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GSC Criminal Justice Students Visit D.C.


Contact: Annette Barnette
Public Relations & Marketing Director
Glenville State College
Glenville, West Virginia
(304) 462-6391

GLENVILLE, WV—Members of the Glenville State College Criminal Justice honor fraternity have returned from a recent trip to Washington D.C. where they put their investigative skills to the test. Sigma Pi Xi is the local chapter of the American Criminal Justice Association Lambda Alpha Epsilon and is made up of Criminal Justice majors and minors.

Members of the Glenville State College Sigma Pi Xi chapter pose for a picture while visiting Washington D.C.

Members of the Glenville State College Sigma Pi Xi chapter pose for a picture while visiting Washington D.C.

During the trip, members divided into groups and set out to conquer the challenge in a race against each other. The groups received sets of clues which led them around the city to famous landmarks such as the Lincoln Memorial and the Law Enforcement Memorial. During their investigations, they had to decode a cipher as well as use their knowledge of history and deductive skills to maneuver around the nation’s capital.

While they participated in this exercise, they had time to explore other areas throughout D.C., including the Crime Museum, the Capitol building, and the White House.  “Many of the students had never been to a large city. They all expressed how much they enjoyed the trip. In the future, we would like to take a similar trip to another city,” said GSC Assistant Professor of Criminal Justice and Sigma Pi Xi Advisor Kelly Treece.

All of the students won a police challenge coin at the end of the investigation.  One student, senior Criminal Justice major Kyla Spencer of Waverly (Wood County), West Virginia, also won a raffle.  Her prize was a t-shirt that read ‘Bleed Blue’, a common law enforcement phrase “I like that we were able to see all of the different cultural sights. I enjoyed the trip because it provided a good out-of-the-classroom experience for solving crimes,” said Criminal Justice major Aaron Parsons of Walton (Roane county), West Virginia.

For more information about Sigma Pi Xi or the GSC Criminal Justice Program, contact Treece at or (304) 462-6282.

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