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Defiance College Alum receives two OCCJE Awards

June 13, 2013


DEFIANCE, Ohio - Jacob Mulinix, a Defiance College alumnus currently with the Defiance County Adult Probation Department ISP Unit, recently received two awards from the Ohio Council of Criminal Justice Education at its annual Research Conference.

Mulinix received the top Master’s Student Award as well as the top Master’s Paper Award. His paper was entitled “Validity and Accuracy of Risk Assessment in Criminal Justice: An Examination of the Ohio Risk Assessment System.” The paper was submitted for publication to Praxis, the electronic publishing arm of OCCJE.

The awards were presented to him by Defiance College criminal justice faculty members Steve Sondergaard and Don Knueve. Sondergaard is first vice-president in the OCCJE, and Knueve is a current trustee.

Mulinix graduated from DC with a bachelor of science degree in criminal justice with a minor in psychology in 2010 and earned his MBA with criminal justice concentration in 2012. He is a certified probation officer through the State of Ohio having participated in numerous trainings in recent years. While at DC, he received Outstanding Student awards in criminal justice in both undergraduate and graduate programs. In 2010, he received the runner-up award for OCCJE undergraduate Student of the Year.

Mulinix is a member of the Defiance County Law Enforcement Association, past president of Defiance Police Auxiliary and past member of the Midwest Criminal Justice Association. While at DC, he was president of the Criminal Justice Society, member of the Criminal Justice Advisory Board, and   member of the High Tech Crime Investigation Association.

“I’d like to thank Defiance College, the city of Defiance and Defiance County for the numerous opportunities that have been presented to me over the years,” said Mulinix. “I look forward to doing further research and continuing the betterment of the criminal justice system in the area and beyond.”

Defiance County Common Pleas Judge Joseph Schmenk works closely with Mulinix, and he noted, “We are proud of Jake, and he’s doing a good job. We’d written a letter in support of his paper, and we think it’s a great thing for Defiance College and for the community. We are trying to take academic research and use it in a practical way to help the community.” 

Defiance College, chartered in 1850, is an independent, liberal arts institution in Northwest Ohio offering more than 40 undergraduate programs of study as well as graduate programs in education and business. Defiance College has received national recognition for its educational experience of service and engagement. The college website is