Criminal Justice

Students and faculty present at regional criminal justice conference
Left to right: Mustafa Icer, Yusuf Baktir, Chris Guerra and Kaleigh Laird Kaleigh Laird with her award HPS faculty and students represented UNT at the Southwestern Association of Criminal Justice conference in Fort Worth October 13-14. Jessica Craig, Ph.D., assistant professor of criminal justice and doctoral students from HPS’s Public Administration department Mustafa Icer and Yusuf Baktir presented their research titled Military...
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UNT Cyber Forensics Lab serves law enforcement agencies through technology, outreach
Under the leadership of Scott Belshaw, Ph.D., lab director and associate professor of criminal justice, the UNT Cyber Forensics Lab  has built a fully-functional digital forensics lab to serve law enforcement since opening in early 2017. The Lab can examine cell phones, SIM cards, tablets, computers, external storage devices and other forms of digital media to detect any files and data of evidentiary value on a wide array of crimes. To bring together training and a greater...
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College & department scholarships application now available online
HPS undergraduate and graduate students enrolled for classes in 2018-2019 are eligible to apply for HPS scholarships. Some scholarships are open to all HPS students while others are available only to specific majors through the academic departments. Thousands of dollars in scholarships are awarded to HPS students each year thanks to generous support from HPS donors. Learn more and find applications at HPS.unt.edu/scholarships Most applications due Thursday, March 1.
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UNT names new dean for College of Health and Public Service
Neale R. Chumbler, dean of the College of Health and Human Services at Western Kentucky University, has been named the new dean of the University of North Texas' College of Health and Public Service, or HPS. His appointment will begin July 1. Chumbler will replace Linda Holloway, former chair and faculty member in the college's Department of Rehabilitation and Health Services, who has served as interim dean since September 2017. "I'm excited Dean Chumbler is joining UNT and...
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Undergrads can now schedule advising appointments online
Visit appointments.unt.edu to schedule your appointment now. Undergraduate advising is offered by appointment 8:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. Monday through Friday.  Walk-in advising opportunities are only available during certain periods each semester. Find the advisor for your major.   Office of Student Services and Academic Advising UNT College of Health and Public Service Chilton Hall, Suite 289 410 S. Avenue C, Denton, TX 76201 940-565-4115 HPSadvisingservices@unt.edu
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$1,000 Ricco Ethics Competition open to HPS students
Nick and Anna Ricco, long-time UNT donors, created an ethics scholarship competition in 2011. It is open to all students in the 13 colleges and schools at the University of North Texas. The ethics competition was created to promote intellectual debate and discussion on ethics as related to students’ areas of study at UNT, their field of vocation or their avocation. The goal is to stimulate the applicants to new heights of reasoning and self-discipline. The ultimate result will be...
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HPS and CLASS collaborate on hurricane relief supply drive at UNT New College at Frisco
Students in COMM 3420 getting ready to ship the donations from their social media supply drive to victims of Hurricane Harvey just in time for Thanksgiving (pictured from left to right: Linda Robledo, Nicholas Ortega, Gabrielle Lane, Mark Congdon Jr., Michael Sotny, Graciela Guzman, Tiffani Grosser, & Andrea Martinez). Students in COMM 3420 collecting and dispersing boxes for their Hurricane Harvey Relief Supply Drive at UNT New...
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Photos: Homecoming 2017
View 150+ photos on Flickr. Dozens of alumni returned to Denton on Saturday, November 11 for UNT Homecoming festivities. Check out these photos from the day. The College of Health and Public Service (HPS) hosted an Alumni Brunch at UNT on the Square followed by a tailgate tent near the stadium in the afternoon. Special thanks to all who joined us! HPS alumni, take our survey about Homecoming by December...
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Career Development Specialist available to HPS students
Gena Kirkwood is the Career Development Specialist for all majors in the College of Health and Public Service. She can help you transition from student to professional and help you navigate all of the resources and services offered by the UNT Career Center. Email: Gena.Kirkwood@unt.edu Twitter: @GKcareeradvisor LinkedIn: www.linkedin.com/in/GenaLKirkwood To make an appointment, log in to Eagle Careers powered by Handshake.  
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Message from the Dean: Fall 2017
Greetings everyone, Fall is an exciting time in any university, but it is particularly exciting for our college as we embark upon our first full academic year as the College of Health and Public Service. As a college that prepares professionals for the workplace and advances research across several disciplines, the new name embodies two major themes of our college and helps to clarify our mission. While the name has changed, our rich history of working collaboratively to solve social...
