Monday, February 28, 2011

Justice Club application deadline March 4 for tour of Spring Creek Correctional Center in April

The Justice Club has arranged for a tour of the Spring Creek Correctional Center on Friday, April 8. Individuals must apply for a slot on the tour. The deadline for applying is Friday, March 4.

There are only 5 spaces remaining. The tour is open to non-Justice Club members. Any student wanting to go on the tour, must fill out a background check form by Friday, March 4. Forms are available in the Justice Center office, LIB 213.

Dr. Payne presents at Academy of Criminal Justice Sciences conference - Justice Club members attend also

Dr. Troy Payne, Justice faculty, will co-present at the 2011 Academy of Criminal Justice Sciences conference, March 1-5, 2011, in Toronto, Canada.

Dr. Payne's presentation is part of the panel "Responding to Special Issues in Policing." He and his colleagues from the University of Cincinnati will address, "People, Places and Owners: Finding the Locus of Police Intervention to Prevent Crime" on March 3.

UAA Justice majors and members of the UAA Justice Club, Kristen Doughty, Rae Posey, Erika Chernikoff, and Sam Peters will also be attending.

Friday, February 25, 2011

Dr. Rosay publishes article in "Sex Roles: A Journal of Research"

Dr. André Rosay, Justice Center Director, and former graduate student Dr. Amy Cass, now an Assistant Professor at California State University, Fullerton, have published an article, "College Student Perceptions of Criminal Justice Responses to Stalking," in the journal Sex Roles: A Journal of Research.

The research conducted by Drs. Cass and Rosay shows that victims’ gender and their relationship to perpetrators impact college students' perceptions of criminal justice system responses to stalking.

Sex Roles is an interdisciplinary journal that offers a feminist perspective to illuminate the underlying processes and consequences of gender role socialization, gendered perceptions and behaviors, and gender stereotypes.

Thursday, February 24, 2011

AK Victimization Survey cited in Pride Foundation article

The Justice Center 2010 Alaska Victimization Survey was cited in an article, "Re-thinking LGBT domestic violence in Alaska," in the Pride Foundation blog, February 23, 2011.

The article highlights the curriculum, “Think/Re-Think: Domestic Violence in Bi, Trans, Lesbian and Gay Relationships,” developed by past Pride Foundation grantee, the Alaska Network on Domestic Violence and Sexual Assault (ANDVSA).

Justice Club to assist Clare House emergency women's shelter on Feb. 25

The Justice Club will be volunteering for the Clare House emergency women's shelter, Friday February 25, 2011 at 3:00 p.m. They will be assisting the shelter by organizing their donation room.

If you want to join in volunteering, please email before Friday.

This is an on-going volunteer project that has been arranged with Clare House. The club will be volunteering the last Friday of every month so if you cannot make it this time, please plan on joining them March 25!

Tuesday, February 22, 2011

Prof. Periman appointed to Books of the Year faculty steering committee

Prof. Deb Periman, Justice faculty, was one of six faculty members from UAA and APU appointed to the 2011-2013 UAA/APU Books of the Year Faculty Steering Committee by Senior Vice Provost Rene Carter-Chapman. The Books of the Year program continues to be part of the Difficult Dialogues initiative, which brings faculty, staff, and community members together to explore common themes.

The theme for 2011-2013 is “Money and Morality,”and has been changed to a two-year theme to allow more time for weaving the theme and books into curriculum, and fostering campus and community partnership programs.

To suggest a book or program related to the theme, contact Final selections will be announced in March 2011.

Monday, February 21, 2011

Special presentation to past Forum editor

In honor of her contribution to justice research in Alaska, Antonia Moras, Alaska Justice Forum editor from 1987 - 2008, was recently presented by the Justice Center with a bound set of the Forum issues that were published under her editorship.

Ms. Moras is currently doing consulting work on justice issues with the Alaska Court System and other agencies, and has relocated to Connecticut.

Dr. Myrstol invited to attend youth safety conference

Dr. Brad Myrstol, Justice faculty, has been invited to attend the 2011 Youth Safety In-Service sponsored by Alaska State Drug Abuse Resistance Education (D.A.R.E.) in Anchorage on February 23 - 25. Dr. Myrstol has been involved in research on violence in schools and public perceptions of police in schools. He recently published an article in the Alaska Justice Forum on School Resource Officers (SROs).

