CJA Students Recognized for Academic Achievements
A total of 28 CJA students were recently recognized for their outstanding academic achievements earned during the Spring 2016 semester.
Twenty-seven students were bestowed with Dean's List honors, including: Emily Galligan, Maurin MacNamara, Michelle Sadowski, Breyann Campbell, Patricia Gentzyel, Matthew Tamanosky, Nicholas Vaccaro, Peter Wright, Dylan Chapman, Dana Mahini, Michael Losecco, Cameron Lewis, Nicholas Mahonski, Gina Larose, Aleah Briggs, Skyler Hoover, Chelsea Davidson, Sierra Lancaster, Tanner Swan, Antonio Ruta, Curtis Weston, Brian Reich, Kathleen Christman, Melissa Cooper, Joshua Hewlett, Benjamin Danner, and Sean Allen.
Ralph Briggs was named to the President's List.
The CJA Department congratulates each of these students on their academic accomplishments. Keep up the excellent work; we are proud of you all!
LAE Awards Banquet
Lambda Alpha Epsilon (LAE), the professional coed criminal justice fraternity, held their annual awards banquet on Sat April 23rd. Over 70 people, including students, faculty, parents and other distinguished guests, attended the event.
Numerous LAE members were presented awards, including:
* Patricia Gentzyel, Brother of the Year and Brother Most Likely to get Involved with Everything Awards
* Marissa Stage, Most Creative Award
* Martina Padilla, Most Improved Brother Award
* Ana Joswick, Most LAE Spirit Award
* Shyanne McKivison, Best New Brother from the Spring Class
* Aleaya Phillips, Most Likely to be a Lawyer
* Scott Syryla, Most Likely to be a Politician & Class Clown Award
* Dana Mahini, Brother who would try to take over the World Award
* Michael Jankowski, Most Athletic Award
* Andre Morton, Grandpa of LAE Award
* Megan McSwain, Grandma of LAE Award
* Colin Ohnmeiss and Scott Syryla, Best ‘Bromance’ Award
* Amara McKinney and Aleah Phillips, Best ‘Bramance’ Award
* Princella McCullough, Worst Driver of LAE Award
CJA faculty and staff were also bestowed awards by the LAE membership. Notably, Dr. Olson was presented with the best new professor award and Dr. Johnson was presented with the best professor to receive legal advice from award, while Gayle Thompson was recognized for her many years of service. In addition, Drs. Crowl and Battin were presented with ‘funny’ awards. Specifically, Dr. Crowl was presented with the excessive use of the hashtag award (#fitting, eh?), while Dr. Battin was given the most sarcastic professor award.
Graduating LAE members, namely Patricia Gentzyel, Nicholas Mahonski, Maryann Personius, Ana Joswick, and Megan McSwain,were recognized for their service and commitment to the organization.
President Fran Hendricks, who attended the event with his wife Connie, was made an honorary LAE member and presented a plaque in commemoration.
“LAE members are part of a very unique group. They represent a well-distinguished organization, one whose students are dedicated and truly committed to giving back, to helping others,” said Dr. Justin Crowl, LAE advisor and assistant professor, Criminal Justice Administration Department. “They lead by example… to them, LAE is more than just another group; instead, it’s a lifestyle, a way to give back.”
Student Scholarship Showcase
Four CJA students, namely Emily Galligan, Dana Mahini, Sommer Gaydos and Carrie McSurdy, presented research on Wed April 20 in 307 Alumni at the Student Scholarship Showcase.
The students, who are all current members of Lambda Alpha Epsilon, the professional coed criminal justice fraternity, presented a research proposal on juvenile delinquency that their group put together last semester for the Research Methods and Stats course taught by Dr. Crowl.
A job well done ladies; keep making everyone proud!
CJA Students Recognized for Outstanding Achievements
Several Criminal Justice Administration students were recognized by Dr. Justin N. Crowl, on behalf of the CJA Department, for their outstanding achievements at the Academic Honors Reception on Mon, April 11, 2016.
was bestowed the Outstanding Senior in CJA Award. Dylan has maintained one of the highest GPA's among CJA
majors and has earned Dean's List honors on several occasions. In addition, he has been the CJA Department student worker for a little over one year where he has contributed to various projects and assisted with bringing to campus Martin Pane, US Marshall, for a presentation to students. Dylan has presented research on urban sprawl and migration trends at the Student Scholarship Showcase and has been employed as a correctional officer at the Bradford County Jail.
