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Letter from the Dean

Hello and welcome to the second issue of the Henry C. Lee College Alumni e-newsletter. As we close out another successful year for the College, I would like to note some outstanding new faculty members who joined UNH last fall: Jibey Asthapppan, Ken Gray, Mirlinda Ndrecka and Brian Smith in Criminal Justice and Brooke Kammrath in Forensic Science.

The Lee College sent one of the first cohorts to the University's beautiful new campus in Tuscany, Italy. We have also been very active with other study abroad experiences, sending students to Australia, Poland, Italy, China and Russia this year. We will be adding Scotland this summer.

We have enjoyed a high level of activity within the Centers and Institutes associated with the Lee College, culminating in the inaugural event for the Institute for Social Justice that featured activist Anita Hill as keynote speaker. We congratulated our wonderful senior class and graduating master's degree candidates at Commencement on May 19. We look forward to starting another successful and productive year in August.

Mario Gaboury
Dean, Henry C. Lee College of Criminal Justice and Forensic Sciences
University of New Haven


New Faculty Spotlight

Jibey Asthappan: Dr. Jibey Asthappan is an assistant professor of criminal justice and an expert on cyber crime and security. His courses explore network security, practical issues in cryptography and statistics. Dr. Asthappan's research includes policy analysis and forensic computer investigations in the form of data recovery on local and network structures. His teaching method uses hands-on experiences to emphasize and foster lifelong learning.

Kenneth Gray: Ken Gray is a recently retired special agent from the Federal Bureau of Investigation . During his 24 years with the FBI, he specialized in national security, counterterrorism and computer intrusion investigations. In 1999, he initiated the Connecticut chapter of InfraGard, a physical and computer security partnership between the FBI, academia and the private sector. In 2001, he initiated the Connecticut Joint Terrorism Task Force and has served as coordinator for six years. He holds a Master of Professional Studies degree from the University of Connecticut in homeland security leadership.

Mirlinda Ndrecka: Mirlinda Ndrecka is an assistant professor of criminal justice. She is currently finishing her Ph.D. at the University of Cincinnati. Her interests include criminological theory, evaluation research and correctional programing and theory. As a research assistant for the University of Cincinnati's Corrections Institute, she worked on research projects that included evaluating several correctional programs across multiple states and examining the validation of Ohio's Risk Assessment System (ORAS), a program that was adopted by the Connecticut Department of Corrections and the Connecticut Board of Pardons and Paroles in 2012.

Brian Smith: Dr. Brian Smith, assistant professor of criminal justice, is interested in how the environment causes variation in crime. He has a background in policing. His master's degree in criminal justice was completed at Rutgers University.

Brooke Kammrath: Dr. Brooke Kammrath joined the UNH community as an assistant professor of forensic science. Prior to coming to UNH, she was an adjunct lecturer of chemistry and instrumental analysis at John Jay College of Criminal Justice in New York City for six years. She has a B.A. in chemistry from Northwestern University and an M.A. in chemistry education from New York University, as well as an M.S. in forensic science and an M.A. in criminal justice from John Jay College. She also has a master's degree in criminal justice and a Ph.D. in criminal justice with a specialization in forensic science from the Graduate Center of the City University of New York. Dr. Kammrath has authored several articles, a book chapter and has given numerous scientific presentations at both national and international conferences.

Criminal Justice News

Activist and professor Anita Hill was the featured speaker as part of an event to launch UNH's Institute for Social Justice on March 5. She discussed social issues in the 21st century and addressed key themes from her most recent book, Reimagining Equality and Speaking Truth to Power. Drs. Tracy Tamborra and Leila Dutton serve as co-directors of the Institute.

The first semester of UNH's Italian campus in Prato, the second largest city in Tuscany, included a combination of criminal justice, Italian language and Italian culture and history courses. Thirty-four UNH students, mostly criminal justice majors, participated in the fall 2012 semester in Prato. The classrooms were located in a centuries-old building on the Piazza Del Duomo, or city center, and the whole area in which the students lived, studied and worked was in the center of the old walled city. Prato is only twenty minutes by train from Florence, enabling regular visits to the many artistic, religious and historical sites in the cultural center of Europe. Students enjoyed a wonderful meal plan, which allowed them to dine in local restaurants and cafes and encouraged them to use their new Italian language skills. In all, the semester was a great success. Those who participated made lifelong friends with many in the city of Prato.

