For the sixth year in a row, Stanislaus Geography students win awards at the statewide California Geographical Society (CGS) Meeting. This year the conference was held at Cal Poly San Luis Obispo.

Criminal Justice Students Learn by Mentoring At-Risk Youth

Stanislaus State senior Jennifer Allgood helped one local high school student find motivation to turn around a failing grade and pass a class needed for graduation. She provided emotional support to another, who was struggling in school while dealing with a death in the family.

Allgood was one of more than 100 students who participated last year in the university's Criminal Justice Mentor Program, an undergraduate requirement for Stanislaus State criminal justice students. For Allgood, like many of the mentors, it was more than a grade.

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A number of criminal justice students from Stanislaus State took home honors from regional conferences held earlier this month.

Undergraduate criminal justice major Samantha Loren Felice took first place in the student research poster competition at the Western Association of Criminal Justice (WACJ) annual meeting, held Oct. 17 to 19 in Coeur d'Alene, Idaho and Sigma Chi Epsilon, a criminal justice club on campus, participated in the American Criminal Justice Association Lambda Alpha Epsilon Region 1 Conference and Competition on Oct. 18 to 20 in Las Vegas.

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In what is fast becoming an annual tradition, graduate students from California State University, Stanislaus, last month earned top honors at the Phi Alpha Theta History Honor Society Northern California Regional Conference, winning first and third prize for their research papers.

Stanislaus State student Samantha M. Williams took the top prize at the conference with a paper entitled "Race, Politics, and Military Filibusters: Southern Attempts at Expansion in Antebellum America." Williams will be invited to present her paper at the upcoming meeting of the American Historical Society Pacific Coast Branch.

For the fifth year in a row, Stanislaus students win awards at the statewide California Geographical Society (CGS) Meeting. Criminal Justice major Samantha Felice won first-place in the undergraduate competition for her paper €œSpatial Fluctuations in Crime by Season: An Ode to Quetelet and the Green Crime Paradigm. Her faculty mentor is Dr. Gregory Morris.  Geography major Melissa Ball won third-place in the digital cartography competition for her interactive map entitled Stanislaus State (MAIS) each won travel awards to attend this year's conference at University of California, Davis.

Founded in 1946, the California Geographical Society (CGS) is the oldest and largest statewide organization devoted to enhancing the understanding of geography and promoting interaction amongst academic and applied geographers, as well as members of the general public who share an interest in geography.  The organization hosts an annual conference each spring drawing over 400 professional geographers from around the state.

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Student research and faculty mentors were supported by:

  • Cameron Pallotta, GIS Lab
  • Julie Fox and Brett Forray, Office of Service Learning
  • CHSS Dean's Teaching Initiative Grant
  • Office of Service Learning Mini-Grant
  • Instructional Support Mini-Grant
  • AHPCRC Grant
  • Dr. Angel Sanchez, Office of Institutional Research

Updated: July 11, 2023