An insubstantial resume item is what the once inactive honor society Alpha Phi Sigma (APS) was known to be. That is until last semester when this Radford University honor society was revived to create a more substantial and rewarding experience for criminal justice students.
“We are trying to make APS more than just a line on our resume,” said Alpha Phi Sigma’s Vice President Samantha Lynn.
APS’s purpose is to give criminal justice students the ability to experience an in-depth look into the criminal justice system with academic excellence. This includes substantial resume building experiences, law enforcement involvement, range practices, introduction to professional members of the criminal justice community and the ability to interact with students and faculty who are like-minded.
APS offers its members the ability to interact with officials from the corrections field on local law enforcement and even on the federal level to create productive, educational and professional connections.
“I think every criminal justice (CJ) student should consider joining APS. It’s a great way to get to know fellow CJ students, work closely with the CJ faculty, and establish professional skills and connections that will help enormously with the transition from school to the working world,” said Lynn.
With less resources and individuals available than many other campus organizations, since being reactivated, APS has been built from the ground up by a small group of dedicated individuals who saw a future for the fraternity.
Academic achievement, community service, educational leadership and unity are aspirations set by APS for members to serve and lead within their own abilities while helping their peers succeed as well. All goals have been instilled within APS since January 1942 upon the creation of their national chapter.
To strive means to make strenuous effort toward achieving a goal. That is exactly what APS hopes to achieve with their current and potential members. Current and future members are required to have a:
- Declared minor or major in Criminal Justice
- Completed 40 General Credit Hours
- Completed at least 4 Criminal Justice courses
- Undergraduate in major and overall GPA of 3.2 or higher
- Graduate GPA of 3.4
Along with academic excellence, the members of APS work to teach their fellow students and members how to utilize what they have learned from their criminal justice courses by hosting fun and creative activities to interest students. Mock crime scene investigations are one example of APS events used to educate other criminal justice students.
APS uses events like mock scene investigations to help their organizations become known to the criminal justice faculty and students, as well as a way to create professional ties with the Radford University Police Department.
Having been inactive for some time, the members of RU’s chapter of APS continue to open their doors to criminal justice students who want to have a hand in “making it a fraternity that you can be proud of,” according to the APS website.
“Even though there aren’t many of us right now, we can all count on each other, professionally and personally,” said Lynn.