MACJ E-Newsletter Summer-Fall 2013

Crime & Justice Blotter

Summer/Fall 2013  Vol.5, Issue 2 

Letter from the Director

Welcome again to all our new MACJ students and well as our returning MACJ students.  I hope you have settled into the quarter nicely. This year promises to be jam packed full of exciting academic opportunities sponsored by the Criminal Justice Department including colloquiums and several student thesis defenses. We hope to see you at these events.

The Criminal Justice Department strongly encourages you to present/attend conferences as part of your education at SU.  Attending conferences allows you to stay abreast of the current research and issues in discipline as well as affording you the opportunity to build a strong set of networks.  There is a small travel stipend that you can apply for to help you attend.  Please contact Devin for an application.

For all the new and continuing MACJ students, as Graduate Director of the MACJ program, I am always available to meet with you if you need advising in the form of course selection or career advice.  Please do not hesitate to contact me at any time.  All new MACJ students will have a formal one-on-one advising meeting with me in Winter quarter to plan your academic career at SU and post-graduation success.

Have a wonderful Fall quarter!

Alumni Profile

Kyle Schwab, who is of a mixed Filipino/Caucasian background, was born and raised in Anchorage, Alaska. Raised successfully by a hard-working single mother, Kyle maintained an active lifestyle in his youth by engaging in numerous extracurricular activities to include baseball, basketball, soccer, track, martial arts, and musical studies (piano and saxophone). Since childhood, Kyle's career aspirations, while varied, usually gravitated towards law, medicine, or engineering. As such, through much of his adolescence, Kyle was greatly involved with various leadership and community outreach programs involving juvenile courts, critical healthcare services, engineering apprenticing, and partnerships with disabled youth populations.

At the age of 17, Kyle relocated from Anchorage to Seattle, Washington to begin engineering studies at Seattle University. After his freshman year at SU, where he completed numerous service-learning courses, Kyle came to the realization that his true career passion lies in working directly in the field with diverse populations in a public-service oriented vocation. In an attempt to obtain an education that would allow him to achieve this career aspiration, while still permitting him to practice his interests in law, medicine, and engineering, Kyle enrolled into the Criminal Justice program at Seattle University. Throughout the remainder of his college career, Kyle flourished in the SU CJ program participating in numerous volunteer outreach programs, internships, and academic societies, specifically, Alpha Phi Sigma, the criminal justice honor society for which, in 2009-2010, Kyle served as Pi Delta Chapter president. In the winter of 2010, Kyle graduated from Seattle University, with honors, with a bachelor's degree in Criminal Justice and an emphasis in forensic psychology. Following a short, six month hiatus, Kyle resumed his education as a student in the SU Master's of Criminal Justice program. In the spring of 2012, Kyle completed the SU MACJ course curriculum followed by the successful completion of his master's thesis (involving adolescent suicide research/prevention) in the spring of 2013.

Kyle has worn many vocational hats throughout his life from hospital administration, to legal assistance, to civilian Department of Defense employment. Currently, Kyle is employed at the King County Medical Examiner's Office in Seattle, Washington. Kyle's career at the M.E.O. began in 2009 when he attained an internship to work in the M.E. investigation's section. He was eventually hired as a career-service medicolegal death investigator and currently works the night-shift providing solo death investigation coverage to the entire county of King. Supplemental to his investigations duties, Kyle, at the beginning of 2013, was granted the privilege of operating as the medicolegal research coordinator for the KCMEO where he collects, analyzes, and disseminates information pertaining to vital and/or forensic trends in King County.

When not working, Kyle enjoys reading, hiking, bicycling, and most importantly, spending time with his beautiful fiancé, who works as an intensive care nurse at a Seattle-area hospital, and their dog, Boomer. Although no longer an enrolled student, Kyle still remains active by keeping informed on emerging topics, both academic and professional, participating in continuing education programs, operating as a member of the SU Criminal Justice Advisory Board, providing training services to the King County Public Health Reserve Corps, and acting as a guest speaker in educational settings. 

Faculty Profile

Fanny Correa is a master level clinical social worker and certified traumatologist who specializes in traumatic grief after sudden violent death supporting bereaved families, friends and communities. Fanny provides consultation, in-service training and critical incident stress management for communities and organizations after a violent death. Since 2007, she has served as an Adjunct Professor for Seattle University Masters in Criminal Justice Program teaching two Victimology courses: "Contemporary Issues in Victimology" and, "Violence and Victimization. Fanny is the Program Director, Lead Agency for the King County Crime Victim Service Center. She serves on various statewide committees including the Seattle and King County Public Health, Catastrophic Preparedness Program: Family Assistance Behavioral Health Taskforce. Fanny is part of the King County Sheriff's Office Police Assistant Team (PAT ) as a mental health provider assisting Department members and their families after a traumatic incident. On a national level she serves on the National Leadership Council for Crime Victim Justice. She has a BS in Business and a strong background in administration.  Fanny moved from Miami, Florida to Seattle, WA in 2000.   She recently moved to Lake Stevens and is raising some chicks, growing her own herbs and veggies and having lots of fun gardening. Fanny and her husband have a 9 year old black lab, Misty and are foster parents for two dachshunds, Bert and Benny rescued by 4the Paws ~ Rescue Pup. 

 Student Profile

Elisabeth Krappen was born and raised in the very southeast corner of Austria, an extremely rural area right at the border to Hungary and Slovenia. After finishing high school in 2003 she moved to Vienna where she graduated with a Masters in Law in spring 2007. During her time at the University of Vienna, she worked for 2 years as a research and teaching assistant at the Department of Criminal Law. She moved to Switzerland where, between 2007 and 2012, she worked in the field of law gathering experience at the prosecutor's office, courts (adult and juvenile), a law firm, as well as at a legal insurance company.  Early in her legal career, she found herself struggling with the profession and finally decided that being a lawyer simply was not what she wanted as a career.

Life brought her to Seattle in 2012, providing her with the opportunity for a change. As criminal law was the field of law that held the most attraction for Elisabeth, she found in Seattle University's Masters Program of Criminal Justice the perfect fit. Ever since starting the program in fall 2012, she knew that she had made the right decision. So far, the majority of her classes have been core classes and highly theory based. Her initial plan for the future was to become a parole officer for juveniles, as working with this age group in the criminal court for Juveniles in Biel/Bienne [Switzerland] showed her how crucial this life-period is for a human being and how malleable juveniles are. Intervening at this developmental stage gives us, as a society the chance to make a change for the better in the lives of young offenders. Surprisingly, despite her prior inclinations, she has become increasingly interested in research and is now aiming towards academia. This intention is one of the reasons why she has decided to write a Masters thesis (research question in progress) instead of taking the comprehensive exam. In spring 2013, Elisabeth started to work for Dr. William Parkin as a research assistant and is currently working on a comparative study about victims of ideologically motivated homicides in the U.S. and Germany.

If Elisabeth finds moments not devoted to reading course materials, working on assignments, or projects, she usually can be found reading (for leisure), baking, knitting, or just enjoying life… once in a while she gets lucky enough to take some time to find peace in the ocean while scuba diving.  During summer quarter of this year Elisabeth took a break from school to marry and spend some time with friends and family who came visiting from the other side of the ocean.

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