Former @ Work Writers Series to Explore “Finding the Truth: Building a Career in the FBI”


Lisa Mapes Matsumoto, 90 (left) and Deneen Hernandez, 86.

Two former FBI employees who are also alumni of SUNY Fredonia, Deneen Hernandez, ’86, and Lisa Mapes Matsumoto, ’90, will return to campus for “Finding the Truth: Careers with the FBI,” a two-day residency Writers @ Work / Convocation will take place on Thursday and Friday October 14 and 15.

They will be joined by University Police Chief Brent Isaacson, also an FBI veteran, in the program’s climax, a joint presentation, Thursday, 5:30 p.m. to 7 p.m., in the Kelly Family Auditorium at the Science Center (Room 105). . Students will also have the opportunity to speak to FBI Special Agent Chad Artrip.

All Writers @ Work events are free and open to the public.

The trio will draw on their professional experiences and expertise in the FBI in seeking the truth on the ground and in protecting and defending the nation. They will also discuss the range of specializations, backgrounds and forms of expertise necessary for those pursuing a career in criminal justice. A brief networking session will be held from 5:30 p.m. to 6:00 p.m. with current FBI agents on-site to answer questions relating to career paths at the FBI. Free light refreshments will be available.

A writing workshop, “Advice on Professional and Legal Writing”, will be given by Ms. Matsumoto, holder of a bachelor’s degree in English, on Friday from 12:40 to 13:30 in Fenton Hall 127 (reading room in English) . The workshop, hosted by Sigma Tau Delta, will provide students with the opportunity to hear Matsumoto talk about the lessons she learned about writing in her high-profile, high-impact field.

“Your talent as a writer leaves a deep impression on you on everyone who reads your writing,” Matsumoto said. “An ability to convey information convincingly and intelligently through your writing could be the most fundamental factor in a successful career, regardless of profession. “

Also on Friday at 12:40, Ms. Hernandez, holder of a bachelor’s degree in political science, will speak on cryptanalysis, the examination or analysis of documents and images for coded communication, to the students of the course HIST 105: Decoding the history, in Thompson Hall W101. She will build on both her work with tattoos and her previous work with forensic examination of business records.

“I am happy to share my experiences of testimony and products written for my position as a forensic examiner for the FBI,” Hernandez said.

The two alumni will also be available to meet groups of students who would like to benefit from their expertise. To request a meeting with one or both alumni, contact Natalie Gerber by email before Saturday, October 9.

Hernandez is a registered member of the Seneca Nation of Indians and has 30 years of law enforcement experience. She is a forensic examiner in the FBI’s Cryptanalysis & Racketeering Records unit in Quantico, Va., And is attached to the Tattoo and Graffiti (TAG) program. She is a certified instructor for law enforcement agencies and an adjunct professor.

Matsumoto was Deputy General Counsel in the Office of the General Counsel of the FBI, advising nationally and internationally on counterterrorism issues. She then served as a unit chief of the FBI’s investigative law unit, receiving several honors and awards. Since leaving the FBI in 2018, Matsumoto has researched and written about her father’s service during World War II.

For a full calendar of events at this residency, check out the Writers @ Work and Events @ Fredonia website.

Writers @ Work is a former Writers-in-Residence series featuring well-established and emerging writers, editors and editors in a range of professional and creative genres. The series seeks to connect Fredonia’s alumni, students, faculty and community members while drawing attention to the various ways in which writing and the humanities are making a difference in the world.

The series is sponsored by the Carnahan Jackson Humanities Fund of the Fredonia College Foundation, the Faculty Student Association and the Fredonia Alumni Association.

The residency is also funded by funds from Fredonia Convocation and the Mary Louise White Fund of the Fredonia College Foundation, with partnerships with Criminal Justice Club, English, Fredonia Mock Trial, History, Honors Program, Native American SUNY: Western Consortium, Psychology , Sigma Tau Delta, Sociocultural and Forensic Sciences and University Police.

The series is organized by the following offices: Admissions, Alumni Affairs, Career Development Office, Fredonia College Foundation and Fredonia Honors Program, as well as representatives from the Communication, English and History and Industry Program departments. music.


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