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    Dr. Brenda Sendejo and Tori Vasquez (2015) recently published an article titled “Unboxing the Buried Seeds of My Belonging” in Anthropology News where they discuss their multi-year Latina History Project funded by the Sommerlee Foundation.
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    Brianna Billingsley’s (Soc ’14) article, “Racialized and Classed Contexts:  Shifting Audiences and Changes in Emotional Labor Among Restaurant Servers,” has been published in the peer-reviewed sociology journal, Sociological Inquiry. This article was initially developed in the 2013 fall sociology capstone course and was the first place winner in the 2014 national Alpha Kappa Delta (AKD) Undergraduate Paper Competition.
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    Dr. Lowe’s co-authored article titled, “Who Looks Suspicious?  Heightened Surveillance of Black Men on a Predominantly White Neighborhood Listserv” with Angela Stroud (Assistant Professor of Sociology and Social Justice at Northland College, SU Soc/FST 2003) and Alice Nguyen (2014, Accounting) has been published in Social Currents.  DOI: 10.1177/2329496516651638.  More information about the article can be found here.
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    Congratulations to Dr. Melissa Johnson, Professor of Anthropology, who has been selected as one of two Southwestern University Social Justice Fellows for the 2016-2017 academic year. In this role, Dr. Johnson will work to strengthen the social justice component of classes throughout the university curriculum and will also offer faculty development opportunities. 
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    Congratulations to Dr. Reggie Byron, Associate Professor of Sociology, who received a prestigious Fund for the Advancement of the Discipline (FAD) Award from the American Sociological Association for his work titled, “Discriminatory Race and Gender Termination from Low-Wage Work” and was also invited to present at the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) in Washington D.C. His talk was titled, “Quantitative and Qualitative Analyses of Employment Discrimination Charge Data.”
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    Congratulations to Guillermo Alvarado (Sociology, Dec 2015) for winning first place in the national Alpha Kappa Delta (AKD) Undergraduate Paper Competition for his capstone study titled “’That Gay Gangsta Shit’: Identity Construction and Community Membership in Queer Rappers’ Musical Careers.” As the first place winner, Guillermo will receive a $500.00 check that will be presented at the AKD Distinguished Lecture during the August 2016 American Sociological Association (ASA) Annual Meeting in Seattle, Washington. 
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    Reginald Byron, Associate Professor of Sociology, and Maria Lowe, Professor of Sociology, co-authored an article with students Brianna Billingsley (2014) and Nathan Tuttle (2014) titled, “Performativity Double Standards and the Sexual Orientation Climate at a Southern Liberal Arts University” in the Journal of Homosexuality. DOI:10.1080/00918369.2016.1196994.

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    Dr. Nenga’s co-edited book with Allison L. Hurst (Oregon State University) titled, Working in Class: Recognizing How Social Class Shapes Our Academic Work (Rowman & Littlefield Publishers). The anthology contains essays from academics across a host of disciplines and focuses on how class operates on college campuses and in classrooms. Additional information about her book can be found here.
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    Congratulations to our fall 2015 and spring 2016 graduating seniors in Anthropology and Sociology!  Graduating seniors in Anthropology include Emily Grover, Drew Kotlarczyk, Jen O’Neal, Adriana Romero, Daniel Ross, Rhiana Stevens, and Caroline Young.  Graduating seniors in Sociology are Guillermo Alvarado (Dec 2015), Shelby Alvarez (Dec 2015), Claire Blyth, Daryan Green (Dec 2015), Lucas Grisham, Bethany Lewis, Monica Miller, Mitch Petersen, Marta Selby, John Semlitsch, Forrest Stanley-Stevens (Dec 2015), Sophie Strang, and Kaitlin Vincent
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    Congratulations to graduating seniors Emily Grover (Anthropology), Drew Kotlarczyk (Anthropology), and Marta Selby (Sociology) for being inducted into Phi Beta Kappa, the nation’s oldest honor society for the liberal arts and sciences.
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    Congratulations to Dr. Brenda Sendejo, now Associate Professor of Anthropology, who received word this spring that she was granted tenure!  She is a wonderful teacher-scholar and university citizen and we are so excited that she is our colleague at Southwestern!  
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    The line-up for the spring 2016 anthropology capstone presentations
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    Dr. Lowe has been invited to join the Editorial Board of the Journal of Undergraduate Ethnography.  She has also been invited to serve on the Southern Sociological Society program committee for the 2017 conference.
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    Congratulations to Jessica Jones (Soc 2015) whose capstone paper titled, ‘This School Just Isn’t Set Up For Me’: The Experiences of Transfer Students From Community Colleges at a Private Liberal Arts University in the South,” has been accepted for publication in the peer-reviewed undergraduate journal, Sociological Insight.
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    The line-up for the fall 2015 sociology capstone presentations
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    Dr. Brenda Sendejo has been at Southwestern five years, and in that time, she has made an important impact as a teacher-scholar and a university citizen.  

