Friday, April 17, 2015

Justice faculty named influential persons by first/second-year UAA students

L to r: Dr. Lepage and Dr. Payne.
Dr. Troy Payne and Dr. Cory R. Lepage, Justice faculty, have been named influential persons by first-year/second-year students at UAA, according to a MAPworks survey.

The Division of Student Access, Advising & Transition (SAAT) within the Office of Student Affairs asked first-year and second-year students who took the MAPworks surveys during the 2014-2015 academic year to name "a faculty member who has assisted them the most in their academic success at UAA." A total of 535 students nominated 102 faculty members as influential persons. The division of SAAT and MAPworks program hosted an annual faculty appreciation reception on March 25 for individuals named by students. 

The MAP in MAPworks stand for Making Achievement Possible and is a student success and retention tool linking students with the individualized resources they need, when they need them. By taking just two surveys per semester, MAPworks @ UAA can assist first and second year students in getting connected to useful resources on campus.

Wednesday, April 15, 2015

Justice major to present at 6th Annual UAA Community Engagement Forum on April 24

Daniel Reinhard, Justice major, is presenting at the 6th Annual UAA Community Engagement Forum sponsored by the Center for Community Engagement and Learning (CCEL) on April 24.  Daniel will be discussing his research project, "Crime and Disorder at Town Square Park," which is related to the research he has been doing with Dr. Troy Payne, Justice faculty, in collaboration with the Anchorage Police Department and the Anchorage Downtown Partnership.

Daniel also presented a paper about his project at the recent Academy of Criminal Justice Sciences annual conference in March in Orlando.

Community Engagement Forum schedule on Friday, April 24:
11:00 a.m. - 12:00 pm Poster session
12:00 p.m. - 1:30 p.m. Luncheon program
UAA/APU Consortium Library, LIB 307

The poster session is an opportunity to talk to Community Engaged Student Assistants about their faculty-community partner projects.  The Community Engagement Forum features awards to students and faculty and highlights of our community partnerships, including the presentation of the 2015 Selkregg Community Engagement & Service Learning Award and Dr. Alex Hills Engineering & Civic Engagement Award.

Alpha Phi Sigma - criminal justice honor society - welcomes new members on April 23

 Alpha Phi Sigma National Criminal Justice Honor Society welcomes new members on Thursday, April 23 at a 12 noon meeting at the Justice Center.  Moose's Tooth pizza is on the agenda.

If you are a new inductee, come by and pick up your certificate and pin. If you are an existing member, stop by to say hello. If you are eligible for membership but haven’t signed up yet, stop by and we can explain the process.

Prof. Ryan Fortson, J.D., is the faculty advisor.

Tuesday, April 14, 2015

Dr. Blumenstein talks to Gruening Middle School class about sexual assault in Alaska

Dr. Lindsey Blumenstein, Justice faculty, spoke in February to Gruening Middle School students in Anchorage about the issue of sexual assault in Alaska. The students in Victoria Otte's 8th grade social studies class are participating in Project Citizen and are in the process of choosing a public policy topic to focus on for their project.

Dr. Blumenstein's research areas include intimate partner violence, campus sexual assault, substance abuse, and criminological theory.

The Anchorage School District website describes this program as a part of the 8th grade civics curriculum which helps students learn how to be active citizens by engaging with government and trying to solve local community public policy problems. Project Citizen is sponsored by the Center for Civic Education.

Wednesday, April 8, 2015

Save the date - April 15! 7th Annual Women in Law Enforcement Recruitment Fair at the UAA Student Union

Are you interested in an exciting career in law enforcement,  but don’t know who to ask, where to start or what to do?
Come to the Recruitment Fair! 

