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John Ruppert: Ready to give back

John Ruppert, who earned an undergraduate degree in history from Georgian Court in 2009, was moved to pursue a graduate degree because of 9/11.”I have had an unsettling feeling of needing to do something for my country since the unprovoked attacks of September 11, 2001,” says John, a Brick, N.J., resident.

He did his research and chose GCU, again. This time to pursue a master’s degree in homeland security.

“The program was both challenging and rewarding, giving me an opportunity to learn under the tutelage of Dr. Robert J. Louden, Dr. Anna King, lecturers James Leiman and William Shanahan, and the rest of the fine staff. Last summer I had the honor of interning with the New Jersey Department of Homeland Security investigative bureau, taking part in the Federal Bureau of Investigation’s Operation TRIPwire initiative.

“The online effort, which launched more than a decade ago, gives the U.S. Department of Homeland Security a way to collect and share relevant information among bomb squads, first responders, military personnel, intelligence analysts, government officials and select private sector security pros.

“Upon graduation, I plan to give back to our country, by contributing my abilities to the current war on terrorism,” says John, who was also inducted into the Alpha Kappa Delta Sociology Honor Society.

“It is my desire to enter into a government agency with the knowledge I have gained through the program and thereafter devote my efforts in the defense of my country.”

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John Ruppert: Ready to give back

John Ruppert, who earned an undergraduate degree in history from Georgian Court in 2009, was moved to pursue a graduate degree because of 9/11.”I have had an unsettling feeling of needing to do something for my country since the unprovoked attacks of September 11, 2001,” says John, a Brick, N.J., resident.

He did his research and chose GCU, again. This time to pursue a master’s degree in homeland security.

“The program was both challenging and rewarding, giving me an opportunity to learn under the tutelage of Dr. Robert J. Louden, Dr. Anna King, lecturers James Leiman and William Shanahan, and the rest of the fine staff. Last summer I had the honor of interning with the New Jersey Department of Homeland Security investigative bureau, taking part in the Federal Bureau of Investigation’s Operation TRIPwire initiative.

“The online effort, which launched more than a decade ago, gives the U.S. Department of Homeland Security a way to collect and share relevant information among bomb squads, first responders, military personnel, intelligence analysts, government officials and select private sector security pros.

“Upon graduation, I plan to give back to our country, by contributing my abilities to the current war on terrorism,” says John, who was also inducted into the Alpha Kappa Delta Sociology Honor Society.

“It is my desire to enter into a government agency with the knowledge I have gained through the program and thereafter devote my efforts in the defense of my country.”

Next story— Meet Alison Teufel: Pursuing a career with care

 



Return to our Commencement 2015 roundup, or contact the  Office of Marketing & Communications to learn more about our standout students! 

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