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School of Criminal Justice (SOCJ)

  • The Criminal Justice Registered Student Organization, Lambda Alpha Epsilon, was recognized as a Three-Star RSO by FSU Student Leadership and Activities.
  • SOCJ Off-Campus Instructor/Advisor, Brian Heffner, was presented with the Instructor of the Year Award from Northwestern Michigan College, a partner in the off-campus program.
  • Another SOCJ Off-Campus Instructor, Greg Teter, was awarded the Instructor of the Year from Delta College, another partner in the program’s extended education program.
  • Former SOCJ student and now FSU alumni, Joshua Sparling, was recognized by the Pat Tillman Foundation as the 2015 Tillman Scholar at the University of Arizona due to his military service and college academic record. Sparling is currently pursuing law school at the University of Arizona. Sparling earned his bachelor degree in criminal justice from FSU in 2012 and is now a Tucson resident who served as a U.S. Army medical laboratory specialist and combat medic. During his military service, Sparling was critically injured in Ramadi, Iraq where the explosion led to the loss of his leg, among other injuries resulting in his medical retirement from service. Sparling has since excelled in martial arts and other sports where he climbed Mount Kilimanjaro with other veterans. This summer he served as an intern for the Arizona Attorney General.
  • Two graduates of the May 2015 FSU Law Enforcement Academy, Allison Koldan and Tyler Sheppard, earned a lifesaving award from the Grand Rapids Police Department in July 2015. Both graduates were recently hired by GRPD and were participating in their new recruit training when during a meal break they observed a man not breathing in the restaurant. They performed First Aid procedures as taught at FSU and are credited with saving the man’s life.

School of Digital Media (SDM)

  • Digital Animation and Game Design student, Mathew Woock, was recognized as the 2015 Intern of the Year by 6Ft. Games, a game design company located in Houston, Texas.
  • Television and Digital Media Production faculty member Joshua Pardon was a panelist on a presentation titled: Lights, Camera, Action that was part of the Michigan Association of Archivists annual conference in June 2015. Part of Pardon’s contribution was discussing his yet-untitled “State Hospital Project” film that is currently in production.
  • During Spring Semester 2015, TDMP students, Cassandra Rachauskas, Trevor Quist and Tyler Savides, produced a documentary about the Ypsilanti Reed Furniture Company, titled “The Factory”. The documentary is twenty-one minutes long, features archival footage and interviews, and was initially screened by the Ionia County Historical Society at its “Spring Into the Past” event on May 2 and 3, 2015. The Independent Study that resulted in this project was under the direction of TDMP faculty member Joshua Pardon.

School of Education (SOE)

  • Liza Ing has completed Non-Violent Crisis Intervention Instructor Certification.
  • The FSU Men’s Disc Golf Team won the 2015 National Collegiate Disc Golf Championship in April 2015, competing against 60 other college teams. The students will be recognized at the Rec Fest Ceremony on September 1, 2015 at the Recreation Center beginning at 6 p.m. and again at half-time during the Ferris Football Game on October 13, 2015 on Top Taggart Field.
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