Thursday, October 20, 2016

AU Criminal Justice Club Tours Indian River Juvenile Correctional Facility

On Monday, October 17th, the Ashland University Criminal Justice club toured Indian River Juvenile Correctional Facility in Massillon, OH.

IRJCF is an American Correctional Association accredited facility that serves all male youth, and provides a variety of services and treatment to youth including a fully accredited high school, behavioral health services, unit management, medical and dental care, recreation, religious services, community service opportunities and reentry services.

The club members not only toured the facility, but also spoke to the correction officers, chaplain, gang investigator, assistant principal to the school, teachers, and many more workers within the facility.

We spoke to freshman criminal justice major, Dominique Ciehanoski, who had to say this about the tour:
"Going on this trip made me realize that there is more than just the few careers I had in mind.  I decided to major in Criminal Justice because I wanted to be a prosecutor for a long time.  Since majoring in this, I've changed my mind several times.  I love all the options in Criminal Justice.  This was beneficial because the gang investigation and corrections was very interesting to me.  Seeing it hands on in person was very special"
 Rachel Kleman, who is also a Criminal Justice major, shared her insights gained through the tour.
"Visiting Indian River gave me a glimpse of what a career in corrections would be like.  Not only did they give us a tour of the cells and living quarters, but they took us behind the scenes and told us all the different types of careers you are able to have within the facility.  Corrections is a tough field to go into and many don't last throughout the program, but the challenge is what is the most interesting to me.  I also think the trip really put into perspective what a juvenile detention center is really like, unlike the shows you see on TV.  Overall hearing the stories from different workers was really interesting, giving us an example of what really goes on during day to day activity."   
For more information about our Criminal Justice program, and what it has to offer, please visit our website here.


Tuesday, September 20, 2016

Fall Career, Internship, and Graduate School Fair

Career Services will be hosting a Fall Career Fair on Wednesday, October 12th from 1:00 pm-4:00 pm in Upper Convocation.  Professional dress is required for this event (for guidance on what to wear, consult the Career Services's Business Attire Pamphlet).  Be sure to bring several copies of your resume.  Student Registration, which is highly recommended, is available on the Career Services website.  All registered students will receive printed nametags to wear at the event.

There are many exciting opportunites for jbs and graduate schools at this career fair.

Employers and graduate schools attending include:

-Ohio State Highway Patrol

-Richland Correctional Institution

-Capital University Law School

-Indiana Tech Law School

-Ohio Northern University College of Law

-The Ohio State University Moritz College of Law

-The University of Akron-School of Law

-University of Toledo- College of Law

AU students should refer to the Career Services Guidebook for a complete list of employers and graduate schools who will be in attendance at the Fair.

Criminal Justice Club Meeting

The CJ club will have its first meeting of the semester on Wednesday, September 21, at 11:00 am.  The meeting will take place in Schar, outside Dr. Hedrick's office, 157.  The purpose of this meeting is to elect the CJ club officers for the upcoming school year.

Membership in the club provides excellent opportunities to further the intellectual, cultural, and social development of students majoring or minoring in Criminal Justice.  Events in the past have included a CJ Job fair, hearing from guest speakers, and tours of facilities.

If you have any questions, contact Dr. Hedrick at

Sunday, May 15, 2016

It's National Police Week!

National Police Week began in 1962 when President Kennedy made May 15 Peace Officer Memorial Day, and the week that follows Police Week.   

National Police Week recognizes the service of all U.S. Law Enforcement, but it pays special tribute to those who have lost their lives in the line of duty.

Ashland University's Criminal Justice Department extends its thanks to all law enforcement personnel for their dedication and service. 

For more information about National Police Week and the activities scheduled, please visit their website.

Saturday, May 14, 2016

Congratulations, Class of 2016!

The Criminal Justice Department extends its congratulations to all of the students graduating from Ashland University today!

Thursday, April 28, 2016

AU President Dr. Carlos Campo Speaks to Race, Ethnic and Minority Issues Class

On April 20, 2016, students in Criminal Justice Professor Hedrick's SOC 301 (Race, Ethnic, and Minority Issues) class heard from AU's President, Dr. Carlos Campo, about his experiences as a Cuban-American.

Race, Ethnic and Minority issues, which is offered each semester and meets core credit for social sciences, allows students to examine the impact of living in a multi-ethnic, multi-faith, and multi-cultural society.

During his talk, President Campo brought up his struggles growing up with a Latino name in Miami, Florida, but not having the look or the Spanish language faculty of a Latino to back it up. He said many people had different expectations of him just because of his name, but he felt like he couldn’t live up to these expectations because he didn’t have the look that matched his name. As a result, President Campo believes that we as a society need to start to break down these barriers and quit labeling people. It is easier said than done, though. Our society needs to realize that if we quit labeling people as something that they are not, then they will turn out to be a totally different person or, rather, become the person they are supposed to be.

President Campo’s lecture on Latinos was enjoyed by the entire class.  “For someone who has as much knowledge and education as Dr. Campo, I expected him to have some insightful thoughts on the issues of race, but I never thought he would be so inspirational,” said Jessica James, a dual Criminal Justice/Social Work Major.  Ms. James further explained, “I appreciate Dr. Campo coming and talking to our class and opening my eyes to so many issues that I knew already existed, but I didn’t realize to the true extent how bad they were in our society. With Dr. Campo coming into a predominately white area, and becoming the first Latino president in AU’s history, he has already broken past so many barriers, and he continues to keep breaking down more of these. It is good to see that we have a president who cares so much and is so influential because that is what it will take to work down to the student level and have them start to take the same actions.”

"Truly it was great to have somebody who is Latino and who fully understands the issues and problems surrounding Latinos speak with clarity, personal insight, and from a balanced viewpoint on a topic that many try to make contentious,” said Professor Hedrick. 

Monday, April 25, 2016

Convocation Honors Outstanding Criminal Justice Students

Each year, departments across campus choose one of their students at the sophomore, junior and senior levels to receive the distinction of Outstanding Student.

Criteria for this award include scholarly achievement, acting as an academic role model for other students within the department, and possession of an inquiring and/or creative mind.

On Sunday at the Academic Honors Convocation, three Criminal Justice students were recognized for their outstanding achievements:

       Kimberly Vidika, sophomore criminal justice major
       Morgan Scarberry, junior criminal justice major
       Maxwell Ostrowski, senior criminal justice major

Congratulations, Outstanding Criminal Justice Students!