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4/28/2014 - Thanks to all who attended and made the Awards Ceremony a success. We would like to congratulate all of our students in attendance.

Download the program here.

Specifically, we would like to acknowledge the following:

  • Academic Achievement Award winner, Brittany Piccolo
  • Best & Brightest Award recipients, Bonnie Siry and Lucas Palmateer
  • Departmental Academic Excellence Award recipients, Bonnie Siry (Sociology), Donna O'Connor (Gerontology), and Michael Immendorfer (Criminal Justice)

We congratulate our inductees into the Alpha Kappa Delta National Honor Society:

  • Brook Ramage
  • Marie Pierce
  • Megan Flanagan
  • Jennifer Uretsky
  • Bridget O'Connor
  • Siobhan White
  • Karli Martin
  • Matthew Hartwell
  • Christian Abreu
  • Michele LaRusso
  • Courtney Murphy
  • Chelsea Chistonikos

We also would like to recognize the Student Research and Creative Activity Day Participants

  • Dominick DeNofio, "Race and Ethnicity: The Demographics of Being Penalized in Welfare-to-Work Programs"
  • Emily Knapp, "The Political Economy of Walmart in Central New York"
  • Brooke Ramage, Hannah Wightman, and Brittani Woods, "Child Protective Services, Mental Health, and Substance Abuse in Low-Income Families"
  • Alejandro Rojas, Audrey Feirstein, and William Helicher, "Student Perception of Travelling and Studying Abroad"
  • Michelle Rotunno, "How is Social Media Affecting Us?"
  • Bonnie Siry, "Tweeting on Women's Health"

3/19/2014 - Dr. Fida Mohammad Invited by FBI for Presentation

Dr. Fida Mohammad was invited by the FBI to give a presentation entitled, "Building Bridges Between American Muslims and Law Enforcement Agencies," in Albany, New York. Dr. Mohammad is an expert in Criminology with special expertise in issues related to the Afghan war, relations with Pakistan, and cultural and social issues related to Islam.

Fida Presentation

1/6/2014 - Faculty-Led Course in Hong Kong

Don't miss this chance of a lifetime to visit Hong Kong through this faculty-led course. Download and watch the PowerPoint and Video for more information:

  1. Powerpoint
  2. Video

10/25/2013 - Two New Special Topics Courses Offered by Sociology Department in the Spring 2014 Semester

There are two special topics courses that will be offered in the Sociology Department in the Spring, and they are:

  1. Sociology of the Body, taught by Dr. Elizabeth Seale; get the flyer
  2. Animals and Society, taught by Dr. Brian Lowe; get the flyer

10/25/2013 - Graduate and Professional School Fair Monday, October 28th from 1:00 p.m. to 3:00 p.m. in the Chase Gymnasium

Calling all juniors, seniors, and anyone thinking of graduate or professional school! You will not want to miss the event that is happening Monday in the Chase Gym, where we will representatives from more than 70 colleges and universities with information about law schools, medical schools, the health professions, business administration, social work, psychology, sociology, engineering, computer science, pharmacy and other arts and science areas.  A complete list of the participating schools is available at the Career Development Center, x 2534.  Information on graduate assistantship and graduate fellowship opportunities will be provided by the schools in attendance.

10/4/2013 - Sociology Department Advisement Session Event 2013--October 25 at the Hunt Ballroom

Please see the announcement and flyer for details about the upcoming advisement event, hosted by the sociology department annually. This is your chance to learn important information about your major, student clubs, honor societies, internships, research opportunities, advice for the future, and more. Attendance at this event provides priority enrollment status for major courses in the Spring. Hope to see you there! (and don't forget to bring your arrow sheet).

9/9/2013 - Deadline for AKD Student Funding Close

If you are a SUNY Oneonta student planning to present a paper or poster at a conference, please consider the opportunities provided by the AKD honor society. Information can be found here. Please note the October 10, 2013 deadline that is fast approaching.

