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Sociology News & Events

  • Spring Colloquium

    Dr. Scott McNall (Faculty Affiliate with the UM Sociology Department) will give a presentation titled "Can Capitalism Solve the Problem of Global Inequality?" on Friday, April 11 from 3:30-5:00 in Social Science 330.

    Dr. McNall is a former Professor of Sociology, Provost, and Vice President for Academic Affairs at California State University (CSU), Chico.  He was founding Director of the Institute for Sustainable Development at CSU.  His published works include The Business of Sustainability (with Hershauer and Basile); Rapid Climate Change: Causes, Consequences and Solutions; The Road to Rebellion: Class Formation and Kansas Populism; The Greek Peasant; and Plains Families and Sociology: A Comparative and Historical Perspective.

    Faculty, students, and interested community members are invited to attend.  Light refreshments will be served.

  • New Alumni Survey Booklet

    Thanks to a generous donation from Sociology Department alumnus, Tom Cotter, Class of '53, the Sociology Department recently conducted a survey of all alumni who had graduated between 1982 and 2012.  During the summer of 2013, alumni were contacted by the SSRL Research Team (Professors Dan Doyle and Dusten Hollist, and graduate students Nikki Camp and Mike King) to collect data on the career paths of graduates in Sociology from the University of Montana.  The UM Sociology Alumni Survey booklet lists employment and education information on all of those who responded.  Under each name, the respondent's most current job is listed last and an asterisk (*) designates whether the respondent is willing to be contacted by students who are interested in information about the respondent's careers and education history.  (Respondents' contact information is available through the Sociology Department's main office.)

  • Presentation of Undergraduate Student Awards for 2013

    The following students were awarded Sociology Department awards in the spring 2013.  We are currently accepting applications for awards for 2014.  See the Scholarship Page on this site.

    Mortar Board Outstanding Senior Awards:

    One outstanding senior from each emphasis area and from sociology in general were selected based on their cumulative GPA and a demonstrated commitment to the discipline of sociology through professional development, leadership, and service. Students were honored in a ceremony on Friday, May 17, in the George and Jane Dennison Theatre by President Engstrom and the Penetralia Chapter of Mortar Board at UM.

    Emily Peters (Inequality and Social Justice Option, Sociology)

    Eric Speer (Criminology Option, Sociology)

    Emily Steinberg (General Sociology)

    Allyson Talaska (Rural and Environmental Change Option, Sociology)

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    Emily Peters, Eric Speer, Emily Steinberg, Allyson Talaska

    The following awards were presented by the Sociology Department at our Commencement ceremony in the Adams Center on May 18, 2013. They are awarded annually to the top students in each category. For more information on the award, please see Undergraduate Awards.

    Award for Academic Excellence: Emily Ballinger

    Award for Contribution to Academic Programs in Sociology: Melissa Darko

    Carly Christine Phillips Award in Applied Sociology: Leo Ferguson and Dustin Satterfield

    Emily Ballinger Melissa Darko Leo Ferguson Dustin Satterfield
    Emily Ballinger, Melissa Darko, Leo Ferguson, Dustin Satterfield

    (all photos by DA Imaging)

  • Award Winning Students, Staff, and Faculty

    Daisy Rooks leads a discussion with GLI students.

    Daisy Rooks leads a discussion with GLI students.

    Assistant Professor Daisy Rooks has been awarded the 2013 Cox Educational Excellence Award. The prestigious Cox Award was established to encourage and reward junior faculty members in the area of teaching.

    Sociology graduate student Mike King received the 2013 Graduate Assistant Teaching Award during the Employee Recognition Day Awards. This University-wide award recognizes Mike's outstanding TA work in Sociology and Chemistry.

    Sociology graduate student Cassie Sheets is the winner of the award for the best paper in the Social Sciences at the 2013 University of Montana Graduate Student and Faculty Research Conference. Her paper was titled: "The Sweet Grass Hills: A Foucaultian Discourse Analysis of Blackfeet Indian Power". 

    Associate Professor Kathy Kuipers was honored at the 2013 Student Affairs Faculty Recognition Reception for her hard work on the American Indian Student Services Advisory Board.

    Administrative Associate Adelle Mackey was an honoree at the 2013 Student Affairs Staff Recognition Reception in recognition of her exceptional work with Student Services.

    Teresa Sobieszczyk with the US Ambassador to Vietnam

    Teresa Sobieszczyk with the US Ambassador to Vietnam

    Sociology graduate student Scott Byington won the 2013 Clancy Gordon Environmental Scholarship. Rumor has it that Scott is the first social sciences student to receive this scholarship.

    Members of the Criminology Research Group (CRG), in affiliation with UM's Social Science Research Laboratory (SSRL), received a Certificate of Outstanding Program Award fro the Montana board of Crime Control for their contributions to public safety, crime prevention, and victim assistance to the State of Montana.  The CRG and its collaborating partner, Alliance for Youth in Great Falls were honored at this year's award ceremony.  Members of the CRG include Sociology Professors Dusten Hollist, James Burfeind, Daniel Doyle, and Jackson Bunch, and SSRL Administrator, Chuck Harris.   It also includes former Sociology graduate student and current adjunct faculty member, Patrick McKay, Education Leadership PhD candidate, Aislinn HeavyRunner-Rioux, Sociology graduate students, Daniel Acton, Nicole Camp, and Gabe Downy, and Sociology undergraduate students Luke Stenslie, Murphy Moran, and Kenneth Westphal.

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