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Monday, December 6, 2010
The Talon 11
F E A T U R E S
Wi l l iam Woods Annual
Photography Contest winners
By Jason Rose
Picture this: within the confnes of a
maximum-security prison exist prisoners –
big, burly, often tattooed – reading, lifting
weights, sleeping and…quilting.
This was the scene viewed by the
members of William Woods University’s
criminal justice fraternity as they toured
the facilities of Jefferson City Correctional
Center this fall.
The group was there as part of the
Jeans for Justice project, delivering jeans and
other materials to the inmates to indeed quilt,
part of a behavior-based program offered
by JCCC.
WWU’s chapter of the criminal
justice fraternity, Lambda Alpha Epsilon, was
founded in the spring of 2010. It is a national
fraternity for those studying or employed in
the criminal justice system.
The group’s sponsor is Peggy
Nickerson, assistant professor and coordinator
of paralegal, criminal justice and juvenile
justice programs at William Woods. Robert
Ahsens, J.D., who teaches criminal justice
classes, is the co- sponsor.
The chapter gathered the materials
over the summer from donors and thrift shops
and delivered them to JCCC. The prisoners’
quilting is done as part of a program that
also has prisoners making furniture for offce
buildings, license plates for the state of
Missouri and uniforms for the prison.
Some quilts go directly to local
hospitals. Others are donated to various
charities for fundraising auctions and raffes.    
“This is a program where inmates are
trying to give back to the community. What
I love is that they get a chance to make their
life worthwhile and help those that do have
the opportunity to get out straighten up before
reentry,” said Cory Harlan of Wellsville, Mo.,
chapter president.
Reentry is one change the students
are seeing in the criminal justice feld during
this experience.
“There’s a push these days in the
criminal justice society to not only punish the
victims with jail time, but to rehabilitate them
and help them change their lives so they don’t
reoffend,” said Nickerson.
“The goal is to provide offenders with
tools when they leave. There’s a real move
for acknowledging victims and helping the
inmates straighten up,” Nickerson said. “We
are excited to be able to assist the program
and to visit the prison, which is quite an
experience.”
“These prisoners are artists, painters,
sculptors, teachers … so much more than just
prisoners. They can be productive members
of society, even from inside prison walls,”
said Harlan.
And yes – even quilters.
Jeans for
just ice
Amber Vieth of Jefferson City came away with two prizes in this year’s “The Woods In Focus” photography contest—frst and third. Taking
second place was Erica Begley of Hannibal, while Veronica Myers of Mapleton, Ill., was awarded honorable mention. The theme of the contest
was “Faces at the Woods,” and the contest was open to all WWU faculty, staff and students. Images were judged by quality of composition,
elements of design, concept, color and technical quality.
(Clockwise from left)
1st place ($100 prize)
Amber Vieth’s photo of Cody Morrow
2nd place ($75 prize)
Erica Begley’s photo of Emily Nolte and
Mariah Cox
Honorable Mention
Veronica Myers’ photo of Lacey Davis
3rd place ($50 prize)
Amber Vieth’s photo of multiple faces