Monday, May 2, 2016

Congrats from the Justice Center to our May 2016 Justice and Legal Studies grads - best wishes for the future!

Congrats from the Justice Center to our May 2016 Justice and Legal Studies grads!

Thirty-seven graduates from the Justice Center celebrated their commencement on May 1, 2016.

The Justice Center faculty and staff congratulate all of our graduates and wish them every success going forward!

Justice Center celebrates professional administrative staff

L to r: Melissa Green, Publication Specialist;
Tuyet Tran, Academic Program Specialist;
and Amy Perkins, Fiscal Technician.
Not pictured: Charlotte Titus, Office Manager.
On April 27, the Justice Center celebrated the professional administrative staff and their contribution to our academic and research programs. These individuals are important members of the Justice Center team of faculty and staff.

Friday, April 29, 2016

Dr. Rivera is coauthor of Anchorage Collaborative Coalitions report on youth behavioral needs assessment

Dr. Marny Rivera, Justice Center faculty, is a co-author of a report, Growing up Anchorage 2015: Anchorage Youth and Young Adult Behavioral Health and Wellness Assessment developed as part of a UAA research project led by the Center for Human Development. This project is under the auspices of the Anchorage Collaborative Coalitions.

The UAA team includes researchers from the Center for Human Development, the Justice Center, the Center for Behavioral Health Research and Services, and the Department of Health Sciences

This report will be used to inform the design of a community-based intervention for interrupting youth suicide, determining mental illness risk factors, and fostering well-being, as well as resiliency.

Monday, April 25, 2016

Dr. Payne and Justice grad Daniel Reinhard co-author article in International Criminal Justice Review

Dr. Troy Payne, Justice faculty, and Daniel Reinhard, '15 BA Justice, co-authored an article, "The Complexity of Problem-Solving in Urban Parks: A Case Study," recently published in the journal, International Criminal Justice Review.

The article describes data collection and analysis of a limited evaluation of an intervention meant to reduce crime and disorder in an urban park through increasing park use. The case study uses Town Square Park, an urban park in the Municipality of Anchorage.

Daniel Reinhard is currently in the graduate program at the School of Criminology, Simon Fraser University, Vancouver, B.C.

Thursday, April 21, 2016

Alpha Phi Sigma - national criminal justice honor society - inducts 16 new members in spring 2016

L to r: Newly inducted Alpha Phi Sigma members Allisa Nguyen, Brandi Cordero, Austin Otos, Stephanie Smith,
Alpha Phi Sigma faculty advisor Dr. Ryan Fortson, Jennifer Ham, Nathel Sims, and Sevy Sheppard. Not pictured: Jacqueline Hull, Jessica Leigh, Jessica Mannhardt, Case Mohr, Montana Nolan, Kelsey Smith, Jennifer Tillman, Kollin Wallace, and Weili Weng.
Sixteen Justice and Legal Studies majors were inducted as members of the Alpha Phi Sigma National Criminal Justice Honor Society, Omega Xi Chapter, on Tuesday, April 12, at the UAA/APU Consortium Library. Family and friends attended the ceremony, followed by a reception.

To be selected for this honor, each student had to maintain a 3.2 overall cumulative GPA and 3.2 GPA in their Justice or Legal Studies major. Alpha Phi Sigma recognizes academic excellence of undergraduate and graduate students of criminal justice.

Dr. Ryan Fortson, J.D., faculty advisor, moderated the ceremony.

Final report from Governor's Housing Summit released - Dr. Rivera facilitated session on reducing recidivism through housing

The summation reports from the Governor's Housing Summit held January 6, 2016 at UAA have been released.

Dr. Marny Rivera, Justice Center faculty, facilitated the Reducing Recidivism through Housing breakout session which included assistance from Bryan Butcher, CEO/Executive Director, Alaska Housing Finance Corporation (AHFC), and Jeff Jesse, Chief Executive Officer, Alaska Mental Health Trust Authority (AMHTA), and a designated note-keeper, Morgen Jaco, Reentry Coordinator, Probation Officer II, Department of Corrections.

