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May 2016

​​- Heather Goltz was awarded the Faculty Award for Excellence in Scholarly/Creative Activity from the University of Houston – Downtown.

Dana Smith was awarded the Faculty Award for Outstanding Lecturer from the University of Houston – Downtown.

- Judith Harris is a Finalist for the Excellence in Teaching Award from the University of Houston – Downtown.

Maria Bhattacharjee​ is a Finalist for the Excellence in Service Award from the University of Houston – Downtown.

- The Department of Criminal Justice and the Center for Public Service and Family Strengths sponsored two speaker series events; "Confronting the Death Penalty: How Language Influences Jurors in Capital Cases," by Dr. Robin Conley and "Legislative Update: Mission and Vision of the Texas Criminal Justice Coalition," by Jay Jenkins.

- The Center for Public Service and Family Strengths also sponsored Kristien Zenkov, "Through Students' Eyes," and a panel discussion, "Understanding Autism: Awareness, Advocacy and Integration at UHD," conceived by Beth Pelz and including panelist, Rebecca Pfeffer.

- Maria Bitgood, a student in Criminal Justice working with Janice Ahmad, participated in the UHD Student Research Conference regarding her field experience project at the Fort Bend Sheriff's Office. She has also presented these results to FBSO and at the Southwest Criminal Justice Association where she was awarded best undergraduate paper.

- Christopher Buys, a student in Criminal Justice working with Rebecca Pfeffer was one of seven students at UHD selected to make an oral presentation at the UHD Student Research Conference. He presented on his work with Dr. Pfeffer analyzing HPD records of human trafficking cases.

- Heather Goltz was awarded a High Impact Practice grant for her proposal to involve undergraduate students in SOCW 4390 in the Social Work in the Health Disparities Research and Public Health Practice Summer Workshop, co-sponsored by UHD. The project includes service learning, daily reflective writing, and a health disparities research paper along with workshop attendance.

- Stephen Wernet was awarded two High Impact Practice grants for his proposals to involve students in SOCW 3363 in policy practice through the creation and presentation of their comprehensive, integrative paper as a Research Poster Presentation, and to involve students in SOCW 2363 in policy practice and advocacy skills through the transformation of their policy analysis papers into policy and practice briefs and presentations to Texas legislators.

- On March 29, 2016 Colin Dalton shared the news that his daughter, Olivia Kendall Dalton was born at 12:34 a.m.!

- The writing team for the reaffirmation of the Social Work Program attended a Reaffirmation Workshop at the end of March. The Vice-President of CSWE asked them to submit a proposal for the new CSWE Assessment Roundtable where programs share their assessment processes.

- On April 15th the College of Public Service held their second working luncheon with external partners: Progressing Partnerships and Possibilities!  Discussion leaders were Ashley Blackburn and Barbara Belbot (Family Strengths), Rebecca Pfeffer (Human Trafficking), Angela Goins (Service Systems), Myrna Cohen and Jennifer Rowland (Harris County Juvenile Probation CUPS), Dawn McCarty (Coalition Building Hispanic-Service Institute), Bernardo Pohl and Leigh Van Horn (Libraries and Literacy), Judith Harris (Re-Entry), Janice Ahmad, Dana Smith, and Jacqueline Sack (High School Partners: Engaging Students in Service and Collaboration), Lori Brusman-Lovins and Krista Gehring (Adult Probation) and Ron Beebe and Amelia Hewitt (Northside Education Coalition)

- Leigh Van Horn participated in an interview as a community partner and lead in the Family Literacy Events for SEARCH/HTT. Along with members of the SEARCH Board of Directors and two others, Van Horn was interviewed by a panel from HEB for a potential grant award to the school.

Krista Gehring's manuscript, "A Direct Test of Pathways Theory" has been accepted for publication by Feminist Criminology.

