Monday, August 15, 2011

Welcome Back CJC Students!

Greetings to all students, new and old, as well as faculty, staff, and interested members of the community...
It's that time of year again! I'd like to welcome all new, transfer, and existing students to UMKC and the CJC Department for another fun-filled year. Classes begin one week from today on August 22nd! Hopefully, everyone is as excited for the school year as all the faculty appear to be.

I wanted to provide some information for all interested parties, since the beginning of a school year can be somewhat hectic. We have a lot going on in the CJC Department over the next few months, and we encourage all students to participate in each of the upcoming events that is on the horizon.

First things first, however... If you are a new, transfer, or current student in need of advising, please be sure to schedule an appointment with a CJC advisor. We're here to help you... to make sure you're on-track with your degree program or to help you pick classes for upcoming semesters! Don't hesitate to contact the CJC Department or me (Dr. Will Stadler) to schedule your advising session. Or, contact us if you just need more information about CJC-related "stuff"!

On to more interesting things... Below, I am including a preliminary schedule of some of our upcoming events, so mark your calendars:

  • CJC Department BBQ and Open House 
    • When? Friday, August 26th from 12:30 to 2:30
    • Where? CJC House located at 5215 Rockhill Road (across from the parking garage)
    • Why? Come learn more about the CJC program, meet other CJC students and faculty, and enjoy some FREE FOOD and DRINKS!!!
    • All students are welcome, so bring your friends!!
  • First meeting of the CJC Club - All majors are welcome!!
    • When? Tuesday, August 30th at 5pm
    • Where? CJC House located at 5215 Rockhill Road (across from the parking garage)
    • Why? Beome involved in a social club that is focus on criminal justice activities. No dues or applications required.
    • For more information, see
  • Informational meeting for Mu Mu, the UMKC Chapter of the National Criminal Justice Honor Society
    • When? Wednesday, August 31st at 1pm
    • Where? CJC House located at 5215 Rockhill Road (across from the parking garage)
    • Why? Learn more about becoming a member of Mu Mu, an organization that is both socially and academically oriented.
    • For more information, see
  • APA Style & Research Workshop
    • When? Wednesday, September 7th at 1pm
    • Where? Miller Nichols Library, Room 121
    • Why? Dr. Hodge will discuss how to properly use APA Style with your writing assignments, and Ms. Angolia, the criminal justice librarian will discuss how to effectively conduct research at the library.
  • CJC Career Expo
    • When? Wednesday, October 26th from 11am to 1pm
    • Where? Pierson Auditorium, University Center
    • Why? Representatives from a variety of criminal justice and social service agencies will be available to discuss internship and career opportunities as well as the best ways to prepare for careers in their field.
  • CJC Alumni Night
    • When? Thursday, November 10th from 6pm to 9pm
    • Where? Chancellor's Residence, 5106 Cherry Street
    • Why? Network with graduates of UMKC's CJC program and learn what they are now doing with their degrees. 
    • Free food and drink will be available.
Along with the start of school, these events should keep us busy for awhile. However, if there is an event you would like to see or a suggestion you have for the CJC Department, please feel free to drop us a line! We welcome your input!

As always, I will try to keep students updated about any new events or happenings in the department.

Enjoy what's left of the summer!