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University's Criminal Justice Honor Society excels at national conference

The New Mexico State University chapter of Alpha Phi Sigma Criminal Justice Honor Society returned from its national conference last month with a second-place finish in overall awards and six chapter awards.


of the university's 40 APS members represented New Mexico State at the 60th Annual Alpha Phi Sigma National Conference, March 5-9, in Anaheim, Calif. The chapter left the conference with the second highest number of chapter awards of all the competing schools.

Secretary Tiffany O'Berry won the Detective Cheryl Seiden Memorial Scholarship of $1,000 for her paper "The Evolving Role of Women in Criminal Justice."

Vice President Natalie Williams and member Yvonne Sandoval received an award for the National Community Service Theme Project -- "Preventing School Violence." Alpha Phi Sigma national officers select a different theme each year.

Scrapbook Editor Rebecca Madrid won the Outstanding Yearbook Competition for the fourth year in the row.

President Marcia Salinas received the Outstanding Chapter Goals for Community Service award for the chapter's efforts in community service, which APS dedicates itself to year-round.

Webmaster Lynnetta Childers received the Outstanding Web Page award. The Web page can be viewed at www.nmsu.edu/~aps.

New Mexico State also won fourth place in the Crime Scene Investigation Competition.

The goals of Alpha Phi Sigma are to promote academic excellence through the recognition of scholarship, assist in the development of professional and personal leadership among students and practitioners, provide opportunities for service to community and the profession and encourage greater communication among member chapters and the entire criminal justice profession.

For more information about Alpha Phi Sigma, contact New Mexico State chapter president Marcia Salinas at (505) 642-5969.

Erin Waldron
April 3, 2002