- Jennifer Rowland's manuscript, "Perspectives on Active Video Gaming as a New Frontier in Accessible Physical Activity for Youth With Physical Disabilities" was published in Physical Therapy: Journal of the American Physical Therapy Association.

- The members of the Department of Urban Education received word of their reaccreditation from the Texas Education Agency.

Clete Snell was quoted by the Houston Chronicle regarding the goals identified by Mayor Turner's transition team for criminal justice. Snell noted that "The recommendations are broad, but progressive, and that the field of criminal justice would fully support, in general. Goals are prompt public access to body camera footage, implementation of a departmental policy not to ask about people's immigration status, and diverting low level drug offenders to rehabilitation programs rather than arresting them.

Jacqueline Sack has just published a book with Springer International Publishing, A 3-D Visualization Teaching-Learning Trajectory for Elementary Grades Children.

- On April 27, 2016, several members of our administrative staff, Stacey Bryant, Tracy Roberts, Vivian Smith, Cynthia Hartman, and Lisa Marajh attended a day long Administrative Office Professionals Summit at the University of Houston-Clear Lake. This is part of an ongoing initiative developed in the College to provide professional development experiences for our administrative staff. These staff members will share their experiences at the next monthly Administrative Forum meeting.

- Judith Harris traveled to China for two weeks where, at the invitation of the International School, Zhejiang Police College, the largest police college in Red China, she taught a criminology course to 56 Korean and Chinese students.

- The College of Public Service and the Center for Public Service and Family Strengths co-sponsored, along with a number of other organizations, a two-day visit of Dolores Huerta, human rights activist, to Baker-Ripley Neighborhood Center. This event was conceived by Mac Miller, graduate of UHD/Criminal Justice and criminal attorney.

- Due to their involvement with the Journal of Family Strengths Jace Valcore, Bernardo Pohl, and Leigh Van Horn represented UHD and the College of Public Service as invited guests at the 2016 Children at Risk Gala: Stand Up for Kids. 

- Leigh Van Horn was an invited speaker at the All College Speaker Series at SUNY Geneseo where she presented her paper, "Community Based Research: Perspectives and Implications for Community and Professional Practice".

- The Social Work Student Community Advocacy Network (SWSCAN) organization received the Community Service Award at the One Main Event.

- UHD Criminal Justice graduate, Heidi Laser, was featured on a Channel 13 news story about the Harris County Sheriff's Office Reentry Project: Mentoring Moms.

- Four student members of the Criminal Justice Honor Society, Alpha Phi Sigma, attended the ACJS/APS Conference in Denver. APS has various activities for students including taking tests to win scholarships. Renee Lamberton won $250 for her responses to the test on the topic of rehabilitation.

Rebecca Pfeffer organized a visit to the Federal Detention Center of Houston for students enrolled in her Crime, Law and Society and Human Trafficking class. She and Ashley Blackburn facilitated the visit.

Maria Bhattacharjee received two UHD Service Learning Grants from the Community Engagement and Service Learning Committee for proposals for student service projects associated with BED 4311, Integrating Curriculum in a Bilingual/ESL Classroom and PED 3314, Children's Literature in Spanish.

- Laura Mitchell has had her completed manuscript, Becoming Culturally Responsive Teachers: A Journey Described by Pre-Service and Classroom Teachers accepted for publication by Common Ground Publishing.

Rebecca Pfeffer and her student, Christopher Buys, and Colin Dalton made presentations about their High Impact Practice grant projects at the HIPS Showcase.

- Elections in the Department of Criminal Justice and Social Work have been held and the following individuals will serve the university:

- CJ/SW Faculty Senator: Clete Snell

- Credentials and Elections Committee: Rebecca Pfeffer​

- Grievance Committee: Dawn McCarty

- Faculty Funded Leave Committee: Larry Karson

Diane Miller​ and student, Kristen Shuck published an article, "Revision in READ 3307" in the ELAborator, the official newsletter of the West Houston Area Council of Teachers of English.

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