Sociology Matters

Fall 2018 Alumni Newsletter

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Greetings from CSU Sociology!

I've been fortunate recently to cross paths with several Sociology alumni. It's gratifying to realize how lasting Sociology's impact can be for our students. It's also humbling to realize how crucial the faculty-student relationship is to our success.

One of you mentioned a chance meeting in the late 1960s in Greece with Evan Vlachos who in his booming voice greeted you by name. Others spoke of long conversations in Ken Berry's office in the 1970s about Sociology and careers, remembered David Freeman's support in the 1980s as you were getting started as a new Ph.D., remarked on important discussions in the 1990s with a classical social theory professor (OK, it was me) helpful in pursuing a successful law enforcement career, and recalled Mike Lacy's recruiting messages in the 2000s that brought you to our graduate program. The people have mattered. Sociology has mattered.

Today it's still the people who make our Sociology program. Our faculty are recognized nationally for their teaching and research strengths in food, agriculture and development; environment and natural resources; criminology/criminal justice; and social inequality and governance. Our Sociology undergraduate major is one of the most diverse at CSU in terms of gender, race/ethnicity, and first-generation college student status. Our graduate program attracts talented students from around the world.

Below and throughout this new website, read about our terrific faculty, students, and alumni. Please reach out to us with your own updates, stop by to visit, or join us November 7 for Josh Sbicca's author talk and book signing.

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Pete Taylor
Professor and Chair

B Sharp participants

National Endowment for the Arts awards funding to B Sharp program showing quality of life improvements for aging adults and people with dementia

Sociology's Jeni Sharp is part of a research and community engagement team recently awarded $90,000 from the National Endowment for the Arts to continue its work studying how community arts programming, including theater and dance performances, improves cognitive functions in people with dementia.

Scholarship recipient helps pave the way for future first-generation students

Kacie is passionate about higher-education being accessible and understandable for anyone from any background.

ALUMNI SPOTLIGHT: Jamie Orcutt '99

“You have to be able to think your way through,” Jamie Orcutt '99 tells students. “That’s what sociology taught me.”

In the classroom and beyond

Find out about our students' hands-on experience with environmental and social justice issues nearby, as well as with criminal justice and criminology afar. Read about undergraduate projects.

We're now accepting applications for next fall's graduate cohort. Find out what current grad students are up to.

Faculty Research, Outreach & Community Engagement

Awards, honors, projects, presentations, books, publications and more 

Recent Achievements

Laura Raynolds received the 2018 Rural Sociological Society Excellence in Research Award.

Pat Hastings was just awarded The Tobin Project's 2018 Prize for Exemplary Work on Inequality and Decision Making.

Stephanie Malin was named a 2018 "Best Teacher" by the CSU Alumni Association.

Josh Sbicca recently released a new book, Food Justice Now!: Deepening the Roots of Social Struggle.

Jessie Luna was published in the September edition of The Journal of Peasant Studies.

Impact Near and Far

Michael Carolan talks food as he makes the rounds in New Zealand on a prestigious fellowship.

Sociology faculty are collaborating with the Chinese Academy of Social Sciences (CASS), one of the world's largest think tanks.

Center for Fair & Alternative Trade (CFAT) launches an updated version of the world's most comprehensive collection of fair trade resources.

Prabha Unnithan is the incoming president of the Academy of Criminal Justice Sciences (ACJS).

Share Your Story

We love to hear from alumni! What are you doing now? How has sociology shaped your path? Inspire current and future students. Connect with old classmates. 

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Find out how scholarships and awards are paving the way for the next generation of students working toward social change.