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Photos: First Flight Week at HPS
View all 17 photos on Flickr. The College of Health and Public Service welcomed our new first year students during UNT's First Flight Week. Students had an opportunity to get to know each other and get to know more about the college. PACE coordinated the events designed to demonstrate the college’s commitment to community engagement, including mini-service projects with three of our community partners: Our Daily Bread, Hallie’s...
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TxDPS contracts with UNT criminal justice and logistics faculty for racial profiling study
UNT’s logistics and criminal justice faculty are coming together to help the Texas Department of Public Safety (TxDPS) combat racial profiling. TxDPS awarded UNT a $194,273, nine-month contract to study 15 million records of the state’s data to determine whether racial profiling happens during traffic stops.                         “The study will provide empirical, unbiased...
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Join Interim Dean Holloway at upcoming alumni receptions
Whether you graduated forty years ago or yesterday, you will always be an integral part of the Mean Green family. Stay connected to your alma mater by joining Interim Dean Linda Holloway and other HPS alumni and friends at one of the upcoming UNT Alumni Regional Receptions: Dallas County September 28, 2017 from 6:30-8:30 p.m. Belo Mansion, Dallas, TX With more than 36,000 alumni in Dallas county, we will be painting the town Green! Plan to attend our UNT Alumni Fall Reception - Dallas...
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College welcomes new faculty, staff for 2017-2018 year
The College of Health and Public Service is delighted to introduce these new faculty and staff: Amanda Anaya, Administrative Specialist IV Behavior Analysis April Becker, Ph.D., Assistant Professor Behavior Analysis Becker earned her Ph.D. from the University of Texas, Southwestern Medical Center where her work with Dr. Mark Goldberg focused on behavioral recovery from brain injury and the use of plasticity-modulating pathways to augment rehabilitation. Becker's research and...
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Video: Craig presents at Stockholm Criminology Symposium
Jessica Craig, Ph.D., assistant professor of criminal justice, traveled to Stockholm, Sweden for the Stockholm Criminology Symposium June 19-21. Many of the top criminology researchers in the field attended the symposium, where the the annual Stockholm Prize in Criminology is awarded. Craig presented her current research on the impact of Adverse Childhood Experiences (ACEs), a set of abusive and otherwise harmful circumstances that have been linked to negative health and social outcomes...
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Rehabilitation counseling and criminal justice degrees ranked best values by SR Education Group
SR Education Group recently ranked two of HPS’ online graduate programs in their GuideToOnlineSchools.com 2017 Best Value lists. Our online graduate rehabilitation counseling program was ranked 4th in the nation for the Best Value Counseling category. Our online graduate criminal justice program was ranked 16th in the nation for the Best Value Criminal Justice category. GuideToOnlineSchools.com ranked the programs based on academic standards and commitment to...
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From the dean: Summer 2017
Have you heard? PACS is now the College of Health and Public Service. And with the change, we’re launching the college's eNewsletter. Our students, faculty and alumni are doing great things, and we want to keep you apprised of the latest news. A few times per year, we’ll share quick updates on the college. The College of Public Affairs and Community Service (PACS) has been renamed the College of Health and Public Service (HPS). The new name directly reflects the major strengths that...
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Kids summer camps offered by Cyber Forensics Lab
Learn more at cybersummercampsfrisco.com
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French school celebrates “UNT Day” after visit to campus, North Texas region
​View all photos on Flickr. After 15 high school students and two teachers visited the UNT campus in April, the Lycée Saint Joseph school in Lamballe, Brittany, France declared May 16, 2017 “UNT Day.” Peter Johnstone, Ph.D., professor of criminal justice, accompanied the students from France on the 6-day trip to Denton. Peter is a frequent visitor to Brittany and takes UNT Criminal Justice students to the region’s capital, Rennes, each...
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Giving "Mean Green Family" new meaning
The summer of 1996 was a busy one for Eric and Cheryl Fritsch. After earning his Ph.D. in criminal justice from Sam Houston State University the previous year, Eric had just accepted a position as an assistant professor with the University of North Texas. The new job meant the young couple would have to find a new home as they relocated from Austin to Denton. And in the middle of all the madness of starting a new job and moving across the state, the Fritsches were also preparing to welcome...
