SRU Security Studies program hosts speaker series


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Feb. 22, 2017

SLIPPERY ROCK, Pa. - Security is big business.

In fact, since the 9/11 attacks, the U.S. has spent more than $7.6 trillion on defense and homeland security.

With that spending comes an increase in career opportunities in the field, including law enforcement, fraud, the justice system, private sector security management, federal law enforcement and governmental agencies involved in national security.

To highlight those opportunities, Slippery Rock University's Security Studies program will host a speaker series, featuring a trio of industry specialists.

"The Security Studies Speakers Series was developed to orient security studies students and other interested students to the variety of current topics facing homeland security and private security," said Susan Lubinski, associate professor of criminology and security studies. "In addition, we hope to expose the students to the wide array of career options the security field offers."

The series kicks off with Jackie Deloplaine and "The Intelligence Role Since 9/11 and the Role of Fusion Centers" at 6 p.m., Feb. 23 in Room 111, Spotts.

Deloplaine has worked in the criminal justice field for nearly 20 years, launching her career as a security guard and manager. Following that experience, the current FBI intelligence analyst, worked as a legal secretary for the Allegheny County Courts before joining the Bureau. In her current role, Deloplaine focuses on cyber, criminal and terrorism cases. She also teaches criminal justice and computer forensics at the Community College of Allegheny County.

Deloplaine earned a bachelor's degree in computer information technology from Duquesne University; a master's degree in criminal justice from California University of Pennsylvania; and a certificate in computer forensics.

Samantha Shoop, an intelligence analyst with the Pennsylvania State Police Bureau of Criminal Investigation, will discuss suspicious reporting and the Pennsylvania Criminal Intelligence Center at 12:30 p.m., Feb. 28 in Room 111, Spotts.

A 2009 Slippery Rock University graduate with a bachelor's degree in history and political science, Shoop earned a master's degree from the University of Pittsburgh Graduate School of Public and International Affairs, specializing in security and intelligence. With the PSP, Shoop is responsible for numerous critical infrastructure sectors including cyber security, finance and defense industrial base. Additional duties include formulating hypotheses concerning recent developments, identifying criminal trends and analyzing information pertaining to the security and welfare of the people of Pennsylvania.

The series will close with John Quinn, an electronic system sales representative from SimplexGrinnell Systems, at 12:30 p.m., April 18 in Room 111, Spotts. The topic will be integrated physical security.

A veteran of almost 30 years in the field, Quinn has worked as a security consultant, regional field operation manager, CCTV engineer and designer and security consultant for a variety of companies. He earned a bachelor's degree in industrial technology and management from California University of Pennsylvania.

For more information, contact Susan Lubinski at 724.738.2556 or

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