Ban the Box: Some of our sociology students led and joined other SUNY students at the Student Assembly in Saratoga to call for a resolution to “ban the box” for felony conviction in the university's application. This student initiative has been commended by Chancellor Zimpher as SUNY reviews the new U.S. Department of Education “Beyond the Box” guidelines.
New Paltz at ESS 2016: Jean Padilla '16 co-presented a paper, Reflections on the pedagogy of control during an Inside Out course in a secure juvenile facility, with Prof. Alexandra Cox. Kelsey Gitler '15 presented her senior seminar project, Obesity and Related Chronic Illness Social Risk Factors and Public Health Interventions: Findings from the NY Ulster County Department of Health. Lexi Weiner (‘15) presented her senior seminar project Locked Up: A Look at Gender Inequality in Prison Programming. Elizabeth Wittman (’16) presented her independent project, DREAMed: The Artistic Construction of Undocumented Youth Activists (DREAMers).
Student accepted at National Conference on Undergraduate Research: Anthony Albanese '16 presented his honor’s thesis, Testing the Opium: An Analysis of Religion’s Effects on Political Militancy, on April 29, 2016. Supervised by Prof. Judith Halasz (Sociology) and Prof. Bruce Milem (Philosophy), the thesis evaluates Karl Marx’s famous line, "religion is the opiate of the masses," in light of empirical evidence from the US Civil Rights Movement and Czechoslovakia’s Velvet Revolution.
Presidential Outstanding Graduate Award
Each fall and spring the department also issues Outstanding Student Awards to our top graduates for their excellent academic performance and for representing the highest ideals of our discipline. These honorees represent the department at the President’s awards ceremony. Honorees are also recognized at the annual Sociology party and awards ceremony held each May.
Outstanding Sociology Student Award winners
May 2016: Anthony Albanese, Nearlyse Dandas, Clelie Fuega, Francesca Sills
May 2015: Promise Bruce, Monique Glosque, Madeline Lazer, Juliana Wintroub
May 2014: Rebecca King, Adam Holland, Alexander Elmasri, Mark Carroll
May 2013: Judy Ko, Derrick Lewis, Andrea Mazziotti, Lisa Munzer
2011-2012: Carrie Sauer, Alicia Loscalzo, Brianna Wright, Kate Jordan
2010-2011: Morgan Anderson, Emma Kershen, Joycelyn Newsome, Darian Pucciarelli
2009-2010: Clement Whittle, Aaron Williams
May 2008: Selene Altamirano-Farrell and Leann Heathwood
Heather Rakhmilov (Book Award)
December 2007: Deirdre Ourso and Rachel Stedman
May 2007: Ruth Allendorf and Michael Bossolina
December 2006: Tamara Blair, Tara Lapola and Mark Pawson
May 2006: Jeff Roberts, Tina Youmans, and Frances Donkor
2005: Kelly Moore and Vendula Vlachova
2004: Takeema Allen and Mitch Monsour