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Belshaw gives tour of cyber forensics lab to China’s NetDragon
A team of representatives from Chinese gaming and cyber company NetDragon visited UNT in early May. As part of their visit to North Texas, they stopped by the UNT Cyber Forensics Lab at the New College at Frisco for a tour from Scott Belshaw, Ph.D., lab director and associate professor of criminal justice. The delegation included NetDragon’s CEO and founder Liu Dejian (DJ). 
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Johnstone recognized through President’s Council Teaching Award
Peter Johnstone, Ph.D., a professor in HPS’ Criminal Justice Department, has been selected as the recipient of the 2017 President’s Council Teaching Award.   “I am very pleased to receive this award,” said Johnstone. “For me it represents an endorsement of my attempts to be effective by the colleagues I work with on a daily basis. I am aware that many of them would be more worthy recipients than I.” The $3,000 award was established to recognize annually two full‑time, tenured/tenure‑...
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Apply now to be an ambassador for HPS
Calling HPS undergraduate students! Are you passionate about helping others while sharing your knowledge of HPS? Do you want to work with Faculty and enhance your resume? If so, we want to hear from YOU! In the HPS Ambassador Program, HPS undergraduate students will have the opportunity to collaborate at various department and campus-wide events, help students that might be interested in our programs, collaborate with other students, faculty and staff on campus while developing...
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Study abroad trip to France highlights true crimes and trials
UNT students and University of Rennes 2 students studied together during a study abroad course in November in Rennes, France. Guided by criminal justice professor Peter Johnstone, seven UNT students spent a week in November visiting Rennes, France, on a study abroad trip to experience firsthand the city's history of crime and punishment. Rennes, the third largest city in France and seat of government for the Brittany province, has been home...
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Sheriff’s Office gives $30,000 to Cyber Forensics Lab
In December, the Denton County Sheriff’s Office donated $30,000 to help the UNT Cyber Forensics Lab assist law enforcement agencies to catch criminals through their technology usage.  The lab will purchase equipment to analyze cellphones and laptops. The donation was given from seized drug funds from drug dealers. Left to right: David Wolf, vice president for advancement; Eric Fritsch, professor and chair of the Department of Criminal Justice; ...
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Photos: Dean’s List students recognized at special reception
View more photos on Flickr. On February 28, HPS (PACS) students who were named to the Dean’s Honor Roll in 2016 were honored through a special reception held outside the HPS Dean’s Office. View more photos on Flickr. HPS students who made the Dean’s List in Fall 2016 can stop by Chilton 209 now through March 31 for their certificate and t-shirt (while supplies last). HPS students who made the list in Spring 2016 can stop by Chilton 209 now through March 31 for...
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UNT Alumni Association to host regional chapter spring mixers
Stay connected to your alma mater by joining us at one of the four upcoming UNT Alumni Regional Chapter Spring Mixers. Select the event that best fits your schedule and location. These events were made to give you the opportunity to reconnect with other UNT alumni in your area for networking, University updates and fun. Dallas County Tuesday, March 28, 2017 5:30-8 pm The Social House of Addison, Dallas, TX RSVP by March 26 Tarrant County Thursday, March 30, 2017 5:30-8 pm Acre...
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Video: Cyber Forensics Lab helping to solve crime
CBSDFW went behind the scenes at our Cyber Forensics Lab, housed at UNT's New College at Frisco, to show how the lab and the team of graduate research students will help law enforcement agencies fight crimes. Led by Scott Belshaw (right), associate professor of criminal justice and the lab director, they can analyze cellphones, tablets and laptops to extract data from text, apps and photos that can be used to solve crimes. Because of how quickly they can work, they'll help law enforcement...
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Undergrads can apply now for $500 research fellowships
PACS undergraduates who plan to graduate in May 2018 or later can apply now for an Undergraduate Research Fellowship, a mentor-based research experience.  Have you ever wished to conduct guided research in your field of study, gaining invaluable experience, unique credentials, and a faculty champion? A beyond-the-classroom, professor-guided research project is a transformative experience that: immerses you in vital inquiry within your field of study; places you in scholarly...
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Commencement set for May 12-13
PACS Undergraduate Commencement Ceremony Friday, May 12, 2017 3:00 p.m. UNT Coliseum University-wide Graduation Celebration Friday, May 12, 2017 6:00 p.m. Location TBA Doctoral and Master's Commencement Saturday, May 13, 2017 5:30 p.m. UNT Coliseum Visit commencement.unt.edu for the latest updates on all Commencement activities. View photos from Fall 2016 Commencement on Flickr.
