Early summer is always a welcome time on the campus of Michigan State University. This is particularly true in summer 2014 after a long and harsh winter. I am pleased to report that campus is in full bloom and we are reminded that the MSU campus is one of the most beautiful you’ll ever find!
Summer also means we just experienced another commencement weekend. Once again the College of Social Science and the Graduate commencement ceremonies spoke to the excellence of the School of Criminal Justice. For the second consecutive year, one of our faculty was selected as the College of Social Science Alumni Association Teacher of the Year. Assistant Professor Jennifer Cobbina received this prestigious award during the College of Social Science commencement ceremony. Jennifer succeeded Professor Chris Smith who was the prior year’s winner. Also recognized was Ashley Noffsinger as the Outstanding Senior in the School of Criminal Justice. Among her many achievements, Ashley graduated with a GPA over 3.9, she participated in the Australian Study Abroad Program, and completed an internship with the FBI. Ashley was one of 122 outstanding May 2014 undergraduate degree recipients.
The graduate commencement ceremony also attested to the excellence of the School and our students. Twenty-eight masters’ degree recipients received one of our varied masters degrees (criminal justice; forensic science; judicial administration; law enforcement intelligence and analysis). We look forward to seeing the contributions of these Spartans in criminal justice agencies, security firms, and similar settings.
We also had an exceptional group of doctoral students complete their degrees. All members of this year’s class have decided to pursue academic careers and we are very proud of their placements as new assistant professors in outstanding institutions. These include: Florida Atlantic University; Indiana University; Missouri State University; California State University at San Bernardino; University of Massachusetts at Lowell; and University of Southern Mississippi. We look forward to seeing their accomplishments in education and research.
Congratulations to all our outstanding students who received degrees from the Bachelor’s of Arts through the Ph.D. level! We are proud to have you join the 10,000+ School of Criminal Justice Spartan alums.
Commencement also marked my final year of presenting our students for their degrees. As of mid-August I will step down as Director and return to the role of Professor of Criminal Justice. It has been an honor and privilege to serve as Director of the nation’s longest standing degree program in criminal justice. I appreciate the support of faculty, staff, students and alumni during my 13 years as Director and I look forward to continuing to work with you as a member of the faculty.