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2017 Order of the Sword and Shield Inductees

May 12, 2017

Angelo State University’s chapter of the Order of the Sword and Shield national honor society inducted its first 17 members during its inaugural initiation ceremony on Thursday, May 11, in ASU’s Kay Bailey Hutchison Center for Security Studies.

<strong>(L to R) Mark Jarmon, adjunct faculty; OSS inductees Gary Turner, Ernesto Perales, Sharayah Barkowsky, Morgan Dennis and Shayna Reyna; OSS President Brett Lane; Dr. William Taylor; Dr. Jeff Dailey</strong>(L to R) Mark Jarmon, adjunct faculty; OSS inductees Gary Turner, Ernesto Perales, Sharayah Barkowsky, Morgan Dennis and Shayna Reyna; OSS President Brett Lane; Dr. William Taylor; Dr. Jeff DaileyThe Order of the Sword and Shield is the first and only academic and professional honor society dedicated exclusively to homeland security, intelligence, emergency management and all protective security disciplines. The ASU chapter was first chartered in 2015 and is one of only 42 Official Academic Chapters in the U.S., including five chapters in Texas. 

To be eligible for induction, students must be majoring in homeland security, intelligence or other protective security field at an accredited institution of higher education, and must have completed at least 50 percent of the credit hours required for graduation. Undergraduate students must have at least a 3.25 grade point average, and graduate students must have at least a 3.5 GPA. Students are inducted by invitation only, and only after recommendation of at least two faculty members.  

ASU’s spring 2017 inductees by hometown and major are: 

Arlington: Freelon Payton III, intelligence, security studies and analysis 

Richmond: Brian P. Fullarton, intelligence, security studies and analysis 

San Angelo: Sharayah Barkowsky, criminal justice; Jennifer E. Garcia, border and homeland security; Colleen O’Neal, intelligence, security studies and analysis; Ernesto Perales Jr., intelligence, security studies and analysis; Itzayana Ramirez, criminal justice; Shayna Reyna, criminal justice; and Gary J. Turner, intelligence, security studies and analysis 

San Antonio: Danielle Gutierrez, criminal justice 

St. Jo: Morgan L. Dennis, criminal justice 

Sweetwater: Kierstin Hernandez, criminal justice 

Arlington, Va.: Maricette Pina, security studies; and Ann Sagebiel, security studies 

Bellevue, Neb.: Kevin D. Walters, security studies 

Huber Heights, Ohio: Chance E. C. Pettey, intelligence, security studies and analysis 

Navarre, Fla.: Joseph Maynard, border security 

Headquartered at St. John’s University in New York, the Order of the Sword and Shield was formed in 2010 and is also known as Omicron Sigma Sigma. The ASU chapter president is senior Brett Lane of San Angelo. Faculty advisors are Dr. Eduardo Martinez, Dr. Jeff Dailey and Dr. Manuel Zamora.