Featured Students
and Alumni


Nick PilgerNick Pilger bio (Student--Ant. & Soc.)

Nick Pilger is a senior Sociology major and an International Studies minor. Nick has been working at Chick-fil-A for over six years and recently discovered how his major and his commitment to Chick-fil-A can complement each other. Nick was recently accepted for a summer Field Operations internship, a 10-week program focusing on projects and ways to impact CFA operators and stores nationwide, through problem solving in such areas as drive-thru, catering, and strategic reinvestment. "In many ways this internship will allow me to apply some core principles of the sociological perspective and strategies of inquiry," says Nick.   "For example, I plan to use my skills in survey design and data gathering and analysis to understand the perspectives of operators concerning restaurant effectiveness.   My background studies of culture, group properties, and social dynamics will be helpful in the assessment of the corporate environment."

Ali Jackson bio (Student--Ant. & Soc.)

Ali Jackson graduated in 2013 from Berry with a major in Sociology.  Her primary population of interest had always been childhood cancer patients and their families.  At first Ali thought this area of interest could only be achieved by a major in nursing.  But "through courses and relationships with my professors, I learned that there are numerous fields that sociology and anthropology intersect with" where she could enjoy the "social side of interacting with these families." Ali is currently completing her second year of study in the University of Georgia Social Work Graduate Program.  Ali believes that Berry prepared her well:  "While my graduate courses demand intense field experience and skills, Berry provided me with a firm foundation to help me excel in my courses."

Genny CastilloGenny Castillo bio (Student--Ant. & Soc.)

Genny Castillo received her B.S. in Sociology from Berry in 2008. During her time at Berry, Genny was a First Year Mentor, Head SOAR Leader, member of Sigma Delta Pi, co-founder of Orgullo and founder of Viking Fury Spirit Club. After graduation, Genny received her A.M. in Social Service Administration from the University of Chicago in 2010. Genny is currently the Director of Caucus Services for the Georgia House Democratic Caucus. In this role, Genny coordinates town hall meetings and community outreach programs and edits a newsletter sent to caucus members, constituents and over 1,500 community leaders. Since joining the Caucus in 2011, Genny has developed the Internship Program that has graduated over 200 participants.

Rosalyn ZockRosalyn Zock bio (Student--Ant. &Soc.)

Rosalyn Zock graduated from Berry in 2014 with a major in Sociology and Anthropology. Her main interests were African studies and archaeology.  During her senior year she was a research assistant for Environmental Studies and Environmental Anthropology. While at Berry Rosalyn was accepted for a competitive paleoethnobotany internship on St. Catherines Island in Georgia, processing soil samples for archaeobotanical analysis.  She later interned on Sapelo Island where she learned basic archaeological skills.  Recently, Rosalyn was invited into the Peace Corps, and will be leaving for Nicaragua in March 2015 where she will be a health promoter providing sexual health education.

Ashley-Rose SchollAshley-Rose Scholl (Alumni Anthropology)

Ashley-Rose Scholl graduated in 2013 with an Honors degree in Anthropology and minors in both Biology and Chemistry. After graduating, she moved to Scotland in order to pursue a master’s degree in Forensic Anthropology at the University of Edinburgh where she is currently in her second semester. "What influenced me the most during my time as an Anthropology major at Berry, besides the courses, was the supportive relationship that I had with my professors. They all encouraged my scholastic endeavors while helping me to grow as a person. Additionally, I received several wonderful opportunities from Berry including studying abroad in Glasgow, studying in South Korea on a full scholarship, and the chance to present at the National Collegiate Honors Council Conference in Boston in 2012." After she completes her master’s degree this fall, Ashley-Rose plans to return to the U.S, and enter medical school hoping to become a forensic pathologist.

Philip Bryans (Alumni - Sociology )

Philip Bryans graduated in 2007 with a major in Sociology and Anthropology. Prior to his senior year he attended J.F. Oberlin University in Tokyo for a year. Upon returning he focused on Japanese educational sociology and wrote his thesis on "Education's Role in the Widening Social and Economic Inequality of Japan." After graduation he was accepted to the Japan Exchange and Teaching (JET) Program and taught English for four years at a high school in Shizuoka Prefecture, Japan. Most recently, he was awarded a Japanese Government (MEXT) national scholarship and will be attending Nagoya University as a graduate research student studying sociology of education, focusing on the instillation of responsibility and independence in Japanese students. Philip says that he was drawn to sociology because of its theoretical, multidisciplinary nature and the breadth of its scope. "Sociology can be applied almost anywhere, and it is truly a subject where one can apply it to what one loves, in my case Japan and education."