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                                                                                                                    A Newsletter for Criminal Justice staff, students, and alumni                                                             July 2007

                                                                                                                   CRIMINAL JUSTICE ASSOCIATION MEMBERSHIP, NEWS, AND HAPPENINGS
                                                                                                                   By Colleen Petrick

                                                                                                                        The Criminal Justice              In the past, the CJA
                                                                                                                   Association (CJA) is a student     has sponsored trips to the
                                                                                                                   organization that provides var-    Constitution Center in
                                                                                                                   ious opportunities throughout      Philadelphia, Pa.; The FBI
                                                                                                                   the school year to enhance the     Academy in Quantico, Va.;
                                                                                                                   classroom instruction.             the Supreme Court and the
                                                                                                                        There are 15 student          Capitol Building, Arlington
                                                                                                                   members, with Albert               Cemetery, Va., and the State
                                                                                                                   Sproule, assistant professor       Correctional Institute in
                                                                                                                   of social sciences, and Dr.        Chester, Pa. (SCI-Chester).
                                                                                                                   Patrick McGrain, assistant              McGrain and students
                                                                                                                   professor of social sciences, as   traveled to SCI-Chester,
                                                                                                                   faculty advisors.                  Pennsylvania’s only state
                                                                                                                        Structurally, the CJA         prison dedicated to drug
                                                                                                                   includes a president, vice         and alcohol treatment, on
                                                                                                                   president, secretary, treasurer,   February 8, 2007. Inmates
                                                                                                                                                      at the facility undergo
FORENSIC FORUM                                                                                                     and historian to maintain
                                                                                                                                                      intense therapy for 6 to 12      (Left to right) Advisor Al Sproule, Michael Goidas ’07 and his
                                                                                                                   a record of CJA sponsored                                           friend, Anne Berger ’08, Marcia Almeida ’08, Krystle Contreras
    The Spring 2007              international book on psy-      his insights in the field of                      events. These positions are        months, focusing on their
Forensic Forum presenter,        chopathy and peer reviewed      crime reconstruction.                                                                addictive behavior.              ’07, Julie Morris ’08, and Luis Piris Santiago ’07
                                                                                                                   filled by students.
Dr. Mary Ellen O’Toole,          journal articles on kidnap-         Palmbach formerly                                                                     The students sat in
supervisory special agent        ping and threat assessment                                                                                                                                  The meetings with the        visited SCI-Chester, and the
                                                                 served as a major in the                                                             on a 90-minute therapy                                              association plans to make
and senior member with the       in schools.                                                                                                                                            various personnel of the
                                                                 Connecticut State Police,                           INSIDE THIS                      session that addressed the
FBI’s Behavioral Analysis                                                                                                                                                               Chester facility gave students this trip an annual event.
                                      Mark your calendars        where he was the command-                                                            inmates’ recurring behavior
Unit, shared her expertise in                                                                                        ISSUE:                                                             the opportunity to network             The CJA also invites a
                                 for the Fall 2007 forum set     ing officer and director of                                                          patterns that lead to drug
the careful and detailed anal-                                                                                                                                                          for future employment             variety of criminal justice
                                 for Tuesday, September 11,      the Division of Scientific                                                           and alcohol use. After the
yses of criminals and their                                                                                          DeSales Graduates first                                            opportunities.                    professionals to share their
                                 2007, at 7:00 p.m. in the       Services. Palmbach has                                                               therapy session,
crime scene behavior.            DeSales University Center.      worked closely with Dr.                             Masters of Criminal              they talked with                                                                 expertise and
     O’Toole has worked with                                     Henry C. Lee in preparing                           Justice Class          2         the inmates             "The CJA offers students a unique venue                  provide students
                                     Timothy Palmbach, JD,                                                                                                                                                                             further insight
law enforcement organiza-                                        crime scene reconstruction                                                           to discuss the          for social interaction with educational and
                                 director of the forensic sci-                                                                                        treatment                                                                        into the wide
tions nationally and inter-      ences program at The Henry      reports for high profile cases.                                                                              vocational benefits."
