A Sad Day for All of Us

The faculty and staff of the Department of Sociology and Social Work express our deepest condolences to the families and friends of the victims of last night’s shooting. We know this tragedy affects all the students on campus, especially those residing in Mountain View Hall. Please know our thoughts are with you.

If anyone needs assistance or would like to talk to someone, the University is providing these resources:

For students, please contact Counseling Services.

For faculty and staff, please contact Employee Assistance & Wellness.

A Family Assistance Center has been set up in the ballroom of the 1899 Club. Parents may also call 928-523-0007 for information.

Be well and be safe.

What Can You Do with a Sociology Degree, Anyway?

We’re a month into the new semester now (welcome!), and as things settle down and everyone eases into their coursework, either as a student or faculty member, it’s nice to get a reminder every now and then that choosing Sociology (or Social Work!) is a good choice and can lead to important work.

One such example is a hometown boy – Matthew Desmond. He grew up in Flagstaff and did his undergrad at ASU before heading out to Madison, WI, where he earned his Ph.D. He’s now an Associate Professor of Sociology & Social Studies in the Sociology Department at Harvard University, and was recently named a MacArthur Fellow by the MacArthur Foundation. He spent months living in Milwaukee studying eviction and the effects of poverty (see the link below to a short video and article).

So, the next time someone asks you why you study Sociology and what good can a Sociology Degree do – here’s just one of many answers!

https://shar.es/17K9iE

Sociology Scholarship & Awards – 2015

Today, we hosted a luncheon to celebrate the Sociology Program’s Scholarship and Award Winners for 2015 in the Kaibab Room at the University Union.  After everyone found the room (it’s up and over and around and then down on the other side . . . . ), we had a short award ceremony.  The chair of the department, Kathleen J. Ferraro, announced all of the winners and gave a brief introduction of each student.

This is such a busy time of year, we’re glad that we were able to make the time to hold this event.  It’s important to recognize our best students.  Thank you to everyone for coming and congratulations to the winners!  Here’s a list of the students we honored today:

The Vicki K. Brown-Carpenter Memorial Scholarship: Nancy Ramos
The Sociology Department Scholarship: Ashley Kessler
The Kanan Family Endowment Scholarship: Jake Smith
The Edward E Walker Sociology Scholarship: Katherine George
The Stepping Stone Scholarship: Nicole Hill
Outstanding Sociology Seniors: Demi Greco, Shelby Coopwood and Sinead McSweeney
Outstanding Sociology Students: Desiree Hopkins, Selena Quiroz
Outstanding 1st Year Graduate Students: Teri Jo Kesti, Erin Whitesitt
Outstanding 2nd Year Graduate Students: Amanda Brand, James Kirkham

Here are some pictures from the luncheon.

What do Sociologists do for fun?

Here’s one thing we do:

On a weekend at the beginning of April, eleven folks from the Department of Sociology and Social Work traveled to Long Beach, California to attend the Pacific Sociological Association’s 86th annual meeting, entitled “People, Place, and Power.” Not only did we make the trek to present our own research, but also to learn about the research of colleagues in the discipline.

While in Long Beach, we were lucky enough to run into some alumni from our department, such as Susan Bell Murray, a graduate from our B.S. program in Sociology in 1988 and currently an Associate Professor of Sociology at San Jose State University, and Stephanie Williams, a graduate from our B.S. program in Sociology and currently a Senior Lecturer in the Department of Criminology and Criminal Justice here at NAU.

For your enjoyment, here are some photographs of our departmental members being scholarly (and celebrating and well, even resting).

Please find below a list of all the formal research presentations made by members of our department, both graduate students and faculty.

Lou Baker, “Transgender outside the city: Transmasculine identity and the non-metropolitan gender experience.”

Amanda Brand, “From Locked Doors to Locked Screens: Sexting as a GenderedPerformance of Sexuality and Privacy.”

Sean Boylan, “The Drug War, Social Movements and the Repeal of Cannabis Prohibition: Changing Public Opinion.”

Katherine Everhart, “Everything but the Funnel Cake: Cultural Expressions and the University of Puerto Rico Student Occupation.”

James Kirkham, “How Much Can We Take: Craft breweries explosion and the power of local markets.”

Yvonna M. Luna and Anne M. Medill, “Faculty-led study abroad: Reflections on students’ cross-cultural engagement.”

Kooros Mahmoudi, “How to Choose, Navigate, and Align your Graduate Program with your Career Objectives.”

Joe Martin, “The Cost of Freedom: Homelessness as a Nomadic Lifestyle.”

Dick Skeen, “Sexuality: Meaning Webs and Their Evolution.”

Social Science & Social Change Conference

Our Social Science & Social Change Conference is right around the corner – two weeks from tomorrow on Friday, March 6th, from 9AM – 4PM at the DuBois Center.  We hope everyone comes out to participate in the panel discussions, eat some lunch with us, listen to the Keynote Speaker, and watch a short-form documentary on migrant workers.  Stay for the whole day, or just drop in on the parts that interest you most!

If you’ve never been to an academic conference before, this is a great way to get your feet wet.  All of the presenters are from within the College of Social & Behavioral Sciences – even our keynote speaker, Dr. Javier Trevino, is an alumnus of the Applied Sociology MA program.  We are having 4 sessions with two panels each throughout the day, on topics as varied as Student Success to Art & Culture to Gender and Sexuality.  Presenters will talk about their research, and then there will be a short Q&A portion for each panel so you can ask questions, too.  This is not about sitting and listening to lectures, this should be a day where you can take a deeper dive into concepts learned in your classes and see how they’re applied in the real world – more specifically, see how the Social Sciences can impact Social Change.

