London TourThe SCCJ annually hosts a group of about 40 on a study tour of London.  This tour features visits to prisons, police agencies, and courts, such as:  Old Bailey Central Criminal Courts, Pentonville Prison, Hendon Police Training Academy, juvenile detention facilities, Scotland Yard, and other operational police facilities.  Academic tour highlights include attendance at criminal trials in Magistrates, Crown, and Appeal Courts, discussion with judges, barristers and solicitors.  A London Metropolitan Police Inspector has assisted UNO on every trip since the first tour in 1972!  Other cultural highlights on the tour may include:  Visit to House of Commons in session, and changing of the guard at Buckingham Palace.  Tours of Windsor Castle, Westminster Abbey, Saint Paul's Cathedral, Cambridge and Oxford.  Opportunity to see "Beating the Retreat," rehearsal of "Trooping of the Colour" and other pageantry in London for the celebration of the Queen's official birthday.  Medieval Banquet with traditional foods and costumes.  Optional weekend excursions, theatre, museums, and other sightseeing or escorted tours to Paris and Edinburgh, Scotland (not included in base price). Pictured: From left to right:  Dr. Jonathan Brauer; Constable Richard Watson; and Dr. Pauline Brennan in front of the Parliament while on the Criminal Justice London Study Abroad Tour May 2013.

James Quinby RobertsJames Quinby Roberts, a senior CRCJ major and current ASUN Senator, is taking advantage of numerous opportunities during his undergraduate career.  He is an academic scholar who is consistently on the Dean’s List and is a member of Alpha Phi Sigma, the Criminal Justice Student Association, Greek Ambassadors, College Republicans, Co-Founder and Secretary of UNL College Libertarians, and Sigma Alpha Epsilon Fraternity.  He has completed a study abroad in Japan, an internship with the Dawson County Sheriff’s Office and is currently completing another internship in Washington D.C. with Senator Deb Fischer.   His career interests include politics, foreign relations, and law enforcement.

Steven RowoldtStephen W. Rowoldt is the recipient of a 2013 College of Public Affairs and Community Service Alumni Award for Excellence in Public Service. Currently, Steve is the Deputy Probation Administrator for the Nebraska Supreme Court Office of Probation Administration where he has served since 2007. He has a long distinguished career in Probation that spans from 1974 to the present. Steve received his Bachelor of Science in Criminal Justice in 1974 from the University of Nebraska Omaha (Lincoln campus). He received certification in Management from the University of Nebraska-Lincoln in 2002. Steve has also served on numerous community boards and committees including Mothers Against Drunk Drivers, Lincoln Council on Alcoholism and Drugs, Lancaster County Substance Abuse Action Team, Family Violence Council, and, most recently, the Justice Behavioral Health Committee where he has served as co- chair since 2006.

Kelsey Deabler and Candice BattonDr. Candice Batton, Director of the School of Criminology and Criminal Justice, and Kelsey Deabler celebrate her graduation and completion of her UCARE Research Fellowship on “The Portrayal of Men and Women in Professional Roles in Crime and Justice Television Dramas” supervised by Dr. Batton.  Her UCARE project became her senior honor’s thesis and Kelsey won the Undergraduate Student Paper competition presented at the Justice and Multiculturalism Conference in April 2013 at SUNY-Albany. “The UCARE program gave me the unique opportunity to work individually with a faculty advisor on a research project of my choosing.  With the funding UCARE provided I was able to travel to present my research at the American Society of Criminology annual meeting in Chicago, ILL.  Working directly with Dr. Batton allowed me to have a flexible work schedule and very personalized course of study.  UCARE was truly an exceptional experience that allowed me to conduct research as an undergraduate, network with academics from across the nation, and enhance my understanding of the criminal justice field. “ – Kelsey Deabler

CJSA OfficersThe Criminal Justice Student Association sponsored an impressive list of speakers over the past year to bring a wealth of career information to students. Speakers included Neil Jacobson,Department of Homeland Security; Beverly Hoagland and Niki Svik, Nebraska Juvenile Probation Office;  Captain Benjamin Houchin, Lancaster County Sheriff’s Office; Special Agent Eli McBride, FBI; Deputy Jason Mayo, Lancaster County Sheriff’s Office; Edric Winford, head of Asset Protection for Cabela’s in the Great Lakes region in Michigan; Officer Patrick Kelly, former NYPD Narcotics Officer based in Manhattan. Pictured: Criminal Justice Student Association (CJSA) Officers (2012-13), from left to right:  Jesse Sladky (Treasurer); McKenzie Muhlbach (Secretary); Lauren White (President); Chris Chochon (Vice President); Dr. Jonathan Brauer (Faculty Advisor).

