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Student Honors in 2012-2013
Outstanding Criminal Justice Majors: Kenna Lathan and Lynnette Rolen
ASIS Criminal Justice Scholarship Recipients: Kenna Lathan and Lynnette Rolen ($1,000 each)
Sociology Major Gilbert Kemboi was one of 58 student athletes from around the nation to receive a prestigious postgraduate scholarship. Way to go Gilbert!
Congratulations to recent criminal justice graduate Kayla Edmonds who has just been hired as an agent by the SC Department of Probation, Parole, and Pardon Services. She officially began her duties October 17. Way to go, Kayla!
Junior Gilbert Kemboi (Eldoret, Kenya) was named a Division I all-academic honoree for men's track by the 2012 U.S. Track & Field and Cross Country Coaches Association (USTFCCCA), as announced on July 24. A total of 431 student-athletes, representing 148 institutions, comprise the 2012 list.
Brittany Figueiredo, Dustin Zickefoose, Justin Waldrop and Morgan Thomas were recently inducted into the University of South Carolina Upstate chapter of Alpha Kappa Delta, an international sociology honor society.
Student Honors in SCW 2011-2012
C. Wright Mills Award(Outstanding Sociology Major) – Amanda Jett
Outstanding Criminal Justice Major - Amber Helms and Alison Greer
ASIS Criminal Justice Scholarship Winners – ($500 each) - Amber Helms and AlisonGreer
Student Honors in SCW 2010-2011
Outstanding Criminal Justice Major
Shamilah Shadae Thompson
Outstanding Sociology Major: C. Wright Mills Award
Students graduating with honors:
Renee Peltoniemi, criminal justice - cum laude
Randi Hunton, sociology - magna cum laude
Randi Hunton also graduated from the USC Upstate Honors Program, becoming the first sociology major to do so.
Congratulations to all 38 criminal justice and sociology graduates from December 2010, and May and August 2011!
ASIS Scholarship Winners in Criminal Justice, 2011
- Shamilah Thompson
- Renee Peltoniemi
Randi Hunton, sociology major and Honors student presented the papers “It’s More than Just another Piece of Meat: The Entangled Oppressions of Women and Animals as Seen in Hardee’s Commercials,” annual meeting of the Southwestern Social Science Association, Las Vegas, NV, March 16-19, 2011 and “Denied `A League of Their Own`: The Politics of Memory Regarding German Women`s World War II Experiences,” annual meeting of the Southern Sociological Society, Jacksonville, FL, April 9-12, 2011.
Peltoniemi Receives ASIS Scholarship
The American Society for Industrial Security International (ASIS) – Chapter 97 presented a $500 scholarship to University of South Carolina Upstate criminal justice major, Renee Peltoniemi, on February 14, 2011.
Peltoniemi, from Taylors, S.C., will graduate in May 2011. She has maintained a 3.56 GPA while at USC Upstate, and twice has been named to the Dean’s List. The scholarship – awarded to a criminal justice major selected by the faculty for outstanding academic performance – was presented by Dan Collins, a 2003 USC Upstate graduate who is the director of corporate security for Fluor Corporation in Greenville and a member of ASIS.
ASIS International is the preeminent organization for security professionals. Founded in 1955, ASIS is dedicated to increasing the effectiveness and productivity of security professionals by developing educational programs and materials that address broad security interests, such as the ASIS Annual Seminar and Exhibits, as well as specific security topics. Over the last three years, Chapter 97 of ASIS International has provided six USC Upstate criminal justice students with a total of $3,000 in scholarships.
Thompson Receives ASIS Scholarship
Shamilah Shadae Thompson received a $500 scholarship from the American Society for Industrial Security (ASIS) – Chapter 97 for outstanding grades and a desire to pursue a career in the criminal justice field. The scholarship was presented by Dan Collins, a 2003 USC Upstate graduate who is the director of corporate security for Fluor Corporation in Greenville and a member of ASIS.
Thompson earned a bachelor’s degree in criminal justice from the University of South Carolina Upstate in December and plans to begin graduate school in September. While at USC Upstate, she maintained a 3.4 GPA, was named to the Dean’s List for the past two semesters and played on the basketball team.
ASIS International is the preeminent organization for security professionals. Founded in 1955, ASIS is dedicated to increasing the effectiveness and productivity of security professionals by developing educational programs and materials that address broad security interests, such as the ASIS Annual Seminar and Exhibits, as well as specific security topics.
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