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ONU to recognize Saudi Arabian prison management officials who have completed two-year course

May 17, 2011

Thirty administrative officers from the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia who have completed Ohio Northern University’s two-year Prison Management Certificate Program will be recognized on Sunday, May 22, at 8:30 a.m. in Presser Hall. Following the official ceremony, a brunch will be served in the Pettit College of Law’s Hanson Reading Room at 10:30 a.m.

In addition to receiving certificate of completion, the administrative officers will receive medallions and recognition for completing an internship or rotation. The Ahmed Algarni Award will be given to the officer deemed to have contributed the most to the program.

Robert R. Cupp, current justice on the Supreme Court of Ohio, will be the keynote speaker at the certificate ceremony. Cupp, a 1973 graduate of ONU’s College of Arts & Sciences and a 1976 graduate of ONU’s College of Law, has committed much of his 30-year career to effective public service. Cupp served as a member of the Ohio Senate for 16 years, from 1985-2000, before his election to the Supreme Court of Ohio in November 2006. To commemorate the first year of the establishment of the program, Cupp welcomed the officials to the Ohio Supreme Court and the Statehouse and presented them with a flag that flew over the Ohio Statehouse.

Dr. Kendall Baker, Ohio Northern University president, will preside over the ceremony. A delegation of Saudi Arabian prison officials and representatives from the Ohio Department of Corrections and Rehabilitation (ODRC) also will attend.

Since coming to ONU, the Saudi Arabian administrative officers have completed formal coursework, weekend seminars and many on-site visits with professionals in the field. The officers also have completed internships or rotations at ODRC prisons or community-based treatment facilities.

ONU hired ESL instructors, an assistant program coordinator and an interpreter. Many of the visiting professionals lived in campus apartments or in off-campus University housing and have been immersed in American culture for two years.