Alumni Events

 

Fourth Annual Showacase 4.0 2017

 

Showcase 4.0 invitation. A man holding a lantern illuminating the path around him.

Continuing its newest tradition, the Department of Justice Studies held its 4th Annual Justice Studies Showcase, Thursday, November 9, 5:30 p.m. to 9:00 p.m. at the San Jose Police Officers’ Association Hall. This year’s theme, Alumni Lighting the Way began with a bagpipe performance by the San Jose Police Emerald Society. Students from all department clubs and organizations were tabling with games for the participants to play so that alumni and department friends could mingle with them and view the department’s past and present accomplishments. There was an array of auction items presented by the entertaining SFPD Inspector/professional auctioneer, Lenny Broberg, which featured a Seascape Beach House in Aptos, a Huey Helicopter Ride, Paradise Village Mexico Trip, Perspective Sketches by Gil Zamora, and an Air Museum and Spirits Tasting.

This year’s Distinguished Alumna was announced: Rosa Vega, BS ’00, Criminal Justice Administration, MS, Loyola University, New Orleans. Rosa is Interim Chief Investigator at the Santa Clara County Office of the Medical Examiner-Coroner. She was with Santa Clara County for over 10 years before being promoted to her current position in 2016. Rosa has been a department friend for many years, helping students and giving lectures on many occasions.

The 2017 Janet L. Hagemann Award was presented to Molly E. Marquez. In 2012, Molly began her employment at SJSU. The department felt so fortunate to have her assigned as a temporary employee. It was not long before she became a valuable member of the Justice Studies office team, having worked according to the highest ethical standards and become invested in ensuring that faculty and students had all they needed to succeed. She was also the first staff member to sign up to compete in the Justice Studies Task Force’s annual CONFIDENCE CHALLENGE, a modified police physical agility test. She has been an integral part of the Showcase’s success, even after having been promoted out of the department prior to the 3rd Showcase.

The evening ended with reflections from Melissa Mondragon, MS ‘09 Justice Studies, Evidence Coordinator at the Redwood City Police Department, and Jess B. Guy, B.A. ‘70, M.S. ’89, Lecturer, retired Public Defender and retired ATF Agent. Each spoke of the significance of their education in the department’s degree programs for their future success.

 

Click here for Program: Showcase 4.0 Program

______________________________________________

 

Third Annual Showcase 2016

Thank you Alumni, Donors, Students, and Committee members!

Our 3rd annual Department Showcase, was Thursday, November 3, 5:30 - 9:00 pm at the San José Police Officers' Association Hall (1151 North Fourth St, San José, CA 95112). The theme was election town hall meeting, but the political talk was centered on our students. Activities began with games and exploration of our student groups and programs: Graduate Students, The Record Clearance Project, Themis, Forensic Science Students, Human Rights, Justice Studies Student Task Force, Alpha Phi Sigma, and Chi Pi Sigma. Dinner and presentations (and voting) began at 7:00pm.

The Department honored BlurbIQ, Founder and CEO Scott Reese, BS, Criminal Justice Administration, 1993,with the Justice Studies Distinguished Alumni Award. This award honors those alumni that have brought extraordinary acclaim to the Department of Justice Studies. The Janet L. Hagemann Award for extraordinary contributions to the department will be awarded to the San José Police Amateur Athletic Foundation - PAAF, a non-profit corporation organized to provide support for amateur athletics and athletic events. Their contributions to the Department have been numerous. Finally, student scholarship winners will be introduced and honored. Proceeds from the event will go to the Department's Student Success Fund.

 

Program for our showcase event!

 


 

Don't Be the Missing Piece!

Justice Studies Department Showcase and Dinner, October 16, 2015, 5:00-9:00 PM, Student Union Ballroom

An evening of fun and games honoring our past and showcasing our present was enjoyed by department alumni, faculty, students and special guests in the Student Union Ballroom on Friday, October 16th. 

The theme was student success. Guests began their evening with an amazing display of accomplishments and information from our department groups including:  The Record Clearance Project, Forensic Science, Human Rights, Justice Studies Student Task Force, Alpha Phi Sigma, and Chi Pi Sigma. Past and current students talked about their struggles and success getting to college and ultimately graduating. The Department honored Livingston Police Chief, Ruben Chavez, with the Justice Studies Distinguished Alumni Award which honors those alumni that have brought extraordinary acclaim to the Department of Justice Studies. The Janet L. Hagemann Award for extraordinary contributions to the department was awarded to Sheree L. Martinek, Lecturer and President of the JS Task Force alumni group. The evening was rounded out by the announcement of the gift basket winners along with a plea for help to fund student success.

police school student with puzzle overlay

Revenue from this event is being dedicated to Student Success. A current priority for the Department is to raise enough money via donations to create a student success endowment (goal: $25,000). This endowment will generate interest income to fund needs for students who are going above and beyond classroom instruction. If you cannot attend our event, but want to help, please consider being an event sponsor, or just make a donation. Just visit our emarket website to contribute by credit card as a sponsor or donor (https://commerce.cashnet.com/SJSUJS) or send a check made out to "Justice Studies - Student Success Fund" to this address:

Department of Justice Studies
San José State University
One Washington Square
San José, CA 95192-0050
 

Gallery of Photos from the Event


 

Dinner and a Mystery - October 16, 2014

Event ProgramEvent SponsorsA festive evening of celebration to honor the Department of Justice Studies' past and showcase our present accomplishments was enjoyed by department alumni, faculty, students and special guests in the new Student Union Ballroom on Thursday, October 16th.  Guests began their evening with an amazing display of accomplishments and information from our department groups including:  The Record Clearance Project, Forensic Science, Human Rights, Justice Studies Student Task Force, Alpha Phi Sigma, Chi Pi Sigma and Fresh Lifelines for Youth (FLY).   The Department honored San José Police Chief, Larry Esquivel, with the Justice Studies Distinguished Alumni Award which honors those alumni that have brought extraordinary acclaim to the Department of Justice Studies. A newly created Janet L. Hagemann Award was presented to its namesake for her extraordinary contributions to the department. The inscription on the award read "When we have big dreams, we think of you." This was met with a huge round of applause from all those attending.   The evening was rounded out by the showing of a documentary film titled Justice Studies is., directed by Shawn Viaggi and produced and edited by Department of Justice Studies professor, Hal Peterson. The film showcases Justice Studies alumni, faculty and students discussing what Justice Studies means to them, along with the history of where the department started, what is happening now and where it is going in the future.

Gallery of Photos from the Event     

 


Justice Studies is... (35:43)