Juvenile Justice InstituteDr. Anne Hobbs, Director of the Juvenile Justice Institute in the School of Criminology and Criminal Justice, started the Juvenile Mentoring Program in 2012 with a grant from the Office of Juvenile Justice Delinquency Prevention’s Second Chance Act.  Students have the opportunity to work with youth while in detention and continue the mentoring relationship upon community release.  Dr. Hobbs’ Juvenile Mentoring class has gained popularity with over 30 students beginning and continuing the program in the Fall 2013 semester. The program provides a positive experience for the youth as well as the mentors as noted by a student that participated in the program last year. “ The mentoring program has provided me with a glimpse into the lives of juveniles and their families.  I have found that most of the adolescents enter the juvenile justice system as a product of a difficult family situation combined with a low socioeconomic status.  This rarely provides the skills needed to handle stress and resist negative influences from peers.  As a mentor I have the opportunity to assist, but not solve, what is lacking.  Over the past few months, I have been developing a relationship with my mentee.  She is beginning to realize that I can be more than just someone to talk to.  I have had the opportunity to help my mentee create strong goals for her future and I am fortunate enough to be able to help her achieve those goals along the way.  Mentors may not make an ultimate visible difference in the youths' lives, but they allow the youths a chance to succeed through encouragement and support that they probably would not have had otherwise.” -- Amara Meyer (enrolled in 12-13 academic year). For more information visit: Juvenile Mentoring Program.

Lauren WhiteCongratulations to Lauren White, recipient of the School of Criminology and Criminal Justice 2013 Outstanding Undergraduate Student Award. Dr. Jonathan Brauer presented Lauren the award at the UNO SCCJ Awards and Recognition Luncheon on March 29, 2013.



Barbara HomerBarbara Homer, Office Associate in the School of Criminology and Criminal Justice, was presented the 2013 Rose Frolic Award during the University of Nebraska Office Professionals Association awards luncheon on April 9, 2013.  The Rose Frolik Award recognizes a UNOPA member who demonstrates the attributes of Frolik, the deceased founder and first president of UNOPA, who was an enthusiastic and energetic person who felt that how individuals worked is more important than what they do.  Barbara was praised by the SCCJ Director, Candice Batton, as someone who “exceeds expectations by completing not only assigned duties but going the extra mile to assist with special projects and tackle various problems that arise”.

Michael ButeraMichael Butera is the recipient of the 2012 College of Public Affairs and Community Service Alumni Award for Excellence in Public Service. He received his Bachelor of Science Degree in Criminal Justice at UNL and his Master of Science Degree in Criminal Justice from UNO. Mr. Butera is a 25 year veteran of the Omaha Police Department, where he was the Commander of the Criminal Investigations Bureau at the time of his retirement in 2007. His wide range of experience included assignments in the Uniform Patrol Bureau, Administrative Services Bureau, Burglary Unit, Homicide Unit, Sex Assault Unit, Special Investigations Unit, Intelligence Unit, and in the Narcotics and Gang Units. He brings a wealth of experience to the classroom and has taught for the School of Criminology and Criminal Justice since 1989, currently on the UNL campus

John ColbornJohn A. Colborn is the recipient of a 2011 College of Public Affairs and Community Service Alumni Award for Excellence in Public Service.  Judge Colborn is currently employed as the district court judge for the Third Judicial District in Lancaster County.  He has also worked as the chief deputy Lancaster County attorney from 1991-2000 and deputy Lancaster County attorney from 1979-1991.  He graduated from the University of Nebraska at Omaha (Lincoln campus) with a Bachelor of Science in Criminal Justice in 1976.  He also graduated in 1978 with a J.D. degree from the University of Nebraska College of Law.  Judge Colborn has served on many professional organizations and committees including the Nebraska Judicial Branch Education Advisory Committee, Nebraska District Court Judges Education Committee chair, Nebraska Judicial Ethics Committee chair, Nebraska Supreme Court Technology Committee and current chair of the E-filing Subcomittee, Nebraska Supreme Court Committee on Criminal Practice and Procedure, House of Delegates – Nebraska Bar Association, Nebraska County Attorneys Association president, Robert Van Pelt American Inns of Court president, board of directors and executive committee of Legal Services of Southeast Nebraska, as well as a current member of the Inns of Court executive committee.

Chris EskridgeDr. Chris Eskridge in the Stockholm City Hall, site of the Stockholm Prize for Criminology award ceremony.  Professor Eskridge, a renowned faculty member and former Fulbright recipient, worked in the field before joining the SCCJ faculty in 1978.  He is currently the Director of the American Society of Criminology, the leading professional criminological association in the world, and the General Editor of the Journal of Contemporary Criminal Justice.   He has published widely, and regularly participates in the international community.