The Mount’s Criminal Justice Student Association (CJSA) hosted 35 high school students and chaperones from Delone Catholic High, McSherrytown, PA. The students were members of Sister Maia Jude’s Criminal Justice class at the high school and interested in pursuing this field of study as college undergraduates.
The day’s activities included students having lunch with CJSA members in Patriot Hall, where they could mingle and inquire about life at the Mount. This was followed by presentations at Knott Auditorium regarding the Criminal Justice Program at the Mount. CJSA President Kerri Shields was the events masters of ceremony and provided students with an overview of the club and how the CJSA assists students in obtaining career aspirations. Next, Professor Vince, CJSA faculty advisor, informed students of the various careers in criminal justice that are available after obtaining a college degree. He also stressed the moral and ethical requirements of these careers and the need to be called to assist others as the desire to enter the profession.
The event culminated with Co-Project Managers Jalai Gilbert and Jessica Mangold demonstrating how Mount students are trained and prepare for competing in the annual inter-collegiate Crime Scene Investigation (CSI) Challenge. A mock crime scene replicating this year’s Challenge scenario was constructed on the Knott stage for demonstration purposes. Ms. Gilbert and Mangold guided volunteer Delone students through the case’s required investigative procedures for the collection of evidence that would lead to solving the case. Students were given the opportunity to ask questions prior to the event concluding.