Sociology and Criminal Justice News
FALL 2013 NEWS
Best Poster Award From the PSS
Four LVC students received the Best Undergraduate Research Poster Award from the Pennsylvania Sociological Society. Karly Siffin 14, Ashleigh Feld 15, and Lacy Philips 13-along with coauthor Carli Weldon 14 (not in attendance)—were recognized at the 63rd Annual Conference of the Pennsylvania Sociological Society, October 12, 2013, at Penn College Williamsport. The research poster was entitled Readiness for Sexual Assault Prevention: An Assessment of Lebanon Valley College. The purpose to the study was to assess Lebanon Valley College’s level of campus readiness for sexual assault prevention programming. The team interviewed eight key informants using the Campus Readiness Assessment instrument developed by PCAR (Pennsylvania Collation Against Rape).
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SPRING 2013 NEWS
The following students were the recipients of the 2012-2013 Sociology and Criminal Justice Student Awards:
Senior Award for Academic Excellence in Sociology-Kelly Fahnestock
Senior Award for Academic Excellence in Criminal Justice-Adam Gardner
Robert A. Clay Award in Sociology (Awarded to a Junior)-Joseph Kloap (not pictured)
Sociology and Criminal Justice Research Award-Emmitt Smith, Nahed Khalil, Brittany Soda (not pictured), and Jordan Weaver (not pictured)
The following students were inducted into Alpha Kappa Delta: Rebecca Derbes, Kelly Fahnestock, Adam Gardner, Nicole Joppy, Caitlin Lee, Jonathan Nerino, Shane Miller, Emmitt Smith, Brittany Soda, Jordan Weaver
AKD is the International Sociology Honor Society, ALPHA OMICRON CHAPTER of Pennsylvania. AKD was founded at the University of Southern California in 1920 and became affiliated with the Association of College Honor societies in 1967. AKD seeks to acknowledge and promote excellence in scholarship in the study of Sociology, the research of social problems, and such other social and intellectual activities as will lead to improvement of the human condition. The Society sponsors student travel to regional meetings, supporting those who want to present their own work and learn from the scholarly presentations of others. The Society sponsors annual student paper contests, presenting awards which include monetary prizes, travel support and scholarships. To be initiated, students must maintain a 3.3 GPA. Students initiated into Alpha Kappa Delta will wear teal honor cords at commencement ceremonies. Adding honor cords to the cap and gown signifies that the wearer is an honor society member. The advisor to the honor society is Sharon Arnold, Chair and Associate Professor of Sociology.
The following students presented work completed in Soc 499 Senior Seminar and Soc 311 Research Methods in Sociology at Inquiry Day 2013
Healthcare Reform: Healthcare Industry and Worker Impacts-Rebecca Derbes (not shown)
The Effect of Gender Differences and Social Support on the Compliance of Injured College Athletes -Rebecca Derbes, Erin McCarthy, and Kelsey Wallen
Social Inequality in Achievement: The Role of Women in Society- Brittany Soda (not shown)
Does Social Inequality Influence Happiness? -Kelly Fahnestock
The Role That Social Economic Class and Inequality Plays on the Health of Adults: Does Money Really Matter?- Nahed Khalil
Is there Social Inequality in the Secondary Economy? The relationship between Low Wages, Work-place Stress and Job Satisfaction- Caitlin Lee
How do we care for the elderly? Where do they best thrive?- Mckenna Snyder
Eastern Sociological Society, Boston, MA
Sharon Arnold, Marianne Goodfellow, and Carolyn Hanes—along with eight students—attended the annual national conference of the Eastern Sociological Society in Boston March 21-23. Goodfellow, Arnold and Hanes were discussants in a roundtable entitled Balancing Pedagogy and Resources: Incorporating High Impact Educational Experiences in a Sociology and Criminal Justice Program. The following eight undergraduate students presented their senior seminar research as posters:
Does Social Inequality Influence Happiness? Kelly Fahnestock
Occupation and Work Force Inequality Jacquelyn Hoover
The Role That Social Economic Class and Inequality Plays on the Health of Adults: Does Money Really Matter? Nahed Khalil
Gang Activity in Beach Communities Shane Miller & Adam Gardner
Poverty and Achievement: Does Neighborhood Setting Affect Academic Performance? Emmitt Smith
Social Inequality in Achievement: The Role of Women in Society Brittany Soda
Upward Mobility: The Power of Opportunity Jordan Weaver
Pictured here outside Cheers
Job Fair Attendance
Pictured here are Sara Peiffer and Nicole Joppy at the Central Pennsylvania Employment Connection (CPEC) Job Fair. The CPEC Job fair was held at the Radisson Hotel, Harrisburg on Feb. 18. Also attending were Scott Masotti and Todd Mika. These students found the fair very valuable in developing social capital connections to possible employers as well as being informative about the process of applying for and securing employment.
SPRING 2012 NEWS
2012 Award Winners
The following students were recognized at the Awards Ceremony (April 19, 2012).
