Outstanding Graduates

Each year the Department of Criminal Justice selects two outstanding students: one graduate student and one graduating senior. The 2012-13 award winners are as follows:

Outstanding graduate student, Guy Richard LaPlante

Guy is native of the Upper Peninsula, born and raised in L’Anse. After graduating from high school, he served in the United States Navy. After his service, Guy enrolled at NMU and received his associate degree in criminal justice. He then attended the police academy in Saginaw, Michigan, graduating in December 1993. He was hired by NMU’s Public Safety and Police Services Department. In 2008, Guy graduated with his bachelor’s degree. He continued his education and received his master’s in criminal justice in 2012. Guy is a firearms instructor at the NMU Regional Police Academy as well as an advanced tactical firearms instructor, active shooter response instructor, rifle instructor and armorer in several weapons platforms. He resides in Negaunee with his wife, Tracy, and their two children.


Outstanding graduating senior, Emily Bartholomay 

Emily Bartholomay Emily has consistently been a strong student. She has maintained a high grade point average while double majoring in psychology and criminal justice. She has chosen to take a challenging course load that has included involvement in research and developing her research skills. She has maintained excellent attendance, submitted written work that exceeds her peers, presented on a topic that required an in-depth understanding of material and has regularly participated in course discussions demonstrating strong critical ­thinking skills and a command of the subject matter. Emily has ­chosen to pursue a post-graduate degree in the fall. She represents what good motivation and exceptional self-discipline can accomplish for undergraduate students.