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Alumni honors highlight Edinboro University’s Law, Government and Criminal Justice Day

04/14/2014

Five graduates of Edinboro University’s Political Science and Criminal Justice programs will be honored at this year’s Law, Government and Criminal Justice Day on April 17. 

The EU alumni set to be honored are state Representative Ryan Bizzarro, Pennsylvania 3rd Legislative District; Jessica L. Eger, Bureau of Criminal Investigations agent in the Pennsylvania Attorney General’s Office; Lieutenant Kathy Rose, Geauga County Sheriff’s Office; Timothy Ward, Immigration and Customs Enforcement; and Officer Ryan Eugene Cappelletty, Chesterfield County Police Department (posthumously honored).

Law, Government and Criminal Justice Day activities will be held in the Frank G. Pogue Student Center on the Edinboro campus. A job and internship fair for criminal justice careers will be held in the Pogue Center Multipurpose Room concurrent to the other programs planned for Law, Government and Criminal Justice Day.

EU alumnus Dr. Peter A. Yaksick (’84, Political Science), assistant professor of psychology and criminology at Mercyhurst North East, will deliver the keynote address.

Programs scheduled during the event include:

  • EU alumnus Adam Sparks will discuss his work with the FBI at 9:30 a.m. in the Pogue Center’s Scot Theatre.
  • A panel of current Edinboro University criminal justice students and one graduate will discuss their respective experiences working in corrections and share how they were able to overcome the challenges they encountered as former offenders to become productive and successful members of their communities. This panel discussion will be moderated by Dr. Kevin E. Courtright, and will be held at 11 a.m. in the Pogue Center’s Scot Theatre
  • A law school admissions presentation will be provided by representatives from Pennsylvania State University, the Dickinson School of Law, West Virginia University College of Law and Villanova University at 2 p.m. in the Pogue Center’s Scot Theatre.
  • A presentation on digital forensics will be provided by Dr. David Dampier, director of the National Forensics Training Center, at 2 p.m. in Pogue Center, Room 303 B. 
  • Staff Sargent Amanda Offenbacher will discuss entry-level criminal investigation employment opportunities in the U.S. Army at 3:30 p.m. in Pogue Center, Room 303 B.

Law, Government and Criminal Justice Day events culminate with the induction of criminal justice students into Alpha Phi Sigma, the national criminal justice honor society, recognition of the accomplishments of EU’s American Mock Trial Association’s affiliated Mock Trial Team, and the recognition of the department’s outstanding seniors for 2013-14. 

The job fair will provide an opportunity to discuss career interests with an array of prospective employers and visiting professionals. Undergraduate students can also meet with admission representatives of graduate programs in areas of law, political science, public policy, criminal justice and related fields.

For more information, please contact the Department of Political Science and Criminal Justice at (814) 732-2409 or email Elvage G. Murphy, J.D., chairperson of the Department of Political Science and Criminal Justice, at emurphy@edinboro.edu.