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Georgetown College Sociology Department Newsletter 2012

Georgetown College Sociology Department Newsletter 2012

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Combining our depart-ment’s small size with in-tellectual diversity, com-mitment to community engagement and service learning, a generous stu-dent-faculty ratio, and strong tradition of com-mitment to students, our current department seeks to provide students with the skills and values need-ed to understand complex social systems and to par-ticipate in empowerment and reform that can create a more just, equitable, and sustainable world.
Combining our depart-ment’s small size with in-tellectual diversity, com-mitment to community engagement and service learning, a generous stu-dent-faculty ratio, and strong tradition of com-mitment to students, our current department seeks to provide students with the skills and values need-ed to understand complex social systems and to par-ticipate in empowerment and reform that can create a more just, equitable, and sustainable world.

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Fall/Winter 2012Georgetown College
SOCIOLOGY NEWSLETTER 
LETTER FROM THE CHAIR 
 
This is an exciting time for the sociology department at Georgetown Col-lege. We closed out the 2011-2012 academic year by celebrating our larg-est graduating class to date! We applauded 15 seniors as they walkedacross the stage to receive their diplomas, and are currently supporting twoother senior majors who will finish their sociology degree this fall. Two of our graduates entered highly respected PhD programs this fall. Two seniorsalso presented papers at international conferences. And, multiple others arenow engaged in humanitarian work from the West coast to the Appalachianregion and from South America to Western Europe. We are so proud of thework our graduates are doing, inside and out of the classroom.This academic year we have the privilege of sending two of our juniors tostudy at the prestigious Oxford University. Not only are our studentsachieving high marks academically, but they are also highly engaged in thelocal community. The majority of our majors and minors participate in our internship program which does a great job of bringing the classroom andcommunity together. At the same time, many of these internship experienc-es also open up future employment opportunities for our students. Addi-tionally, the department continues to be trailblazers for Georgetown Col-
lege’s service learning initiative. Well over half of the students taking soci-
ology courses this year will have the opportunity through our service learn-ing program to work alongside community partners in an effort to solveissues that affect the campus and our surrounding communities.I am so proud of our students and their many accomplishments. They aretruly amazing young people who want to, and tell me they can, change theworld! I ask for your continued support of our program and students. Thiscomes in many forms: spreading the word about the wonderful things hap- pening in the department, connecting us to community partners for our ser-vice learning program, and providing funds that will allow the sociologydepartment to continue to prepare our students for the challenges of the21st century.
I can’t thank you enough for your support and active role in our mission to
developadvocates for change, committed to scholarship, social justice, and empowerment 
.Best Wishes,Eric Carter 
INSIDE THIS ISSUE
The Oxford Connection
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Outstanding Students
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Faculty Spotlights
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Kentuckians For TheCommonwealth
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Campus Culture Change:Justice Initiatives
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6Real Utopias with Erik 
Olin Wright…………………7
 
Future Plans
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8Make a Positive Differ-ence
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The title of “Outstanding Senior in Sociology” fits no student better than re-
cent graduate, Chris Lord. Chris, a native of Chattanooga, Tennessee, now
holds bachelor’s degrees in both Sociology and Spanish, and is an esteemed
student in both disciplines by students and faculty alike. He plans to immedi-
ately pursue a master’s degree in education as well as in sociology withinthe coming years. Chris’ four 
-year career at Georgetown shows promise for his future success as he has shown an exemplary commitment to academicsand service in Georgetown and abroad.
Chris explained that he chose sociology as one of his majors, “mainly be-
cause of my concern for the inequalities that exist in America and becauseof the lack of answers that I have gotten from other sources in my life. I
was looking for a historic explanation for why things were the way they were.”
With sociology as his foundation, Chris has made the most of his undergraduate experience as heexplored answers to his questions.Chris is a natural leader and has taken advantage of numerous opportunities to use his gifts. Duringhis time at Georgetown, Chris has served as both a volunteer and a leader in the Scroggins Park Af-
ter School Tutoring Program. Chris also helped lead a student “Plunge to Poverty” among those
without homes in Lexington. He served in the campus Student Abolitionist Movement, and was aSpanish tutor at Georgetown College. He also volunteered at Anne Mason Elementary and ScottCounty High Schools, both in Georgetown.A study abroad experience in Mexico led Chris to his current job with Teach for America. Withinthe program, he will teach English as a second language in Ohio. He plans to engage the American
education system as a long term career goal, whether as a “teacher, administrator, or a communitymember engaging the youth, parents, and schools in important social discussions,” says the gradu-ate. There is no doubt that Chris’ outstanding academic diligence and social attentiveness will be a
service to any career path he chooses.
THE OXFORD CONNECTION
 
OUTSTANDING SENIOR: CHRIS LORD
 
The Oxford Program atGeorgetown College offers stu-dents a variety of unique opportu-nities to complete some portion of their program of study through
Regent’s Park College in the Uni-versity of Oxford. Regent’s Park 
College has been one of the per-manent private halls at OxfordUniversity since 1957, and itshares with Georgetown Collegea commitment to provide a rigor-ous education in an intentionallyChristian context. GeorgetownCollege established a partnership
with Regent’s Park in 1998,
opening the door for our studentsto study at Oxford in a variety of  programs. Since 2008, 4 sociolo-gy majors (Carrie Summers,Adriana Núñez, SamanthaYeates, and Robert Carter) com- pleted the Oxford Program and 2are going this Spring (CalieshaComley and Morgan Reeves).This rigorous program benefitsour students in preparing them for graduate school and beyond. 
Regent’s Park College
 Oxford University 
 
 
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 Adriana NúñezOutstanding Upper-class ResearchThis award is presented to a sociology ma- jor with at least a 3.0 GPA who completesan outstanding senior research project.Darius GatesCommunity Commitment AwardThis award is presented to a sociology major through an internship/s whomakes a difference in the Georgetowncommunity. Aaron PadgettC.W. Mills AwardThis award is presented to a sociology major with at least a 3.0 GPA who ex-emplifies the intersection of scholar-ship and social activism.Morgan ReevesC.W. Mills AwardThis award is presented to a sociology major with at least a 3.0 GPA who ex-emplifies the intersection of scholar-ship and social activism.Caliesha Comley Carlton/Deason ScholarshipThis scholarship honors J. RichardCarlton and Mary E. Carlton and inmemory of Owen W. and Betty JeanDeason. The award is presented to arising junior or senior who is majoringin sociology or history and is based onstudent academic performance, prom-ise, character, and need.
STUDENT AWARD WINNERS
 ALPHA KAPPA DELTA HONOR SOCIETY 
The Georgetown CollegeSociology Department isexcited to establish acampus chapter of AlphaKappa Delta (AKD), theInternational Sociology Honor Society, this se-mester.The purpose of this socie-ty is to promote excellentscholarship in the study of sociology, research of social problems, and oth-er such activities as willlead to improvement inthe human condition.To be eligible to apply for AKD membership, a stu-dent must be a junior,have completed 4 coursesin sociology, have anoverall GPA of 3.3 or beranked in the top 35% of his/her class, and haveachieved a sociology GPA of 3.0.Seven students were in-ducted into the honorsociety this fall. They are:Seniors: Claire Strnad,Layla Padgett, Kelsey  Ach, Brandy Smith, andShelby Barron.Juniors: Morgan Reevesand Caliesha Comley.

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