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Dr.  Randolph Bromery, the former chancellor of the University of Massachusetts, has set up a fund on that campus for minority students in the geosciences.
“The fund represents a larger philosophy of increasing the numbers of African Americans in the scientific professions across the board,” Bromery says.
Bromery, who used to teach in the department, has been singled out by the National Academy of Sciences as one of the nation’s outstanding Black scientists. Not only was he state chancellor of higher education and president of Springfield College, he also was interim president of Westfield State College.
NYNEX is contributing the money for the fund. Bromery will control how the money is used. The fund is expected to rise to at least $250,000 over five years.
Bromery’s fund also aims to bring minority guest lecturers to campus and support fieldwork by geosciences undergraduates.

The University of Colorado at Boulder will house a new $1 million statewide initiative called Safe Communities-Safe Schools. The initiative, which was developed by the university’s Center for the Study and Prevention of Violence, is designed to assist schools and communities in safe-school planning.
The center will provide Colorado’s 1,500 schools and their districts with information, practical planning tools and technical assistance. It will serve as an information clearinghouse, collecting information from around the country on which school safety and violence prevention programs are effective and which are not. Participants will also have access to an ongoing learning and information-sharing network.
Another key component will be the selection of 20 schools to receive in-depth training and technical assistance to further develop a comprehensive plan for creating a safe and orderly school, individually tailored to each school’s particular needs. The participating schools will be selected by the center through an application process.
Applications must be submitted by Jan. 31, 2000, with training to begin at the selected schools in the spring.
For more information, or for an application to participate in the training program, contact the Violence Center at (303) 492-1032; or visit the Web site at <www.colorado.edu/cspv/safeschools>.

The University of North Texas is now offering a bachelor’s degree in criminal justice. The degree prepares students for training in a police academy or other law enforcement academy. It also prepares them for work in the corporate world as security officers or contingency managers who work on internal investigations of theft or fraud. And, graduates will also be prepared to work as juvenile or adult correction officers and probation or parole officers.
With additional training, graduates may become criminal lawyers, victims’ advocates, administrators of criminal justice agencies or researchers of crime, delinquency and law enforcement.
Required courses include the administration of criminal justice agencies, criminal justice and public policy, criminal law, criminal procedure, criminology, ethical issues in criminal justice and research methods in criminal justice. Electives include courses in alcohol and drug abuse, community corrections, corporate security, correctional case management, juvenile justice, offender behavior and rehabilitation and organized crime. There also will be seminars in juvenile gangs, serial homicide, terrorism, victims’ issues and violence.
The program will include field trips to jails, prisons and courtrooms. Internships will also be available at parole, police and probation departments; federal law enforcement organizations; jails and prisons; and alcohol and drug abuse programs.
For more information, contact Jesse Senderson, the program’s criminal justice lecturer at: (940) 565-3672.

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