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Professor Yeldell Receives Prestigious Award

On June 6, Law and Justice Professor Stanley Yeldell was awarded the Distinguished Civilian Award by the New Jersey College and University Public Safety Association (NJ CUPSA).  This was the first time in the 40-year history of NJ CUPSA that a professor had won this award.  The award from this organization, which represents 40 campuses and over 350,000 students, recognizes excellence of Rowan's Student Patrol internship program.

The Student Patrol Program at Rowan was crafted jointly by Professor Yeldell and Chief Security Officer Michael Funk as a response to an initiative to enhance campus security.  Student Patrol members receive 30 hours of intense instruction on such diverse topics as CPR, Homeland Security's Incident Command System, K-9 procedures, and SWAT procedures.  Each Student Patrol member contributes 120 hours of patrol duty that includes escort service, surveillance, and student residence patrol.

The program, currently directed by Officer Gregory Farrar, has 18 participants.  Officers Farrar and Funk have also won awards for their work with the program.  As a measure of the program's success, 65% of the students who have participated in Student Patrol are now employed in a full-time criminal justice position.  The majority of the remainder has either gone on to graduate school or the armed forces.

Professor Yeldell, now in his 38th year of teaching at Glassboro State College/Rowan, is currently collecting data about Student Patrol programs across the state.  Professor Yeldell's exemplary work with internships serves as a model for other departments within the College of Humanities and Social Sciences as they develop their own internship programs.

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Pictured:  Dr. Stan Yeldell and Student Patrol members Autumn Foley, Paul Frie, Stephanie Pharo, and Freddie Vega
Pictured: Dr. Stan Yeldell and Student Patrol members Autumn Foley, Paul Frie, Stephanie Pharo, and Freddie Vega