Criminal Justice Career Fair marks 40-year anniversary

March 14, 2013

PLATTEVILLE, Wis. — The University of Wisconsin-Platteville’s Criminal Justice Department celebrated its career fair’s 40th anniversary, on Tuesday, March 12.

“This successful event complements our criminal justice students,” said Dr. Joe Lomax, retired professor of criminal justice. More than 70 agencies with representatives from the local, state and federal levels were in attendance to provide expertise and recruitment in their respective fields.

“We had a lot of positive feedback from all of the agencies who attended,” said Hannah Terpening, sophomore criminal justice major from Waunakee, Wis., and president of the UW-Platteville Criminal Justice Association.

“I look forward to this career fair and have been coming back to UW-Platteville for the IRS for the last nine years,” said Eric Kopp, a 2001 UW-Platteville graduate, who majored in criminal justice, and who is currently working for the Department of the Treasury with the Internal Revenue Service Criminal Investigation. Kopp was hired by the Wisconsin IRS 11 years ago after meeting them at the UW-Platteville Criminal Justice Career Fair.  “I investigate tax evasion, money laundering, and bank secrecy act violations for the state of Wisconsin,” said Kopp.

Aside from the various booths, the fair also hosted two guest speakers.

“I introduced Charles Tubbs. He discussed all the different capacities of his work, from federal assignments, like when he worked in Homeland Security in Washington D.C. during the Sept. 11 attacks, to being a police chief at the Wisconsin state capital during the protests last spring,” said Nolan Pickar, a junior business administration major from Sauk City, Wis. Pickar initially became interested in the criminal justice field in high school when he joined the Sauk Prairie Police Explorer program.

Tubbs, a Beloit native, has more than 40 years of experience in the criminal justice field. He served on the Beloit Police Department for 30 years and later was hired as an administrator of the Wisconsin Juvenile Corrections Division. Tubbs is currently working as the director of Dane County Emergency Management.

Dr. Neal Haskell, a certified forensic entomologist, spoke about the importance of entomology in forensic investigation. Haskell co-authored the first textbook on forensic entomology for law enforcement and has testified in many high profile murder cases, such as the Casey Anthony trial and the Melissa Trotter case.

“We began planning this event in September,” said Sara Rand, a senior majoring in forensic investigations from Slinger, Wis. “The best part of the CJ career fair is seeing it all come together, and seeing students be able to network and attain opportunities in this field that they may not have had the chance to pursue had we not held a career fair such as this one.”

Criminal justice is the third most popular major at UW-Platteville, with approximately ten percent of UW-Platteville’s undergraduates majoring in criminal justice or forensic investigation, or have declared a major within the Criminal Justice Department.

Written by: Eileen McGuine, UW-Platteville University Information and Communications, (608) 342-1194,



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