If you’d like to attend, please register by February 27th using our online form.  You’ll find more details about the schedule and titles of presentations on our website, too.  If you have any questions about the conference, please feel free to contact the department office – ssw@nau.edu.

Scholarships!

UPDATE:  The deadline to apply for Department scholarship (all of those listed below) has been extended to Friday, February 6th, midnight.  NAU Foundation scholarship applications still close on the 31st.

January 31, 2015 is the deadline to apply for scholarships, including department scholarships and NAU Foundation scholarships.  If you qualify for any of these scholarships and you haven’t already applied – get to it!  This is, after all, free money, and there isn’t a whole lot of that just floating around these days.

The application for ALL Department scholarships is here.

If you are a Sociology Major, you may want to consider applying for one of these scholarships:

Stepping Stone Scholarship (Brand New!)
Apply for this scholarship if:
– You are a Sociology Major; AND
– You are a single parent; AND
– You are will be a Junior or Senior for the 2015-2016 academic year (next school year!).

Vicki K. Brown-Carpenter Memorial Scholarship
Apply for this scholarship if:
– You are Sociology OR Social Work Major; AND
– You will be a Junior, Senior OR Graduate Student for the 2015-2016 academic year; AND
– You have at least a 3.0 cum GPA; AND
– You have completed at least 60 units of coursework; AND
– You have demonstrated financial need according to the FASFA (don’t forget to fill that out, too!).
– Preference may be given to graduates of an Arizonan Community College.

Kanan Family Endowment
Apply for this scholarship if:
– You are a Sociology Major.
– Preference may be given to Juniors.

Sociology Department Scholarship
Apply for this scholarship if:
– You are a Sociology Major; AND
– You are a full time student, undergraduate OR graduate; AND
– You have a minimum cum GPA of 3.0; AND
– You must write an essay that includes details of any:
– awards or honors; OR
– participation in college clubs, organizations, including leadership positions; OR
– community service; OR
– any additional information that explains why and how you are an exceptional sociology student.

Edward E. Walker Scholarship
Apply for this scholarship if:
– You are a Sociology Major; AND
– You will be a Junior or Senior during the 2015-2016 academic year; AND
– You have demonstrated financial need according to the FASFA (don’t forget to fill that out, too!).

If you are a Social Work major (and have been accepted into the BSW program), you may want to consider applying to one of these scholarships:

Vicki K. Brown-Carpenter Memorial Scholarship
Apply for this scholarship if:
– You are Sociology OR Social Work Major; AND
– You will be a Junior, Senior OR Graduate Student for the 2015-2016 academic year; AND
– You have at least a 3.0 cum GPA; AND
– You have completed at least 60 units of coursework; AND
– You have demonstrated financial need according to the FASFA (don’t forget to fill that out, too!).
Preference may be given to graduates of an Arizonan Community College.

Virginia Rae Kurner Memorial Scholarship
Apply for this scholarship if:
– You are a Social Work Major (you must be accepted into the BSW program); AND
– You will be a Junior or Senior for the 2015 – 2016 academic year; AND
– You are and will continue to be enrolled for a minimum of 12 units/semester; AND
– You have demonstrated financial need according to the FASFA (don’t forget to fill that out, too!); AND
– You have demonstrated academic achievement; AND
– You have demonstrated good character.

Please also check out the NAU Foundation website for scholarships – there are at least two that are specifically for Social Work students.  The link at the bottom of the Foundation’s page takes you to a spreadsheet you can use to learn more about their scholarships.

A New Semester!

A belated welcome back to everyone!

Are you wondering what to do with yourself now that spring semester is here?  The Sociology & Social Work Department has a few ideas on what might be interesting, thought provoking, and fun between now and May 7.

Important Dates and Events

January 31 – Last day to apply for departmental and NAU Foundation Scholarships!  Are you a sophomore or junior Sociology or Social Work major or minor?  If you are, check out all the scholarships we have available: http://nau.edu/SBS/Student-Resources/Financing/, including the brand new Stepping Stone Scholarship that is for Sociology Majors who are also single parents.

Don’t forget to also look at the list of scholarships available through the NAU Foundation.  You can find those here: https://nazufoundation.com/default.aspx.  The spreadsheet is available at the bottom of the page, and you’ll need to create a login to apply.

February 9 – Do you want to take a class this summer?  Enrollment for summer begins.

March 6 – the first annual Social Science Social Change Conference will take place on Friday, March 6 from 9 – 4.  Come see presentations made by faculty and students!  We’re also hosting a lunch with a talk by Dr. Javier Trevino, one of our very own alumni, and a documentary short by Michelle Tellez, one of our full time faculty members.  Details will be posted as they become available!

March is also Social Work month!  The Social Work Program will have events throughout the month.

April 1 – 17 – Fall 2015 Early Enrollment.  Do you know what classes you want to take in the Fall?  Do you need to meet with an advisor?  Get ready to sign up!

April 24The 8th Annual Undergraduate Student Symposium at the SkyDome and DuBois Center.  Sign up to present, or go to the event to see what your fellow students are working on and support your friends!

May 1 – Last day to apply for Fall 2015 (December) Graduation!

May 1 – Also, last day of classes!

May 4 – 7 – Finals Week

May 8 & 9 – Commencement!