The UNH Center for Advanced Policing, led by John DeCarlo, Chris Sedelmaier, Mike Jenkins and Donna Morris, recently received two grants. The grants will explore the use of community mediators to resolve issues that are not normally responsive to traditional policing methods. The grants will also help fund the creation of a "command college" for police executives to train at UNH.

CJ Club News

Criminal Justice Association Dominates at Regional Competition

At the conclusion of the American Criminal Justice Association regional conference in Danville, Va., the UNH chapter took home 37 trophies, including the Spirit Award, which recognized the team for their energy and enthusiasm. Thirty-five students participated in the conference, which included a variety of competitions from written tests on topics such as criminal law and police management to physical agility, firearms and crime scene investigation competitions.

National Security News

Beginning in the fall, the Henry C. Lee College will be offering a B.S. degree in national security. The program is also pleased to announce that the 2013 Henry C. Lee College Alumni Fellowship Award recipient is Eric T. Hylen, a U.S. postal inspector who completed his master's degree in national security at UNH in 2006.

Fire Science News

Faculty member Nelson Dunston attended a conference on the use of computer modeling in fire investigation last August. He will begin incorporating fire modeling into senior-level fire protection engineering courses and graduate-level courses. In addition, Professor Dunston completed a presentation for a contingent of engineers and fire protection professionals from Denmark last fall. He spoke about fire protection and engineering education in the U.S., past, present and future.

SURF Research, Summer 2012

Each summer for the last several years, forensic science students have successfully obtained Summer Undergraduate Research Fellowships to support a research project. The program provides a stipend, summer housing on campus and money for research supplies. Last summer, Sean Picket '14 worked on a project titled: “Extracting and Characterizing Cannabinoids, From Storage Cards (FTA Cards), a Convenient Sampling Method for Marijuana Samples.”

FEPAC Accreditation

The criminalistics track of the graduate program in forensic science has achieved accreditation from the Forensic Science Education Programs Accreditation Commission (FEPAC), joining the undergraduate program that received this recognition in 2007. This makes UNH one of the few institutions to have FEPAC accreditation at both the undergraduate and graduate levels. This recognizes the commitment of the University to provide students with high-quality instruction and hans-on experience with cutting-edge crime lab techniques.

Study Abroad Spotlight

Study Abroad Trip to Australia

Nine undergraduates, two graduate students and two legal studies faculty members spent an exciting two weeks in Australia last July to complete two courses: "Law and Culture of Australia" and "Restorative Justice." Led by Donna Decker Morris, legal studies program director, and Philip Kent, adjunct professor of criminal justice, students visited and observed proceedings in several courts, met with and received briefings from officials in corrections and the judicial system and toured Parliament. The group also visited museums, the Sydney Opera House, the Blue Mountains, the Great Barrier Reef, the Daintree Forest and explored many other locations in Sydney, Cairns and Canberra. The next study abroad trip to Australia is planned for 2014.

Legal Studies News

Law Forum Trip

On October 13, students will be attending the Law Forum in New York City. The trip will be led by Renee Winchester, a practitioner-in-residence. The Law Forum is sponsored by the Law School Admissions Council and representatives from more than 100 law schools are expected to be in attendance. Several workshops are also offered on topics such as financing a legal education, studying for the LSAT and how to prepare for law school while an undergraduate. If any Lee College alumni are considering attending law school, they should contact Prof. Donna Decker Morris at ddmorris@newhaven.edu.

Legal Studies Events

In September, the Honorable Brian Fischer, Connecticut Superior Court judge, spoke to students and faculty as part of Constitution Day. As a judge, he hears major felony cases, including murder. His talk focused on Constitutional protections for criminal defendants. He also described the process of becoming a judge and some of his experiences as an attorney and as a judge. In October, Susan Naide, former chief driving under the influence prosecutor for the state of Connecticut and a current practitioner-in-residence at UNH, discussed her career. Other speakers and a law school admissions panel made up of law school admissions directors will take place in the fall.

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