Mount St. Joseph University

Community invited to learn self-defense tips by expert at free seminar at the Mount

Criminology, Press Releases


File Under: criminology club, mind in the matter, self defense

For the second year in a row, the College of Mount St. Joseph’s criminology club is bringing Debbie Gardner, an internationally-known self-defense instructor, to the campus on Wednesday, Nov. 13 from 7-9 p.m. for a self-defense demonstration in the College Theatre. The seminar called, “Mind in the Matter,” will teach the public how to protect themselves with something as common as a water bottle or even a cell phone. The community is welcome to attend the free seminar.

Lauren Heugel, Mount student and criminology club president, invited Gardner to the campus to teach the basic principles of self-defense. “As the holiday season quickly approaches, crime tends to rise and the seminar teaches students and the community easy ways to protect themselves,” she said. “We hope everyone benefits from the demonstration and that they leave with the knowledge of not becoming targets of crime.

Gardner and her husband, Mike, are former law enforcement officers who founded Survive Institute ( which is designed to teach people simple crime survival tips. They have given demonstrations to many large corporations and universities across the world, and have appeared in the media all over the United States and Australia.

The College of Mount St. Joseph is an undergraduate and graduate Catholic college that provides an interdisciplinary liberal arts and professional curriculum emphasizing values, service and social responsibility.