nationally. She specializes in                                   He is also a technical advisor                      Department of Social             program and how                                                                  range of careers
                                 C. Lee College of Forensic                                                          Sciences Update            2                                                               – Albert Sproule       in the criminal
serial killers and psychopathy                                   for Dr. Henry Lee’s hit series                                                       it has helped in
                                 Science at University of New                                                                                         their                                                                            justice field.
and has authored works that      Haven, Conn. will present       on Court TV, Trace Evidence.
include publications in an                                                                                                                            rehabilitation.                        “This prison visit experi-        “The CJA offers students
                                                                                                                     CSI: DeSales                                                       ence shows the students that a unique venue for social
                                                                                                                     Season Two                 3          A tour of the facility and
                                                                                                                                                                                        correctional facilities are not   interaction with educational
                                                                                                                                                      meetings with prison admin-
         Criminal Justice Mission Statement                                                                                                           istrators, correctional officers,
                                                                                                                                                                                        only punitive, but are also       and vocational benefit,” said
                                                                                                                                                                                        rehabilitative centers for        Sproule.
         The criminal justice program at DeSales University seeks to inform the student about the criminal           Forensics Forum            4     and treatment supervisors
                                                                                                                                                                                        offenders,” said McGrain.
         justice system and its impact on society; to prepare students to be contributors in society; to encour-                                      were also part of the itinerary
                                                                                                                                                      for the visit.                         This is the second year
         age and promote intellectual curiosity, scholarship, and communication skills; and to prepare the                                                                              that the DeSales CJA has
         student for employment opportunities, graduate school, or law school.
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DeSales Graduates First Master of Arts in Criminal Justice Class                                                                                CSI: DE SALES' RETURNS FOR A SUCCESSFUL "SECOND SEASON" IN
By Albert Sproule, Chair of the         Information Systems (MSIS),       one graduate of the program        justice, but also professors       THE ATTIC OF TUCKER HOUSE, DE SALES UNIVERSITY
Social Science Department               Master of Science in Nursing      came directly into the MACJ        with expertise in political sci-
                                        (MSN), and Master of Science      program from the under-            ence, psychology, and public            This past
    The first graduates of              in Physician Assistant Studies    graduate criminal justice          administration.                    spring, Dr.
DeSales University’s Master             (MSPAS).                          program at DeSales.                     The MACJ program will         Katherine
of Arts in Criminal Justice                  The seven students who            The MACJ program was          offer its summer session start-    Ramsland, assistant
(MACJ) program received                 completed their course work       originally designed to meet        ing in July 2007. On June          professor of social
their degrees at the May 19,            for the Master of Arts in         a need for graduate crimi-         5, 2007, an information ses-       sciences, and Albert
2007 commencement cer-                  Criminal Justice degree and       nal justice education in the       sion was held in the DeSales       Sproule, assistant
emony held at the Center                who received their diplomas       Lehigh Valley and surround-        University Center to inform        professor of social
Valley campus of DeSales                at the commencement cer-          ing areas.                         incoming and prospective stu-      sciences, collabo-
University.                             emony included a diverse                                             dents about the program and        rated to offer their
                                                                               The course curriculum in
     The MACJ program                   group with very different         the program is fundamental         to offer the opportunity for       students a chance
began offering its gradu-               employment backgrounds.           to the field of criminal justice   them to meet some of the cur-      to practise the
ate courses in January of                    The graduates include a      but is taught with a multi-        rent MACJ faculty.                 skills they learned
2005 and joins the other                college level teacher, a local    disciplinary approach.                 Additional information         in the classroom.
graduate programs at                    law enforcement officer, a                                           about the MACJ program can             Students in the
DeSales, including Master                                                     The instructors in the
                                        probation officer, a mental       program include not only           be obtained at www.desales.        Topics in Forensic
of Business Administration              health specialist, a behavioral                                      edu/macj or by calling 610-        Psychology class
(MBA), Master of Education                                                professors with a background
                                        case manager, and an FBI          and education in criminal          282-1100, ext. 1466.               and Forensics
(MED), Master of Science in             Special Agent. In addition,                                                                             & Criminal
                                                                                                                                                Investigation class
                                                                                                                                                enjoyed the unique
                                                                                                                                                opportunity to
    Criminal Justice                    DEPARTMENT OF SOCIAL SCIENCES UPDATE                                                                    apply classroom
                                                                                                                                                instruction to crime
             Editor:                    By Albert Sproule, Chair of the   the faculty advisor for the St.        The team consisted of six      scene investigation.
