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Cedar Crest College Forensic Science Program Featured on Montel Williams Show, Thursday, November 1


Allentown, PA (October 30, 2007) — On Thursday, November 1, The Cedar Crest College Forensic Science program will be featured in a segment on the nationally syndicated “Montel” program (“Montel” is broadcast in the Lehigh Valley on Philadelphia’s Channel 17; airtime 3 p.m.).

Dr. Lawrence Quarino, director of the college’s forensic program, and two students, Michelle Tetreault ’09 from Southampton, NJ and Janine Kishbaugh a first-year Master’s student from Macungie, PA, traveled to New York last month to tape the show, which is entitled “True Crime: Deadly Deception.” Dr. Carol Henderson, a nationally renowned forensic expert who is also a trustee of the American Academy of Forensic Science joined them on the program.

The program to be aired on Thursday, features three cases from TV’s "The Forensic Files," one of the highest rated shows on CourtTV. These murder cases almost went unsolved. In each case, it was forensic evidence tipped the scales of justice. After demonstrating the power of forensic evidence, the “Montel” program features a segment on forensic science education — using the Cedar Crest College program as an example of one of the most competitive programs in forensic science in the country.

In September, a camera crew and producers from the show (in conjunction with CourtTV) visited the Cedar Crest College campus to tape footage for the program. During the taping, producers met with students enrolled in the Cedar Crest forensic science undergraduate and graduate programs and filmed research projects, a mock crime scene and classroom demonstrations with faculty members including Professor Brian Gestring, who is the former director of both the undergraduate and graduate forensic science programs at Pace University in New York City, and Dr. Thomas Brettell, assistant professor of chemical and physical sciences and a former laboratory director of the New Jersey State Police Forensic Science Laboratory System. Several students and faculty members were interviewed for the program.  The “Montel” show was directed to Cedar Crest through the American Academy of Forensic Science, which had promoted the Cedar Crest program to “Montel” producers as one of the best forensic science programs in the country.

Cedar Crest established its bachelor level forensic science program in 1999. The College launched a Master of Science in Forensic Science in 2007. Of the roughly 150 forensic science undergraduate programs in the U.S., Cedar Crest College is one of only ten programs to be awarded full accreditation by the Forensic Science Education Programs Accreditation Commission (FEPAC) and the American Academy of Forensic Sciences and is the only program in the Lehigh Valley to hold this distinction.  The program has been among the largest areas of interest indicated by prospective undergraduate students since its inception at Cedar Crest.

For more information on the “Montel” show, visit the Montel Williams website at www.montelshow.com/show/today/thursday/

For information on the Cedar Crest College Forensic Science program, visit www.cedarcrest.edu


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