Criminology Program Events And Highlights

Program Events and Highlights

 

Spring 2019

Supreme Court Update Roundtable-2019

Left to Right: Dr. Brenda Rowe, Diana Miranda, Kymberly Valle, Joseph Lara, and Dr. Claire Nolasco Braaten


Criminology and Criminal Justice students Diana Miranda, Kymberly Valle, and Joseph Lara
participated in the Criminology and Criminal Justice Program’s well-attended annual U.S. Supreme Court Update Roundtable at Texas A&M University-San Antonio’s Student Research Symposium on April 12, 2019.  These students presented their analyses of important U.S. Supreme Court decisions from the October 2017 term which will have a significant impact on the administration of criminal justice.  Faculty sponsors Dr. Brenda Rowe and Dr. Claire Nolasco Braaten served as roundtable moderators and mentored the students in conducting their research.

 

Fall 2018

Southwestern Association Criminal Justice Conference Karen Ramirez

Left to right:  Karen Ramirez and Dr. Brenda Rowe

Undergraduate student Karen Ramirez conducted research on the immigration narrative in presidential rhetoric under the supervision of Criminology and Criminal Justice (CRIM) faculty member Dr. Brenda Rowe.  Karen presented this research at the Southwestern Association of Criminal Justice (SWACJ) conference on October 18, 2018.

Field Observation Fourth Court Appeals

On November 27, 2018, Criminology and Criminal Justice faculty members Dr. Brenda Rowe and Robert Alonzo accompanied students for an experiential learning field observation of oral argument at the Fourth Court of Appeals.  After oral argument concluded, Justice Rebeca Martinez, Chief Justice Sandee Bryan Marion, and Justice Luz Elena Chapa (pictured above in front row, left to right) spoke to the students about how the court operates and answered students’ questions about the court.

 

Spring 2018

Research Symposium 2018

Left to right: Dr. Brenda Rowe and Timothy West

As part of a Directed Research course, student Timothy West collaborated with faculty mentor Dr. Brenda Rowe on research analyzing legislative responses to cyberbullying in the United States.  Timothy West presented this research at Texas A&M University – San Antonio’s Student Research Symposium on May 4, 2018.   

 

U.S Supreme Court Update Roundtable TAMUSA

Left to Right: Dr. Claire Nolasco, Alexandria Harrison, Sabrina Santillan, Dr. Brenda Rowe, Joseph Lara, and Sergio Navarro.

Criminology and Criminal Justice students Alexandria Harrison, Sabrina Santillan, Joseph Lara, and Sergio Navarro participated in the Criminology and Criminal Justice Program’s well-attended annual U.S. Supreme Court Update Roundtable at Texas A&M University – San Antonio’s Student Research Symposium on May 4, 2018.  These students presented their analyses of important U.S. Supreme Court decisions from the October 2016 term which will have a significant impact on the administration of criminal justice.  Faculty sponsors Dr. Brenda Rowe and Dr. Claire Nolasco served as roundtable moderators and mentored the students in conducting their research.   

 

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Left to right: Jeannette Avila, Angelica Avila, Dr. Brenda Rowe, Dr. Wanda Leal, and Jacob Cooksey

 While attending the Academy of Criminal Justice Sciences conference in New Orleans, Louisiana, Criminology and Criminal Justice faculty members Dr. Brenda Rowe and Dr. Wanda Leal, undergraduate student Angelica Avila, and guests toured the United States Court of Appeals for the Fifth Circuit.  They saw the courtrooms, judges’ conference room, and law library and learned about the court’s history and the courthouse’s architecture.  The group also met with Judge Stephen Higginson and Judge Leslie Southwick in the judge’s chambers to discuss current operations of the court.

 

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Criminology and Criminal Justice faculty member Dr. Brenda Rowe, undergraduate students Angelica Avila and Timothy West, and recent graduate Preston Heimburger are conducting research analyzing legislative responses to cyberbullying in the United States.  Angelica Avila presented this research at the Academy of Criminal Justice Sciences conference in New Orleans, Louisiana on February 15, 2018.  


