Alpha Phi Sigma gives awards to students, inducts members

Carrie Scully

Twenty-one students took an oath to better serve humankind and four others were honored at the Alpha Phi Sigma, National Criminal Justice Honor Society, induction ceremony last night in the Student Center.

The organization recognizes hard-working students for their academic achievements and accomplishments, said Pamela Tontodonato, associate professor of justice studies.

“I’ve had a number of these students in class,” she said, “They work hard, ask questions and are well prepared everyday.”

Andres Fernandez, senior criminal justice major, said he decided to join the organization to help build his résumé for a future federal job.

“Being a part of a national honor society is a big plus,” Fernandez said.

He said it’s a way to show potential employers a student is interested and involved in what he or she is doing; it normally leads to a higher, better-paying job once a student enters the job field.

The following justice studies students were recipients of the following awards for their academic excellence and involvement in criminal justice studies:

n James Hauch, George Eastman Award, Outstanding Student

n Todd Wiles, Outstanding Graduate Student Award

n Shannon King, Outstanding Minority Student Award

n Benjamin Dougan, Alpha Phi Sigma Award

These students have “gone above and beyond” expectations said Eric Jefferis, assistant professor of justice studies.

“These are future leaders in the justice industry,” Jefferis said.

He said the students recognized last night actively demonstrate excellence in and out of class.

Contact College of Business Administration reporter Carrie Scully at [email protected].