School of CJ/FS/EMS Honors Outstanding Achievements of Graduates with Awards

The School of Criminal Justice, Fire Science & EMS hosted its Sixth Annual Senior Dinner on May 2, 2014 at the Walker Cisler Conference Center at Lake Superior State University. Each year the School honors the winners of respective categories for various achievements.

  • Sarah Graham (pictured above) was awarded recognition as the 2014 Outstanding Criminal Justice Graduate.
  • Alexander Babcock was recognized as  the 2014 Outstanding Criminal Justice Transfer Graduate.
  • Barbara Orban was recognized as the 2014 Outstanding Criminal Justice Distance Graduate.
  • Kayla Kauffman was awarded recognition as the 2014 Outstanding Paramedic Technology Graduate.
  • Jacob Herter was the 2014 Outstanding Fire Science Graduate.
  • Wesley Johnson was recognized as the 2014 Outstanding Fire Science Distant Graduate.

Leading the Way

Criminal Justice Graduate Hired by Michigan State Police

Timothy J. Oliver ’13 has been hired by the Michigan State Police at Calumet, MI Post 87.  Mr. Oliver graduated from LSSU in April 2013 with a Bachelors Degree in Criminal Justice – Law Enforcement.  He attended the Michigan State Police Academy in Lansing for 21 weeks.  After 19 weeks of training was granted the ability to have full status as a Michigan State Trooper.

Criminal Justice Student Accepted for Graduate School at WMU

Nicole Bouwens ’14 graduated with a Bachelors Degree in Criminal Justice – Homeland Security.  She has been accepted in the Master’s of Public Administration at Western Michigan University in Kalamazoo, MI.

WMU was impressed with Ms. Bouwen’s GPA standing, her experience and research at LSSU.  Her Senior Seminar capstone course study titled “Deterring Future Crime through Different Levels of Punishment” tested to what extent three different samples gravitate toward a conservative law and order approach to punishment, or a more liberal approach that advocates rehabilitative or alternative measures to punishment.   The study was a tangible demonstration of Ms. Bouwens’ ability to be highly organized, structured, and focused in areas of research and writing.

Criminal Justice Student Accepted for Thomas M. Cooley Law School Prelaw Institute

Criminal Justice Senior Norma Oviedo will be graduating with a Bachelor of Science – Criminal Justice Generalist Degree but even before graduating has been accepted to the Thomas M. Cooley Law School College Prelaw Summer Institute at Oakland University.

A partnership of Cooley Law School, Oakland University, and the American Bar Association’s Council of Legal Education Opportunity (CLEO), the CPSI offers students an opportunity to study the critical thinking skills necessary to succeed on the Law School Admission Test (LSAT) and in law school. The purpose of the intensive, pre-law program is to help diversify America’s next generation of lawyers.

Students will receive nearly 100 hours of instruction from Cooley faculty members on LSAT test preparation, logic and critical reasoning through classical philosophy, torts, legal writing and trial skills.  They will also benefit from panel discussions led by practicing lawyers and judges.

“The CPSI is aimed at diversifying the legal profession by expanding legal education opportunities to students,” Cooley Professor Chris Johnson stated. “It is important for legal professionals to reflect the diversity of the clients they will serve and it is our hope that this program will help increase the applicant pipeline to law school for an entirely new and diverse group of students.”

“This program is a good opportunity for students because they will experience first-hand what law school classes are really like, improve their logic and critical thinking skills, and get a chance to write and advocate like lawyers,” said John Nussbaumer, Dean of Cooley’s Auburn Hills campus.

The students participating in the program come from Michigan, Ohio, Illinois, North Carolina, Georgia, Pennsylvania, Minnesota, and Ontario.

Ms. Oviedo has been one of the Criminal Justice program’s hardest workers and top students.

Sgt. Marty R. Singleton (’07) featured in Blue Line Magazine

Sgt. Marty R. Singleton (’07)
Provincial Liaison Team-North West RegionBlue Line Magazine cover with Sgt. Marty R. Singleton on the front in hit hat an uniform

“I owe a lot of my success in my career to the time I spent in Sault Ste. Marie and LSSU.”

Blue Line Magazine, April 2014

Demand for Graduates

The Criminal Justice – Generalist degree provides an ideal, tangible academic achievement that improves student opportunities for employment and advancement within the field.  While many of the program’s graduates are working in law enforcement, corrections and related fields, some accept positions within the federal government (FBI, DEA, US Customs, etc). Graduates are also finding careers with private security firms, criminal laboratories, private practice attorneys, and education.

Others who have gone on to great success include but are not limited to:

  • Clayton Graham, Probate Judge for Mackinac County
  • Scott Strait, Sheriff of Mackinac County, MI
  • Steve Nusbaum, Immigration and Customs Enforcement Headquarters, Office of International Affairs in Washington, DC
  • Joel Postma, FBI agent, Detroit, MI
  • Michael Bitnar, Chippewa County Undersheriff
  • Robery Marchand, Sault Tribal Police Chief
  • Joe Micolo, Kinross District Police Chief
  • Tony Fazarri, US Customs Deputy Chief.

Additional Employers of Criminal Justice Graduates:

  • Multiple city and county law enforcement departments/agencies (too many to list!)
  • Bay Mills Police Dept.
  • Bureau of Immigration/Customs Enf.
  • Bureau of Indian Affairs
  • California State Crime Lab
  • Canada Customs & Revenue Agency
  • Central Michigan Univ. Police Dept.
  • Coast Guard Investigative Service
  • Department of Justice – US Marshals
  • Dept. of Attorney General
  • Dept. of Defense
  • Dept. of Homeland Security
  • Dept. of Natural Resources
  • Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA)
  • Federal Bureau of Investigations
  • Federal Bureau of Prisons
  • Environmental Protection Agency (EPA)
  • George Washington Univ. Police Dept.
  • Lake Superior State University
  • Little River Band of Ottawa Indians PS
  • Michigan State Police
  • Michigan State Police Crime Labs
  • Michigan State University Police
  • Ministry of Public Safety & Security
  • Montana Department of Corrections
  • Ontario Provincial Police
  • Rochester, Minnesota Police Department
  • Royal Canadian Mounted Police
  • Sault Ste. Marie Police Department
  • Sault Tribe
  • United States Marshals Service
  • Univ. of Florida Police Dept.
  • U.S. Customs
  • Wisconsin State Crime Lab – Wausau

“While many of our graduates are working in law enforcement, corrections and related fields, some accept positions within the federal government (FBI, DEA, Border Security, etc.).

Our graduates are also finding careers with private security firms, criminal laboratories, private practice attorneys, and education. Professors Gordier and Schaefer are both alums of LSSU’s Criminal Justice and Fire Science programs, respectively.”

–James Blashill
Professor Emeritus