Hometown: Brewster, New York
Major: Justice and Law Administration
WCSU Degree: Bachelor of Science in Justice and Law Administration
Activities: Justice and Law Society, part-time job at Village of Bronxville Police Department as a parking enforcement officer, Ancell Learning Commons tutor, previously heavily involved in the Cadet/Explorer Program at the Putnam County Sheriff’s Office
Honors and Awards: Dean’s List, Phi Theta Kappa Honor Society, National Honor Society of Leadership and Success
Robert Weinberg started his educational journey in New York state, where he is from. "I started at Westchester Community College for one year and SUNY Oneonta for one semester. While at SUNY Oneonta, I realized I wasn’t where I should be and I should go somewhere where I could focus on my future." That place turned out to be Western Connecticut State University. "I have spent the last 2 1/2 years at WCSU."
Weinberg decided to major in Justice and Law Administration "because its focus is not just criminal justice, but also encompasses legal studies and administration work. I felt a degree in JLA could only increase my potential as a police officer and further prepare me for law school."
Professor of Justice and Law Administration Terry Dwyer became an important influence on Weinberg. "Coming into WCSU, I had little aspiration of wanting to attend law school, but Professor Dwyer changed my attitude toward furthering my education. He is a retired investigator from the New York State Police and also got his law degree while working as a trooper. Since I want to work in law enforcement, and now want to attend law school, Professor Dwyer has served as a mentor because he resembles the success that I one day hope to achieve. He showed me the power of knowledge and success someone can have when he or she works hard; he helped me find my true potential."
Asked what he will remember most about his Western experience, Weinberg says, "Researching the legality of cell phone tracking along with Assistant JLA Professor Thomas Miller and presenting the research in Kanas City, Missouri, at the Academy of Criminal Justice Sciences Conference (ACJS). I am very grateful for the opportunity Professor Miller gave me. He referred to what I was doing as 'law school-level work,' and after presenting at ACJS, I realized my law school potential." Weinberg said another memorable experience ws developing the law enforcement memorial project at the Justice and Law Society Adopt-a-Spot on the Westside campus. "It is too often that law enforcement officres die in the line of duty protecting their community and go forgotten or their sacrifice goes unnoticed. I cannot fix that problem with the whole nation, but I can make sure they are never forgotten at Western Connecticut State University. Both of these experiences have been my most memorable."
After graduation, Weinberg expects to follow a family tradition. "I plan on following in the footsteps of my father and grandfather by becoming a police officer. I also plan on attending law school."
Weinberg’s advice to new students entering WCSU is: "Make a plan. Figure out where you want to be in four years, and how you are going to get there. Take advantage of all the opportunities that are in front of you, and get involved -- you define yourself and where you are going to be when you graduate."