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Lee College Alumni Fellow 2012

Release Date:
4/24/2012 9:00 PM

Lee college alumni fellow

Erik C. Hall '08 M.S.

Erik C. Hall ’08 M.S., the recipient of the Henry C. Lee College of Criminal Justice and Forensic Sciences’ 2012 Alumni Fellowship Award, will present a lecture as part of a reception on Friday, April 27, from 1:30 - 3 p.m. in the A/B room of Bartels Hall, the campus center.

Hall, a criminalist for the St. Louis Metropolitan Police Department Crime Laboratory and adjunct professor at Concordia University in St. Louis, was nominated by Tim Palmbach, professor and chair of the forensic science department.

“When he was here, he was a top student with a very strong grade point average,” said Palmbach. “He worked in the labs with our faculty and was very mature. He was a natural leader, a take-charge person.”

He was so good, in fact, that Hall was chosen by Palmbach and Henry C. Lee, chaired professor of forensic science, to assist with cases they were working on as consultants.

“He won our confidence,” said Palmbach. “Erik is one of the only students I have ever used on a private consulting case. I needed an assistant on a very complicated case I was working on in California and I brought him with me. He did a great job and was a huge help.”

Hall’s advice to current students is to make the most of their opportunities. “Don’t just wait for your professors to ask you to do something," said Hall, who earned a degree in biochemistry from Messiah College. “Ask them if there are any cases they are working on or research they are thinking about doing. This will not only lead to more opportunities but can prove crucial when you go for job interviews after your graduate.”

Hall’s wife, Meghan Wherley Hall ’08 M.S. also works for the St. Louis police department in the crime scene unit.