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Pullman Outstanding Seniors excel in diverse fields

Annie Lu, Noah Hansen,, Lauren Forseth, and Vanesa Marar.An international researcher, a police cadet, a certified nursing assistant, and a young mother who speaks five languages (in addition to baby talk) are among the 24 College of Arts and Sciences students named Outstanding Seniors of 2022, all of whom are exemplary in their academic achievements, leadership, and service to the community. » More …

College honors for faculty, staff, students

Previews of award posters for Choong-Shik Yoo, Cheryl Schultz, Sarah Barnett, and Ryan Rice.Eighteen faculty, two staff, and five graduate students were honored for outstanding achievement at the 2022 College of Arts and Sciences Appreciation and Recognition Social in April.

Professor Craig Hemmens, a national leader in ethical criminal justice practices, and Choong-Shik Yoo, a pioneer in static high pressure » More …

CAS undergraduate excellence recognized at SURCA

SURCA awardees on stage.Students in the College of Arts and Sciences took home almost half of all the 2022 Showcase for Undergraduate Research and Creative Activities (SURCA) awards.

SURCA is a WSU-wide event for students from all majors and all WSU campuses to share their faculty mentored activities, and receive feedback from » More …

Professor, former prison guard honored by ACJS Corrections Section

Mary Stohr and book cover, Corrections, From Research, to Policy, to Practice.A nationally recognized scholar of prison reform, WSU professor Mary Stohr has been selected to receive the Academy of Criminal Justice Sciences’ prestigious John Howard Award for her significant and sustained contributions to the practice of corrections.

Presented by the Corrections Section of the » More …

Moving up—by not giving up

Fa’amomoi “Moi” Masaniai III.He was rejected and waitlisted, then wait-listed again. When it came down to it, Fa’amomoi “Moi” Masaniai III didn’t have the money to attend law school. But that didn’t stop him from pursuing his dreams of becoming a lawyer and ultimately a judge.

“I knew what I wanted to do. I just didn’t have the means to do it,” says Masaniai (’92 Crim. Jus.), who’s believed to be the first person of Samoan heritage to serve » More …

Analysis: No systematic agency bias in WSP traffic stops

Washington State Patrol car. In an analysis of five years of traffic stops conducted by the Washington State Patrol, researchers with WSU’s Division of Governmental Studies and Services (DGSS), with support from faculty from the Department of Criminal Justice and Criminology, found no evidence for intentional, agency-level racial bias.

“This research connects the expertise of Washington’s land-grant university to a pressing public issue,” said DGSS Director Christina Sanders. » More …

CAS staff, student honored with safety awards

WSU Spirit Mark.The annual system-wide WSU President’s Awards for Safety, Health, and Security recognize community members who contribute significantly to the well-being of the University. In 2021, three CAS staff members and one CAS undergraduate student were honored for their exceptional work. » More …

An American dream

Behnam Mozafari.Raised by a single mother in the Kurdistan region of Iran, Behnam Mozafari dreamed he would someday become a police officer.

“But as I got older, I realized my goals and belief in individual liberty and individual rights did not align with the government in Iran,” Mozafari said.

Today he is an accomplished senior in criminal justice at WSU Pullman, but the » More …