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SUNY Canton Criminal Justice Students, Professor Shine at Regional Competition

Wednesday, November 30th, 2011

Five SUNY Canton criminal justice students and their professor recently brought home three trophies they earned at a regional competition in October.

Junior Don Milos of Poestenkill, sophomore Dacia S. Arokium of Brooklyn, and Associate Professor of Criminal Justice Brian K. Harte were among the top finishers from the College’s American Criminal Justice Association (ACJA) Chapter, Beta Psi Delta, at the ACJA’s Lambda Alpha Epsilon Region IV conference.

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Sophomore Gilberto J. Gonzalez (left), freshman Emily R. Murphy, Junior Donald Milos, freshman Katie E. Hornbeck, and sophomore Dacia S. Arokium recently competed at the American Criminal Justice Association’s Lambda Alpha Epsilon Region IV conference with Milos and Arokium earning individual honors.

Three other students joined them at the competition, held at the University of New Haven in New Haven, CT, where they competed against other colleges and universities throughout the Northeast.

“Year after year, our criminal justice students continue to impress with their vast knowledge and skill sets they have acquired through their work with our top-notch professors,” SUNY Canton President Joseph L. Kennedy said. “Their many hours of hard work and determination to represent the College well truly paid off and I’m proud to have had these students represent us at this year’s regional competition.”

Arokium earned a first place trophy in the Lower Division: Police Management and Operations category while Milos earned third place in the Upper Division of the same category.

“Everyone takes the same exam,” Milos, who is the chapter’s president, explained. “The only difference between the divisions is age and year in school. The Lower Division is for freshmen and sophomores, while the Upper Division is for juniors and seniors.”

The conference included exams, agility tests, and crime scene competitions. In addition to police management and operations, the other four categories included criminal law, juvenile justice, corrections and knowledge of Lambda Alpha Epsilon.

“SUNY Canton’s criminal justice and criminal investigation students have a long standing reputation for being fierce academic competitors,” Harte said. “The criminal justice department promotes a culture of academic excellence and our students’ ability to continue to be competitive at both the regional and national levels is evidence of that. I appreciate our department’s hard work, but especially want to thank two of my colleagues, Shani Y. Curry and Paul Bowdre, who both helped with the students’ preparation for the competition.”

Harte, who is the chapter’s advisor, placed first in the Over 36 Physical Agility category, where he competed against professors as well as law enforcement officials.

In addition to Milos and Arokium, freshmen Emily R. Murphy of Colonie and Katie E. Hornbeck of Geneva, as well as sophomore Gilberto J. Gonzalez of Brooklyn, competed.

“I was proud of each member of our team, but especially our younger teammates who really stepped up to compete,” Milos, who is president of Beta Psi Delta, said. “They read through textbooks that would normally take an entire semester and learned the material in about a month. Most of the classes the exams cover are upper level and taken late during sophomore or junior year.”

Milos noted their efforts extended beyond cramming a semester’s worth of information into such a short amount of time. “My teammates learned how to process a crime scene in a month, something we don’t even begin to do until senior year. I feel nothing but pride for them and their ability to take on the commitment to compete at this level. Not only does it show their dedication to their future profession, but also their enthusiasm.”

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SUNY Canton Criminal Justice Students Win Regional Honors

Wednesday, November 17th, 2010

While most criminal investigation and criminal justice students collect evidence, eight SUNY Canton students recently collected trophies.

The students, members of the Beta Psi Delta club, the chapter of the American Criminal Justice Association – Lambda Alpha Epsilon at SUNY Canton, competed in the Association’s Region 4 Conference October 21-23 at West Virginia State University. After two days of written exams and rigorous competition, the students walked away with 12 wins, picking up more than half of the academic trophies awarded.

Andrew C. Wood, Katelyn A. Horton, Elizabeth A. Ayers, Michael P. Genyuk, Katherine L. Busch, Thomas J. Stafford, William R. Francis, Kenneth A. Farrell, Brian K. Harte, assistant professor for criminal justice.

One of the most notable accomplishments was the trophy Elizabeth S. Ayers came away with. She was the top overall individual competitor and earned “Top Knowledge” honors, earning a first place finish in the juvenile Justice competition, second in corrections and third in police management.

