Open house planned for administration of justice degree program

Prospective students can explore opportunities in the field of criminal justice at 6:30 p.m. Thursday, April 4, during Penn State New Kensington's open house in the campus Art Gallery.

Sponsored by the campus' administration of justice program, the open house is geared to high school seniors and juniors, college transfers and adult learners, as well as parents and spouses. Participants can learn about the potential of the degree with guest speakers from campus discussing the flexibility of the administration of justice bachelor's degree, the technological aspects of the security and risk analysis minor, and hands-on internships in local communities.

The keynote speaker is Judge Samuel Goldstrohm, magisterial district judge for Armstrong County and adjunct instructor in administration of justice at the campus. Goldstrohm's talk is "The Challenge of Crime in a Free Society: A New Look into the Future." A five-year member of the faculty, Goldstrohm teaches a course on criminology and takes his students on a field trip each semester to a criminal justice agency or facility.

Kristine Artello, assistant professor of administration of justice, will discuss“Advantages of Administration of Justice and the Job Market.” Artello, who holds a doctorate in criminology, law and society from the University of California, Irvine, teaches courses on the American criminal justice system; violent crime; and race, crime and justice.

“The Aftermath of a Shooting: My Experience at the Aurora, Colorado Theatre Shooting” is the topic of a talk by LaVarr McBride, instructor in administration of justice. McBride serves as program coordinator and internship supervisor for the three Penn State campuses -- Beaver, New Kensington and Shenango -- that jointly deliver the administration of justice program. He holds a master’s degree in sociology from Utah State University and a bachelor's degree in criminal justice from Weber State University.

Patty Brady, director of enrollment management, will give an overview of the campus. Brady has headed the admissions department since 2002.

"The open house offers prospective students a valuable tool for making an intelligent career choice," said Artello, who joined the campus faculty in 2010. "The students have the opportunity to speak with program faculty and current students, and learn about the criminal investigative skills that will be needed in the future."

The Administration of Justice program at Penn State New Kensington focuses on the interrelated components of the criminal justice system -- public and private sector enforcement and investigation, legal systems, correctional treatment and community services. Through a combination of formal classroom instruction, practical training in laboratory courses, individual study and field experience, students in the program will be well prepared to pursue an array of career opportunities in federal, state and local law enforcement and correction agencies, court-related services, probation and parole services, and private-sector security. Following the program will be a tour of the campus.

To register for the open house, call 724-334-LION or 888-968-PAWS. For more information on the administration of justice program, visit

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Last Updated March 27, 2013