Dr. Rebecca Stevens Presents “Crime 101” at LINC Luncheon

March 20, 2008

stevensrebeccaDr. Rebecca Stevens was the featured speaker for the fourth session of LINC, the college-community luncheon series featuring Mount Union College professors and community members discussing current topics, held Tuesday in the Hoover-Price Campus Center.

“People today must learn to think like a criminal so they do not become victims,” said Stevens. “The faces of criminals have changed.”

Stevens highlighted the age of persons at risk and challenged the audience to be more aware of their surroundings. She gave helpful hints on how to protect yourself and others from becoming victims. “Be alert to your surroundings at all times,” said Stevens. “Don’t be a hero, and be careful how you carry your money. By thinking more proactively, we can end this problem.”

According to Stevens, criminals justify their behaviors in order to accommodate their needs. “Drugs and crime go hand in hand,” she said. “A drug addict will not think twice before committing a crime.”

A 1980 graduate of Mount Union College, Stevens earned a bachelor of arts degree in sociology and psychology.  She then earned master of arts and doctoral degrees from the University of Akron. She has been a member of the faculty at Mount Union since 1996 and was named the College’s Great Teacher in 2001. Stevens, professor and chair of the Department of Sociology and director of the criminal justice program, has been instrumental in the growth of the department at the College.

The next LINC luncheon will be held on Tuesday, April 15 in the East Room of the Campus Center. This final session of the 2007-2008 academic year will feature Dr. William Cunion, assistant professor and chair of the Department of Political Science who will speak about “The President Election: At What Cost?”

LINC sessions are open to the public and run from noon until 1 p.m. For further information or to make a reservation contact Diane Thomas, assistant director of public affairs at (330) 823-6063 or e-mail thomasdl@muc.edu. The cost for the lunch is $9 and payment will be accepted at the door, but space is limited so call to reserve your spot today.

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