The D.A.R.E. program is part of the Alaska Department of Public Safety, and is supported by D.A.R.E. Alaska, Inc., a 501(c)3. The Statewide Coordinator is located with the Alaska State Troopers.

The in-service features national and local speakers on topics including Guns, Gangs and Our Kids; Teen Dating Violence; Using Classroom Management Strategies that Create Positive Culture; Cyber Safety, Security & Ethics for Students; Safety and Security Assessments for Schools and Communities; The Drug Spice/K2.

Dr. Lu discusses child labor in China

Dr. Lu De-ping, Professor at Tianjin Foreign Studies University, and Justice Center affiliate faculty, presents "Child Labor Issues in China" on Thursday, February 24, 7:00 p.m. in Rasmuson Hall 101.

Dr. Lu is the former Deputy Director for Academy of Youth Development at the China Youth University for Political Science in Beijing. On behalf of the organization, Save the Children, he has researched child labor and the economic factors and social implications of this global issue.

This program is co-sponsored by the UAA College of Arts & Sciences and the UAA Confucius Institute.

Friday, February 18, 2011

Dr. Rosay presents to UA Board of Regents

Dr. André Rosay, Justice Center Director, presented highlights about the Justice Center to the University of Alaska Board of Regents at their meeting on the UAA campus on Thursday, February 17, 2011.

Thursday, February 17, 2011

Dr. Rosay meets with grantees for Rural Domestic Violence & Sexual Assault Pilot Project

Dr. André Rosay, Justice Center Director, will meet on Friday, February 18, 2011 with grantees for the Rural Domestic Violence and Sexual Assault Pilot Project. Dr. Rosay's presentation is part of a 2-day program of sessions with grantees to ask them for their assistance and viewpoints in how to best structure the project.

Speakers include rural grantees, as well as representatives from the Governor's Office/Domestic Violence & Sexual Assault Initiative, the State of Alaska Department of Behavioral Health, and the Alaska Mental Health Trust.

Wednesday, February 16, 2011

Dr. Everett interviewed by Associated Press about recidivism

Dr. Ron Everett, Justice faculty, was interviewed by the Associated Press (AP) for an Anchorage Daily News article, February 13, 2011, on the recidivism rate of Alaska offenders, "Group plans to slow rate of recidivism." The article also discusses the soon to be released "Alaska's 5-Year Prisoner Reentry Strategic Plan, 2011 - 2016" prepared by the Alaska Prisoner Reentry Task Force.

Tuesday, February 15, 2011

Justice Club meets, Friday, February 18, 1:00 p.m.

The next Justice Club meeting will be on Friday, February 18, 2011 at 1:00p.m. in LIB207B.

Alaska Victimization Survey cited by Governor at Anchorage Chamber of Commerce lunch

Governor Sean Parnell cited the 2010 Alaska Victimization Survey by the Justice Center in his remarks to the Anchorage Chamber of Commerce at the February 14, 2011 "Make It Monday" lunch. The Governor focused on awareness and prevention of domestic violence and sexual assault in his address to the attendees.

KTUU Channel 2 reported on this event in "Gov. Parnell speaks out against domestic violence and sexual assault." The Anchorage Daily News also reported on this story in "Parnell: Businesses can play role in fighting violence."

Monday, February 14, 2011

Dr. Myrstol publishes homelessness article in "Crime & Delinquency"

Dr. Brad Myrstol, Justice faculty, co-authored the article, "The Jailing of America's Homeless: Evaluating the Rabble Management Thesis," with Dr. Kevin Fitzpatrick of the University of Arkansas, Fayetteville, which now appears in the journal, Crime & Delinquency, vol. 57 , no. 2, 2011.

The article was originally published online in 2008 with Sage Publications while Dr. Myrstol was a faculty member at the University of Arkansas, Fayetteville.

Dr. Chamard invited to review Justice text from Carolina Academic Press

Dr. Sharon Chamard, Justice faculty, was invited by Carolina Academic Press, Durham, North Carolina, to review, "The Decision-Making Network: An Introduction Criminal Justice," a new Justice textbook by Professors Patrick R. Anderson and Risdon N. Slate of Florida Southern College.

