Criminal Justice

Student Spotlight

Alpha Phi Sigma New and Past Members

Whitney Little-Jordan: 2014 President

Whitney Little-Jordan will serve as the President for the Alpha Phi Sigma criminal justice honor society. Whitney graduated from Northwest Vista College with an Associate's of Arts in Liberal Arts. She is currently completing her Bachelor of Arts in Criminal Justice, preparing for graduation in May of 2015. In the summer she is hoping to do her internship in a law firm or with the Office of Inspector General. Soon after she plans to enter into the Master's Justice Policy program with UTSA. Whitney has logged many volunteer hours throughout the San Antonio area. Her hard work has benefited several programs such as: Graffiti Abatement, Meals on Wheels, and Habitat for Humanity. Whitney also traveled this past May with the UTSA Criminal Justice department to do a comparative study of Spain’s criminal justice system. While traveling throughout the country she absorbed the Spanish culture, and made several life-long friends. Whitney is currently working at Diesel Barbershop, where the Mayor frequents, but when she is not busy working or in class, she enjoys shopping and spending time with her friends, and rescue cat Bevo.


Alejandra Cortes: 2014 Vice President


Alejandra Cortes is a junior Political Science major and a Criminal Justice minor with a 3.6 GPA. She was born in Guadalajara, Mexico, and has resided in San Antonio since the age of 5. She currently works at Prins Law Firm as a legal assistant. Prins Law Firm handles Real Estate Law, Asset Protection, Business Litigation, and other complex litigation. Alejandra is also active with the Texas Diaper Bank organization and her parish St. Henry's to provide necessities to low income families. When she is not busy with work or classes, she enjoys working out and watching crime shows.
She serves as the Alpha Phi Sigma Chapter Vice-President.

 

 

 

 

 

Jason Chamness: Secretary/Treasurer


Jason Chamness will serve as the Secretary/Treasurer for the Alpha Phi Sigma criminal justice honor society. Jason is a senior obtaining his Bachelors degree in Criminal Justice and a Minor in Sociology. Jason believes his involvement in Alpha Phi Sigma, will allow him to interact with the faculty on a personal basis and can only better himself as a maturing man before he graduates from college. He is a San Antonio native and has been very active in the community belonging to the San Antonio Police Explorers program. As a member of the explorers program, Jason has committed himself to many volunteer hours involving the community and the San Antonio Police Department. Jason is a candidate to graduate in May of 2015. In Jason's free time, he enjoys to be spend hours inside the gym and when he can, he loves to be in the outdoors hunting or fishing with his friends and family. Jason currently works in the private security field and hopes to apply his Bachelors degree to further his goals and aspirations.

 

 

 

Trevin King


After his May 10th graduation, Trevin is now living in Dallas and working for a great company, Diligence International Group, as an Investigative Specialist.  Thanks to the knowledge and connections available to him through UTSA Criminal Justice Department, Trevin has been given the opportunity for an exciting career and a promising future. While at UTSA, Trevin served as President of the Alpha Phi Sigma Honor Society and was active in its many projects.

 

 

Allison Fernandez


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.

 

 

Yolanda Baez


I graduated August, 2014 (walked the stage May). I am currently holding a position with the Department of Family and Protective Services as an Adult Protective Services Specialist. The mission of the DFPS is to provide services and to help individuals who are abused, neglected, or face exploitation. My job focuses on helping one of the most vulnerable and fastest growing populations in the state of Texas--the elderly. Not only do we provide any necessary resources such as enrolling our clients in Medicare, paying the utilities that they can no longer afford, and providing them with groceries so that they will be able to obtain the necessary nutrition in their diets, but we also provide them with a safe haven. Many times we are faced with a client who has been abused or neglected either by their caretakers or themselves and have many medical issues, whether it is a curable disease or a life-threatening one, and it is our duty to provide them with the right medications or the proper medical attention. The cases that we are confronted with are not easy to handle but the job has to be done and I have learned that it is important to have a sense of love and devotion for your job and the clients that you have. I am glad that I have chosen a career in this field because I can truly say that there is never a dull moment and the rewards of seeing your client happy and healthy outweigh the difficult situations that they have faced and with help, have overcame. GO ROADRUNNERS!!!