was honored with the Outstanding Junior in CJA Award. In bestowing the award, Dr. Crowl asserted, “Breyann is avery special person. She is an excellent student, one who consistently strives for success, both in and out of the classroom.” She is a member of Alpha Phi Sigma, which is the nationally recognized criminal justice honor society, and will be doing an internship this summer with the Ocean City Police Department. Breyann is also in the military, serving in the Air Force Reserve since she was 17 years old.Dana Mahini
was presented the Outstanding Sophomore in CJA Award. Dana has excelled academically and is also is a member of Lambda Alpha Epsilon, where she’s been actively involved on the executive board and with other professional development activities. In addition, she serves the community as a firefighter for Mansfield Hose Co 2 and an attendant for the Mansfield Firemen’s Ambulance Association. In presenting this award, Dr. Crowl added, “Dana’s academic curiosity is infectious and often accompanied by her dedication and willingness to serve.”Ralph Briggs
was recognized with the Outstanding Freshman in CJA Award. Ralph is committed to academic excellence and takes
pride in everything he does. “Although he’s been at MU for less than a year, this honoree has already left an indelible mark. He is an ideal student, one who embraces challenges and strives for success. He maintains an enthusiastic personality and is quick to help others in need”, added Crowl.
These four individuals have become well-distinguished students of our department and university. It is truly an honor to teach and mentor these bright minds! Please join me in congratulating each student on their fine accomplishments. A job well done!
Outstanding CJA Senior Recognized
Patricia Gentzyel, Criminal Justice Administration major, was selected as the CJA Department’s nominee for the 2015-2016 Outstanding Senior in Criminal Justice Administration Award.
Patricia has demonstrated an unwavering level of dedication to her academic studies, being named to the Presidents List and Deans List on multiple occasions. She has also maintained commitment to and involvement in numerous leadership and service activities. For instance, she is currently the president of Lambda Alpha Epsilon – MU Sigma, which is a national professional fraternity for CJ students.
She is also the president of Alpha Phi Sigma – Lambda Zeta, which is a national Criminal Justice honor society that is recognized by the Academy of Criminal Justice Sciences and accredited by the Association of College Honor Societies. In these leadership positions, Patricia selflessly leads by example, putting the needs of other students above her own.
In addition, Patricia has applied criminal justice experience, having completed an internship with the Clinton County Juvenile Probation Department along with an independent study with the Clinton County Correctional Facility.
She has also participated in several community service events, ranging from Toys for Tots and Mansfield’s Big Event to assisting with a mock crime investigation for a Girl Scout troop.
Please join me in congratulating Patricia on this achievement!
CJA Students Recognized for Outstanding Academic Achievements
Six CJA students were recently named to the President's List for the Fall 2015 semester; another 26 students were bestowed Dean's List honors.
Those students named to the President's List were: Mariah Murray, Joshua Hewlett, Alysia Snyder, Kyle Smith, Breyann Campbell, and Tanner Swan
Students named to the Dean's List included: Maryann Personius, Emily Galligan, Michelle Sadowski, Ryan Clifford, Zachary Loudenslager, Patricia Gentzyel, Logan Stiner, Kyle Blose, Evan Ruggles,Matthew Tamanosky, Nicholas Vaccaro, Peter Wright, Dylan Chapman, Megan McSwain, Dana Mahini, Bryan Reich, Logan Carpenter, Michael Losecco, Brad Boyce, Benjamin Clark, James Blew, Ralph Briggs, Natalie Gilbert, Brianna Hartford, Sierra Lancaster and Gina Larose.
On behalf of the CJA Department, I want to congratulate each of these students on a job well done. Keep up the excellent work; we are proud of you and all of your accomplishments!
Criminal Justice Students Receive Degrees
total of 35 CJ students received their degrees at Mansfield
University's 150th Commencement held on Saturday, May 9, 2015 at Karl
Van Norman Field.
Five students completed the requirements for the
two-year, Associate of Science degree and thirty students completed the
requirements for the four-year, Bachelor of Science degree.
Graduating Magna Cum Laude were Amber Houser and Tiffany Nobles
Those graduating Cum Laude included Timothy Jensen, Robert Mausteller, Ryan Michelitsch, Angella Miller, and Brittney Mink
Other B.S. graduates
included Matthew Batzel, Alexander Bowes, Lacey Croasdale, Tyler
Cunningham, Daniel Cwieka, Kimberly Floyd, Jenna Hoefer, Kyle Kendrick,
Cody Mackey, Michael Miller, Aaron Payne, Pablo Perez, Alivia Randall,
Michael Reamsnyder, Cody Reed, Nathaniel Smyrl, HeidiJo Sponhouse, Bryan
Starmer, Troy Taylor, Crystal Treacy, Shawn Ulmer, Whitney White and
Those receiving their A.S. degrees were Carly Herman, Sarah Kreitzer, Alyssa Mackie, Matthew Piecuch, and Gavin Rupp.
