Two Criminal Justice Undergraduate Students Receive Award


Pictured: Jamie Izen and Colin Emrich

The School of Criminal Justice is proud to announce that Colin Emrich (Evanston, Illinois/Evanston Township High School) has been named the Outstanding Senior for the class of 2015, and Jamie Izen (Shelby Township, Michigan/Henry Ford II High School) was selected as Banner Carrier for spring Convocation. Both students were selected based upon high academic achievement, as well as their involvement in extra-curricular activities and internships.

Colin Emrich, a member of the Alpha Phi Sigma National Honor Society in Criminal Justice, will graduate with honors this spring. Colin plans to attend a local police academy upon graduation, and pursue a career in law enforcement. Colin participated in the Inside-Out program, in which MSU students take a course in a residential correctional facility with inmates, and completed internships with the Chicago Police Department and the 30th Judicial Circuit Court. Colin’s achievements in the classroom were noted by multiple faculty members who consistently ranked him among the best students they have had throughout their teaching careers. One professor stated “he’s one of my all-time favorite students,” and went on to discuss how Colin was an “absolutely stellar performer in class discussions, paper assignments and exams.” Another faculty member stated that “Colin is the most hardworking and intelligent student I have taught at Michigan State University. I have to admit that I never met an undergraduate student with such intellectual curiosity. He was inquisitive, asked thoughtful questions, and offered incredibly thoughtful and critical responses.”

Jamie Izen is also a member of the Alpha Phi Sigma National Honor Society, and will graduate with honors this spring. She looks forward to a career in law enforcement or probation and parole. Jamie participated in the Inside-Out program, took advantage of multiple internship opportunities (e.g., District 1 Regional Medical Response Coalition , 30th Judicial Circuit Court), and collaborated with faculty on research. As one faculty member described of Jamie’s contributions as a research assistant, “Jamie has proved to be an invaluable member for this project, as she is very efficient, organized, and responsible.”

It is clear Colin and Jamie are deserving of these distinctions, and will go on to be excellent representatives of the School of Criminal Justice at Michigan State University.