Last month, nine Ferrum College Criminal Justice Club members and two professors attended the Region 4 American Criminal Justice Association-Lambda Alpha Epsilon (LAE) conference held October 17-20, 2013, in Newark, Del. In addition to attending educational seminars presented by criminal justice professionals, they participated in academic, physical agility, and crime scene investigation competitions, placing at least one person in each category and returning to campus with seven awards.
“Criminal justice students have an opportunity to attend the annual conference to showcase their knowledge and skills at different levels and this year’s attendees did an excellent job competing. Many of our students experienced this type conference and competition for the first time this year and to return to Ferrum with seven awards is a credit to the students’ knowledge, skill and dedication to the program and profession,” said David Nicholson, club advisor and assistant professor of criminal justice.
In the academic competitions, Gretchen Whitlock, a sophomore criminal justice major with a minor in psychology from Floyd, placed 1st on the lower level police management written test, and Victoria Bowman, a senior criminal justice major with emphasis in applied criminology and minors in psychology and sociology from Patrick County, won 1st place on the upper level corrections written exam.
Logan Hodges, a sophomore criminal justice major with emphasis in forensic investigation and a minor in Spanish from Carroll County; Carl Russell, a senior computer information systems major with emphasis in networking, tech support and programming and minors in accounting, criminal justice and business from Danville; and Kaye Woods, a junior criminal justice major with emphasis in forensic investigation and minors in forensic science and chemistry from Buchanan, made up the College’s crime scene investigation team that placed 2nd in the upper division competition, which included the characteristics of a normal crime scene investigation. Participants were expected to walk into a crime scene, write down evidence, make sketches and try to conclude what had happened during the crime.
Megan Getz, a senior criminal justice major with emphasis in forensic investigation from New Market, placed 2nd in the physical agility competition for women age 25 and under, which included jumping hurdles, balance beams, running through tires, jumping through a window and many other obstacles.
In addition to the student winners, Dr. Nicholson won 3rd place on the juvenile justice and 2nd place on the police management upper level written tests.
Also attending the conference were Benjamen Taylor, a senior criminal justice major with emphasis in applied criminology with minor in sociology from Carroll County; Deserae Griffith, a senior criminal justice major with emphasis in applied criminology and minor in psychology from Luray; Dylan Hodson, a senior criminal justice major with emphasis in administration and leadership with minor in accounting from Newport News; and Billy Long, assistant professor of criminal justice.
Ferrum College’s Delta Chi Omega chapter of LAE will host the Region 4 American Criminal Justice Association-LAE conference next fall.