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Point Park forensic science students recently put their crime-solving skills to work at a Murder Mystery Dinner hosted by the University's Forensic Science Club. Approximately 40 people attended the dinner event held in the Lawrence Hall ballroom including forensic science majors and their guests, as well as several faculty members from the Department of Criminal Justice and Intelligence Studies.

According to May Graham, a sophomore forensic science major and club president, the purpose of the dinner was to raise funds for club members to go on various field trips. "We thought a Murder Mystery Dinner fit our major really well and would be a fun way to raise money," said Graham.

The club plans to hold a Murder Mystery Dinner during each spring semester. This year's Murder Mystery scenario was acted out by both forensic science and acting majors.

"The Forensic Science Club's Murder Mystery dinner gave forensic science majors a fun look at their chosen career field while allowing them to enjoy an evening with friends and family," said Ed Strimlan, M.D., coordinator of the forensic science program and advisor of the Forensic Science Club.

Graham, whose career goal is to work as a federal DNA analyst or as a lab technician for a private organization, said she chose Point Park's forensic science program because of the faculty's work experience and hands-on learning that they could provide. The location of Point Park was also a deciding factor for Graham. "Although I'm from a rural area, I'm definitely a city girl at heart. Point Park's campus in Downtown Pittsburgh really appealed to me."