 

Fall 2017

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On November 8, 2017, Criminology and Criminal Justice faculty members Dr. Brenda Rowe and Robert Alonzo accompanied students in Dr. Rowe’s Courts and Criminal Procedure and Crime and Justice Policy classes for an experiential learning field observation at the Fourth Court of Appeals.  The students observed oral argument in a criminal appeal.  After oral argument concluded, Justice Patricia Alvarez, Justice Karen Angelini, Chief Justice Sandee Bryan Marion, Justice Rebeca Martinez, and Justice Irene Rios (pictured above in front row, left to right) spoke to the students about how the court operates and answered students’ questions about the court.


 

Journey of Hope

On October 23, 2017, the Psychology Program, Criminology and Criminal Justice Program, Political Science Program, and the Division of Student Affairs hosted a guest speaker event in which the members of Journey of Hope spoke to students about their personal experiences with violence and the criminal justice system.  Speakers shared stories of how the death penalty impacts crime victims’ family members, the family members of people sentenced to death, and exonerees in order to shed light on issues surrounding the death penalty, mental illness, emotional trauma, the unmet needs of crime victims, the secondary human impact of capital punishment, and human resilience in the wake of unspeakable tragedy.


 

McHugh event

Left to right: Michael Proctor, Robert Alonzo, Thomas McHugh, Dr. Brenda Rowe, and Dr. Myunghoon Roh.

 

The Criminology and Criminal Justice Program hosted a guest speaker event on campus on October 19, 2017:  “Gideon’s Legacy in Practice: The Sixth Amendment Right to Counsel.”  At this event, Thomas J. McHugh, a criminal defense attorney specializing in federal criminal cases and former Assistant U.S. Attorney, spoke regarding the Sixth Amendment right to counsel in practice in the criminal justice system.  Approximately 160 students, faculty, and staff attended.  At the conclusion of his presentation, Mr. McHugh answered students’ questions during a robust question and answer session.  


  

Spring 2017

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Criminology and Criminal Justice students Hector Saenz, Angelica Avila, Jeremy Kohlwes, Sanjuanita Rivera, and James Walker participated in the Criminology and Criminal Justice Program’s well-attended annual U.S. Supreme Court Update Roundtable at Texas A&M University – San Antonio’s Student Research Symposium on May 5, 2017.  These students presented their analyses of important U.S. Supreme Court decisions from the October 2015 term which will have a significant impact on the administration of criminal justice.  Faculty sponsors Dr. Brenda Rowe and Dr. Claire Nolasco served as roundtable moderators and mentored the students in conducting their research.    


 

 

 

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In an event sponsored by the Criminology and Criminal Justice Program, retired Lieutenant General In-Bum Chun spoke about international security issues in East Asia and the strategic importance of the U.S.-South Korea alliance.  The event also offered students an opportunity to ask questions of General Chun, which resulted in an informative interactive dialogue between students and General Chun.

 

 


 

Fall 2016

 

Military Court System

On November 9th, Major Adam Bentz, Deputy Staff Judge Advocate at Lackland AFB, delivered a presentation on the Military Justice System to TAMU-SA students in recognition of Veterans Week. 


Pamerleau visit

Pamerleau visit

Pamerleau visit

 

On October 27th, Sheriff Susan Pamerleau spoke to students, faculty and staff regarding the role of the Sheriff’s department in Bexar County. The Sheriff discussed future expansion of the jail to include a new facility for programs geared toward veterans, reentry and mental health initiatives as well as an expanded work-release program. Sheriff Pamerleau also discussed many challenges facing law enforcement in society, such as the need to build trust in the community and to ensure officers are highly trained and equipped with state-of-the-art body cameras. The presentation was part of the Fall 2016 Criminology Speaker Series.


