Orthodox Bell returning to Kodiak Island

Fr. Raymond Bucko, Professor Emeritus Chair, has devoted much time and energy over the years organizing the repatriation of a Russian Orthodox bell known as the San Fernando Bell, from southern California to Kodiak, Alaska. The effort to return the bell to its home with the Orthodox Christians of Alaska began in 1987. It was returned October 1. For more information, see the announcement in the San Francisco Gate.

New Publication for Raymond Bucko, Professor Emeritus Chair

Fr. Bucko has a chapter in the newly published book Transforming Ethnohistories: Narrative, Meaning, and Community, edited by Sebastian Felix Braun and Raymon J. DeMallie.  Fr. Bucko's contribution is entitled "Conquering the Mighty Sious: An Ethnohistory of William Bordeaux."

Dr. Irlbeck Publication

Dr. Dawn Irlbeck has been published in a co-authored article entitled "A Risk-based Model of Public Perceptions of Crime & Disorder" in the most recent volume of Criminal Justice Studies, a well-respected and widely-read journal in the field of criminology and criminal justice. Congratulations Dr. Irlbeck!

Students Co-Author Publication

Congratulations to students Laurel Gegner and Justin Pelton for co-authoring an article with Dr. Rebecca Murray being published in Spring! The article is titled "Policies, Procedures, and the Police: An Assessment of Wrongful Conviction Risk in Nebraska". This began as a faculty research grant for Dr. Murray and she brought in Laurel and Justin. Justin presented their work this past spring at the Academy of Criminal Justice Sciences Annual Meeting. They were fortunate to not only present but also discuss their work the Marvin Zalman, a pioneer in Innocence research. Dr. Zalman was so impressed with the work of our students and faculty member that he invited them to submit the paper for publication in an edited volume entitled "Making Justice: The Innocence Challenge to Criminal Justice Policy and Practice", edited by Dr. Zalman and Julia Carrano.

2012 Catholic Book Award for Dr. Bergman

Congratulations, Dr. Bergman! Fordham University Press has awarded Dr. Roger Bergman's book "Catholic Social Learning: Educating the Faith that Does Justice" took 3rd place in the 2012 Catholic Book Awards in the Educational Books category. Currently, Dr. Bergman serves as the Director of the Justice and Peace Studies program housed in the Department of Sociology, Anthropology, and Social Work. Come congratulate him in person, CRHL 440A.

Iggy Award Winner

Congratulations to Dr. Laura Heinemann on her Iggy Award win! Creighton's Iggy Award is given to outstanding freshman mentors, counselors, advocates and role models. Freshman students nominate faculty, staff, or student leader who provided special counsel and support during their first semester at Creighton.

State Victim Assistance Academy Grant

Drs. Rebecca Murray and Dawn Irlbeck were awarded a $35,000 Grant from the U.S. Department of Justice for the State Victim Assistance Academy Initiative.

Based on grantee performance and the availability of future funds, continuation funding will be available for 2 subsequent years. Second-year funding is projected at $100,000 for each new SVAA (for implementation of the SVAA and evaluation), and third-year funding at $60,000 for each new SVAA (for refinement and replication).

The purpose of the State Victim Assistance Academy Initiative, is to support states in developing effective strategies for planning, implementing and sustaining new State Victim Assistance Academies (SVAA). This year, the first year of the initiative in Nebraska, will establish planning efforts that will lead to the development of a comprehensive, academically-based, fundamental education and skills building training for victim assistance providers, victim advocates, criminal justice personnel and other allied professionals who routinely interact with victims of crime. Drs. Murray and Irlbeck, on behalf of Creighton University, has proposed the plan for the establishment of the Nebraska SVAA, joining 36 other states who have an established SVAA.

The SVAA was established by the Office for Victims of Crime in 1998 to fulfill its long-term goal of encouraging victim assistance courses of study across the country. An SVAA is an intensive course of study in victimology and victims' rights and services. The SVAA will operate in partnership with Creighton to meet the entry-level training needs of a broad array of victim service providers and allied professionals.

Dr. Murray & Dr. Irlbeck also welcome Lauren Pilnick, MA, as the Project Coordinator for this grant and new member of the Creighton Community.

NEW!!!! Masters Program in Medical Anthropology

The Department of Sociology, Anthropology & Social Work has developed and received approval for a new graduate program in Medical Anthropology. The program is designed to provide a usable skill set for health and health care in an increasingly complex world through taking seriously the important factor of culture. This cultural approach to health and health care makes the program unique and complementary with other health-related programs. With its emphasis on fieldwork and cultural analysis in the light of biomedical knowledge, the program furthers the excellence of healthcare professionals. The program promotes strategies for equitable access to effective health care both domestically and globally. The courses are primarily offered online. The masterís program consists of twelve courses (36 credit hours). Students select one of the following program paths: the thesis tracks are (1) the Field Research Track and (2) the Library Research Track. The non-thesis track is (3) the Practicum Track, which includes a capstone paper. The graduate certificate program consists of six courses (18 credit hours). Creighton undergraduate students can, in their final semester, take 600-level courses in this program.


Mission Based Policing nominated for Outstanding Book Award

The book Mission Based Policing, by Drs. Rebecca Murray (left) and Dawn Irlbeck (right) of the Department of Sociology and Anthropology, with Dr. John Crank and Mr. Mark Sundermeier, has been nominated as the Academy of Criminal Justice Sciences Outstanding Book for 2011.

Mission Based Policing introduces a different way to organize police departments to more efficiently and effectively fight serious crime. As police forces, like many government structures, are struggling amidst budget cuts, they must look to new models of policing that minimize resource drain and more efficiently address serious crime. Using a combination of several theoretical perspectives, including community policing, problem oriented policing and hot spot policing, this book creates a framework for "serious crime" deployment priority guided by an "intelligence led policing" notion of information processing.

The book will be published in July by CRC Press.

The Academy of Criminal Justice Sciences Outstanding Book Award is given annually to the book which has provided an extraordinary contribution to the study of crime and criminal justice, and will be awarded in March 2012 at the academy?s Annual Meeting in New York. For more information on the award, please see www.acjs.org

Mission Based Policing can be purchased at crcpress.com