Outstanding Student Shawna Bussone

Shawna Bussone - Dale Kapla

Each year Northern Michigan University's Criminal Justice Department recognizes its outstanding graduating students. Past Recipients click here.

Ms. Bussone started her college career at Northern Michigan University, choosing to major in psychology and minor in criminal justice earning a near perfect grade point average of 3.95. Demonstrating her willingness to go beyond the already challenging academic requirements at NMU, Shawna attended two academic conferences presenting the results of her undergraduate research work.

Following graduation in 2003, Shawna began her professional career as a resident and resource advocate at Harbor House in Marquette. In this capacity, Shawna was able to apply her education by providing much needed and valuable services to women who had been victims of domestic crime. After four years at Harbor House, Shawna accepted a position at Great Lakes Recovery Center in Marquette managing cases, counseling clients and providing group therapy sessions.

While working in the field, Shawna desired to advance her education with a graduate degree. Enrolling in the Criminal Justice Masters of Science program at NMU, Shawna again excelled earning a 3.82 grade point average. Her outstanding work ethic and classroom performance earned her the respect of her professors. Following the completion of her course work, Shawna embarked on a highly innovative thesis that examined correctional programs designed to maintain and strengthen the bonds between incarcerated women and their children. Her final product proved to be one of the best theses reviewed by the NMU Criminal Justice Graduate Program.

The Criminal Justice Department awarded Shawna with an Outstanding Student Award plaque and a $100 check at the annual Honor's Banquet.

Shawna is a member of St. Peter's Altar Society and Little Lambs Playgroup. She enjoys crafting and reading. She and her husband Greg and their two daughters, Sabrina and Sylvia reside in Marquette.