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The inaugural Sociology and Criminal Justice Career Fair will be from 10:30 a.m.-2 p.m. Wednesday, Jan. 28, in the Newport News Room of Webb University Center.

About two dozen criminal justice and social services agencies will be on hand to discuss careers and internship opportunities with students as part of the event. The event is sponsored by the Department of Sociology and Criminal Justice, in conjunction with ODU's Career Management Center, as well as the university's student chapter of the National Association of Blacks in Criminal Justice (ODU-NABCJ).

"Ultimately, our success is determined by whether our students are able to find jobs after they graduate. We will do whatever we can to help them to do just this" said Elizabeth Monk-Turner, chair of the Department of Sociology and Criminal Justice. The event was organized by faculty advisors and ODU-NABCJ.

"Our students have worked hard in organizing this event and I think their hard work ethic will be apparent to employers," said Melvina Sumter, faculty advisor of ODU-NABCJ.

Agencies that will be attending include local, state and federal criminal justice agencies, including the Federal Bureau of Investigation, the Hampton Sheriff's Department, the Norfolk Sheriff's Department, the Portsmouth Commonwealth Attorney's Victim-Witness Program, the Newport News Police Department, the Virginia State Police as well as social service agencies including Norfolk's Department of Human Services, the Urban League, and a number of treatment programs.

Besides helping students find possible internships and jobs, the career fair also helps showcase Old Dominion University. "This is certainly an opportunity to show these different employers the high caliber of students and future professionals that Old Dominion University has to offer," said Chandra DeSilva, Dean of the College of Arts and Letters.

For further information, contact the Sociology and Criminal Justice department at 683-3795.

This article was posted on: January 12, 2004

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