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Dr. Rhoades Receives Felix Fabian Founders Award

October 23, 2012

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CORPUS CHRISTI, Texas – Dr. Philip Rhoades, Professor of Criminal Justice and Director of the Social Science Research Center, has received the first Felix Fabian Founders Award at the Southwest Association of Criminal Justice (SWACJ) luncheon held October 5, in Clear Lake, Texas. 

Rhoades, who was nominated for his many accomplishments, is the only person who has been president of SWACJ twice since it was founded in 1976. He also served as Chairman of the Affirmative Action Committee for four years. Under his guidance, the committee established travel scholarship award policies that have evolved but are still used today. Rhoades has held both president and vice president positions in the Texas Association of Criminal Justice Educators (TACJE) organization three times. He launched a database that has helped raise more than $40 million in grant funding. Rhoades’ Safe Communities Safe Driving Public Education campaign has been funded by the Texas Department of Transportation for the past 12 years. This project has provided more than 50 presentations, reached more than 4,000 drivers and participants in 30-plus health and safety fairs.

Felix Fabian was one of the founders of SWACJ and the national organization of the Academy of Criminal Justice Sciences. He was given the opportunity to become the first and founding faculty member of the Criminal Justice program at Texas A&I-Corpus Christi, now Texas A&M-Corpus Christi, in 1971.

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