FHSU Criminal Justice Contingent Wins Multiple Awards at National Conference

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04/19/22

By FHSU University Communications

HAYS, Kan. – Fort Hays State University students and their faculty represented their Lambda Alpha Epsilon chapter at last month’s American Criminal Justice Association (ACJA) national conference in Kansas City, Missouri.

Ten different club members and three teachers placed in numerous events in four different divisions: lower, upper, graduate and professional.

It was the first such conference held since 2019 due to the pandemic.

In addition to conference events, students and faculty engaged in a team building activity with three teams participating in separate escape rooms, attended an educational session at the Charles Evans Whittaker U.S. Courthouse in Kansas City, Mo., and completed volunteer service at the Rose Brooke Domestic Abuse Shelter.

FHSU award winners are listed with students first (in alphabetical order with their hometown0, followed by faculty members.

Lower Division: First, ACJA Scholarship (cash award); second, criminal law; second, crime scene team with Caleb Purvis and Karen Thew.

Upper division: Third, academic poster.

  • Enrique Cabrera RodriguezOlathe

Division of Graduate Studies: First, National Paper Competition (the cash prize and paper will be published in the LAE Journal of American Criminal Justice Association); first university poster competition; first professional crime scene team with Enrique Cabrera-Rodriguez and Dr. Tamara Lynn.

  • Juan ColegioMcAllen, TX

Upper Division: Third, Forensic Psychology; second, ACJA scholarship (prize money); third, national paper contest (cash prize); third, the physical agility of men aged 18 to 25.

Graduate Division: First, ACJA Scholarship (Cash Scholarship); first, a professional crime scene team with Enrique Cabrera-Rodriguez and Dr. Tamara Lynn; second, national paper contest (cash prize); third, academic poster competition.

Upper division: second, juvenile justice; second academic poster; second, ACJA scholarship (cash award); third, team firearms with Masen Torres and Ethan Sprecker

  • Caleb PurvisWestmoreland

Lower Division: Second, Crime Scene Team with Zoe Buffington and Karen Thew.

Upper Division: First, ACJA Scholarship (cash award); first, a national paper contest (the cash prize and paper will be published in the LAE Journal of the American Criminal Justice Association).

Upper division: first, academic poster competition; third, team firearms with Masen Torres and Gavin Powell.

Lower division: first, ACJA knowledge; first, a national paper contest (the cash prize and paper will be published in the LAE Journal of the American Criminal Justice Association); first university poster competition; second, crime scene team with Zoe Buffington and Caleb Purvis; third, homeland security; third, ACJA scholarship (prize money).

Upper division: third, corrections; third, police management; third, the gun team with Gavin Powell and Ethan Sprecker.

  • Dr. Tamara Lynnassociate professor and department head

Professional Division: first crime scene team with Enrique Cabrera-Rodriguez and Abigail Hayes;

third, written ACJA knowledge exam.

  • Dr Ziwei Qme, assistant professor

Second, the physical agility of women aged 26 to 35.

  • Dr. Morgan Steeleassistant professor

Occupational Division: First, Homeland Security; second, forensic psychology; third, criminal law.

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