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Plaudits: Faculty, staff achieve goals through pursuits

Faculty and staff at Austin Peay State University recently brought recognition to the University through their professional, scholarly and personal development activities.
Faculty and staff at Austin Peay State University recently brought recognition to the University through their professional, scholarly and personal development activities.

Dr. Thomas R. O'Connor, associate professor and program manager of criminal justice/homeland security and director of Institute for Global Security Studies, has published a book, titled “Bringing Terrorists to Justice: Investigation and Adjudication” released in March 2009 by Indo-American Books (IABooks). The book compares the way terrorism investigations are done in five countries and how homeland security practices can be made more global. It also evaluates both civil and criminal law responses in common law countries.

The book is currently listed on Amazon.com, and O'Connor has hopes of it finding classroom usage in such courses as Terrorism and Law, Terrorism Prevention and International Justice Systems. O'Connor is a comparative criminologist who specializes in terrorism.

Melony Shemberger, communication specialist in Public Relations and Marketing, has passed the Qualifying Examination in the Doctor of Education program at Tennessee State University, Nashville, and is now formally admitted to candidacy in the doctoral program.

The Qualifying Examination is a three-hour assessment instrument TSU uses to determine whether a doctoral student has mastered the following areas: research methods, statistics/computer applications and major area of specialization. Shemberger now advances in the program with additional coursework and dissertation.

In addition, Shemberger placed second in her age group (35-39) at the Southern Illinois 10K held April 4 at the Crab Orchard National Wildlife Refuge. She will compete in a 5K race April 18 at Murray State University and then the Kentucky Derby Festival Half-Marathon on April 25 in Louisville.