This is the second in an ongoing series of question-and-answer responses with new faculty members at Missouri Valley College from some Delta newspaper questions.
Featured MVC faculty member:
Alecia Schmidt, assistant professor of Criminal Justice
Delta Question: What courses do you instruct at MVC?
Schmidt: I instruct Criminal Justice courses and I’m assisting as an adviser to the American Criminal Justice Association – Lambda Alpha Epsilon
Delta: Where were born? Where have you resided?
Schmidt: I was born in Coulee Dam, Washington, and raised in Hungry Horse, Montana about 25 miles south of Glacier National Park. But I’ve resided in Missoula, Montana; Kalispell, Montana; Helena, Montana, Denver, Colorado; Orlando, Florida; Meridian, Mississippi; Norfolk, Virginia; Port Hueneme, California; McMurdo Station in Antarctica (winter-over 90-91/92-93); Pensacola, Florida; Guantanamo Bay, Cuba; Virginia Beach, Virginia; Newport, Rhode Island; Oak Harbor, Washington; and now Corder, Missouri (I am a little tired of moving…).
Delta: What educational degrees have you earned and from what universities or colleges?
Schmidt: B.A. in criminal justice from Chapman University and an M.S. in criminal justice from Boston University.
Delta: Could you tell a little about your personal life.
Schmidt: I am married and have two grown daughters. Our oldest is 28 and lives in Illinois and our youngest is 25 and lives in Missouri. Additionally, we have three labs which have assumed the role of “children” now that our kids are grown.
Delta: When you were an undergraduate student, what activities did you participate in?
Schmidt: When I was first an undergraduate student, I worked at the university computer center.
Delta: What are your hobbies or recreational interests?
Schmidt: Gardening, canning, and quilting.
Delta: What is your favorite subject or class to instruct, and why?
Schmidt: There are probably two – Corrections and Criminal Law. Corrections was my emphasis – I was interested in corrections early on in my studies. The concept of warehousing people seemed a little hard to grasp so I almost immediately started to study it further. By the end of my master’s program, my husband thought someone was going to come out and check us out because I had written every prison warden in the country (state and federal) multiple times for information. For the course Criminal Law, I just really enjoy it– no particular reason really, probably because all the cases I dealt with in the JAG Corps fell under criminal law so — it’s comfortable.
Delta: Other than this position, what’s the most interesting job you’ve ever held and why?
Schmidt: I would have to say my time in the Navy JAG Corps was probably the most interesting.
Delta: What was the subject of your master’s thesis?
Schmidt: “Prison Cellblock Design and its Relationship to Safety of Inmates and Correctional Workers” – (which led to yet another mailing to the many prison wardens J).
Delta: What was the best class you took, as a student, in college and why?
Schmidt: Corrections – partly because of my interest, I discussed earlier and partly because I had a great instructor.
Delta: What’s your favorite book, movie, TV show, or website?
Schmidt: Book – any good mystery and particularly crime mysteries; movie – too many to narrow to one; TV show – The Glades, Common Law and Longmire.
Delta: What foreign countries have you visited?
Schmidt: Not all are technically other countries – but places I’ve been include: Cuba, New Zealand, Panama, Puerto Rico, Grand Cayman, U.S. Virgin Islands, Antarctica, Nova Scotia, and Nassau include many of my favorites.