Criminal Justice

Student Spotlight

Alpha Phi Sigma Welcomes New Officers

Trevin King will serve as President of the criminal justice honor society, Alpha Phi Sigma, for 2014. Trevin is a senior Criminal Justice major and a Business Administration minor from Brownwood TX and a candidate for graduation in May 2014. His experience as president of the honor society has allowed him to personally interact with many UTSA CJ professors as well as department guest speakers. Trevin is also an active member of the Hugh Obrien Student Leadership program (HOBY) and its partner, Big Brothers Big Sisters of North Texas. Through these organizations, Trevin has logged many volunteer hours that have benefited many programs throughout the Dallas-Ft. Worth area. The decision to travel with UTSA CJ department to Spain last summer was a wonderful opportunity to learn about the Spanish culture, Spain’s criminal justice system and make some great life-long friends. Trevin is presently interning with the Bexar County Office of Emergency Management and is excited about the chance of learning about how to handle emergencies in hands-on situations throughout the county and  also learn about how to plan for the security of the public. A private pilot, Trevin hopes to be able to combine his love of flying with his Criminal Justice / Business degree and stay in the San Antonio area.

 

Allison Fernandez is the Vice-President of Alpha Phi Sigma, The National Criminal Justice Honor Society. Allison graduated from San Antonio College with an Associate's of Arts in Criminal Justice and an Associate's of Applied Science in Paralegal Studies. She is a recent graduate of UTSA, completing her B.A. Criminal Justice magna cum laude in the Fall of 2013. Allison is currently a new graduate student in the Master's Justice Policy program and hopes to enter a doctoral program upon completion of her Master's degree. She currently works at a securities law firm as the Office Coordinator and Legal Assistant, helping represent Texas investors who have suffered financial losses due to the mishandling of accounts by their stockbroker or brokerage firm. The firm she works for also handles business matters and probate proceedings. She is also a Graduate Research Assistant for Dr. Jeffrey T. Ward. When she is not busy with work or classes, she enjoys running and spending time with her husband, Mark, and two Jack Russell terriers, Slash and Velvet.

 

 

 

Gender and Crime Students Serve Community with Outreach Projects

Student participating in Gender and Crime, a course offered by the Department of Criminal Justice, were asked to complete a 20-hour service project to address the needs of women in our community.  Projects could provide assistance or services for women that have experienced victimization, are at-risk for crime or delinquency, or are involved in the criminal justice system.  A number of students have gone above and beyond to help the women of San Antonio and have far exceeded the requirements of the class assignment.  The department is tremendously proud of their efforts and commitment to working towards the betterment of our community! 

 

Shanikka Brown (above right): The Rape Crisis Center of San Antonio – Shanikka volunteers her time as an advocate for survivors of sexual assault by accompanying them and providing support while receiving treatment in the hospital.  She also provides support by phone when survivors or their friends or family members call city-wide hotline.  Survivors of sexual assault can access advocates for support and information 24 hours a day at 210-349-7273 or online at www.rapecrisis.com

Milly Monreal (above left): The Grace House – Milly helps women develop valuable life skills so that they are better prepared to successfully reintegrate into the community after a period of incarceration.  For more information about Grace House and their services, please visit the organization online at www.gracehousesa.com.

 

Veronica Delgadillo (above right): Seton Home – Veronica is volunteering her time at Seton Home, and has also initiated a drive to collect donations for young, at-risk mothers and their children.  If you would like to donate new or gently used items, please contact the Department of Criminal Justice.  For more information about services offered by Seton Home, please visit the organization online at www.setonhomesa.org.

Yolanda Baez (above left): The Rape Crisis Center of San Antonio – Yolanda is volunteering as a responder for the online hotline for survivors of sexual assault, their loved ones, and citizens seeking information.  Survivors of sexual assault can access advocates for support and information 24 hours a day at 210-349-7273 or online at www.rapecrisis.com.