Department News

Sociology Student-Faculty Bowling Party
September 19, 2012
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Outstanding Senior Awards 2012
Outstanding Senior Awards




Graduating seniors Sarah Allen and Erika Hallatschek were honored as the Sociology Department's Outstanding Seniors for the 2011-2012 academic year.


Congratulations Sarah and Erika!

Graduate Dinner Graduate Dinner
Sociology majors, minors and faculty gathered to celebrate the successes of the 2011-2012 academic year.
Aquinas Sociology Major Selected as Emerging Scholar
Sarah Allen, senior sociology major, has been selected by the Michigan Colleges Foundation as one of two Emerging Scholars at Aquinas College. Sarah is examining the pertinence of the labyrinth model (rather than the glass ceiling model) for professional women. Her qualitative examination is based on interviews conducted with professional women and analysis of their experiences. The results of her research will be presented at the Annual Meeting of the Midwest Sociological Society, and the Michigan Academy of Sciences, Arts, and Letters. Her faculty research mentor is Dr. Susan Haworth-Hoeppner.
Michigan Campus Compact Faculty/Staff Community Service-Learning Award
Congratulations to sociology professor Kathy Kremer, Ph.D., the recipient of the Michigan Campus Compact Faculty/Staff Community Service-Learning Award! Dr. Kremer was honored at an awards dinner on January 30, 2012. This is the third time an AQ faculty/staff member has received this award. Eric Bridge, Coordinator of Service-Learning and sociology professor Susan Haworth-Hoeppner, Ph.D., have received the award in previous years.

Pictured at left (L to R): Renee Miller Zientak, Executive Director Michigan Campus Compact; Leah Kicinski '11; Eric Bridge; Kathy Kremer; Emily Ferstle '10
Consumers Energy SmartStreet
On October 24, 2011, senior sociology students partnered with the Consumers Energy SmartStreet initiative to facilitate focus groups with project participants. SmartStreet meters were installed in 60 businesses and homes in the Grand Rapids East Hills neighborhood in 2010. In addition to an energy audit, pilot project participants could track and then modify their energy use based on feedback from the meter with real-time information available to them through a web portal. Aquinas sociology majors facilitated focus groups to collect feedback from residential and commercial participants, and organizations that partnered with Consumers Energy on the project.

Sociology majors Sarah Allen, Sarah Williams, Erin Meyer, Suzanne Click, Charlie Range, and Ellen Meyer worked with Dr. Kathy Kremer to facilitate the sessions and provide written summaries of the content to the SmartStreet team.
Ice Cream Social
In October 2011, students in Dr. Susan Haworth-Heoppner's SY312 Social Stratification course partnered with Degage Ministries for an ice cream social and bingo night. Students donated gloves, scarves, and other needs for those community members who use Degage services. The sociology majors and minors also shared ice cream and played bingo at the center. Each day Degage serves 400-500 homeless and otherwise disadvantaged Grand Rapids residents.
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Congratulations Class of 2011 Sociology Majors and Minors
Sociology Graduates

2011 Sociology Graduates (from left to right):

Leah Kicinski, Kayla Lindquist, Maggie Berta, Kaitlin Roberts, Katie Hawley, Amanda Colegrove, Rachel Teunis, Regina DeVries, Emilia Hall, Rachel McCahill, Jamie Satlcowski.


Not pictured: Elise Crafts (Dec. 2010), Renee Rosier (Dec. 2010), Ashley Wright, Cassandra Dunn, James Mitsch, Felicia Henry-Nailon, Lindsey Hewitt, Ryan Kellogg, Lisa Nugent, Kelsey Perow (Dec. 2010).

David R. Maines, Sociology Library

Dr. Maines is a noted sociologist with many publications over three decades of work as a scholar. In 2010 Dr. Maines, retired professor and Chair of the Oakland University Sociology Department, donated a substantial portion of his Sociology library to the Aquinas College Department of Sociology. The David R. Maines Sociology Library is located in the Academic Building Room 24.


Dr. David R. Maines
Outstanding Senior Awards 2011
Sociology Graduating senior Leah Kicinski was honored as the Sociology Department's Outstanding Seniors for the 2010-2011 academic year.
2011 Sociology Dinner on April 14

Sociology Majors, Minors, faculty, parents and friends gathered to celebrate the successes of the 2010-2011 academic year.


See more photos from the event.

AQ Sociology Students Examine a "Small Town" Success
A group of Aquinas College sociology students want to find out what small towns are doing to survive. In early March 2010, Associate Professor of Sociology Kathy Kremer took her class on a excursion to Ottawa County where they looked at what community leaders are doing in Coopersville to keep their town alive and well. Advance Newspapers covered the students' trip. >>Read the Article
Degage Walk-a-Thon
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Above: Students in (SY312) Social Stratification course engage in experiential learning: the Degage Walk-a-Thon.