contributions to the Davila Endowment. We are
within reach of meeting the funding minimum. In
an ongoing effort to meet the required minimum,
Criminal Justice student groups are currently fund-
raising to contribute to the endowment. We are
confident we will reach the endowed amount, so
we can begin awarding student scholarships.
Memorial contributions to the Guillermo E. “Bill”
Davila Scholarship may be arranged via the UCM
Foundation. Just logon to the UCM website at
www.ucmo.edu and click on “Give to UCM,”
which takes you to the Foundation webpage. From
there, click on the “Make a Gift Now” box and
complete the online form. Please select “Other” as
your designated gift area and type “Davila