Just because classes are not in session does not mean it hasn't been a busy spring and summer for sociology faculty, students, and alumni! We hope you enjoy this issue of Sociology E-News, highlighting awards, scholarship, research, and alumni updates!
In this issue...
In each issue of Sociology E-News we feature news from our alums, as well as former staff and faculty. In this issue we caught up with three of our doctoral degree recipients, from three different departmental eras, Richard Fernández ('76), John Allen ('89), and Lorie Higgins ('01). In future issues we will include information from other Bachelors, Masters, and PhD graduates and their activities and memories of being in Sociology at WSU. We would love to hear from you! Please send information about yourself directly to Don Dillman at email@example.com.
Lisa McIntyre, chair of the Department of Sociology, is pleased to announce the creation of the Herbert and Mary Wensky Neil Scholarship for WSU students studying sociology.
On April 25, WSU Sociology honored our faculty and students for their hard work and dedication at the department’s annual banquet. Nearly $16,000 was awarded to undergraduates, and an additional $9,000 was given to graduate students to support continuation of their education in sociology at WSU.
Summer is often a time for expanding the opportunities in our graduate Sociology program. Jordan Rinehart, who came to WSU in the fall of 2012 to begin our PhD program, will spend much of July in Ethiopia, helping to expand WSU Sociology’s international reach and foster research on human risk and resilience in developing communities.
The June issue of The American Sociological Review, published bi-monthly by the American Sociological Association and generally viewed as the top sociology journal in the world, included articles authored by WSU faculty members Jennifer Schwartz and Christine Horne.
Early in 2009 a small group of semi-regular runners in the Sociology Department began recruiting for the annual WSU 100K Relay that takes a team of 10 brave souls 62 miles around the Palouse, beginning and ending at the WSU Field House on the Pullman campus. This began a Sociology tradition that entered its 5th year this April!
The inagural annual EARThS Conference organized by Sociology graduate students with interests in topics related to environmental sociology was a great success. It also provided an opportunity to celebrate the life and contributions of Eugene Rosa who was influential in forming EARThS to encourage scholarship in environmental sociology.
Thomas Dietz , Aaron McCright (PhD '02) and Richard York (PhD '02) describe the accomplishments of an international pioneer in the development of environmental sociology and one of WSU's most outstanding professors.
We learned recently of the deaths of two accomplished scholars who completed their PhDs at WSU in the 1970s, Gerald Garrett ('71) and James VanLeuven ('76).
Your e-news editors
Rayna Sage is a true Coug, earning her BA, MA, and PhD from WSU. She loves the rolling hills of the Palouse, the sharply defined seasons, and, of course, sociology. As co-editor, she hopes to foster a stronger sense of collective community among sociology students, alumni, and faculty.
Don Dillman has been a sociology faculty member at WSU since 1969. He describes his WSU journey as being just long enough to track many sociology graduates throughout their careers from graduation to retirement. As co-editor he hopes to find ways to link alums now scattered throughout the world with the excitement of current happenings in the Sociology Department.
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