A group of nine students and two professors returned from a conference in Delaware
with seven awards.
Ferrum, VA (Nov. 21, 2013) – 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
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.
About the photograph: (Back row, standing left to right) Ferrum College Assistant Professor of Criminal
Justice Billy Long and Ferrum College Criminal Justice Professor and Program Coordinator
William Osborne, Jr. (Middle row, standing left to right) Ferrum College Criminal
Justice Club members Deserae Griffith, Carl Russell, Megan Getz, Logan Hodges, Gretchen
Whitlock, Kaye Woods, Victoria Bowman, Benjamen Taylor and Dylan Hodson. (First row,
seated left to right) Ferrum College Assistant Professor of Criminal Justice and Criminal
Justice Club advisor David Nicholson, Danville Community College President Bruce Scism,
Ferrum College President Jennifer Braaten, Ferrum College Interim Vice President for
Academic Affairs Gail Summer, and Danville Community College Administration of Justice
Professor John Wilt.
About Ferrum College: Ferrum College is a four-year, private, co-educational, liberal arts college related
to the United Methodist Church. Ferrum offers a choice of nationally recognized bachelor's
degree programs, at a cost well below the national average for private colleges. The
College celebrates its centennial in 2013.