Thursday, March 26, 2015

Criminal Justice Program Inducts New Members into Criminal Justice Honor Society

On Monday, March 23, 2015, the Criminal Justice Program inducted 10 new members into the Alpha Phi Sigma Criminal Justice Honor Society's Alpha Upsilon Chapter. 

To be eligible for membership, students must have completed three full time semesters, with at least four of those courses being in the criminal justice field, and have declared a major or minor in criminal justice.  Students must also attain a minimum GPA of 3.2 out of 4.0 in their cumulative and criminal justice classes as well as rank in the top 35% of their class.

In short, "an invitation to membership in Alpha Phi Sigma is the highest national scholastic recognition [the] criminal justice faculty can offer," said Dr. Moseman, Interim Chair of the Criminal Justice Department.

New Members of the
Alpha Phi Sigma Alpha Upsilon Chapter 
From left to right
Front: Melissa Smith, Sara Amato, Megan Maguire, Ashleigh Keith, Kelsey Garrabrant, Kylie Bartram
Back: Maxwell Ostrowski, Daniel Medvetz, Jon Hart, Alexander Byers
Graduating Seniors
 During the Ceremony, Alpha Phi Sigma members graduating in May and in December were presented with an Honor Cord to wear during the graduation ceremony as a symbol of their academic achievement.  
From left to right
Melissa Smith, Gelsaira Ortiz, Jon Hart, Ashleigh Keith, Lacie Buckey, Alexander Byers, Kelsey Garrabrant
Not present: Kelsey Dropsey

Guest Speaker Provides Insight into
What It Is to Be a Prosecuting Attorney
As a part of the Ceremony, students also had the opportunity to hear from Ramona Rogers, J.D., former Ashland County Prosecutor and current Criminal Justice Instructor here at Ashland University.  The Ohio Supreme Court awarded her the Law Enforcement Silver Star Award for her work on behalf of victims of crimes and she was named Ohio Prosecuting Attorney of the Year in 2013.
Dr. Rogers shared her experiences with students and gave them insight into what it is to be a prosecuting attorney.  Her presentation helped students understand the relationship between law enforcement and the Prosecuting Attorney's Office.  Gaining a better understanding of how law enforcement can work with prosecuting attorneys is very beneficial to our students as many of them will interact and work with prosecuting attorneys as criminal justice professionals.  After her presentation, Dr. Rogers fielded questions from those in attendance.
Thank you, Dr. Rogers, for sharing your insight and experiences with our students!

Congratulations on your academic achievements, Alpha Phi Sigma members!