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    As millions of “Doctor Who” fans anxiously await the Season 9 premiere, some Southwestern students are diving into the show right now.
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    Reggie Byron, Associate Professor of Sociology, had a teaching exercise titled “Teaching the Sociological Imagination with SAT Data” published in TRAILS, The American Sociological Association’s Teaching Resources And Innovations Library for Sociology and had a co-authored methodological paper titled “Patterns of Local Segregation: Do They Matter for Crime?” accepted for publication at the journal Social Science Research. Additionally, Reggie has been invited to serve on the editorial boards for the journals Work and Occupations (a leading international sociological journal) and Social Currents (a new journal affiliated with the Southern Sociological Society).
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    A heartfelt congratulations to Jessica Jones (Soc 2015) for winning the 2015 Shearn Writing Award in the Social Sciences Area for her capstone paper titled, ‘This School Just Isn’t Set Up For Me’:  The Experiences of Transfer Students From Community Colleges at Southwestern University.”
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    Are you interested in finding out more about Southwestern’s Sociology and Anthropology Department and how we are able to get students so engaged in research?  If so, check out this video clip of our department chair, Dr. Sandi Nenga.
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    Dr. Brenda Sendejo, Assistant Professor of Anthropology, along with two students, Nani Romero and Tori Vasquez, have been working to build the Latina History Project, an online resource funded by a three-year grant from the Sommerlee Foundation.  Dr. Sendejo, along with Dr. Alison Kafer, Professor of Feminist Studies, are Co-Directors of the project, and Charlotte Nunes, the Digital Humanities Fellow has also played a pivotal role in the development of this important online resource on Latina histories at Southwestern University.
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    Dr. Sandi Nenga, Associate Professor of Sociology, and two sociology majors, Guillermo Alvarado (Dec. 2015) and Claire Blyth (May 2016), recently published a chapter titled, “I Kind of Found My People: Latino/a College Students’ Search for Social Integration On Campus” in the co-edited book, College Students’ Experiences of Power and Marginality (Routledge Press, 2015).  
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    A heartfelt congratulations to Dr. Reggie Byron who received word on April 16th that he was granted tenure!  He is an exemplary teacher-scholar and university citizen and we are so glad to have him at Southwestern.  We are also very proud of him and his many outstanding accomplishments!  
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    Julia Hollingsworth (Sociology and Business ’14) has been notified that her paper, “Being Upward Bound: A Qualitative Analysis of How the Upward Bound Program Fosters Academic Success Among First Generation Students,” has been accepted for publication in Sociological Insight, a peer-reviewed undergraduate  journal.  Her manuscript represents a revised version of her 2013 sociology capstone paper.  
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    Congratulations to Joanna Hawkins (Soc, Dec. ’14) for winning the Southern Sociological Society’s (SSS) Odum Undergraduate Paper Competition for her capstone paper titled, “A Risky Act of Social Justice: Health Care Workers Responding to Outbreaks of Ebola in Africa.” The Odum Award includes a cash prize of $100 and up to $200 toward expenses of attending the SSS meeting. 
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    Congratulations to Jessica Jones, this year’s winner of the 2015 Frank E. Luksa Award for the outstanding senior in Sociology. 
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    Congratulations to three sociology majors who graduated in December 2014. They are Joanna Hawkins (right), Tara LeDay (left), and Taylor Moore (center). The Departmental faculty wish each of you the very best in all of your future endeavors.
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    Dr. Lowe and Dr. Byron’s co-authored article (with Susan Mennicke of Franklin and Marshall University) titled “The Racialized Impact of Study Abroad on U.S. Students’ Subsequent Interracial Interactions” has been published in the peer-reviewed journal, Education Research International.  The article can be viewed here.  This project was carried out with funds from an Associated Colleges of the South Faculty Mellon Grant awarded to Lowe, Byron and Mennicke.

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    Congratulations to Dr. Johnson for her promotion to full professor!  As of August 2014, she is now Dr. Melissa Johnson, Professor of Anthropology!
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    Dr. Kain’s co-authored article (with Stephen Sweet and Kevin McElrath) titled “The Coordinated Curriculum:  How Institutional Theory Can Be Used to Catalyze Revision of the Sociology Major” has been published on-line in the peer-reviewed journal, Teaching Sociology.  The article can be viewed here.