8/30/2013 - Faculty in Residence Program Presents Professor Li

Professor Li, of Guangxi Normal University, will be on campus and available to speak to classes the first week of September. His time will be capped with a talk given in the Craven Lounge September 5 at 7pm.. Click here to download the flyer for details.

5/31/2013 - Thanks to All For Another Wonderful Year!

Another excellent year has come to a close, capped with a wonderful graduation ceremony and Department Recognition Ceremony. We were also very proud of students who participated in the Student Research and Creative Activity Day.

View pictures of these events:

Recognition Ceremony

Student Research and Creative Activity Day

4/30/2013 - Make Plans to Attend the Sociology Department's Recognition Ceremony on May 17 at 2pm in IRC 3

It is getting near the end of another great year, and many of our seniors are preparing for the next chapter of their lives. Please join us in celebrating the success of our students at the Sociology Department Recognition Ceremony on Friday, may 17 at 2pm in the IRC 3 hall. This will follow the rehearsal for the commencement ceremony to be held the following day. View the announcement here.

4/8/2013 - Lecture by Breea Willingham, Dissertation Fellow: ‘It is Like God Stepped Out of the Sky and Shook My Hand’: The Impact of Teaching and Learning in Women’s Prisons.' Information: Thursday April 18 from 4:00-5:00pm in Schumacher 110

Please join the Sociology Department for a lecture by Dissertation Fellow Breea Willingham. This presentation is based on her analyses of the experiences of women who teach in women’s prisons, including their struggle to navigate the politics of teaching inside and transform classrooms into empowering and safe learning spaces. Building on bell hooks’ education as the practice of freedom theory, it is argued that prison classrooms become empowering spaces that allow incarcerated women to develop a consciousness of freedom, and engage in larger social struggles. In addition, the prison instructors become social agents of change working to bridge the gap between the educational and correctional systems. 

4/3/2013 - Take Back the Night

Take Back The Nigh -- The march will take place on April 11, 2013 at 6:30pm. The event starts at Milne Library, and is a collective march to downtown Oneonta. Please see this letter from Alyssa Moskal for more information.

4/2/2013 - Upcoming Presentation: "The Interface between Mental Illness, Violence, and Law Enforcement: Hope for the Future" by Don Kamin, PhD.

Please plan to attend the talk by Dr. Kamin, as it will have broad appeal, but especially for those with interest in Criminal Justice. The talk will be held on April 17th at 7pm in the Craven Lounge of Morris Hall. Please download the flyer.

1/31/2013 - Spring Semester is Underway

The Sociology department would like to wish everyone the best of luck as they go through the new semester!

7/3/2012 - Thanks for Another Great Year!

The Sociology department wishes to thank everyone for making the 2011-2012 academic year a huge success. We look forward to seeing you in the Fall of 2012.

3/30/2012- - Academic Achiement Awards

Congratulations to this year's sociology winner, Jared Reynolds, and congratulations to all the winners!

Jared Reynolds is a sociology major from Coeymans Hollow, N.Y. and winner of the SUNY Chancellor's award. Mr. Reynolds was an invited presenter at the Eastern Sociological Society’s Annual Conference in New York City in February 2012, and he won first place in the 2011 SUNY Oneonta Center for Social Research Long Essay Competition. A member of three honor societies, Mr. Reynolds serves in a variety of leadership positions, including captain of the varsity cross country, indoor track & field and outdoor track & field teams; vice president and co-founder of the Oneonta Mock Trial Team; secretary of the Oneonta Pre-Law Society and the Class of 2012 Executive Board; president of the Omicron Delta Kappa National Leadership Society; and Supreme Court Justice for the Student Association.

jared1 academic achievement award winners

3/12/2012 - Workshop on Social Science Careers

Please join us on Thursday, March 15th, from 3-4:30pm in the Waterfront room of Hunt Union for a workshop that will prepare you for your future as a Social Science major (all are welcome).

Please download and print the materials for the workshop in advance if you can: click here.

