January 12, 2017
17-3

Jordan West
Communications Specialist

VSU Goes Behind the Scenes of Forensic Investigations

VALDOSTA — Valdosta State University’s next Critical Issues in Criminal Justice Seminar will take attendees inside the world of forensic investigations.
 
Faculty, staff, students, alumni, retirees, and friends of the university who want to learn more about this topic are invited to a free sneak peek of this event from noon to 4 p.m. Friday, Jan. 27, in the University Center Magnolia Room.
 
From 1:30 p.m. to 2:30 p.m., Shannon Floyd, forensic specialist at the Valdosta-Lowndes Regional Crime Laboratory, will give a one-hour presentation about forensic investigations, a topic she will cover in more depth during the upcoming Critical Issues in Criminal Justice Seminar Series: Forensic Investigations on Feb. 3. She will discuss how forensics can be used to improve crime scene investigations and evidence and explore some of the pitfalls within the science.
 
During the sneak peek, attendees will have an opportunity to have a meet and greet with faculty from the Department of Sociology, Anthropology, and Criminal Justice, as well as enjoy refreshments and enter for a chance to win door prizes.
 
The Critical Issues in Criminal Justice Seminar Series will continue throughout the spring and summer.
 
Participants interested in attending the Forensic Investigations seminar on Feb. 3 can register online at https://www.valdosta.edu/colleges/arts-sciences/sacj/criminal-justice/forms/open-house-rsvp.php. Advance registration is $300 for general admission, $150 for VSU alumni, and $75 for current VSU students, faculty, or staff. Employees from any Lowndes County criminal justice agency can register for a discounted fee of $225. Onsite registration will be available for an additional fee of $50. Registration includes continuing education unit credits, breakfast, lunch, and snacks.
 
This event is presented in collaboration with VSU’s Office of Admissions, Dual Credit Honors Academy, and Pathways Program. It is funded by the Criminal Justice Outreach Program, which is supported by a 2016-2017 VSU Innovation Fund Grant. The Innovation Fund was created to invest in the future of VSU by supporting innovative practices, programs, and approaches that continue to improve teaching, services, and support of VSU students. 
 
Visit www.valdosta.edu/cjopenhouse to RSVP for the sneak peek.
 
Contact Dr. Bobbie Ticknor, criminal justice faculty member, at bbticknor@valdosta.edu to learn more.
 
On the Web:
 
http://www.valdosta.edu/colleges/arts-sciences/sacj/criminal-justice
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