As Dr. Chamard notes, "This text presents the criminal justice system in a manner different than other texts - as a complicated network influenced by a variety of actors, many of whom are behind-the-scenes and perhaps motivated by interests other than public safety."

Friday, February 11, 2011

Justice Center participates in Spring Preview Day

Justice Center faculty and staff, and members of the Justice Club, joined to welcome high school students and their parents to Preview Day on Friday, February 4, 2011 at the Student Union.

Pictured are faculty (far left Prof. Jason Brandeis and far right Dr. Ron Everett) explaining to prospective Justice majors the variety of programs, including the Justice major, minor, Paralegal Certificate, pre-law advising, and courses that are available. Students also received information on the many types of careers open to Justice majors.

Justice Center participates in UAA Day of Service events

Members of the Justice Center faculty and staff participated in the "Have a Heart: UAA Collection Boxes" and the "Bean-a-Fit" activities as part of the UAA Day of Service on February 10, 2011.

Boxes (pictured above) were decorated and filled by faculty and staff with personal necessities for distribution to the community through Covenant House and Bean's Cafe.

The UAA Assembly organized an annual UAA Day of Service in response to Chancellor Ulmer's challenge to the UAA Community first made in 2009 to consider how we might all serve. Thursday, February 10 was designated as the 2011 day of service. Suggested ways of participating included serving at the February 10 Bean-a-Fit lunch on campus, contributing a box of personal necessities, or bringing new gloves and socks to the basketball games that evening.

Thursday, February 10, 2011

Justice Club holds bake sale Feb 14 and 15

The Justice Club bake sale fund-raiser will be held Monday and Tuesday, February 14 and 15, 2011 from 9:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. in the lobby of SSB. The fund-raiser helps cover costs for club projects including shuttle bus transportation for field trips to correctional facilities and other justice agencies. Baked goodies will be available for purchase.

Justice Club plans tour of McLaughlin Youth Center

The Justice Club has been invited to participate in a tour of McLaughlin Youth Center on Friday, February 25th, 2011 at 12:00 noon. This is a great opportunity for anyone looking to enter into the field of Juvenile Justice. The tour will last approximately one hour.

If you would like to participate in this tour e-mail your name and phone number to with the subject title "MYC Tour" NO LATER THAN 1:00 PM FRIDAY FEBURARY 18TH. An email verification will be sent to you if you have been approved for the tour.

In order to participate in club sanctioned tours you must be a member of the Justice Club and be current on club dues. Any questions regarding the tour should be e-mailed to
Kristen Doughty
Justice Club President

Monday, February 7, 2011

Dillingham public radio reports on 2010 Victimization Survey

KDLG Dillingham Public Radio for Southwest Alaska 670 AM/89.9 FM reported on the recent presentation by Dr. André Rosay, Justice Center director, to the joint meeting of the Alaska Senate Judiciary Committee and the Health & Social Services Committee concerning the 2010 Alaska Victimization Survey. The survey was funded by the Council on Domestic Violence and Sexual Assault.

"UAA Justice Center Survey Highlights Violence Against Women in Alaska" 02/04/11

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A recent report by the University of Alaska highlights the state's problem with violence against women. Daysha Eaton explains. (1:33)

Dr. Myrstol's paper on ADAM drug use data published on National Institute of Justice website

Dr. Brad Myrstol's paper, "Demonstrating the Utility of ADAM's Drug Use Calendar Data: A Group-based Trajectory Analysis of Crack Cocaine Use Among Adult Male Arrestees,"and his slide presentation, "Arrestee's Drug Use Trajectories: Using the ADAM Drug Use Calendar to Model Patterns of Illicit Drug Use," have been published by the National Institute of Justice (NIJ), U.S. Department of Justice (USDOJ) on their website. The paper is part of the proceedings of National Institute of Justice 2010 planning meetings focusing on the topic, "Improving Arrestee Drug Abuse Monitoring Data Collection."

