Alpha Phi Sigma

National Criminal Justice Honor Society

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Sponsored by the New Mexico State University Chapter of Alpha Phi Sigma, National Criminal Justice Honor Society. Alpha Phi Sigma is a 501(C)(3).

Local chapter is Alpha Chi Alpha

“The mission of Alpha Phi Sigma is to promote critical thinking, rigorous scholarship and life-long learning; to keep abreast of the advances in scientific research, to elevate the ethical standards of the criminal justice profession and to sustain in the public mind the benefit and necessity of education and professional training.”





News Coverage:

        Las Cruces Sun News Coverage – Juvenile Rehabilitation Conference

KRWG TV/FM: Juvenile Rehabilitation Focus of Criminal Justice Conference

APS Las Cruces Sun-News Coverage.pdf




Support APS 

All donations are tax-deductible and can be made in two ways: 
1) Online donations can be made via the NMSU Foundation at 
In the drop down menu select “Other” and write in: 
“Criminal Justice APS # 191006” 
2) Checks can be made out to “NMSU Foundation” and include 
“Criminal Justice APS # 191006” on the memo line or in an accompanying letter. 
Mail to: NMSU Foundation, Inc. 
Dove Hall, Room 212 
1305 N. Horseshoe Dr. 
PO Box 3590 
Las Cruces, NM 88003-3590 
Your support is greatly appreciated. If you have any questions, please contact Andrea Joseph (APS Advisor) by email at


Juvenile Rehabilitation Conference

Juvenile rehabilitation is an important issue in today’s society for that reason the objective of this conference was to raise awareness about the importance of diverting youth away from the criminal justice system and prevent them from becoming future offenders. One way of doing this , as stated by third judicial district court Judge Macias, a guest speaker we had, was to implement preventative measures at an early age since it can be known who is considered “at risk” by the time a child reached kindergarten. With this being said it is important that more resources are dedicated to programs that assist at-risk youth. Schools, social agencies, and any other related organizations need to work together to assist the children in need of resources.















Check out 2016 Spring Docket: Spring 2016 Docket

Theme of the year:
Interdiction to Addiction:Domestic Violence and the Cycle of Abuse

Requirements for National Membership:

Download the application: APS National Application
– Must have 12 credits in Criminal Justice completed
– CJ GPA must be at least a 3.2
– Overall GPA must also be at least a 3.2
– 15 hours of community service is required per semester
– Local ($50) and National ($50) fees must be paid
– Includes APS Polo Shirt

 Associate Members:

Download the application: Associate Member Application
– Must have 12 credits in Criminal Justice completed
– CJ GPA must be at least a 3.0
– Overall GPA must also be at least a 3.0
– 15 hours of community service is required per semester
– Local ($50)
– Includes APS Polo Shirt

APS Team

Community Service


APS requires 15 hours of community service per semester. Our chapter has participated in events such as NMSU’s “Keep State Great”, Aggie Experience, Halloween Howl, high school career fairs, working at the Gospel Rescue Mission food kitchen, Gold Medal Gym Tae-Kwon-Do rape prevention seminars, food drives, clothing drives, and many more.


Our APS members participate in many fundraisers throughout the school year in order to pay for our end of year banquets as well as to help fund the trips for the ACJS conference. Our fundraisers include yard sales, bake sales, and car washes.


APS Graduates

Faculty Advisor: Andrea F. Joseph

In the Fall of 2010, Professor Joseph became the volunteer Faculty Advisor for the NMSU Chapter of Alpha Phi Sigma, the National Criminal Justice Honor Society.  Under her leadership and guidance the Chapter has excelled and won numerous awards at the yearly National Conference.
Professor Joseph was also elected to serve the National APS board in 2014 to serve as a National Faculty Advisor.


Officers Information:

President Joseph Cairns–
Vice president Samantha Terrazas –
Secretary Ileen Diaz —
Treasurer Marco Ruiz —
Public Relations Tatiana M. Ponce –
Public Relations Elizabeth Castrejon —
Community Service Ivette Ramirez —
Community Service Benjamin Galvez —
- Link to National APS office: Here
Bylaws link: Here
Application Link: Here


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