Major Nancy Kowal, Head of Forensics for the Pennsylvania State Police, spoke to senior adults and students in the Upland Center on Wednesday, November 12. Kowal, a Governor Mifflin graduate, is the only female major in Pennsylvania.
She visited Alvernia University for the Seniors College “Crime & Evidence” class, designed to introduce students to the law of evidence and related concepts such as forensics, evidence collection, and the Hearsay Rule. Daria LaTorre teaches the popular class.
“Knowledge is our way to fight crime,” Kowal expressed to the full classroom. Alvernia students were invited to join the Seniors College for her presentation. “I was so excited to explain what we do,” said Kowal, “But I didn’t know what to expect from a Seniors College. They never once stopped asking questions!”
Alvernia faculty and community experts who teach in the Seniors College (including Major Nancy Kowal, and Alvernia President Tom Flynn) all volunteer their time. Twenty-seven courses are being offered this fall.