        Colleen Petrick                 Social Science Department         Thomas More Society.               DeSales undergraduate stu-
                                                                                                             dents who played the roles of           Students
  Department of Social Sciences                                                She initiated the forma-
                                                                                                             witnesses and attorneys.           from Ramsland's
                                            Jennifer L. Moore, Esq.,      tion of the DeSales University
             Design:                                                                                                                            Topics in Forensic
      Laura Charnick                    joined the Department of          Mock Trial Team, which                  Moore’s teaching inter-       Psychology were         The evidence for CSI: DeSales was created, gathered, and documented in the Tucker House attic by the criminal
   Communications Assistant             Social Sciences in the Fall       successfully competed in           ests include criminal law, the     assigned the task       justice and psychology students. Clockwise from top left, "evidence" included include a glass, a bloody knife, a
            Advisor:                    2006 semester.                    a regional tournament at           American legal system, and         of setting up the       phone smeared with blood, and photos of the mannequin victim.
         Albert Sproule                      Moore received her B.A.      Lafayette College from             legal writing and research.        crime scene, while
    Chair of the Social Science
           Department                   in government and classi-         February 16-18, 2007.                                                 students in Sproule's
                                        cal studies from Dartmouth                                                                              Forensics & Criminal Investigation class      dents also spent a day in the laboratory               Additionally, the crime scene
  Contributing Writers:                                                                                                                                                                       doing blood clarification and hair and            was the setting for an interview with
         Albert Sproule                 College in Hanover, N.H.                                                                                investigated.
    Chair of the Social Science         and her J.D. with honors                                                                                                                              fiber analysis.                                   Ramsland conducted by WLVT-TV
           Department                                                                                                                                The homicide, set in Tucker                                                                PBS Channel 39 on April 10, 2007.
                                        from Emory University                                                                                                                                      Finally, the evidence and informa-
                                                                                                                                                House attic, used a mannequin, furni-                                                           The segment aired May 22, 2007 and
                                        School of Law in Atlanta, Ga.                                                                                                                         tion collected during the crime scene
                                                                                                                                                ture, and other indicators of a murder                                                          May 25, 2007 on TEMPO.
                                            Prior to teaching at                                                                                to set the scene.                             investigation, the interviews with wit-
                                        DeSales, Moore practiced                                                                                                                              nesses, and the laboratory analysis was
                                                                                                                                                     Once the crime scene was set, five       the subject of courtroom testimony.
                                        law at Alston & Bird LLP in
                                                                                                                                                groups of five students had to find the
                                        Atlanta, Ga. Her specialties                                                                                                                               Jennifer Moore, assistant profes-
                                                                                                                                                clues, process them, and try to solve
                                        included antitrust litigation,                                                                                                                        sor of criminal justice, conducted both
 Criminal Justice Newsletter is                                                                                                                 the murder.
 published by the Social Science        white collar crime, and busi-                                                                                                                         the mock trial direct examination and
 Department. Comments and sug-                                                                                                                       Students used technical tools to
 gestions are welcome. Please contact   ness litigation.                                                                                                                                      cross examination with the students in
 the Criminal Justice Department                                                                                                                conduct the investigation. They lifted        Sproule’s criminal investigation class.
 at 610.282.1100, ext. 1317 or by            Moore currently serves
 email at                                                                                                              a fingerprint, took notes, used a digital
                                        as the pre-law advisor for all                                                                                                                             The CSI exercise again provided
                                                                                                                                                camera, and set out evidence markers.
                                        students interested in purs-                                                                                                                          an effective learning experience for
                                        ing a career in law, and she is                                                                              The criminal investigation stu-          everyone.

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