2/29/2012 - Students Research and Creative Activity Announcement

Student Research & Creative Activity (RCA) Day, formerly known as Student Research Day, will be held in the Hunt College Union on Wednesday, April 18, 2012. The following Call for Participants has been posted on the Student Portal and in The Daily Bulletin. The deadline to indicate participation is Wednesday, March 28.

Please see the full announcement here.

2/14/2012 - Students Awarded Grant Money

Congratulatoins to the following students, who were awarded grant money from Student Grant Program for Research and Creative Activity:

  • Julianne Pettine, Soc/Psych major (Supervisor: Dr. Seale)
  • William Rothwell, Soc major (Supervisor: Dr. Schlosser)
  • David Lewis (Supervisor: Dr. Fulkerson)

11/28/2011 - Hartwick College to Host Frack In

This Friday, Dec. 2, from 4:30-6:30pm, Hartwick College is hosting a "Frack In." Please download the event flyer and make plans to attend!

11/7/2011 - Speaker, Katrina Bloch

The Sociology Department would like to thank special guest speaker, Katrina Bloch for sharing her research on Anti-Immigration groups. For those in attendance, the talk was highly thought provoking and effective for starting a conversation that we need to hold about immigration. There are many myths and misunderstandings, and several of these were cleared up and debunked during the talk. Thanks to all who attended and made this event possible.

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10/18/2011 - Beyond the Classroom Workshop Series 2011-2012

In response to the very positive feedback that we received from student's last year, the sociology department is again offering the Beyond the Classroom Workshop Series. All workshops will be held in the Waterfront at Hunt Union from 3-4:30pm (see schedule for dates and topics). Please download, print, and share the schedule of workshops.

10/18/2011 - Mountain Top Removal Discussion

This Wed. Oct. 19 at 8 PM in IRC 4, Eric Blevins of Mountain Justice will be giving a presentation about Mountaintop Removal (MTR) Coal Mining in Appalachia. Around 500 mountains have been destroyed so far and over 2,000 miles of streams have been buried. Members of the community are invited to attend to learn about the problems of MTR and what is being done to end it and how we can help. MTR is an extremely unsustainable practice for numerous reasons so I thought it would be of interest to members of PACS. Please come if you are able and please mention this rare opportunity to learn from someone who has had personal experience with MTR in your classes. Maybe even offer extra credit for those who attend? Just a thought, students don't really mind being bribed for extra points.
Attached is a flyer for the event.

10/11/2011 - Speaker, Katrina Bloch, to Visit Nov.4

The sociology department is excited to announce that it will be sponsoring a speaker on November 4, 2011, from 2:30-3:30pm in the Red Dragon Theater (Hunt Union). The speaker is Katrina Bloch, and the title of her talk will be "Anti-Immigrant Groups and the Intersections of Race, Gender, and Class." Please download this flyer and print and post it widely!

10/05/2011 - LoTM Speaker a Sociology Alum

One of the Sociology department's alum will be the keynote speaker at the upcoming Life of the Mind conference. This is taken from the conference website:


William Jankowiak ‘70 is the author of over 100 journal articles and book chapters, as well as the editor of Intimacies: Between Love and Sex (Columbia University Press),Romantic Passion (Columbia University Press) and (with Dan Bradburd) Drugs, Labor and Colonialism (University of Arizona Press). In addition, he is author of Sex, Death and Hierarchy in a Chinese City (Columbia University Press). In 2008 he was consultant and participant in an eight-part television series Rites of Passion for the History Channel. Jankowiak received his B.A. in Sociology from SUNY Oneonta, and his Ph.D. in Anthropology from the University of California, Santa Barbara.

9/19/2011 - Volunteering to Aid in Flood Relief

Jenny Schlosser (Asst. Professor of Sociology ) wanted to report that volunteering in Schoharie this past weekend was a success. Here is her report: "Four of our sociology students came with me and even managed to meet at 8:30 am Saturday morning. When we got down to Schoharie we were assigned to help a homeowner, John. He was pretty nervous about 5 women working on his house, but by noon, when we all went back down to the volunteer tent for lunch, he was introducing us all over town and bragging on the great job our students were doing.

