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Criminal justice students recognized for completion of internships

The Howard Payne University Department of Criminal Justice recently recognized ten students and their internship supervisors for the completion and facilitation of internships.

Criminal justice majors are required to complete 150 hours of service with an agency or organization, which reflects three credit hours toward their degrees. Internships include working with “at-risk” students and adults at local, state and federal agencies as well as positions with law firms, law enforcement agencies and many other opportunities that help students prepare for a future in the field of criminal justice.

Students interned with the Brown County Sheriff’s Office, the Brownwood Police Department, the Early Police Department, the Eastland County Crisis Center, the Mills County Sheriff’s Office, the Ron Jackson State Juvenile Correctional Complex and the Texas Department of Public Safety.

“We are blessed at HPU to be engaged in this community collaboration with our interns and the agencies that they served,” said Lynn Humeniuk, associate professor of criminal justice and sociology and director of the criminal justice program. “Many of our criminal justice majors upon graduation are hired directly from internships into full-time employment. I believe this is because many of the agencies that supervise our on-site internships offer our students valuable experience.”

Criminal justice interns for the 2018-2019 academic year included Jordan Beasley, senior from San Antonio; Francisco Benitez, junior from Houston also majoring in exercise and sport science with all-level certification; Capricia Brooks, senior from Copperas Cove; Travis Folmar, senior from Austin; Jessica Huckaby, senior from Brownwood; Juan Luna, senior from San Angelo; Blake Null, senior from Auburn, Washington; Crystal Ochoa, senior from Early; Hollee Ragsdale, senior from San Saba; and Trishawn Townes, senior from Brownwood.

Applications are being accepted for the fall 2019 semester at Howard Payne University ( For more information about HPU, including the wide range of available financial aid options, contact HPU’s Office of Admission at 325-649-8020 or by e-mail at


Cutline: Pictured at a recent luncheon are criminal justice interns and their supervisors with HPU personnel. From left to right are Dr. Millard Kimery, dean of the School of Humanities and professor of English; Terrie Wells, administrative assistant for the School of Humanities; Lt. Pete Bastardo, Brown County Sheriff’s Office; Dan Humeniuk, adjunct faculty member in criminal justice; Officer Andre Smoot, Early Police Department; Trooper Tyler Moses, Texas Department of Public Safety; Trishawn Townes, student; Juan Luna, student; Gina Gibbs, associate professor of criminal justice; Travis Folmar, student; Francisco Benitez, student; Jordan Beasley, student; Capricia Brooks, student; Lynn Humeniuk, associate professor of criminal justice and sociology and director of the criminal justice program; Assistant Chief James Fuller, Brownwood Police Department; Hollee Ragsdale, student; Chief Deputy Chris Green, Mills County Sheriff’s Office; Stephanie Brown, investigator, Mills County Sheriff’s Office; and Dr. Cory Hines, HPU president.

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