Students, criminal justice pros slated to chat, network March 14 at MTSU

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Carter F. Smith, an MTSU criminal justice lecturer and originator of the exchange

MTSU is providing those interested in careers in the ever-changing world of criminal justice with an extraordinary opportunity to chat with practitioners.

Register by today (Monday, Feb. 26), for the Criminal Justice Networking and Information Exchange, which is slated for 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Wednesday, March 14, in MTSU's Tom H. Jackson Building. The online registration address is

"The event is designed to give future professionals in police, courts, corrections and security the opportunity to meet and converse with a variety of current professionals in those fields without the added stress of job-seeking," said Carter F. Smith, an MTSU criminal justice lecturer and originator of the exchange.


No resumes will be exchanged and no hiring interviews will be scheduled. Instead, students from colleges and universities in the Middle Tennessee area will have time for informal talks with representatives of nonprofit organizations, small businesses, large companies and local, state and federal government agencies.

"The professionals we are inviting are not necessarily those tasked with recruiting," said Smith. "You'll find it's more like the environment after a guest speaker talks to the class than a job fair."


Smith said that there will be a check-in procedure for classes awarding attendance benefits, but the amount of time spent on site will be up to the student.

The Department of Criminal Justice Administration, which is sponsoring the event, will issue parking permits so attendees can park on campus. A department representative will meet attendees at the baseball field parking lot on Faulkinberry Drive to issue permits and assist as needed beginning at 9 a.m. on the day of the event.

For more information, or to address specific technology needs, contact Shelly Higdon, executive aide in the Department of Criminal Justice Administration, at 615-904-8081 or

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