Lock Haven


By Ashton Peters

This spring, the Criminal Justice Club at Commonwealth University-Lock Haven organized a series of informative sessions featuring five special guests on campus. The presentations provided students with valuable insights into various career opportunities within the criminal justice field. 

Jared Fencil, assistant regional manager of PA Department of Conservation and Natural Resources (DCNR) Region 1, highlighted the numerous positions available with the department including park resource ranger, law enforcement ranger and park manager. He also mentioned the proximity of Bald Eagle State Park, one of the largest state parks in Pennsylvania. 

Pennsylvania State Police recruiter, Trooper Clinton, engaged with students throughout the day of his visit and led a physical fitness activity on the nearby dike. 

Lt. Kurt Cortazzo from the Pennsylvania Department of Corrections discussed the shift towards rehabilitation in correctional facilities and the diverse job prospects in the sector. 

Mike Grassmyer, executive director of Abraxas South Mountain, provided insights into juvenile justice and rehabilitation, inviting students to explore these avenues further through facility tours. 

U.S Border Patrol interior recruiting team supervisor, Fataou Morou, presented the unique roles within the Border Patrol, including positions requiring work with horses and K-9 units. 

Feedback from students was overwhelmingly positive. Junior Hunner Lindsey, of Beech Creek, expressed that the presentations broadened his perspective on the criminal justice system, while Tiffany Brugard, president of the Criminal Justice club, praised the quality and engagement of the speakers. 

“Looking ahead, the Criminal Justice Club aims to continue this initiative, planning to offer more presentations in future semesters to further enrich the educational experience of Commonwealth University students,” said Lock Haven native, Ashton Peters, club vice president.

The club is advised by Drs. Edward Bowman and Michael McSkimming.