GEAR UP award 2013
Sociology student Elizabeth R. Gonzalez, from Madras, OR, is one of only 30 students nationwide who has been selected to participate in the first GEAR UP Alumni Leadership Academy (GUALA) in Washington, DC in June. She will be receiving training in grassroots advocacy, social media advocacy, and leadership skills during the week-long retreat.
The federally funded college access and success program GEAR UP (Gaining Early Awareness and Readiness for Undergraduate Programs) aims to increase enrollment of low-income students. Currently, it serves ca. 700,000 low-income students across 43 states and 3 territories. Within Oregon, this means more than 5,300 students in 36 schools.
Elizabeth hopes that her studies in sociology "can help me improve my understanding of how to work with others in achieving my goal of working with the public".
Alumni Award for Outreach & Engagement ($100)
The Alumni Award for Outreach & Engagement recognizes a Sociology major who has taken their study and application of the sociological imagination and perspective outside of the classroom and out into the community. Students who have been active in the OSU, Corvallis, and global communities were nominated by faculty for work they did applying what they have learned in their study of sociology to activities and projects outside of a specific class. A faculty committee reviewed the nominations and selected the student whose work using sociology in the community best exemplified the spirit of community outreach and engagement for the program.
The award recipient this year is Lauren Morgenthaler for her involvement in community service and outreach as a member of the Student Athlete Advisory Council since 2009, a volunteer at Community Outreach in Corvallis and the Blaine County School District in Idaho, and through her work organizing the OSU 40th Anniversary Celebration of Title IX. Lauren is graduating Summa Cum Laude this spring with an Honors Bachelor of Arts in Sociology and a minor in Spanish. Lauren was nominated for this award by her Sociology Honors Thesis Advisor, Professor Steven Ortiz who wrote, “Lauren has devoted a great deal of her time and selfless effort to university service and altruistic involvement in the community…[and] in doing this, Lauren has taken to heart the sociological imagination and put it into action in her community service.”
WIC Culture of Writing Award in Sociology ($100)
The WIC Culture of Writing Award in Sociology helps to create and promote a culture of writing at the university and in the Sociology Program and provides us with an opportunity to value and recognize excellence in writing in Sociology. Student papers were nominated by faculty and a faculty committee selected the best student paper submitted in our undergraduate WIC Sociology course (Research Design) in the 2011-2012 school year.
The award recipient for this year is Julie VanBlokland for a research paper she wrote on how factors such as gender and race contribute to unemployment, while controlling for marital status. Julie plans to graduate Magna Cum Laude this coming fall term with a Bachelor of Arts in Sociology and a minor in Political Science. Julie’s professors in the Sociology Program faculty had the following to say about her, “She comes to class not only having read and considered the readings in great detail, but she brings with her a depth of knowledge about so many other academic fields that she can readily put the reading into a larger intellectual and historical context. She is a rare bird and everyone in my…class, including me, has been the beneficiary of her presence.” And, “In class, she was always well prepared…and showed that extra level of insight that made me think that her peers would sometimes [wonder], "why didn't I think of that?".
Faculty Writing Award ($100)
The Faculty Writing Award is awarded each year to an undergraduate sociology major who the faculty deem to have written the best paper as part of a Sociology class. All papers considered for the award are nominated by faculty members, are not revised after selection, and are reviewed for writing skills, understanding of sociological principles and an ability to use sociological ideas in an analysis.
The award recipient for this year is Sara Long for the essay she wrote about her experience interning with the Benton County Parole and Probation office. Sara plans to graduate in 2013 with a Bachelor of Arts in Sociology with an option in Crime & Justice and a minor in Ethnic Studies. Sara’s essay on her internship was nominated by Kathleen Stanley and was deemed “excellent” by the faculty on the Student Awards Committee.
William C. Jenné Award for Academic Excellence ($400)
Bill Jenné was a committed teacher and scholar. He served the OSU student body for many years and was deeply committed to the quality of education. His commitment to excellence in teaching and education continues to be part of the culture of the Sociology Program at OSU where the faculty are committed to rigorous scholarship; but as committed to the practice of teaching. The Jenné Award is given each year in recognition of overall excellence in the sociological enterprise. We recognize this student for her outstanding intellectual ability to use a sociological perspective, as well as her application of that perspective within the OSU, Corvallis, and global communities.
The award recipient for this year is Megan Dearden. Megan is graduating Magna Cum Laude this spring with a Bachelor of Science in Sociology, with an option in Crime & Justice, and a minor in Business & Entrepreneurship. She spent the summer of 2010 in Cambodia teaching English in an orphanage. Over the past two years, Megan worked as a Case Aide for a Guardian Ad Litems and then as a Court Appointed Special Advocate (CASA) in Washington State. Megan has displayed an ability to relate her work in the classroom to her work and experiences outside of the classroom, and had shown an exceptional ability to write about all of it. Megan has secured a job which starts in the fall; she will be teaching English to elementary and middle school children in Thailand.