30th-Annual Criminal Justice Career Day

March 31, 2003

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PLATTEVILLE-If your only knowledge of a career with the Federal Bureau of Investigation is what you've seen on the X - Files, find out what working for the FBI is really like by attending the 30th-Annual Criminal Justice Career Day at the University of Wisconsin-Platteville.

Representatives from more than 75 local, state and national criminal justice agencies, such as the FBI, the U.S. Marshals and the U.S. Secret Service, are expected to attend the career day. Informational booths will be set up from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Tuesday, April 1, in the Beaux Arts and Beefeater rooms of the Ullsvik Center. Representatives from the various agencies will be on hand to answer questions and provide information to students. The career day is open to and may benefit students from all areas of study.

"The career day is open to all students, not just criminal justice majors," said Sarah Shafarik, president of the UWP Criminal Justice Association. "The FBI and, I believe, the CIA (Central Intelligence Agency) have a number of technical areas of employment that people majoring in engineering, physics, business and other fields may be interested in."

Students from all academic levels are also welcome to attend and may benefit from the Criminal Justice Career Day, Shafarik said.

"Freshmen and sophomores will have the opportunity to see what careers are available in the areas of criminal justice, while juniors and seniors will have the opportunity to research internships and get their resumes out," Shafarik said. "A number of criminal justice agencies require students to take an exam before working in the field. Students will be able to sign up to receive exam information at the career day, also."

In addition to providing information on various careers, a number of people will be recognized for their achievements in the area of criminal justice. Plaques of appreciation will be awarded to Gov. Jim Doyle; David Steingrabar, Wisconsin Law Enforcement administrator; Dennis Hanson, director of Wisconsin Training and Standards; David Kieffer, retired captain of the City of Platteville Police Department and Earl Hernandez, chief of the City of Platteville Police Department.

In conjunction with the career day, the Criminal Justice Association will welcome to campus keynote speaker Steven Pugh, chief of police of the Rockford, Ill., Police Department. Pugh will give a lecture at 6 p.m. Monday, March 31, in the Harry and Laura Nohr Gallery of the Ullsvik Center. All are welcome to attend the lecture and the reception to follow.

For more information on the career day or the keynote lecture, contact Brad Micke, chair person of the career day, at (608) 348-6479 or mickeb@uwplatt.edu.

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