Dr. Myrstol was invited to present his paper at an Expert Topic Meeting in Washington, D.C. sponsored by NIJ in May, 2010. Other panel experts included representatives from the fields of social work, criminology, psychology, anthropology, statistics, law enforcement, and government and private research.

Friday, February 4, 2011

Prof. Periman facilitates faculty sessions on scholarship of teaching and learning

Prof. Deb Periman, Justice faculty, will facilitate a series of five sessions for faculty on the topic of the scholarship of teaching and learning. The focus of each session is the book, Inquiry into the College Classroom: A Journey Toward Scholarly Teaching.

This series is sponsored by the UAA Center for Advancing Faculty Excellence (CAFE). The sessions will be held Fridays, 8:30 am - 10:00 am , Feb 4, 18, March 4, 25, and April 8 in GHH 105.

These sessions will look at ways to identify and implement effective teaching strategies in the classroom and how to evaluate the success of these strategies using techniques that document and capture data in a structured manner. "Inquiry into the College Classroom" goes beyond an anecdotal framework and helps enhance teacher satisfaction and student learning by demonstrating how to ascertain if a teaching strategy is really working.

Thursday, February 3, 2011

Prof. Periman facilitates LSAT prep workshop

Prof. Deb Periman, Justice Center faculty and UAA Pre-Law Advisor, will facilitate a 2-day LSAT Preparation Workshop on Friday, February 4, 2011 from 11:00 am to 4:00 pm and on Saturday, February 5 from 10:00 am to 4:00 pm in the Social Sciences Building (SSB) 251.

This video-based review and test practice program is provided free to UAA students planning on taking the LSAT during the 2011-2012 academic year. Topics include LSAT format and structure, reading comprehension, analytical reasoning, logical reasoning, writing samples, and tips for success.

This program is sponsored by the UAA Pre-Law Society.

Drs. Rosay & Myrstol present at Western Society of Criminology Conference

Dr. André Rosay, Justice Center Director, and Dr. Brad Myrstol, Justice faculty, will be presenting at the 2011 Western Society of Criminology Annual Conference, February 3-5 in Vancouver.

Dr. Rosay and co-presenter Dr. Adrienne Freng of the University of Wyoming and a former Justice Center Visiting Faculty, will discuss their paper, "Girls and Boys: Separate or Equal? An Examination of Delinquency Trajectories," as part of a panel on "Gender Specific Pathways in Adolescence."

Dr. Myrstol will present his paper, "Predicting Public Support for School Resource Officers," as part of a panel on "Force and Victimization: Agents, Partners, Suspects & Detainees."

Wednesday, February 2, 2011

Justice Center assists with Anchorage LGBT discrimination survey

Dr. Brad Myrstol, Justice faculty; Khristy Parker, Research Professional; and Melissa Green, Publication Specialist assisted on the research project and survey design of the 2011 Anchorage LGBT Discrimination Survey.

This survey is now in progress and is a collaborative effort of the Alaska LGBT community and Alaska organizations including Identity, Inc.; the Alaska AIDS Assistance Association (4-As); Alaskans Together for Equality; and Equality Works. An article in the Anchorage Press on January 27, 2011 describes the project more fully.

Melissa Green is also a founding member of the Alaska LGBT Community Survey Task Force, and co-authored two other research efforts conducted by Identity, Inc.: One in 10: A Profile of Alaska’s Lesbian and Gay Community (1986) and Identity Reports: Sexual Orientation Bias in Alaska (1989). Copies of these reports are available at

Tuesday, February 1, 2011

Justice Club participates in 2011 Student Involvement Fair, February 2

The Justice Club will have an exhibit table at the 2011 Student Involvement Fair on Wednesday, February 2, 11:00 a.m. - 1:00 p.m. at the Student Union. The event is sponsored by UAA Student Clubs and Greek Life.

The goal of the Justice Club is to bring together students interested in the Justice field. The Club meets regularly to exchange information on relevant Justice topics, hear guest speakers, travel on field trips to Justice facilities, and to act as a support and social network for students and faculty in the UAA Justice program.

The mission of the Student Involvement Fair is to promote experience, participation, and leadership opportunities for UAA students and to assist UAA departments, organizations, and clubs in recruiting interested students.

For more information about the Justice Club, see the Justice Club home page.