Wednesday, November 9, 2016

Criminal Justice Students Hear From Alternative Career Path Speakers

Dr. Reusuling (left) and Janelle Renwick (right).
On Friday, October 28th, the Criminal Justice Club, as well as students in Dr. Hedrick's Victimology class, heard from two guest speakers regarding alternative career paths in the Criminal Justice field.

The first was Janelle Renwick, who works for Turning Point, a domestic violence shelter in Marion, Ohio.  She spoke to the students about her experience as a corrections officer and how she ultimately found herself evaluating where she wanted to go in her career, and now has a job she loves working in a domestic violence shelter.

The second speaker was Dr. Reusuling from the Ashland Seminary, who spoke to the students about their graduate Master of Arts counseling program.  Dr. Reusuling highlighted the connection between criminal justice and counseling, and how the students could find themselves working with the same client population, (for example, people with substance abuse issues or sex offenders).

This gave students the opportunity to hear about nontraditional options in the Criminal Justice field, while also seeing their course material come to life.

We'd like to thank Dr. Reusuling and Ms. Renwick, for sharing their time and insights with the students!

Monday, November 7, 2016

Ashland Police Detective Visits Criminal Law Class

Detective Kim Mager
On Thursday, October 27th, students in CJ 362: Criminal Law, heard from Ashland Police Detective Kim Mager.

Detective Mager, who is an Ashland University alumna, has been with the Ashland Police Division for 19 years, and specializes in the investigative bureau's sex offense cases.  She spoke to the class regarding investigations and interrogations.

We spoke to two students in Dr. Rogers' Criminal Law class about the impact Detective Mager's presentation had on them.

Anthony Nicholson, a senior criminal justice minor, had to say this:
Detective Mager's dedication to her craft and the processes entailed are interesting to me. It was also very interesting to get to learn the ins and outs of being a detective.  I was surprised by just how many cases she has been involved in, and all the work she has put into them to make sure they close properly.
 It was valuable learning that with time, effort, and determination one would be able to succeed in any of their career fields, be it law enforcement or otherwise.  

Luke Smith, a junior criminal justice major, who plans on pursuing law enforcement, also shared his thoughts.
I found how she deals with victims and potential offenders the most interesting.  It was cool when she told us about some of her cases and I found it surprising how good she is and how much she wrote during her reports.
I took away learning about a job I didn't know much about.  She has very interesting stories.   

Thank you, Detective Mager, for sharing your time and knowledge with the class!

Monday, October 31, 2016

Northeast Ohio Undergraduate Sociology Symposium

On Saturday, April 8, 2016, The College of Wooster will host the 4th annual Northeast Ohio Undergraduate Sociology Symposium from 7:30am-5:00pm in Wooster, OH.  Over 70 Colleges and Universities have been invited to participate.

If you wish to present at the symposium, your abstract must be submitted online before January 20, 2017.  If you wish to just attend, or if you plan on presenting, you must register online before March 13, 2017 online.

For more information about the event, or to register and submit an abstract, please visit their website here.

Wednesday, October 26, 2016

Criminal Justice Students Learn Through Hands on Approach

Students in Criminal Investigation have begun their multi-step crime scene project by processing a mock crime scene. 
Dylan Shockey (left) takes notes as Mike Gentile (right)
 photographs the scene.
This is the second year for the project and Dr. Marc Hedrick, the professor of this course, and the one who developed this project last year, feels this project has both practical and academic applications.  

"Practically, students learn that it is necessary to thoroughly document crime scenes in order to aid in the investigation of the crime.  This documentation can also serve as the basis for formal reports that can be used in court if a case goes to trial. 
Academically, students applied the concepts of inductive and deductive reasoning.  And, like in any investigation (academic or otherwise) an investigator must be able to reason properly and spot common fallacies in reasoning so that they do not make mistakes that lead them to the wrong conclusions.  While the investigation is not yet complete, students will later interview witnesses and interrogate suspects, processes during which they must continue to apply the principles of logic with lengthening fact patterns." 
Students documented the crime scene through notes about what they observed, as well as through photographs and measurements.  Students then used these notes, photos, and measurements to create a to-scale sketch of the crime scene.   

Be sure to check back later for the next phase of the project when the students interview witnesses and interrogate suspects!

Criminal Justice Club Hosts Guest Speakers

Nicolle Valentine and Tim Batdorf
On Thursday, October 20th, the Criminal Justice Club hosted 2 speakers.  Nicolle Valentine and Tim Batdorf, both from ThreeC Counseling, spoke regarding bridging the gap between criminal justice and psychology.

Tim, owner of ThreeC Counseling in Mansfield, Ohio, bridges the gap through his methods of drug and alcohol counseling.  They follow a stricter approach of counseling which holds their clients accountable for their actions.  In order to do this, ThreeC counseling must maintain relations with various probation officers, parole officers, judges, and other criminal justice professionals.  This link between the counselors and the criminal justice professionals helps aid in an individual's recovery and helps them stay in line with their legal responsibilities.    

Dr. Marc Hedrick, Professor of Criminal Justice, shared his insights to the benefits of hearing from these guest speakers:
If you are a criminal justice major and not sure what you want to do with your degree, drug and alcohol counseling in relation to the criminal justice system might be an area you want to explore.  For this type of counseling you do not need a psychology degree, but you do have to get trained and certified.  
In fact, several students are doing field experience with ThreeC Counseling and even considering getting their certification.  This may be an option for some of you, as well.  

Thank you, Tim and Nicolle, for sharing your time and insights with the club!

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.