On Saturday, June11, Alumni and Friends of Criminology held the 2022 Hall of Fame Celebratory Brunch at the Hotel Duval in downtown Tallahassee. Held annually since 2010, the event was not held in 2020 or 2021 due to the global pandemic. The Hall of Fame event recognizes, and honors distinguished alumni for numerous professional and personal achievements of its graduates. Hall of Fame inductees demonstrate outstanding professional accomplishments, have served the College, FSU, the community, and/or professional organization. A somber moment of silence was held at the start of the event for fallen Tallahassee Police Department Officer and Criminology graduate, Christopher Fariello killed in the line of duty on June 8th. Officer Fariello graduated in May 2012 with his bachelor’s degree in criminology. Dean Blomberg provided an update on the status of the College and its future direction. As one of the highest-ranked colleges of criminology in the world, the College is actively working to recruit more faculty, with the goal of expanding to a minimum of 30 faculty members. New faculty provide more opportunities for research funding and increased engagement among students. Additionally, the College is working to institutionalize a translational curriculum with the goal of teaching students to acquire knowledge, create new knowledge, and apply that knowledge to policies and practices that reduce the pain and suffering associated with crime. Blomberg emphasized that to accommodate the College’s projected growth, the renovation of the Kellogg Building will provide transformative teaching space where legislators, agency leaders, practitioners, the public, and students will learn how research can inform policy. Additionally, the Kellogg renovation will provide additional space for the Center for Criminology and Public Policy Research. The Center currently has 11 institutes and is continuing to expand its research and policy role. To date, $10 million has been raised to renovate the fourth floor of the Kellogg Building and the Seminole Tribe has committed a grant to the College to incorporate a Seminole Tribe Law Enforcement Exhibit as part of the renovation. This exhibit will highlight and preserve the history of the Seminole Tribe law enforcement and share their experiences of service and sacrifice for generations to come. The College will work collaboratively with the Seminole Tribe to design, display, and exhibit artifacts of historical and cultural significance to the men and women of law enforcement and the Seminole Tribe.
The College of Criminology and Criminal Justice is planning its next Alumni Awards ceremony for the 2022-2023 School Year. Please look for future announcements and invitations.