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If you are an undergraduate or graduate student who strives for academic excellence and wants to serve your community, Alpha Phi Sigma might be for you.

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We are currently taking applications for APS Treasurer and Secretary officer positions. Any APS member interested will need to email Prof. Meade at henry.meade@utsa.edu with their name, abc123, grade level, and a short message detailing why they would be a good fit for the position they are applying for.

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Henry Meade, MPA


Henry Meade, MPA

Associate Professor of Practice, Alpha Phi Sigma - UTSA Chapter Advisor

Criminology and Criminal Justice


Welcome back, APS Runners!

On behalf of UTSA’s Alpha Phi Sigma our Criminal Justice National Honor Society, we would like to formally welcome you all back to Spring 2023. Let’s start strong and finish even stronger!

APS is accepting officer position applications for (summer/fall) 2023 positions. January is our open recruitment opportunity, so any interested student meeting the APS membership criteria can look forward to applying. More information on the recruiting process will be posted on our APS site as well as our social media Instagram page @utsa_aps, so be on the lookout.

Current members: Please make sure to stay active and up to date on the APS GroupMe. Look for an announcement regarding upcoming events and speakers.

Every semester, we successfully host our signature event “A Roadrunner’s Journey”. This event highlights alumni who are contributing to their chosen professional fields. APS also hosted a community conversation on policing. This event was held in conjunction with a local community organization “AAOR” which brings justice related conversations to college campuses. APS also coordinated a “Career Day” with Criminology and Criminal Justice shirtUTSA’s Career Center during this event we had the opportunity to hear Stephanie Schoenborn UTSA PD Chief, Joe Shaffer Interim President, and CEO of Crosspoint, Maddison Moore Child Protective Services, and Special Agent Nathaniel with ATF- X. We capped the semester by collecting donated new unwrapped toys and delivered them to the San Antonio Police “Blue Santa Program”.

APS is also selling our CJ T-shirts for $20. For more information about ordering your shirt, please email Alpha Phi Sigma at utsaaps@gmail.com. These shirts may be purchased by any UTSA student, faculty, or staff. (Maybe add a pic of the shirt)

Once again, APS welcomes you all back and we look forward to another great semester! Go ‘Runners!


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Luis Venegas

2023 Co-President


In September, 1941, Dr. Vivian Anderson Leonard was asked by the president of Washington State University if he would accept the directorship of a Police Science Academic Program at Washington State. Dr. Leonard accepted the offer and became responsible for developing a four year curriculum which would lead to a Bachelor’s Degree in Police Administration.

Upon his arrival at Washington State, Dr. Leonard began to realize how important it was that a Police Science Honorary be established. The purpose of this honorary would be to promote excellence in scholarship and performance. In January, 1942, Dr. Leonard met with seventeen Police Science majors at Washington state and Alpha Phi Sigma was established. Glenn Hill was elected as the first president and appointed a committee to draft the first Constitution and By-laws.

During its initial years Alpha Phi Sigma experienced only limited growth, but on March 24, 1976 in Dallas, Texas, the Executive Board of the Academy of Criminal Justice Sciences voted unanimously to designate Alpha Phi Sigma as the National Criminal Justice Honor Society. At this time, Alpha Phi Sigma had only fourteen chapters; however, since then, Alpha Phi Sigma has continued to grow and prosper at a very rapid rate and there are now over three hundred and sixty Chapters.

Over the years the National Officers have been located at Universities across the country, such as, Washington State University, Midwestern State University, Eastern Kentucky University, Texas Woman’s University, Fairmont State College, Marshall University, Tarleton State University, Florida International University, Boise State University, University of Houston ~ Downtown.

Requirements of Alpha Phi Sigma

Alpha Phi Sigma is the nationally recognized honor society for students in the Criminal Justice sciences. The society recognizes academic excellence by undergraduates as well as graduates of Criminal Justice.

To become a member, the student must have completed one-third of their total hours required for graduation at his/her institution. The student must be recommended, to Nationals, by the chapter advisor.

  • Undergraduate students must maintain a minimum of 3.2 overall GPA on a 4.0 scale in Criminal Justice courses. The student must also rank in the top 35% of their classes and have completed a minimum of four courses within the Criminal Justice curriculum. The Honor Society is open to those with a declared Criminal Justice major or minor.
  • Graduate students are required to maintain a minimum of a 3.4 GPA in both Criminal Justice courses and overall courses, on a 4.0 scale. Student must have completed a minimum of four courses within the Criminal Justice curriculum.
  • Law students enrolled in law school, having completed one academic year, with a grade point average of 2.5 or higher, on a 4.0 scale.



Alpha Phi Sigma participates in Blue Santa Program toy-drive.jpg

In December of 2022, APS delivered over $600 worth of toys through the generosity of UTSA students, faculty and staff. Toys were delivered to the San Antonio Police Officers Association Blue Santa Program.



Federal Courthouse Naturalization Ceremony aps-volunteers.jpg

APS volunteers assisted in setting up and taking down over 150 chairs for two different naturalization ceremonies in October of 2022. Naturalization ceremonies are public events that bring communities, schools, and new citizens together in federal courthouses and other community sites throughout the year.

Volunteers also were able to experience the emotional and proud ceremonies those days.

We also had the opportunity to meet with U.S. Magistrate Judge Elizabeth Chestney in her courtroom and she spoke about her experience and her role in the federal system. 

rr-journey.jpgA Roadrunner's Journey

Several times per semester, APS invites alumni from the Criminology and Criminal Justice program to discuss their careers and their paths to and from UTSA. Read about past panelists and learn about future events below.

A Roadrunner's Journey

Theta Omicron Chapter
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