Two commencement ceremonies will take place May 13th at 9:30 a.m. and 3:00 p.m. at the Jack Stephens Center.
Commencement ceremonies honor our graduates but other honors are hidden in the ceremony: our faculty and student marshals. Faculty and student marshals carry college banners and ensure students move smoothly through the commencement ceremony. Faculty marshals are selected on the basis of their commitment to teaching, research and service mission of the college and the university. Student marshals are chosen because they have shown extraordinary dedication to their studies and exemplify the college mission both in and out of the classroom. This semester, our faculty marshals are Katie Halford from the Applied Communication Department and Dr. Tusty ten Bensel from the Department of Criminal Justice. They are accompanied by Criminal Justice student Griselda Macias and Applied Communication student Latasha Briscoe.
Katie Halford is an Instructor in the Department of Applied Communication. She is also an alumna of the CSSC, earning her Master’s degree in Applied Communication before starting as an instructor. She was happy to accept a job as an instructor in the CSSC after completing her degree because she felt that their “vision aligned with her life goals.” Katie Halford is a great example of a faculty member who is committed to student success.
Dr. Tusty ten Bensel is an Assistant Professor in the Department of Criminal Justice. Like Mrs. Halford, Dr. Bensel is also an Alumna from the CSSC. She received both her B.A. and M.A. from UA Little Rock before completing her Ph.D. in Criminology and Criminal Justice from the University of Nebraska at Omaha. Dr. ten Bensel’s research interest include violence and victimology, neighborhoods and reentry, sex crimes and behaviors, international conflicts and juvenile delinquency. Dr. ten Bensel is a great example of a faculty member who is using research to drive social change. We are thankful to have her as a part of our college.
Our college will be well represented at this year’s graduation by these amazing faculty members and CSSC students. We hope May 13th will be a day filled with fun and laugher. Congratulations to all.