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Professor Recognized for
International Policing Award

The Port St. Lucie Police Department, with assistance from Professor Rachel Boba, Ph.D, was selected as one of the finalists for the Herman Goldstein Problem Oriented Policing Award. This prestigious award, named after renowned criminologist Herman Goldstein, recognizes innovative procedures and techniques for problems challenging law enforcement agencies worldwide. One of two U.S. finalists selected out of 52 international applications, the police department was recognized and honored for its efforts in reducing the number of construction site thefts by nearly 66 percent in one year. Dr. Boba assisted the department as a research partner. Police Chief John Skinner credited Dr. Boba as one on the top criminologists in the nation. Previously, she served as director of the Police Foundation’s Crime Mapping Laboratory in Washington D.C., assisting with crime analysis and mapping.

Dr. Boba and Port St. Lucie Police Lt. Roberto Santos ‘05 gave the presentation for the conference, held in Madison, Wisconsin. "The Herman Goldstein Award is one the highest awards in my field," said Dr. Boba. “The direct benefits for the community when educational institutions and police departments work together through research and analytical practices are immense.”

Through the efforts of the Port St. Lucie Police, workshops with construction industry and building representatives were held to educate them on how to keep construction sites more secure, identify potential problem areas and respond to problems more effectively. The result was a significant two thirds reduction in construction site thefts over a one year period.

Dr. Boba is an assistant professor in the Department of Criminology and Criminal Justice on the Treasure Coast campus.


Denise Hayden, dressed in costume as “Fiona” from the movie Shrek, was the artist/designer for the winning entry of the Homecoming decorating contest.

Treasure Coast Campus’s
College of Education
Wins Homecoming
Decorating Contest

The College of Education was the winner of the Homecoming decoration event for the Treasure Coast campus.

Following the theme of "Hollywood— Lights! Camera! Action!," College of Education members put on the glam and created an all star Red Carpet Walk of Fame featuring faculty members as the stars. Denise Hayden, adjunct instructor for Arts and Music, was the artist and inspiration for the clever artwork and designs. Two 6-foot, gold-and-black Oscar statues were carved out of cardboard and displayed along side the department’s entrance. The red carpet started outside the main door and continued inside with stars bearing the names of faculty members placed along both sides of the Walk of Fame.

Inside, six smaller statues were displayed among movie memorabilia, in addition to banners, posters, decorated bulletin boards, stars and tinsel hung through out the department office. Hollywood was truly in its heyday at the College of Education’s salute to homecoming!

AJ Chase headed the judging committee and announced the winners, including the College of Nursing for second place and Student Government for third. Congratulations to all participants!

College of Education staff: (standing, left to right) Dr. Eliah Watlington, Linda Barlowe, Ithis Villasuso and (kneeling, left to right) Dr. William Nicoll, Greg Gilbert.



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