In May 2015, Sigma Mu Sigma, the Missouri State University chapter of Alpha Phi Sigma, the National Criminal Justice Honor Society, was awarded three STAR Awards from the Student Organization offices on campus. These are competitive awards that are bestowed upon organizations based on several criteria in multiple categories. Sigma Mu Sigma won in the category of Academic / Educational Programming for their efforts in hosting bi-annual ALICE (active shooter) training on campus in conjunction with the Missouri State University Public Safety Office and the Springfield Police Department. Sigma Mu Sigma also won in the category of Volunteer Work / Service Project for their room adoption at Harmony House - The Family Violence Center in Springfield, Missouri, where they conduct annual projects to update, clean and refresh a room within the shelter, which has included painting, refurbishing furniture, replacing bedding, hanging curtains and blinds, stripping the floor and replacing floor tiles. Christine Hannis, the 2014-2015 Graduate Vice President of the student organization, took home an individual award for Outstanding Graduate Student for her work with the organization and as a Graduate Assistant in the Department of Criminology and Criminal Justice.
Child Abuse Awareness Month
In honor of April being National Child Abuse Awareness Month, Sigma Mu Sigma, the Missouri State University chapter of Alpha Phi Sigma, the National Criminal Justice Honor Society took part in two events for non-profit organizations. In early April, several officers of the student organization hosted a "Chillin' with BACA" event at a local self-serve yogurt cafe in Springfield. Over a dozen members of BACA (Bikers Against Child Abuse) from around the state of Missouri attended to discuss with the Missouri State University students the organization's goals and mission, along with highlighting some of their efforts planned for the month. This was an excellent opportunity to continue strengthening the bond between the two organizations and to thank the BACA members for their work with abused children.
The second event, a "Virtual Baby Shower," was held through the month of April. Members and officers of Sigma Mu Sigma, collected donations to help create gift bags for babies and their mothers who utilized services made available to them through Isabel's House in Springfield, Missouri. In total, the students were able to collect enough money to put together 10 large bags filled with diapers, wipes, bottles, formulas, clothes, bibs, wash cloths, toys and other baby related essentials for distribution at the crisis nursery. Additionally, cases of baby food, diapers and a few other items for babies and young children were purchased for use by the nursery itself with their clientele. In return for their hard work, the staff of Isabel's House provided a guided tour of the facility, time for an enlightening discussion about child abuse in Greene County and limited opportunities to observe some of the work with the children in the home.
The 7th Annual Missouri State University Criminology and Criminal Justice Conference
“Inside the Criminal Justice System: Characteristics, Challenges and Opportunities” - The 7th Annual Missouri State University Criminology and Criminal Justice Conference in April 2015 included a student paper and presentation competition for both undergraduate and graduate levels.
- Lauren Fussell
“Mentally Ill Offenders and Recidivism”
- Jayne Sokolich
“Gender Roles: Women in the Police Force"
- Jonathan Saunders and Rebecca Saunders
“Facilitators and Conflict Management in the Girls Circle Program”
- Tyla McCutchen
“Literature and Theoretical Review of the Victim-Offender Overlap”
- Christine Hannis
“Environmental Crime: Illegal Wildlife Trafficking”