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Ohio Council of Criminal Justice Education (OCCJE)

Fall/Winter 2013

Tiffin University hosted the Ohio Council of Criminal Justice Education Career Fair in November.

Employers accepted resumes and conducted brief interviews, and employment opportunities included full-time, part-time and internship positions.

“We are very excited to be hosting the OCCJE Career Fair for the fourth time in the past seven years,” said Dr. Steven Hurwitz, professor of psychology and criminal justice and OCCJE trustee. “This year, we expanded our already impressive assortment of agencies representing the areas of law enforcement, corrections and homeland security.”

“The OCCJE Career Fair provides undergraduate and graduate students, as well as recent graduates and working professionals the opportunity to gather information and network with a wide array of professionals under one roof,” Hurwitz said.

Several Tiffin University graduates were among the participants of the career fair. Fred Stevens (class of 2005), City of Tiffin Chief of Police was also in attendance.

Devon Lossick, TU Class of 2005, who graduated from TU with a bachelor of criminal justice degree in forensic psychology in 2005, is a special agent with the Federal Bureau of Investigation. Immediately after graduation, she entered law school but realized after about one year that practicing law was not for her. Despite this realization, she stuck it out and graduated in 2008.

“My dad always taught me to put in the effort, no matter what, and the importance of seeing my commitments through to the end,” she said.

Lossick said her career is one of her greatest accomplishments because she worked hard to get where she is.

“Many people graduate now and assume that the job they’ve always wanted will be right there waiting for them. That’s not (always) the way the real world works. But if you put in the time and the effort and focus on what you want, you truly can accomplish so much,” she said. “You get out of it what you put into it, so put in the effort and make it happen. I have a career that I love and that I’m passionate about. I go to work every day and I enjoy what I do. That’s my greatest accomplishment.”

Lossick said she chose Tiffin University initially because of the forensic psychology program. She met her husband, Michael, and many of her closest friends at TU and was a member of the women’s soccer, cross country, and track and field teams.

“I am personally very proud to be a Tiffin University graduate,” she said. “I had a great experience at TU and my time there helped to shape the person I am today.”

“Ever since I was little, I had always wanted to work in the criminal justice field as an investigator or detective. Working for the FBI always sounded like something so out of reach,” she said.

Ashley Conley, who graduated from Tiffin University with a bachelor of criminal justice degree in forensic psychology in 2012, has been working at Blanchard Valley Residential Center since January. She is a nursing administrative assistant and substitute direct support professional when help is needed.

Conley started attending Tiffin University in 2009 and chose TU because it was one of the few schools that offered a program in forensic psychology.

“I am passionate about psychology and speaking for those without a voice. I love the way the degree blends the two things I really enjoy doing,” she said.

Conley said she loved her classes. Her professors encouraged free thought and gave little direction about how to accomplish things.

“They let me figure it out, which is what kept me coming back,” she said. Conley said her education at Tiffin University makes it easy for her to connect with the people she serves.

“I feel that I understand their diagnoses and have a good idea as to how to help them. The longer I work here the more I can apply what I learned while at school,” she said.