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Criminal Justice students and professors present at conference

Date: 3/20/2012

Three senior criminal justice students and four of their professors attended and presented at the Academy of Criminal Justice Sciences 49th Annual Conference in New York, March 14-17, 2012. 

Established in 1963, the Academy of Criminal Justice Sciences is an international association that promotes criminal justice education, research, and policy analysis within the discipline of criminal justice for both educators and practitioners.

Junior Thomas Hall presented “Human Trafficking: The Lost Children,” senior Ryan Hermany presented “Castle Doctrine Law: Shoot, Don’t Shoot,” and senior Angela Smith presented “Faith and Law Enforcement.” All three student presenters are majoring in criminal justice at Alvernia, and are current members of the Alpha Phi Sigma National Honor Society and the St. Thomas More Honor Society. “We’re very proud of this group of students,” said Dr. Ed Hartung, chair of criminal justice department at Alvernia. “They all presented themselves professionally and represented our university well.”

Peggy Bowen-Hartung, Ph.D., CTS (associate professor of criminal justice, IRB chair, and chair of psychology and counseling) presented “Veterans: Criminals or Heroes?” Her presentation explored the development of veteran’s courts and their impact on the criminal justice system. Attendees debated whether veterans should be treated as “regular” criminals or if they are using their status to escape punishment for crimes.

Edgar J. Hartung, M.A., JD (associate professor and criminal justice department chair) presented “Patriot Act: Concerns about Infringement on Constitutional Rights.” His discussion focused on Amendment IV of the U.S. Constitution, which guarantees in part, “The right of the people to be secure in their persons, houses, papers, and effects, against unreasonable searches and seizures, shall not be violated.” Hartung asked if governmental agencies are circumventing Amendment IV and infringing on the constitutionally guaranteed rights of the citizens of this country, via the Patriot Act, in the name of protecting us against acts of terrorism. 

Barry J. Harvey, M.S. (assistant professor of criminal justice) presented “Organized Retail Crime: Fuel for the Illegal Drug Trade,” and “Targeting Organized Retail Crime: The Effectiveness of new Legislation.”

Rosemary C. McFee, M.Ed. (instructor of criminal justice) presented “Schools and Clubs – Who Benefits?” She discussed students’ involvement in activities as being an integral part of the school experience, and focused on the beneficiaries of community agencies and school clubs, including the students, the schools and their communities.

 
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  • History: Established as a private four-year liberal arts college in 1958, Alvernia celebrated its 50th year by being awarded university status in 2008.
  • Heritage: Founded by the Bernardine Sisters, a Catholic religious order, the university embraces the Franciscan core values of service, humility, collegiality, contemplation and peacemaking.
  • Motto: “To Learn, To Love, To Serve”
  • Campus: The main campus in Reading is 121 acres, with two satellite campuses in Philadelphia and Pottsville (Schuylkill County).
  • Location: Our residential campus is situated three miles from center-city Reading, in the scenic Blue Mountain area of Eastern Pennsylvania.
  • Enrollment: 3,000 students attend Alvernia including 1,500 traditional undergraduates, 600 continuing education students, and 780 graduate students. Over 77% of first-year students live on campus.
  • Faculty: Our professors are accomplished scholars, experts in their fields, and supportive mentors. The student-to-faculty ratio is 14:1. Most classes are 20 students or fewer.
  • Athletics: NCAA Division III, member of the Commonwealth Conference of the Middle Atlantic States Athletic Corporation and member of Eastern College Athletic Conference, 8 men’s and 10 women’s intercollegiate sports.