Below is the summary for the Reducing Recidivism through Housing session:

The goal of the summit noted on the Governor's website was "to bring together Alaskans from across the state to identify the barriers and seek budget-neutral solutions to the numerous housing challenges facing Alaskans."

A total of 8 breakout sessions were held at the summit: Alaskans Experiencing Homelessness, Housing Affordability in Rural Alaska, Incentivizing Private Sector Housing Investments, Innovative Funding and Financing Options for Housing, Reducing Recidivism through Housing, Senior Housing, State Building Codes and Energy Efficiency Standards, and Veteran Homelessness.  The mandate for the sessions was to generate recommendations that would be budget-neutral.

Wednesday, April 20, 2016

Pre-Law Society hears from attorney Matt Findley about arguing before the U.S. Supreme Court

Matt Findley discusses the background of the case.
Attorney Matt Findley, who argued the recently decided case of Sturgeon v. Frost in front of the U.S. Supreme Court, spoke to the Pre-Law Society on April 15 about his preparation for and experience of arguing in front of the highest court in our nation.

The case addressed jurisdiction over rivers in national parks and more specifically, whether Mr. Sturgeon could use his hovercraft to hunt moose in the Yukon-Charley Rivers National Preserve.
Prof. Fortson (standing) introduces Matt Findley (r seated).

Mr. Findley is with the Anchorage law firm of Ashburn & Mason.  Prof. Ryan Fortson, J.D., is the Pre-Law Society faculty advisor.

AJSAC Fact Sheet released -- Alaska Trauma Registry: Trauma Admissions Involving Firearms, 2009-2014

The most recent issue of the AJSAC Fact Sheet presents data on trauma admissions to all 24 Alaska acute care facilities for injuries involving firearms for the period 2009 - 2014. The report, "Alaska Trauma Registry: Trauma Admissions Involving Firearms, 2009 - 2014," presents data provided by the Alaska Department of Health and Social Services (DHSS), Department of Public Health, Alaska Trauma Registry.

The fact sheet is by Khristy Parker, Research Professional, Alaska Justice Statistical Analysis Center (AJSAC).

Tuesday, April 19, 2016

UW School of Law hosts information table for UAA students

Dr. Kuszler (r) talks to a student about the LSAT.
Patricia C. Kuszler, M.D., J.D., Vice Dean of the University of Washington School of Law, visited the UAA campus on April 11 to host an information table for UAA students interested in law school. Dr. Kuszler also made a presentation in Prof. Jason Brandeis' class, LEGL 101, Intro to Law.

Prof. Deb Periman, J.D., Legal Studies Program Coordinator in the Justice Center, joined Dr. Kuszler in advising students about the LSAT, careers in law, and the 3+3 accelerated law school admissions program with UW. 

L to r: Prof. Deb Periman, J.D., Justice Center, and
Dr. Patricia Kuszler, Vice Dean, UW School of Law, at
the information table in SSB on April 11.

Monday, April 18, 2016

Dr. Lepage recognized by two senior Seawolf women's basketball players for his support

Dr. Cory R. Lepage, Justice faculty, was one of over 20 UAA professors recognized on Faculty Appreciation Night 2016 by senior Seawolf women's basketball players.  Players invited faculty members to the event on February 11, 2016 at the Alaska Airlines Center to thank them "for their work in the classroom and their support of the Seawolves."

L to r: Dr. Lepage and Jessica Madison
on the court at the faculty appreciation
Dr. Lepage was invited by Seawolf  players Jessica M. Madison and Dominique V. Brooks; both are Justice majors. As players and faculty stood on the court, the announcer read a brief statement of appreciation written by the students about each faculty member.  Here are excerpts from the comments about Dr. Lepage:

"Professor LePage was always understanding of my athletic travel schedule and was always willing to help me stay on track." (Jessica Madison)

L to r: Dominique Brooks and Dr. Lepage
on the court at the faculty appreciation
"He was always willing and determined to help his students any way he could.  Dr. LePage has been very understanding of our travel schedules." (Dominique Brooks)