Here's to wishing these students nothing but success in all of their future endeavors. Go make us proud!
Outstanding Senior in CJA Recognized
Houser was recognized by Dr. Justin Crowl, on behalf of the CJA
Department, as the Outstanding Senior in Criminal Justice at the
Academic Honors Reception on Monday, April 13, 2015.
has excelled academically, as evidenced by her cumulative 3.6 GPA and
being awarded the Dean's List on multiple occasions. She has served as
the President of Alpha Phi Sigma, which is a national Criminal Justice
honor society that is recognized by the Academy of Criminal Justice
Sciences and accredited by the Association of College Honor Societies.
She has also served as the department's student tutor since 2011,
tutoring students not only in Criminal Justice classes but also classes
within the disciplines of Psychology, Sociology, and Political Science.
In addition, she has routinely volunteered her time to assist with
various community service activities, ranging from assisting the
American Red Cross to helping the Salvation Army to raise over 40,000
cans of food for the homeless.
bestowing this award, Dr. Crowl stated that "Amber maintains a
passionate commitment to academic excellence and takes pride in
everything that she does. She is a very resourceful individual who
actively embraces challenges and strives for success, both in and out of
the classroom. Amber has also demonstrated a commitment to leadership
and service to the department and beyond."
CJA Student-athletes Honored at the Spring Sports Luncheon
Softball's Most Improved Player award went to Laura Knight
(Conklin, NY/Susquehanna Valley). The sophomore became a key part of
the Mountaineers team making 15 appearances including six starts.
Knight, who posted a 2-5 overall record, threw 43.0 innings this season
compared to just two innings as a freshman.
Co-MVP award went to Courtney Bauder
(Jersey Shore, PA/Jersey Shore). Bauder was recently named to 1st Team
All-PSAC East honors after topping the team in nearly every statistical
category in 2015. The senior batted a team-best .350 at the plate with
43 hits in 123 at bats. Starting all 37 games at either second base or
outfield, Bauder drove in 26 runs while scoring 21 herself. She
recorded 73 total bases while hitting 12 doubles, three triples and four
(Canton, PA/Canton) was named the Most Improved Player of the baseball
program. The sophomore outfielder finished second on the team in
batting with a .386 average.
Student Scholarship Showcase
April 22, 2015, Criminal Justice Administration senior Angella Miller
and sophomore Dylan Chapman presented research at Mansfield University's
Student Scholarship Showcase. They presented original research and
data collection exploring current migration trends due to urban sprawl
and its impact on crime in rural Pennsylvania. Their work is part of a
larger research project supervised by Drs. Josh Battin and Justin
Angella is completing a 12
credit internship with the U.S. Marshals Service in Williamsport. PA,
and will graduate in May. Dylan will continue working towards his
bachelor's degree while supporting the department as its work-study
Outstanding Students Recognized for 2013-2014 Academic Year
C), a senior with a cumulative 3.850 GPA, was selected as the Department of
Criminal Justice Administration's nominee for the Outstanding Senior Award.
Alexander has maintained commitment to and involvement in numerous leadership
and service activities. For example, he serves on the Beautification Committee
of the Student Government Association (SGA). He has also participated in
trips, both nationally and abroad. While on a mission trip with Hearts in
Motion to Guatemala, Alexander worked construction at an orphanage, cared for
infants at a nutrition center, and constructed a house for a family of seven.
Alexander has also found time to sustain active membership in various clubs and
professional organizations. For instance, he is currently a member of the
Honor's Association as well as a Senate member of the SGA. He also currently
serves as assistant to the treasurer for the Committee on Finance.
Richards (pictured L) and Hanna Johnson (pictured
R) were selected by the department as at-large nominees for the Outstanding
Senior Award. Kirstin is currently the president of Lambda Alpha Epsilon, which
is a national professional fraternity for criminal justice students. In this
position, she leads over 20 student members and oversees the complete operation
and direction of the organization. She is also a member of Alpha Phi Sigma,
which is a national Criminal Justice honor society that is recognized by the
Academy of Criminal Justice Sciences. Moreover, Hanna has also taken a keen
interest in service-related activities and opportunities to excel in a leadership
role. She has performed countless hours of volunteer work and has received
recognition for her efforts. Hanna, along with Alexander and Kirstin, have
become well-distinguished students of our department and university.