Criminal justice major honored for outstanding achievements

Amy Conklin‚ a senior criminal justice major‚ has been awarded the 2004−2005 Jack…

Georgia (May 20, 2005) — Criminal justice major honored for outstanding achievements

Kendra Nolley


Amy Conklin‚ a senior criminal justice major‚ has been awarded the 2004−2005 Jack Mangham Experiential Learning Award‚ by the Georgia Association of Colleges and Employers (GACE).

Conklin was nominated by the Co−op/Internship staff in the Career Services Center for the category of Arts and Sciences. Nominees for the award were submitted from across the state‚ and out of all the candidates‚ the selection committee felt she “exemplified the characteristics of an outstanding student in experiential learning”. She was given a monetary award and a leather portfolio.

Conklin‚ an honor student at Kennesaw State‚ works 30 hours a week in a co−op position that many would consider extremely challenging. For the second semester‚ she is doing her co−op with the Georgia Appellate Practice and Educational Resource Center‚ Inc. (Georgia Resource Center)‚ an organization dedicated to ensuring that prisoners on Georgia’s death row receive access to legal representation.

Amy assists staff attorneys with capital habeas corpus representation of prisoners. Her work exposes her to the harsher side of society that most of us would cringe at dealing with and many do not want to acknowledge exits. For her the average work day means meeting with convicted murders and rapists‚ and trying to see them with an open mind and a very large heart.

By her co−workers Amy is described as a “generous and thoughtful” individual whose initiative‚ attention to detail‚ and commitment to her work on both a personal and professional level‚ have made her an asset to the staff.

In addition to her work at the Georgia Resource Center‚ Amy has also been involved in numerous community and volunteer activities. She was involved in organizing and implementing the first Annual Victims Awareness Fair at Kennesaw State. She has also volunteered her time and efforts toward helping organizations like Good−Touch/Bad−Touch‚ dedicated to eliminating childhood sexual and physical abuse‚ reducing the trauma of abuse in children's lives‚ and empowering teaching professionals in their efforts to help stop physical and sexual abuse.

Humble and quite spoken‚ Amy’s dedication‚ hard work and compassion toward sensitive issues made her a deserving recipient of the Jack Mangham Experiential Learning Award.


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