Kappa Omicron Rho attends National American Criminal Justice Association / Lambda Alpha Epsilon Conference; brings home four national trophies.

Kappa Omicron Rho attends National American Criminal Justice Association / Lambda Alpha Epsilon Conference; brings home four national trophies.

Hunt Valley, Maryland – Approximately 350 people attended the American Criminal Justice Association / Lambda Alpha Epsilon conference in Hunt Valley, Maryland.  Peru State students and faculty brought home four national awards.

Hailey Bouwens (Lincoln, Nebraska), Samantha Daake (Beatrice, Nebraska), and Dylan Rotert (Lincoln, Nebraska) attended the conference. All three Peru State students are majoring in Criminal Justice.

The students were accompanied by Danny Hayes, instructor of criminal justice, and Dr. Amber Mahan, assistant professor of criminal justice; both serve as advisors for Peru State’s chapter of ACJA / LAE, Kappa Omicron Rho. LAE is a national criminal justice honor’s society.

Conference attendees received training from Lt. Col. Dave Grossman, who has served as an Army Ranger, and has taught psychology and military science. He is the author of “On Combat,” “Stop Teaching our Kids to Kill,” and the Pulitzer Prize nominated, “On Killing.”  “The Bulletproof Mind: Psychological Survival” focused on the responsibilities of law enforcement and handling the stress of violent encounters.

Students and faculty are holding the awards from the national conference.

Conference attendees, from left to right, Dylan Rotert, Dr. Amber Mahan, Samantha Daake, Hailey Bouwens and Danny Hayes.

Throughout the conference, students were able to connect and network with peers and professionals from across the country. The students were also able to spend a portion of one day at Ft. McHenry on Baltimore Harbor learning and exploring.

Peru State students and faculty competed in seven national competitions: the Physical Agility Course; Written Testing in LAE Knowledge, Corrections, Police Administration, Juvenile Justice and Criminal Law, Crime Scene Investigation, and the Research Paper Competition.

Peru State College participants earned four national trophies this year including two first place trophies in the professional division.

Rotert placed 3rd in the Upper Division Research Paper Competition.

Mahan won first place in the Physical Agility competition for women between the ages of 26 and 35.

Hayes took first place in the Physical Agility competition for men over age 36 and second place in the examination on Corrections.

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Alexa Cline contributed to this press release.