SC State Students Honored by the National Association of Blacks in Criminal Justice

Tuesday, December 9, 2008

Criminal Justice StudentsSC State students, Allen Hunter, a senior from Abbeville, S.C. and Terrace Smith, a junior from Columbia, S.C. were recently honored by the South Carolina Chapter of the National Association of Blacks in Criminal Justice (SC-NABCJ). The 15th annual conference was held on Friday, Dec. 5, 2008, in Columbia, S.C.

During the Conference, Hunter received the ‘Outstanding Student of the Year’ award. The award recognizes a criminal justice student who has demonstrated leadership, dedication, and contribution to a NABCJ student chapter. Hunter has been a member of SC State’s chapter since his freshman year and has been chapter president for the past three years.

Smith, the current president of the Criminal Justice Club at SC State, was the recipient of a $500 academic scholarship through the SC-NABCJ Educational Scholarship Program. The scholarship program provides financial assistance to qualified applicants who are seeking an academic degree in Criminal Justice or a related social science field at an accredited college or university.

The National Association of Blacks in Criminal Justice (NABCJ) is one of the nation’s fastest growing Criminal Justice professional organizations. Membership is open to all, regardless of race, creed, or nationality, and to those who share the concern to improve the criminal justice system and lessen the negative impact of African Americans and other minorities. In January of 1995, a charter was granted to SC State, making it the first student chapter to be chartered in the state.

This year’s conference theme was “Breaking Down Barriers: Finding Solutions". Conference participants took part in dynamic and informative workshops on financial planning, professionalism in the workplace, stress management, grant writing, domestic violence and disproportionate minority contact (DMC) with the criminal justice system.

Other SC State conference attendees were:
Danielle Callender, Scott Epps, Robert Gill, Cervantez Glenn, Dominique Gordon, Esther Jenkins, Paula Johnson, Sean Nimmons, Brian Payton, Sherita Smalls, and Vanessa Woodbury. SC State’s students were accompanied by Criminal Justice faculty members, Margie Ballard-Mack, Criminal Justice program coordinator and Giselle White-Perry, SC State NABCJ chapter advisor.

For additional information or if you are interested in becoming a member of the NABCJ, contact Giselle White-Perry at (803) 536-8803.