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Jean has testified in front of the State of Michigan Legislature in regards to adoption issues and resolutions. She continues to demonstrate adoption leadership as an active member of the Executive Committee and Board Member of the Michigan Federation of Child and Family Agencies, which introduces and advocates state and legal policies governing children’s issues including adoption. Jean has also served on the Board of Directors for the Michigan Chapter of the National Association of Social Workers promoting fair and ethical practice in the social work field.

"I love what I do and I don't think of running an Adoption Agency as a job,
but rather as my vocation/calling in life. I cannot imagine doing anything
else."

Jean M. Stenzel '86
Criminal Justice Major

Criminal Justice
Outstanding reputation for producing well educated and well trained criminal justice practitioners
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Study Challenge?

As part of the program, Criminal Justice students will present a senior thesis. An academic challenge such as this, is not available to an undergraduate student at many other colleges and universities. Students have found that preparing their thesis also helped them narrow down their career focus and allowed them to be better prepared for job placement opportunities.

As part of the academic requirements, senior internship (typically taken during the summer between the junior and senior years) is also an important asset to future employment success. Our students often are able to intern with law enforcement agencies that they wish to work for. A few have had unique opportunities such as county marine patrol, Customs and Immigration, the court system, prosecutor’s offices and the like.

  

A strong program in a demanding field

The criminal justice is now demanding more academic preparation from the people employed in this field.

Character- ization of Yellow Pigments in Freshwater Flavo- bacteria

Ashley Ryckman

The yellow color of Flavobacteria is due to the presence of carotenoids and flexirubin-type pigments. These complex chemical structures have shown to produce antioxidant properties, as well as antibacterial activity. The KOH test and reverse-phase high performance liquid chromatography (HPLC) was used to characterize carotenoid and flexirubin pigment production in three strains of Flavorbacteria: FR 87, FR Y, and FR 93. Optimization of pigment and separation was performed by quant-prep HPLC. Separation of four pigment fractions from each strain was attained using semi-prep HPLC. Antibacterial activity of the pigment fractions was tested using a MTT Assay. Fexirubin biosynthesis genes, darA and darB, of related pigment producing Flavobacteria were used to compare flexirubin pigments in FR 87. The three strains were determined to produce the carotenoid, Zeaxanthin. FR 87 produced 13 flexirubin pigments, FR Y produced 14 flexirubin pigments and FR 93 produced 20 flexirubin-type pigments. It was determined that compounds in all three strains demonstrated antibacterial activity. The flexirubin biosynthesis gene, darA, is 89.9% similar to Flavobacterium johnsoniae, and 73.2% similar to Flavobacterium psychrophilum.

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