 

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The Criminology Program participated in the College of Arts & Sciences Faculty Speaker Series:

 

On October 5th Mr. Steve Ramirez, Lecturer of Criminology gave a presentation entitled, “Building a Community Response to the Threat of Active Shooter/Killer and Terrorism” at the Ceremony Room in The Patriot’s Casa. The presentation address the issue of the threat of mass-violence on campuses including, Work Place Violence and Active-Shooter/Killer. The goals of the presentation included informing, educating, and empowering participants as to how we as individuals and as community members can prepare for, prevent, respond to, mitigate, and recover from acts of mass violence on campus and in our community. 

Topic areas included: 

  •  De-escalation of potential work-place violence
  •  Deterrence of active shooters during target selection
  • Detection of active shooters during pre-attack surveillance 
  • Delaying of active shooters during an attack
  • Disengaging from active shooters during an attack
  • Defeating   active shooters during an attack

 

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On September 29, 2016, the Criminology Program at TAMU-SA hosted a presentation by the Executive Assistant Director of the FBI, Randall C. Coleman and a recruiting program by members of the FBI’s San Antonio Division HQ.  FBI Special Agents, Financial Analysts, Intelligence Analysts, Language Specialists, Surveillance Specialists, ET Specialists, K-9 Unit Handlers, and Evidence Response Team members were present and provided TAMU-SA students with valuable information about employment opportunities with the FBI.  

 

 

 

Spring 2016

 

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Criminology and Criminal Justice students Kimberly Cleveland, Brandi Saunders, and Lisa Longoria participated in the Criminology and Criminal Justice Program’s well-attended inaugural U.S. Supreme Court Update Roundtable at Texas A&M University – San Antonio’s Second Annual Student Research Symposium on April 29, 2016, presenting their analysis of several important U.S. Supreme Court decisions from the October 2014 term which will have a significant impact on the administration of criminal justice.  Faculty sponsors Dr. Brenda Rowe and Dr. Claire Nolasco served as roundtable moderators, with Dr. Rowe providing an overview of statistics concerning the October 2014 U.S. Supreme Court term in her introduction of the roundtable and Dr. Nolasco concluding the roundtable with a brief recap of the cases presented and then opening the floor to audience questions, which prompted a robust discussion of the cases presented and their implications.  The Criminology and Criminal Justice Program plans to make the U.S. Supreme Court Update Roundtable an annual event.  


Color of Justice

The National Association of Women Judges’ Color of Justice program was hosted at the Texas A&M University – San Antonio campus on April 27, 2016.  Approximately 50 Texas A&M University – San Antonio students and faculty and 40 middle school students attended and enjoyed the opportunity to network with members of the local legal community while learning about law school and legal careers.  A panel of lawyers shared information based on their experiences regarding how to prepare for law school, funding a law school education, and the rewards of a career in the law.  During the luncheon, judges and lawyers, including Criminology and Criminal Justice faculty member and former prosecutor Dr. Brenda Rowe, answered students’ questions regarding law school and working in the legal profession and shared with students their insights based on their careers in law.  A panel of judges shared inspirational stories of how they overcame obstacles to enter a career in law and become a member of the judiciary and informed students about judges’ role and responsibility.  

Fall 2015

On October 21st 2015, Criminology Faculty member Robert Alonzo arranged a field trip for students from TAMU-SA to the FBI SA Division HQ.  Along with detailed information concerning Special Agent and Professional Support employment positions, students were provided information on weapons used by the FBI and work conducted by the FBI's elite and world renown Evidence Response Team. 

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On April 9, 2015, the Criminology Program hosted two MADD events on campus during Bexar County Crime Victims’ Rights Week: (1) the MADD Health and Safety Fair, during which students tried out the DWI simulator and drunk goggles, saw a drunk driving impacted vehicle, and received health and safety information from more than 20 exhibitors; and (2) MADD’s Celebration of Life, an uplifting, hope-filled ceremony during which families in the local community paid tribute to loved ones lost to drunk and drugged driving crashes by participating in a balloon release, decorating flower pots, and viewing Victim Impact Memory Boards.


 

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