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Marine Corps Vet Has Sights Set on Criminal Justice Career

Posted by Greg Lindberg on Nov 16, 2017 9:01:00 AM

Providing security for the president of the United States is one of the most critical jobs around. Saint Leo University undergraduate student Don Eubanks can say he had a hand in this role during his five-year stint in the Marine Corps.

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Topics: Criminal Justice, Military, Undergraduate Studies

All Aboard for Academics: Saint Leo Students Learn at Sea

Posted by Greg Lindberg on Nov 7, 2017 12:32:11 PM

Have you ever dreamt of earning college credit aboard a luxurious cruise ship?

Dreams like that actually come true at Saint Leo University.

From Oct. 21-28, 2017, Saint Leo had 19 students set sail on the 4,200-passenger Norwegian Escape for the university’s Learning at Sea Cruise. Presented by the school’s Department of Public Safety Administration and Department of Criminal Justice, the topic of the western Caribbean adventure was “Smuggling on the High Seas: Human Trafficking and Dangerous Drugs.”

Lex Hauryluck, a 21-year-old senior who is working toward a bachelor’s in criminal justice with a specialization in homeland security, went on the trip.

“I thought it was an awesome experience,” he says. “It really allowed us to get to know the professors who went with us on a personal level. There were some really high-intensity lectures that were cool to watch.”

He admits that the whole environment of studying on a ship was unique as well.

“It was a nice break from being on campus, and the lectures were different from any classes I’ve ever taken at Saint Leo,” he adds. “The boat was rocking at times, and you could hear the announcer on the ship making announcements about everything going on onboard. But the lectures were fast-paced and very intriguing.”

Lectures were held on two full days when the ship was at sea. On the other days, the students and faculty had the opportunity to go on shore and visit several ports of call. These included Cozumel, Mexico, Costa Maya near the Yucatán Peninsula, Roatán off of Honduras and Belize. The original stops were scheduled for islands in the eastern Caribbean, but damage from the recent hurricanes shifted the itinerary to the west.

Hauryluck, who is also a resident assistant on campus, says his goal is a career in counterterrorism analysis in the CIA. He also recently took the New York City firefighter exam and would consider such a path to follow in his dad’s footsteps.

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Topics: Criminal Justice, Class trips

Criminal Justice Careers: Getting Started In Corrections

Posted by Saint Leo University Online on Dec 12, 2016 8:00:00 AM

What’s it like to work in corrections? Saint Leo criminal justice professor explains why corrections is a meaningful career path.

Everyone knows that Hollywood movies are not known for depicting reality. They’re, well, Hollywood movies.

So as entertaining as all those classic films about prisons and prison life are – from “The Birdman of Alcatraz” to “Shankshaw Redemption” – they’re probably not the best resource for learning about the corrections field or the significance of a career in corrections.

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Topics: Criminal Justice

Online Master’s In Criminal Justice:  Faculty Spotlight

Posted by Saint Leo University Online on Sep 19, 2016 8:42:32 AM

Saint Leo faculty who teach online criminal justice and emergency and disaster management graduate courses are leaders and veterans in their fields.

For graduate students in criminal justice or emergency management, learning from professors with decades of practitioner experience in the field is invaluable.

And at Saint Leo University, it’s also nothing unusual.

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Topics: Criminal Justice, Critical Incident Management

14 Civilian Careers In Law Enforcement

Posted by Saint Leo University Online on Aug 8, 2016 8:00:00 AM

Criminal justice students looking for nonsworn positions in law enforcement have plenty of options.

From forensic technicians or public information officers to victim advocates and private investigators, there are numerous opportunities for nonsworn careers in law enforcement for criminal justice grads.

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Topics: Criminal Justice

CSI In Real Life | What Do Criminalists Do?

Posted by Saint Leo University Online on Jun 16, 2016 8:00:00 AM

Criminal justice graduate student Melody Shinner talks about how an interest in forensics and criminal justice has evolved into a career she loves.

Gunshot residue, latent fingerprints, fiber samples and strands of hair.

Think we’re talking about props for an episode of CSI?


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Topics: Criminal Justice

Honoring The Thin Blue Line

Posted by Saint Leo University Online on May 19, 2016 8:00:00 AM

This is National Police Week – a time to honor our nation’s law enforcement professionals, which is something Saint Leo does year round.

The windowsill in Dawn Farrier’s office in Saint Leo's Graduate Admissions Department is crowded. It's lined with cards embossed with police badges and framed letters bearing law enforcement agency seals – correspondence from police chiefs and sheriffs around the country.

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Topics: Criminal Justice

Beyond The Badge

Posted by Saint Leo University Online on May 16, 2016 8:00:00 AM

During National Police Week, veteran officers in Saint Leo’s graduate criminal justice program offer a few thoughts about a career in law enforcement.

At the age of 23, Michael Farrier was in a dead-end job and unsure of what he wanted to do with his life. What he wanted most was a career he could be proud of. He found that career in law enforcement. Now a lieutenant, he started as a detention deputy with the Hillsborough County Sheriff’s Office 21 years ago.

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Topics: Criminal Justice

Got Clues? Insight Into The Life Of A Real Private Eye

Posted by Saint Leo University Online on Apr 28, 2016 8:00:00 AM

Francie Koehler, a great grandmother, accomplished private investigator, and radio talk show host completes Saint Leo’s online criminal justice degree program.

Francie Koehler, 73, devoured Nancy Drew books when she was young. While fascinated by the adventures of the feisty, independent teenage detective, Francie never imagined herself as a super sleuth tracking down clues and solving mysteries.

Fast forward to 2016 and that’s exactly what Francie has been doing for nearly three decades.

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Topics: Criminal Justice

Studying Counterterrorism Tactics, Methods In Israel

Posted by Saint Leo University Online on Feb 18, 2016 8:00:00 AM

Online students are encouraged to participate in annual, one-of-a-kind course abroad.

For Mike Fritz and Katelyn Flanagan, students in Saint Leo’s online criminal justice degree program, last year’s nine-day course in Israel studying best practices in counterterrorism was the experience of a lifetime.

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Topics: Criminal Justice

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