Hometown: Middletown, Connecticut
Major: Justice & Law Administration; concentration in Corrections, Probation & Parole
WCSU Degree: Bachelor of Science in Justice & Law Administration
Activities: Men's Basketball team, Black Student Union (served as Vice President, Student Advisor and Events Coordinator), works full time at Sensible Auto Lending
Honors and Awards: "A great honor that I achieved is that after struggling for a long time with staying focused on my academics, I will graduate with a 3.0 GPA."
James Barnes says he chose Justice & Law Administration as his major because "I have a passion for fixing everything that is wrong with our corrections system in the United States. Our corrections system is failing for numerous reasons and I want to be one of the young leaders who helps fix this."
Barnes came to Western because of basketball. "Former assistant coach Eddie Quick recruited me out of high school; he's a great guy. He and Coach Campbell gave me a chance to get a good education here at WCSU and I'll be forever grateful."
While at Western, Barnes says he gained a life mentor/second mother in EAP Adviser Carmen Goldman. "She really was like a mother for me on campus and so many others. Without her I never would've finished school. I know she's going to read this so … I love you, ma!"
Asked what he will remember most about his Western experience, Barnes says, "Making a good run in the NCAA tournament when I played basketball here. A great group of guys that I was able to do that with."
Barnes plans to join the Navy after graduation and "eventually go to law school so I can get into their JAG program."
Barnes' advice to new students entering WCSU is: "Fall in love with the process! Get to know your professors and faculty members. WCSU is really like a big family and they all want to see you succeed."