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Cameron McDowell '11

Patrol Officer
Elkhart County Sheriff Department

Bachelor of Arts Degree, Major in Sociology,
Minor in Peace and Justice Studies
School of Liberal Arts

“Marian University has a great faculty and staff who are very friendly and go above and beyond for their students.”

He specifically credits two professors: Dr. Heather Rodriguez, assistant professor of sociology, and Dr. Jim Polito, assistant professor of economics. “Dr. Rodriguez would host study sessions for classes she wasn’t even teaching. On multiple occasions, she took time from her busy schedule to work with students because she recognized that the students needed help. Dr. Polito would host study sessions at his home on weekends to accommodate students with busy schedules. Not many professors would give up their weekends to help students with classwork.” While at Marian University, McDowell interned with the Elkhart County Sheriff’s Department, during which he experienced patrol, detective work, involvement with the courts and corrections facility, crime lab, and training divisions. He also participated in an internship with the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms, and Explosives in Indianapolis. This internship exposed McDowell to the daily functions of a federal law enforcement agency focused on reducing violent crimes. He was also a member of Who’s Who in American Colleges and Universities and was nominated for both the John Sweany Knight of Marian Memorial Spirit Award and the Alumni Association Distinguished Senior Award in 2011.

As a senior in high school, Cameron McDowell was attracted to Marian University because he wanted to attend a college where he could receive personal attention from his professors. As a student, McDowell has greatly benefited from the ability to form personal relationships with his professors.

McDowell has since graduated from the Indiana Law Enforcement Academy in Plainfield, Indiana and is a patrol officer with the Elkhart County Sheriff Department. “I focused my studies on immigration, firearm possession, and illegal narcotics use through the lens of sociology. I was able to take advantage of opportunities, like my internships, that will help my career as I continue to learn about social issues.”

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