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Apply now for PACS scholarships
PACS undergraduate and graduate students who plan to take classes in 2017-2018 are eligible to apply for PACS scholarships. Some scholarships are open to all PACS students while others are available only to specific majors through the academic departments. Thousands of dollars in scholarships are awarded to PACS students each year thanks to generous support from PACS donors. Learn more and find applications at hps.unt.edu/scholarships Priority due date is Friday, March 31...
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Why don’t people break the law? Craig to share insight at Great Conversations event
Great Conversations 2017 When: Feb. 28 (Tuesday), beginning at 6 p.m. Where: Clubroom of UNT’s Apogee Stadium, 1251 S. Bonnie Brae St. in Denton. Cost:    $75; parking is free. Go to the Great Conversations website to identify a table leader and purchase tickets. Contact:  Diana Dunklau in the UNT Honors College at 940-565-2474 or diana.dunklau@unt.edu. Great Conversations is an annual dinner benefiting the University...
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Photos: Commencement Fall 2016
 View all 84 photos on Flickr.  Over 400 students participated in the PACS Undergraduate Commencement ceremony on December 16, 2016. Congratulations to all new PACS alumni! View photos from the day.  And be sure to save the date for Spring 2017 graduation activities: PACS Undergraduate Commencement Ceremony Friday, May 12, 2017 3:00 p.m. UNT Coliseum University-wide Graduation Celebration Friday, May 12, 2017 6:00 p.m....
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Cyber Forensics Lab to open at UNT New College at Frisco
The University of North Texas criminal justice department is on track to open a cellphone cyber security lab at the UNT New College at Frisco. The off-site instructional facility will house the area's only cyber laboratory solely dedicated to analyzing cellphone data from devices used in criminal activities. Classes at the lab will be available to all UNT criminal justice students. Associate Professor of criminal justice and cyber lab director Scott Belshaw says the goal is to connect with as...
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Criminal Justice online master’s ranked most affordable in US
College Choice has ranked UNT the Most Affordable Online Master's in Criminal Justice out of 50 US programs. The program was also ranked 24th in the nation overall. UNT’s 36-hour online degree is geared toward criminal justice practitioners interested in advancing their careers and working professionals interested in pursuing careers in criminal justice. Students can earn their degree in as little as two years. The online Master of Science in Criminal Justice with Concentration in Justice...
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Video: UNT is helping students achieve their dreams
Our students come to UNT with dreams to have a successful career, provide for their families and make a difference in the world. Check out this inspiring video featuring UNT students and parents: Helping UNT Students Achieve Their Dreams Learn more about Admissions at UNT.
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Criminal Justice degree now offered through UNT’s New College at Frisco
PACS’s Criminal Justice department now offers a Bachelor of Science in Criminal Justice at UNT’s new off-site instructional facility in Frisco. This degree will give you the opportunity to further your career in law enforcement or criminal justice and gain new skills to give you an edge, from fighting street crime to combating cybercrime. Learn more. UNT is also establishing a cellphone cyber security lab at the New College at Frisco.
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$1,000 Ricco Ethics Competition open to PACS students
Nick and Anna Ricco, long-time UNT donors, created an ethics scholarship competition in 2011. It is open to all students in the 13 colleges and schools at the University of North Texas. The ethics competition was created to promote intellectual debate and discussion on ethics as related to students’ areas of study at UNT, their field of vocation or their avocation. The goal is to stimulate the applicants to new heights of reasoning and self-discipline. The ultimate result will be a higher...
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Commencement set for Dec. 16
College of Public Affairs and Community Service (PACS) Undergraduate College Ceremony Friday, December 16 9:00 a.m. UNT Coliseum UNT Doctoral and Master’s Ceremony Friday, December 16 7:00 p.m. UNT Coliseum Learn more at commencement.unt.edu or contact the PACS Student Advising Office.
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UNT Preview offers open house experience Nov. 19
UNT Preview is your opportunity to get a sneak peek at campus life and your future Mean Green family. Bring your family and your friends, and allow our students, faculty and staff to help you discover why UNT is the right place for you. Learn more.  
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Photos: Homecoming 2016
See all photos Dozens of alumni returned to Denton Saturday, November 5 for UNT Homecoming festivities. Check out these photos from the day. PACS hosted an Alumni Brunch at UNT on the Square followed by a tailgate tent near the stadium in the afternoon. Special thanks to all who joined us! PACS alumni, take our survey about Homecoming by November 30 for your chance to win a PACS prize pack. Subscribe to the PACS eNewsletter for announcements on...
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