Liberal Arts in Action
Counselor Education

Michael Juhl '02, '04g (Sociology)

Michael JuhlSpecial Assignment Scout – San Diego Padres

I scout professional baseball players at the Minor League and Major League levels for potential trades or free-agent acquisitions.  The scouting process includes but is not limited to:  evaluation of present baseball talent, projection of future baseball talent, and the evaluation of the player’s character as to how he may or may not fit in to the San Diego Padres.   I currently spend over 200 days on the road traveling the U.S. and Caribbean watching baseball games.  My office is in the ballpark and each day is a different experience. I received my World Series ring for being the Advance Scout for the 2011 World Champion St. Louis Cardinals. 

My background in sociology is vital to my daily work, as I have to evaluate people in their environment.  I must take into consideration their backgrounds, upbringing, socio-economic status and how well they deal with adversity to make my ultimate decision on how they may or may not perform at the highest level.  All professional baseball players (especially Major Leaguers) are very good at their craft.  It’s the ones that can deal with all the outside forces weighing on them that make the best all-around baseball players.   

June 2019

Nicole Stokes-DuPass ‘95 (Sociology, Journalism), ’99g (Multicultural Education, Sociology)

Nicole Stokes-DupassAssociate Dean/Associate Professor of Sociology, Holy Family University

When I reflect on my education from the Sociology Department at New Paltz, I am so grateful for the professors that I learned from and who generously gave their time, scholarship, and expertise to me.  In their classes and in great conversations, I was exposed to the full range of all that sociology has to offer. I firmly believe that education is a vital socialization tool, and a liberal arts education particularly enables students to use what they have learned to shape the kinds of people and citizens they will become.

My education at SUNY New Paltz was a wonderful foundation for the teacher and scholar that I am today. It was the diverse and unique training as a sociologist that inspired me to want to be a change agent in society. In my classes, I convey to my students that while we are examining topics that explore the worst of human relationships—the “isms”—racism, class-ism, sexism, etc., there is great reason to hope and to see themselves as change agents who can continue forward movement toward equality for all.

In addition to my faculty role and my scholarship as a political sociologist, I am also the State Chairperson of the Pennsylvania American Council on Education Women's Network (PA ACE), a networking organization of women interested in pursuing leadership opportunities in higher education. All of these endeavors reflect my education from SUNY New Paltz where I was exposed to issues of social justice. They also demonstrate my continued passion for and commitment to broad issues of access, inclusion and increased equity within higher education.

August 2016

Rebecca Case ’07 (Sociology – Human Services)

Rebecca CaseFamilies Now family therapist

When I enrolled at The State University of New Paltz, I was not sure what I wanted to do with the rest of my life. I am glad I was not forced to decide. The college provided me with the room to find my way and to listen to what called me. I signed up for the “Introduction to Human Services” course because the name seemed interesting. I fell in love with social work and sociology that year and have been at it ever since. I went on to Adelphi School of Social work and received my Master’s Degree in Social Work. I then went on and became licensed. I’m currently studying for my LCSW.

I work full-time as a Families Now family therapist and part-time for Astor Services as a group facilitator for two weekly parenting groups. Families Now is an intensive home-based family preservation program that serves about 50 at-risk Ulster County families a year. Families Now is designed to offer immediate, short–term services to families with a child or children at imminent risk of out-of-home placement or to expedite the youth’s early return to the family.

Families Now focuses on expanding the family’s available internal and external resources to strengthen family functioning and preserve the family unit. Treatment is responsive to the family’s culture, values, and lifestyle. During my time at New Paltz, I learned a lot about the importance of meeting the individual where they are and the importance of seeing the people we serve as people, and not clients. The service delivery we offer is flexible and scheduled meetings are at times and locations of the family’s choosing. The home-based treatment model reflects current research on best practice by utilizing an empowerment strategy.

 April 2016