The entire lower level of John’s home was destroyed by the flooding and we spent the day moving furniture, tearing up floorboards, pulling up nails and we even took out a fireplace. I am so proud of our students and I just wanted you all to know what a great job they did and hope you share in the pride.

Linda Drake in the Center for Social Responsibility and Community takes a larger group each weekend to volunteer so if you’re interested, definitely contact her and please encourage your students to do so as well. I’m hoping to get down to Schoharie at least one more weekend and I’ll let you guys know when I go again."

7/1/2011 - Job Outlook for Sociologists is Good!

According to a recent projection by the Bureau of Labor Statistics, sociologists possess the kinds of skills that are most likely to be valuable to employers in the years to come. See the full report here.

The following points are taken directly from their report:

  • The vast majority of bachelor’s degree holders in sociology and political science find employment in niche areas with specialized titles, such as market analyst, research assistant, writer, or policy analyst.
  • Employment growth of sociologists is projected to grow much faster than average; political scientists, faster than the average.
  • Candidates who hold a master’s or Ph.D. degree will have the best employment prospects and advancement opportunities; competition for teaching positions, while keen, should ease as the expected number of retirements increases.
  • Quantitative and qualitative skills are important for all workers.

5/27/2011 - Commencement

Congratulations to the class of 2011! We wish you the best and hope you find prosperity and happiness in the next chapter of your lives! We hope we have enriched your lives as much as you have enriched ours!

Commencement 2011

5/27/2011 - Alpha Kappa Delta Honor Society Induction Ceremony

We would like to congratulate the 2011 Alpha Kappa Delta (Alpha Pi chapter) Honor Society Inductees! To learn more about AKD, please click here.


4/30/2011 - Sociology Club at OH-Fest

This year the Sociology Club was actively raising funds that for two causes: 1) Japanese Relief following the tragic earthquakes and tsunami, 2) LifeHouse, a local organization that helps runaways. Our goal is to promote global and local causes and use the resources we generate to help. This year was the second year we set up a table in OH-Fest to sell cheesecake to the people in attendance. The Club was successful at raising hundreds of dollars and would like to thank everyone who participated!

OH-Fest 2011

4/1/2011 - CSSR Urban Space and Social Life Conference a Success

The Center for Social Science Research (CSSR) coordinated a very engaging and interesting group of papers related to this year's theme of "Urban Space and Social Life." The CSSR would like to thank all of those who attended or participated in any way in making this a successful conference! Please visit the CSSR website for more info on this and other activities, past and future.


4/1/2011 - Congratulations to CSSR Paper Competition Award Winners

This was the first year that the Center for Social Science Research (CSSR) provided awards for the best paper in two different categories: long paper and short essay. This year's winners are 1) Jared Reynolds for the long paper, and 2) Erica Darpino for the short essay: Honorable Mention goes to Kathryn Lorenz and Emily Hunter. Excellent work on the papers and thanks to all who submitted an entry, and for making this a successful paper competition. For more information see the CSSR website. We look forward to next year!

3/22/2011 - Congratulations to Matt Brandi, Winner of Academic Achievement Award

The Sociology Department would like to congratulate Matt Brandi on winning this year's Academic Achievement Award. This award is given to students who have an extraordinary record of academic excellence, research experience, and service. Matt has indeed created an impressive record in all of these categories, and we wish him the best after he graduates this year.

Academic Achievement Award winner

Beyond the Classroom Workshop Series 2011

The sociology and criminal justice clubs are happy to present the Beyond the Classroom workshop series, where we will address many of the problems, concerns, and good practices that students typically do not hear about in the classroom. This is crucial information that you will not want to miss!

Don't miss the next workshop! See the calendar for details!


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