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Welcome Message: Fall 2012

Welcome back! We hope that you had a relaxing, enjoyable summer and that your courses are starting well. Your department faculty will do all we can to make sure you have plenty of opportunities to learn (and have fun).  

Faculty News

In addition to the usual faculty (Dr.Allred, Knowlton, McConkey, and myself Dr. Lewinson), we have two other instructors teaching courses in the department this fall.  Ms. Brandi Wyatt Hughes, holding a Master’s degree in Sociology from Northern Kentucky University, will be teaching a couple sections of SOC 200 and sharing an office with Dr. Dale.  She has done work on gender and occupations (notably chefs), so you are invited to converse with her to learn more. The other instructor is Ms. Erin Dubyak, a recent Berry grad who has returned to Georgia with a freshly-minted Master’s in Women’s Studies from the University of Oregon. She is teaching WNS 210 and a cross-listed elective, Personal and Social Change. Welcome back!

During the summer, the sociology and anthropology faculty were busy during those change-of-pace months (no, we don’t just take three months off!). As usual, Dr. Knowlton traveled a good bit—an extended stay in Antigua, Guatemala for research and writing, plus a visit to New Orleans for fun. He also has a new book chapter and journal article come out this summer. Dr. Lewinson spent the summer here writing an article and planning for the coming year. 

Over the summer, Dr. Allred worked on three manuscripts. One, for the Prison Journal, concerns general self-efficacy shifts in the context of an Inside-Out course. The other, also about the Inside-Out program, examines how student relationships impact academic self-efficacy and the sense that the learning experience is transformational. Last, she worked on a manuscript about aging issues in corrections, a project in conjunction with the former Floyd County Jail Administrator, Dr. Anthony Daniel. 

Also, she embarked on a collaborative health education project at the Floyd County Prison (FCP). Over the summer months, she met several times with three of her former Inside students who remain incarcerated at the FCP. Together they are about to launch a peer taught Hepatitis educational seminar for other men who are incarcerated at the facility. Hepatitis A, B, and C remain constant threats to the health and well-being of people living in correctional facilities. Though most state and federal adult correctional facilities have policies to detect and treat these viral diseases, many incarcerated people are unaware of basic elements of symptoms, transmission, prevention, and treatment options. Our timeline is to launch the first Hepatitis seminar by October 2012 in the form of small-group, hour long seminars that offer certificates of completion for those who attend and pass a simple comprehension test. Our goal for current and future inmates is to share health information about hepatitis A, B, and C and thereby empower such individuals to be mindful of their own health related circumstances. 

Join us on Facebook

At the end of last year, we developed a departmental Facebook page, and you are strongly encouraged to join it. We will use it to develop our community further, connecting current students with past ones as well as sharing news and pictures. We also have been planning lots of neat activities for this year—watch your email for announcements. We are putting together a lineup of interesting people with degrees in sociology or anthropology who will demonstrate the variety of careers available to people who study our disciplines. 

Resource Center

We encourage you to take advantage of the available resources at Berry, including the Sociology and Anthropology Resource in Evans 221. We have a computer, printer, couch, printer, and microwave-refrigerator for your use, as well as various soc-anthro journals, newsletters and books. On the table outside, you’ll find information on graduate programs and careers using sociology and anthropology. We welcome all to gather with friends, talk, eat lunch, relax, etc. If you want to hang out with cool folks doing sociology-anthropology-related activities after hours, check out the Sociology and Anthropology Club (SAC). They have activities in the works, including organizing our fall social, so contact Bailey Cheney and Hanna Jackson with suggestions. Get involved!

Fall Social

Our Fall Social is coming—save the date for Tuesday, September 11!! It will be held in Krannert 246 (the former Red Room, now Blue), from 5:30-7:30. We look forward to feeding you dinner (not D-Hall), providing music and giving you the chance to hang out with soc-ant-minded folks and their friends. A separate flyer will provide details.  Bring your appetites, friends, stories of summer adventures and tunes!

Senior Projects

We were so proud to see the projects which the Senior Project students produced last spring—they showed what we already knew, namely that our students can do excellent research! If you have an area of interest in mind already, we encourage you to begin testing the waters and doing research into it in your other soc-anthro courses. It’s great to develop a project over a period of time. All soc-anthro students should consider doing research projects to present at the Symposium on Student Scholarship or at a conference such as the Georgia Sociological Association or the Southern States Anthropological Association meetings. Conferences often have a student paper section, and offer a best undergraduate paper award. If you are interested in these organizations or others, please contact us.  

Tell us your news!

We want to hear about your summer adventures and help you to share the word with others! Go to http://www.berry.edu/academics/humanities/soc-anthro/and use the link on the “Student News” page.  Also, you can send a note to me at alewinson@berry.eduso we can post them. We also are eager to hear about recent graduates—send us news you have about them, or even better, encourage them to contact us themselves. 

Come by and visit soon!

Sociology and Anthropology Department
Berry College P.O. Box Number 5010
Mount Berry, GA 30149-5010
Phone: (706) 236-2222
Berry College: (706) 232-5374
Fax: (706) 236-2205

Department Chair:
Dr. Sarah Allred

Department Secretary:
Darla Fox

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