LA ROCHE COLLEGE HOSTS ANNUAL CSI DAY
HIGH SCHOOL STUDENTS EXPLORE CAREERS IN FORENSIC SCIENCE AND CRIMINAL JUSTICE
PITTSBURGH, April 12, 2013 – Today more than 50 high school students from Deer Lakes, Hampton and Mars Area School Districts attended La Roche College’s annual CSI Day.
Coordinated by members of Delta Lambda Rho, the La Roche Chapter of the American Criminal Justice Association, CSI Day introduces students to the fields of science and biology through hands-on activities, simulations and presentations.
“We hope that students get an understanding of what La Roche offers as a college – not only in criminal justice, but also our forensic courses, such as forensic biology and forensic chemistry,” said Robert M. Mitchell, La Roche professor and former FBI agent. “What we try to dispel are some of the myths that go along with CSI investigations.”
Students put their investigative skills to test by analyzing and solving simulated crime scenes created by La Roche’s Criminal Justice Club. Teams from each high school visited the simulations, where actors from the College’s Drama Club posed as victims. After observing the scene, students had to determine how the victim was killed and why. Each year, the College awards a trophy to students who excel in their investigative work. This year’s award was presented to students from Hampton High School.
Daniel Williams, a sophomore at Hampton High School, said CSI Day was both interesting and informative. “I learned a lot about how in-depth you need to examine evidence and how chemists use different instruments for their work,” Mr. Williams said. “I really enjoyed the creativity of the crime scenes.”
Other activities included a drunk-driving simulation and a K-9 unit demonstration with the Butler County Sheriff’s Office and Ohio Township and Jackson Township Police Departments. Students learned more about crime scene documentation and investigations, and Chemistry Department Chair Don Fujito, Ph.D., discussed “Chemistry Instruments for Drug Screening.”
“I hope the students learned what La Roche brings to the table for criminal justice students,” said Delta Lambda Rho President Mauricia Turner, a senior at La Roche. “Criminal Justice is more than being a police officer. There are different advantages in this field. CSI day is an example of what people’s jobs and experiences are in real life.”
For the past seven years, La Roche has hosted CSI Day to guide high school students who are interested in the fields of criminal justice and forensic science. “If students have questions about courses, if they have questions about life choices for police officers, sheriffs, county detectives, FBI or Homeland Security – we can guide them in getting more materials to assess what they want to do for the rest of their lives,” Mr. Mitchell said. “We hope to give them alternatives that, as high school juniors and seniors, they may not have had before.”
About La Roche College: A private, Catholic, co-educational college north of Pittsburgh founded by the Sisters of Divine Providence in 1963, La Roche welcomes students of all religions, ethnic origins and talents. Undergraduates may choose from more than 50 majors, including the top 10 majors most in demand among today’s college students. La Roche combines a quality educational experience with clubs, athletics, social and community volunteer activities, spiritual well-being and more to prepare students for life in a constantly changing global society.