Criminal Justice Students Steal Top Honors

Eight SUNY Canton criminal investigation students have uncovered new evidence that their efforts lead to success.

The students, who are members of SUNY Canton’s Beta Psi Delta club, the College’s chapter of the American Criminal Justice Association, took their first trip to the Association’s National Conference, held March 20-25 at the Memphis Marriott East Hotel in Memphis, Tenn. By the end of the event, the team had earned four top-three finishes.

Thomas J. Stafford, Armin Muheljic, Brian K. Harte, Steve A. Tuttle, Elizabeth S. Ayers, and Donald C. Milos II on Beale Street

Pictured are (l to r) Thomas J. Stafford of Malone, Armin Muheljic of Utica, Brian K. Harte, SUNY Canton assistant professor of criminal justice, Steve A. Tuttle of Cicero, Elizabeth S. Ayers of Ithaca, and Donald C. Milos II of Poestenkill.

“SUNY Canton is extremely proud of our students and how well they represented the College on the national stage,” said SUNY Canton President Joseph L. Kennedy. “Between earning 12 trophies at last October’s Regional competition and their successes in Memphis, they have put SUNY Canton on the map as one of the strongest criminal justice programs in the country.”

Donald C. Milos II of Poestenkill, highlighted the event for the team as he placed first in the Police Management-Lower Division exam. His efforts in the Criminal Law-Lower Division exam earned him a second place finish.

Senior Elizabeth S. Ayers of Ithaca, finished second in the Corrections-Upper Division category while classmate Thomas J. Stafford of Malone, took third place in the Juvenile Justice-Upper Division exam.

Five others competed at Nationals including Beta Psi Delta President and senior Andrew C. Wood of Hermon, classmates Josh T. Burgert of Canandaigua, and Armin Muheljic of Utica, as well as junior Matthew R. Kraeger of Port Leyden, and sophomore Steve A. Tuttle of Cicero, who were all instrumental in the team’s successes.

“We are humbled to have earned academic honors for SUNY Canton while competing against 75 of the top programs in the nation,” said Brian K. Harte, assistant professor of criminal justice and club advisor. “The criminal justice department’s faculty members strive to promote excellence and scholarship. Placing nationally at this competition is a testament to how strong our criminal justice programs truly are.”

Harte noted the time commitment and energy needed for the students to be so successful at the National level. “Our students devoted many extra hours of study time outside of classes to prepare for this competition,” he said. “They helped gather sponsorships and secure funding that made it possible for us to compete. Their commitment to the College, their team, and their respective course of study makes me even prouder of their accomplishments at both the regional and national levels.”

The Student Cooperative Alliance and the SUNY Canton College Foundation assisted financially in getting the team to Memphis. Local businesses also played a critical role in sponsoring the students, including Eben’s Hearth, SeaComm Federal Credit Union, The Tick-Tock, Computer Guys, McClelland Agronomic Services, and Sergi’s. “Without their support, this trip simply would not have been possible,” Harte said.

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