Club promotes service, careers

Nov 1 • Features • 158

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This year Gannon University is re-introducing the criminal justice club.

The professors supervising are Christopher Magno, Julia Mack and Gerry Clark, as well as instructor Keith Hardner.

The club’s goals are to inform students on the possibilities that exist being a criminal justice major.

However, a student does not have to be a criminal justice major to be involved in the club.

It is open to any major. The members of the club have many ideas for events they are going to do this year.

Having Clark as a co-adviser is an extreme benefit for Gannon University, because he plans to have a two-day forensic camp where the students will be able to blow up a car and learn how to search for and collect forensic evidence.

This is still in the planning process, but it is just one of many ideas he has come up with. The club will also be doing many volunteer events to give back to the community.

Mack said it is important for students with similar interests to come together and develop friendships, along with professional connections, outside of the classroom.

She said when she joined the criminal justice department she was very surprised to find out Gannon didn’t have a criminal justice club.

According to Mack, she also became involved in starting the criminal justice club in hopes of directing students to become more service and career oriented.

She said that her plans are to contribute her time, energy, knowledge and community connections to help make this club as successful as possible.

It is people like this that need to be involved at Gannon.

The criminal justice community has expressed that it couldn’t be happier to have her on its team.

Club members also said that they want motivated students who can benefit the program and also themselves and help them become well-rounded.

The club aims to increase the understanding of what it means to be a contributing member of society and how students can make positive contributions to their community.

Through the club, students can expect to gain a better understanding of what it is like to work in the field of criminal justice.

Mack said she is very excited to be a part of the creation of the criminal justice club.

“I think it’s going to be beneficial for both the students involved and the greater Erie community,” she said.

Paulette Kannenberg, a junior criminal justice major, said the criminal justice club is a great opportunity for students to be trained for success in the criminal justice department.

“With all of the great faculty we have, I will definitely be prepared when I graduate,” she said.

Kannenberg said that she aspires to be a state patrol officer after graduation, and then move on to be a detective for a district attorney’s office.

If you would like to be a part of the criminal justice club you can email theiss003@knights.gannon.edu for more information.

 

TRICIA THEISS

theiss003@knights.gannon.edu

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