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GSC Criminal Justice Campers Learn Forensics


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Bob Edwards
Public Relations Department
Glenville State College
(304) 462-6390

Glenville, WV—TV shows such as CSI, NCIS, CSI Miami, and CSI-NY attract huge audiences with their forensic investigations of crime scenes. Their popularity has without doubt, inspired many students to consider the field of forensics as a career choice.

Nine such students spent five days (July 9-13) at the Glenville State College Criminal Justice Camp learning about forensics. The camp was open to high school students including upcoming freshmen.

The 2012 GSC Criminal Justice campers and staff pictured left to rightp: (front row) Brooke Warren of Charleston, West Virginia; Taleah Bailey of Glen Fork, West Virginia,;Elizabeth Allenger of St. Albans, West Virginia; Andrew Gibb of Marlinton, West Virginia; Counselor Lori Rosenburg ; (back row) Camp Director Ron Taylor; Counselor Aaron Parsons; Destony Bowles of Flat Top, West Virginia; Lindsey Compton of Bluefield, West Virginia; Justin Cox of Belington, West Virginia; Seth Copen of Charleston, West Virginia; and Rebekah Fox of Cumberland, Maryland.

The camp was under the Direction of Ron Taylor, GSC Center for Criminal Justice Studies Lab Director. Recent GSC Criminal Justice graduate Lori Rosenburg and GSC senior Criminal Justice major Aaron Parsons were counselors for the camp.

“This group of young adults showed great interest in the field of forensics. They were very attentive and really got deeply involved in the crime scene investigation. The exposure that the camp gave them in forensic investigations will hopefully lead some of them to study criminal justice and forensics in college,” said Taylor.

During the week, campers learned about the key aspects of forensic investigations. They then had to investigate a mock murder crime scene at the GSC Crime Scene House. Their investigation included taking photographs, lifting fingerprints, collecting evidence, and conducting interviews. The campers were split into teams to process and evaluate the evidence, reconstruct the details of the murder, and identify a suspect. The forensic evidence they collected was then presented in a mock trial that culminated the week’s activities.

GSC senior Aaron Parsons (second from right) explains how to lift fingerprints to campers

Pocahontas County High School senior Andrew Gibb attended the camp because he has an interest in criminal justice. “We learned a lot about investigating a crime scene. There is really a lot more details involved than you see on the TV shows. Solving a crime with forensic evidence is like putting a big puzzle together,” he said. Gibb plans on majoring in Criminal Justice in college and is strongly considering GSC. He says his experience at the GSC Criminal Justice Camp has reinforced his interest in law enforcement and forensic investigations.

The final day of the camp was spent on a field trip for an in-depth tour of the Tygart Valley Regional Jail facility near Elkins, West Virginia.

GSC is already drawing up plans for next summer’s Criminal Justice Camp which along with crime scene investigation will examine other facets of the criminal justice field.

For more information about the GSC Criminal Justice Program visit or call (304) 462-6270.

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