Students can learn from criminal justice pros in i...

Students can learn from criminal justice pros in informal networking event March 14 at MTSU

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MTSU is providing students interested in careers in the ever-changing world of criminal justice with an extraordinary opportunity to chat with those working daily in the field.

Click on the logo to register for the March 14 event at MTSU.

Click on the logo to register for the March 14 event at MTSU.

University students from across Middle Tennessee should register here by Monday, Feb. 26, for the Criminal Justice Networking and Information Exchange, which is set Wednesday, March 14, from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. in MTSU’s Tom H. Jackson Building.

“The event is designed to give future professionals in police, courts, corrections and security the opportunity to meet and converse with a variety of current professionals in those fields without the added stress of job-seeking,” said Carter F. Smith, an MTSU criminal justice lecturer and originator of the exchange.

No resumes will be exchanged and no hiring interviews will be scheduled, Smith said. Instead, students from colleges and universities across Middle Tennessee will have time for informal talks with representatives of nonprofit organizations, small businesses, large companies and local, state and federal government agencies.

Dr. Carter Smith, lecturer in the Department of Criminal Justice

Dr. Carter Smith

“The professionals we are inviting are not necessarily those tasked with recruiting,” said Smith. “You’ll find it’s more like the environment after a guest speaker talks to the class than a job fair.”

Smith said that there will be a check-in procedure for classes awarding attendance benefits, but the amount of time spent on site will be up to the student.

The Department of Criminal Justice Administration, which is sponsoring the event, will issue parking permits so attendees can park on campus. A department representative will meet attendees at the baseball field parking lot on Faulkinberry Drive to issue permits beginning at 9 a.m. March 14.

For more information, or to address specific technology needs, contact Shelly Higdon, executive aide in the Department of Criminal Justice Administration in the College of Behavioral and Health Sciences, at 615-904-8081 or

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