Each spring, the College of Liberal Arts engages a speaker for the Distinguished Scholars presentation aimed at drawing attention to one or more of the disciplines within the liberal arts, to appeal to the general public and to faculty and students by illustrating high intellectual achievement. Programs are of general humanistic appeal with interdisciplinary topics. The speaker is asked to make one public presentation and one presentation to students.
The Criminal Justice Department is hosted the College of Liberal Arts Distinguished Scholar on Wednesday, March 21, 2018 in Kleymeyer Hall (LA 0101). The guest speaker was Dr. Alida Merlo from the Indiana University of Pennsylvania, Department of Criminology and Criminal Justice. Her presentation was entitled "Criminal Justice Policy Reform: How the Court Transformed Juvenile Justice."