The students competed in seven categories at the conference with several students earning top-three finishes, including T.J. Stafford, who also earned first place in corrections. The University of Connecticut, University of Pittsburgh, University of New Haven, West Virginia State University, James Madison University and Radford University were among the dozen schools in attendance.

“We spend so much of our time studying and preparing for these tests, so it was exciting to do so well,” said Andrew C. Wood, president of the club. “We are really lucky to have the experienced faculty and professors that we do. Because of the hands-on work they have us do in the classroom and the experience in the field we’re required to complete, we already have a leg up in terms of preparation.”

“The conference is a great opportunity for our students to network and engage with other students, faculty and professionals from across the region,” said Brian K. Harte, assistant professor of criminal justice and the club’s advisor. “It builds upon the notion that in this field, it’s often about camaraderie and being able to work together as a unit.”

One of the additional benefits of attending the regional conference was the Criminal Justice Job Fair, held before competition began. “It’s beneficial for our seniors looking for employment, but also for juniors who are getting a head start on looking for internships,” Wood said, who noted that the FBI, DEA and State Police were among the many organizations represented.

After their success at the regional event, the students are eager to find a way to attend the Association’s national conference, slated for March 20-25, 2011 in Memphis, Tenn. Their attendance will depend on raising funds for the club to travel and compete there.

“We’re seeking support from anyone willing to help us get to Memphis,” Wood said. “We are in the process of speaking with local businesses who are interested in helping us and we will be doing a number of fundraisers on campus throughout the next few months.”

The Student Cooperative Alliance on campus has financially assisted the club over the last few years to help them get to Regionals. “We’re so grateful to them for their consistent support,” Wood said. “We told them we would need a big box to bring back all the trophies from Regionals, and we filled that box. I know if we go to Memphis, we’d fill an even bigger box. We want the chance to prove we’re more than ready to compete at the national level.”

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Criminal Justice and Criminal Investigation Students Win at Conference

Wednesday, December 2nd, 2009

SUNY Canton’s future law enforcement professionals received high marks at the American Criminal Justice Association northeast regional conference.

Members of Beta Psi Delta, the SUNY Canton chapter of the American Criminal Justice Association, took home a handful of awards in competitions against students from 17 other colleges.

SUNY Canton Criminal Investigation students Andrew C. Wood of Ogdensburg, Elizabeth S. Ayers of Brooktondale, and Anthony M. Puretti of Canton with their American Criminal Justice Association conference awards.

SUNY Canton Criminal Investigation students Andrew C. Wood of Ogdensburg, Elizabeth S. Ayers of Brooktondale, and Anthony M. Puretti of Canton with their American Criminal Justice Association conference awards.

“This was the first time we competed at an American Criminal Justice Association conference,” noted Criminal Justice Assistant Professor Brian K. Harte, who advises the Beta Psi Delta chapter. “We hope to compete annually as a way to promote our excellent students and our career-driven programs.”

Harte and Criminal Justice Instructor Professor Elizabeth A. Erickson traveled with the students to the conference in Philadelphia, Pa.

Among the Criminal Investigation students who placed at the conference were:

  • Elizabeth S. Ayers of Brooktondale took first place in the upper division criminal law examination.
  • Andrew C. Wood of Ogdensburg took second place in the upper divisions of the criminal law examination and the police administration examination.
  • Anthony M. Puretti of Canton took second place in the upper division of the firearms competition.

The American Criminal Justice Association and its SUNY Canton Chapter emphasizes continuing excellence within the Criminal Justice fields and promotes academic excellence and leadership among students.

SUNY Canton offers a wide variety of career-driven bachelor’s, associate, and certificate programs. Most of SUNY Canton’s new four-year programs are designed so students can take them on-campus, online, or both. SUNY Canton OnLine features more than 100 courses online each semester. The College’s athletic teams belong to the NAIA’s Sunrise Conference, enabling students to compete in their respective sports for four years. Construction is now underway for the College’s new Convocation, Athletic, and Recreation Center.

Media inquiries should be directed to Gregory Kie, Media Relations Coordinator, or call 315/386-7528.


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