Anthony “Tony” Bess effectively worked to make sure a student who was facing military deployment was able to complete class requirements. That go-between role, exceeding expectations in service to active military and veterans working toward degrees, helped place Bess on the ASU Pat Tillman Veterans Center Honor Roll.
Caitlin Matekel has been honored as volunteer of the year by the Arizona Department of Corrections Florence complex. Since receiving her bachelor’s degrees in psychology and criminology and criminal justice in spring 2016, Matekel has continued to serve as a volunteer while pursuing her master’s degree. But, she has an accomplished history working with ADC.
EDITORS NOTE: Francisco Fernandez is a senior in the School of Criminology and Criminal Justice. He is part of a student research team that is gathering and analyzing data from the Officer Down Memorial Page, a nonprofit website that honors the 20,000 + members of law enforcement who were killed in the line of duty. Data from this year show a 94 percent increase in the number of officers killed by gunfire.