Date:  Wednesday, April 15
Time: 9:00 a.m. - 3:00 p.m.
Where:  UAA Student Union, Upper Level  next to the Wells Fargo Sports Complex
Parking: Free
Everyone is welcome to attend.
  • Local, state, and federal law enforcement agencies are actively recruiting for female officers.
  • Talk with agency representatives about the opportunities and rewards of a career in law enforcement.
Sponsored by:
with the support of 
UAA Justice Center

For more information, contact Danica Bryant, UAA Career Services Center, 786-4513

Monday, April 6, 2015

Alaska Justice Statistical Analysis Center releases fact sheet on Violent Crimes Compensation Board claims for FY 2004–2014

Violent Crimes Compensation Board: Claims, FY 2004–FY 2014
The most recent issue of the AJSAC Fact Sheet presents data from the Alaska Violent Crimes Compensation Board (VCCB) on claims made and compensation granted to victims of violent crime for fiscal years 2004–2014.

The report, "Violent Crimes Compensation Board: Claims, FY 2004–FY 2014," presents data on new claims filed, types of crime and types of expenses for which compensation was claimed, and compensation totals. On average, the five most common violent crimes resulting in applications for compensation over the eleven-year period were sexual abuse of a minor, domestic violence, assault, sexual assault of adults, and homicide.

The fact sheet is by Khristy Parker of the Alaska Justice Statistical Analysis Center (AJSAC). The AJSAC is housed within the UAA Justice Center and publishes Fact Sheets addressing various crime and criminal justice topics.

Friday, April 3, 2015

Dr. Blumenstein invited to join UAA Domestic Violence and Sexual Assault Coalition for Change

At UAA, the recently formed Domestic Violence and Sexual Assault Coalition for Change includes faculty and staff who are working on developing prevention programs and policy recommendations for the campus.

The group will be asking students to become involved in these efforts. Dr. Lindsey Blumenstein, Justice Center faculty, is a member of the coalition. Her areas of expertise include intimate partner violence, sexual assault and the college population, kidnapping, and research methods.

April is Sexual Assault Awareness Month

In the United States, April is Sexual Assault Awareness Month (SAAM). The goal of SAAM is to raise public awareness about sexual violence and to educate communities on how to prevent it.

Sexual violence is a major public health, human rights and social justice issue.  UAA recently formed a Domestic Violence and Sexual Assault Coalition for Change to focus on these concerns. (See related blog post, "Dr. Blumenstein invited to join UAA Domestic Violence and Sexual Assault Coalition for Change.")

Tuesday, March 24, 2015

5th annual UAF international cyberconference on dispute resolution set for April 15

UAF will host their 5th annual International Cyberconference on Dispute Resolution in April 2015. UAA is an annual participating member.

A call for papers for the Alaska Journal of Dispute Resolution is issued in conjunction with the invitation to the cyberconference. Dr. Cory R. Lepage, Justice faculty, and Barbara Armstrong, editor, Alaska Justice Forum, a research publication of the Justice Center, serve on the editorial board of the journal.

Videoconference date: Wednesday,  April 15, 2015
Time: 11:00 a.m. - 1:30 p.m. (ADT)
Videoconference connection: Contract Jerry Farnam at UAF 2 weeks in advance to confirm a video connection.   Email
UAA videoconference site: UAA Administration Bldg., Room 201
Parking at UAA: Look for kiosks in parking lots to pay for visitor parking.

Approved for continuing legal education (CLE) credit by the Alaska Bar Association: 2.5 general credits

See conference website for agenda details.

The theme is Inter-Cultural Conflict Resolution. The sessions include:
  • Therapeutic Jurisprudence and Inter-Cultural Conflict Resolution
  • The Causes and Consequences of Inter-Cultural Conflict and the Value of Restorative Practices
  • Circle Peace-Making, Indigenous Knowledge, and Dispute Resolution

Contact Prof. Brian Jarrett, Director, UAF Program on Dispute Resolution, Peace-building, & Restorative Practices for further information and to submit papers in APA format at

New look for Justice Center landing page with info for current, former, and future students

The Justice Center website landing page with information for current, former, and future students has a brand new look!  The new design includes an Events & Deadlines Calendar for easy reference, and links to DegreeWorks and Blackboard.