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NMSU?s criminal justice honor society wins at national competition

Earlier this semester, members from New Mexico State University?s criminal justice honor society, Alpha Chi Alpha, placed in four categories and received numerous other awards at the Alpha Phi Sigma National Conference in Philadelphia, Pa.

?I couldn't be more proud of the Alpha Phi Sigma students, their dedication and hard work,? said Andrea Joseph, faculty adviser for NMSU?s Alpha Chi Alpha chapter. At the conference, Joseph was selected as Advisor of the Year and was elected for a two-year term to work with the national council.

The chapter won for Theme of the Year, in large part due to their statewide symposium held in January, themed ?Child Abuse and Neglect.? The symposium catered to more than 150 participants, including NMSU students, faculty and the general public. Different symposium themes are selected every year by the Alpha Phi Sigma national officers to highlight important topics. This is the second consecutive year that the NMSU chapter has won this category.

For the third year in a row, an NMSU member was selected out of 241 active chapters of Alpha Phi Sigma for ?Member of the Year.? This award went to criminal justice graduate student Jessica Noce.

The organization also took first place in the trivia competition ?Knowledge Bowl,? and second place in the ?Crime Scene Investigation? category. Additionally, senior criminal justice major Kayla Fee?s paper on sex offender treatment was selected as one of five student papers to be presented at the conference.

For the second consecutive year, the NMSU chapter received the ?Community Service Goals? award for their efforts with the on and off-campus community.

?We did a lot of community service around the Theme of the Year, but students also do many additional hours of community and individual service,? said Joseph.

Throughout the semester, the chapter worked with Community of Hope in a number of capacities, such as helping with Tent City in Las Cruces and the local soup kitchen. Among many other efforts, the group also worked with the Las Cruces Police Department?s Codes Enforcement, picking up trash and painting over graffiti.

Alpha Phi Sigma recognizes academic excellence of undergraduate and graduate students of criminal justice. The goals of Alpha Phi Sigma are to honor and promote academic excellence, community service, educational leadership and unity.