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Something in Common

Spring/Summer 2015

Angela and Logan Dudley share a unique mother/daughter bond. Both have a passion for careers in the field of criminal justice and each has a genuine love for Tiffin University. This year, both mother and daughter donned the customary cap and gown to receive their respective degrees.

Angela — who earned her Master of Science degree in Criminal Justice from TU in 2005 — received her Ph.D. in Business Administration with a specialization in Criminal Justice from Northcentral University in January. In May, Logan earned a Bachelor of Criminal Justice Degree: Law Enforcement from TU.

Angela has worked for the Ohio Investigative Unit (formerly Liquor Control) for 18 years. Currently, she is the Assistant Agent in Charge of the Cleveland District. The unit — that began when prohibition ended in 1933 — is comprised of undercover/plain clothes police officers who investigate criminal activity that includes food stamp fraud trafficking, illegal sales of alcohol and tobacco, as well as illegal gambling and prostitution. It also handles investigations that pertain to establishments that hold a liquor permit.

When she decided to pursue a master’s degree, Angela says TU was the obvious choice.

“Tiffin University has always been ranked as one of the best colleges in the U.S. News,” she says. “I knew when I graduated, my degree would not only be valuable, it would also be recognized by others in the criminal justice field.”

The fact that her mother had a positive educational experience at TU prompted Logan to enter the criminal justice program at TU four years ago. The location of the University was an added bonus for the Cleveland native.

“It was two hours away from home which was far enough away, yet close enough if I needed my family,” she explains.

Logan immersed herself into the extracurricular TU experience as a member of the Sigma Delta Sigma sorority and a cheerleader for the football team. For her, cheering at the Homecoming games remains one of her most cherished campus memories. That goes double for her mother, who routinely attended games and cheered on her daughter from the stands.

Both women intend to make the most of their respective degrees. Logan will return to Tiffin University in the fall to begin work on her Master of Science Degree in Criminal Justice — Justice Administration. She hopes to eventually start her own private security company.

No matter where her career takes her, Logan knows that being a TU alum means she’ll always have a proverbial home away from home.

“I’ve connected with many friends I know I will keep in touch with for years to come and many professors who can help me with my future career goals,” she says.

As Angela begins the next chapter of her life, she is aware of the importance of her higher-education experience.

“My degrees have helped to further my career. They’ve opened up doors for me in academia that otherwise would not have existed,” she says. “As a result, I have been an adjunct faculty member at the University of Phoenix since 2011, and in June 2015, I will become an adjunct faculty member for the American InterContinental University.”

She does, however, have an additional long-term goal.

“Hopefully, one day I will be able to teach at Tiffin University,” Angela says.