Criminal Justice LLC helps students adjust to college

December 7, 2015
Emily Grunewald participates in zip lining.

PLATTEVILLE, Wis. — The Criminal Justice Living Learning Community consists of 30 criminal justice and forensic investigation majors living on the same wing in Dobson Hall who all take Introduction to Criminal Justice together and participate in activities outside of the classroom.

To start off the semester the group went to Bethel Horizons just outside of Dodgeville, Wis., to get to know one another better through zip lining, rock climbing and repelling, encouraging everyone to participate and supporting one another. In September University Police Officer Molly Theleman welcomed an invitation to present to the students on campus safety topics to help them throughout the semester. In October the group went to Southwest Wisconsin Technical College in Fennimore, Wis., to participate in a shooting range training and Emergency Vehicle Operator Course session. Dr. Amy Nemmetz, CJ LLC advisor, has said that the group still can’t decide which activity was their favorite. Nemmetz has many other activities planned for next semester, including touring a correctional facility, listening to a panel of inmates and volunteering in a community project with juveniles residing in group homes.

“Researchers continue to note that when students feel connected to their campus, they are more likely to stay in college and finish their degree. I truly want to see each member of the CJ LLC walk across the stage in the Wiliams Fieldhouse in four years,” said Nemmetz.

Nemmetz noted that since the students have went to Bethel Horizons and participated in these outside of the classroom activities together they have been more likely to study in groups and meet their professors in the Criminal Justice department outside of the classroom. Nemmetz has enjoyed getting to know the student’s perspectives on key topics such as challenges criminal justice professional face and the future of corrections as well as seeing the students respect one another’s viewpoints.

The trip to Bethel Horizons also helped the students with struggles they may face in everyday college life. “Like rock climbing with a harness, college tests our abilities and at times we opt to step out of our comfort zones and embrace the challenge,” Nemmetz said.

The group is talking about taking another trip to Bethel Horizons in the future because they enjoyed the adventure aspect so much. They also look forward to seeing what next semester brings to their CJ LLC.

As UW-Platteville pursues its vision of being recognized as the leading student-focused university for its success in achieving excellence, creating opportunities and empowering each individual, it is guided by four strategic planning priorities. The Criminal Justice LLC aligns with two of the priorities, including providing an outstanding education and fostering a community of achievement and respect.

Written by: Sydney Bend, UW-Platteville University Information and Communications, 608-342-1194,


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