Criminal Justice Students Take Top Honors at Conference

Contact: Kimberly Osborne
(304) 766-3363

Oct. 31, 2013
West Virginia State University Criminal Justice Students Take Top Honors at Conference

INSTITUTE, W.Va. -- West Virginia State University (WVSU) Criminal Justice students walked away with top honors at the annual West Virginia Criminal Justice Educators Association conference Oct. 24-25 at West Liberty University.

WVSU students swept the undergraduate paper competition at the annual conference with Wyatt Burgess taking first place, Carla Brooks taking second place and Kayli Feazelle taking third place.

A senior, Wyatt’s paper was titled, "Restorative Justice for Women Victims of Domestic Abuse,” while Brooks, also a senior, presented "Live and Let Die-Honor Killings: When Families Murder Their Own."

Feazelle, also a senior, presented the paper, "Current Use of Profiling Techniques of Shoplifters to Decrease Store Inventory Loss."

Dr. Walter Stroupe, Chair of the WVSU Department of Criminal Justice, said that he was pleased with the students’ performance.

 “Congratulations to all the student winners and I would also like to commend Dr. Kerri Steele, Assistant Professor of Criminal Justice, for her hard work in providing guidance and assistance with the students in their preparation of the papers,” Stroupe said.

More than 100 people participated in the conference, which represents all colleges and universities in West Virginia that offer Criminal Justice as a major. WVSU had the largest group of students in attendance.

In addition to sweeping the paper competition, WVSU faculty and students presented on different panels at the conference, faculty chaired panels and were also panel participants.

For more information about the Department of Criminal Justice, contact Dr. Walter Stroupe at (304) 766-3315 or
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West Virginia State University is a public, land grant, historically black university, which has evolved into a fully accessible, racially integrated, and multi-generational institution, located in Institute, W.Va. As a “living laboratory of human relations,” the university is a community of students, staff, and faculty committed to academic growth, service, and preservation of the racial and cultural diversity of the institution. Its mission is to meet the higher education and economic development needs of the state and region through innovative teaching and applied research.
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