Senior Award for Academic Excellence in Sociology
Senior Award for Academic Excellence in Criminal Justice
Robert A. Clay Award in Sociology (Awarded to a Junior)
Sociology and Criminal Justice Research Award
Adam Gardner, Aryeh Halevy and Theodora Hermes
Award for Professionalism and Commitment to the Discipline of Sociology
Amy Hazen (not pictured)
AKD Induction 2012
Four students—Caitlin Murphy, Aryeh Halevy, Theodora Hermes, and Kelsey Edwards-- were inducted into Alpha Kappa Delta, the International Sociology Honor Society, ALPHA OMICRON CHAPTER of Pennsylvania. AKD was founded at the University of Southern California in 1920 and became affiliated with the Association of College Honor societies in 1967. AKD seeks to acknowledge and promote excellence in scholarship in the study of Sociology, the research of social problems, and such other social and intellectual activities as will lead to improvement of the human condition. The Society sponsors student travel to regional meetings, supporting those who want to present their own work and learn from the scholarly presentations of others. The Society sponsors annual student paper contests, presenting awards which include monetary prizes, travel support and scholarships. To be initiated, students must maintain a 3.3 GPA. Students initiated into Alpha Kappa Delta will wear teal honor cords at commencement ceremonies. Adding honor cords to the cap and gown signifies that the wearer is an honor society member. The advisor to the honor society is Sharon Arnold, Chair and Associate Professor of Sociology.
The Academy of Criminal Justice Sciences Annual Meeting 2012
Two Criminal Justice majors working with Dr. Carolyn Hanes presented papers at the Academy of Criminal Justice Sciences on March 14, 2012 and March 16, 2012 in New York City.
Dr. Hanes and Adam Gardner (far left), a junior, worked together on their project analyzing the West Nickel Mines Amish School shooting case study as an example of mass murder. This project was entitled, “ Murder in the Schoolhouse: The Amish School Shooting”.
Aryeh Halevy (second from right), a senior Criminal Justice major, was the chair of the panel entitled: Youth Violence and Bullying. In addition to chairing the panel, Aryeh presented the paper he wrote after doing some of the research as part of his semester abroad in London. Ari’s paper was entitled “Stopping the Violence: A Comparative Analysis of Gang/Youth Violence Prevention/Diversion Programs in the U.S. and U.K.”
The group met up with Kyle Ward ’09 (far right) who was presenting his graduate paper at ACJS. This was especially meaningful as Kyle had been Ari’s peer mentor when Ari was a freshman CJ major.
In addition to presenting the papers, the New York City trip included a visit to the 9/11 memorial where we saw the park dedicated to the victims of the terrorist attacks that took place in 1993 and 2001. An additional field trip included taking the ferry past the Statue of Liberty and touring the Ellis Island Immigration Museum.
Easter Sociological Society Annual Meeting 2012
Marianne Goodfellow and Teddi (Theodora) Hermes (12) attended the Eastern Sociological Society Meeting held at the Millennium Broadway Hotel in New York City, February 23-26, 2012. Teddi presented her work, entitled “Love the Sinner, Hate the Sin”: Christian Pastors Views on Homosexuality, in an undergraduate poster session. Teddi completed the research for her poster in SOC 499 Senior Seminar which requires that students complete a capstone requirement. Goodfellow participated in a roundtable discussion. Her discussion topic was entitled Engaging undergraduates in qualitative research: Modeling the work of Studs Terkel. The discussion was based on a completed class assignment in SOC 390 (ST) The Sociology of Work. Students completed qualitative interviews with LVC “workers” and prepared a “book” of results entitled Lebanon Valley College Employees Talk About Their Jobs.
Here is the class with the book!!!
AAUW Teal Award Presented to Dr. Goodfellow
An AAUW-PA Teal Award was presented to Marianne Goodfellow, Associate Professor of Sociology and Criminal Justice, at the May 7, 2012 meeting of the Lebanon Valley Branch of the AAUW held in Miller Chapel. Teal awards are given to “recognize a branch member exemplifying the spirit of AAUW who made a big difference in something important to the branch.” The award acknowledges Marianne’s help with making the contacts necessary to establish a College/University partnership between AAUW and LVC, and for providing on-campus support and introductions to students who are interested in AAUW issues.
Students Participate in Mock DUI
Five Sociology and Criminal Justice Majors participated as actors in a Mock DUI crash scene. Derek Brousseau, Bill Gardner, Aryeh Halevy, Shane Miller and Zach Rex participated in the event as part of the second annual “Dutchmen Do It Sober” Alcohol Awareness Week, April 10-15, 2102. With the help of Lebanon County emergency personnel, Sheridan Avenue was transformed into a scene of destruction with two crashed cars, emergency responders, and a funeral home with casket. In this photo, Bill Gardner is being extracted from the crashed vehicles.
The Pennsylvania Commission on Crime and Delinquency (PCCD) has awarded the Lebanon County Commissioners a grant of $136,832 for ongoing support of the Lebanon County DUI Court. As part of the grant, Marianne Goodfellow will continue working as the off-site evaluator of the program. The collaboration between the Sociology and Criminal Justice Department and the Lebanon County District Attorney’s Office has been ongoing for four years. Initially, Carolyn Hanes and Marianne Goodfellow received a Pleet Grant for a collaborative student-faculty two year study of Lebanon County DUI offenders. The grant was used to support the faculty and students' travel to national conferences where the students presented their papers. The PCCD Grant will enable further faculty-student collaboration in conjunction with DUI Court by funding paid internships for the next three summers.
Dan Simpkins Travels in France 2012
Flicker Narrative: Dr. Simpkins accompanied his wife, Dr. Rebecca McCoy of the History and Political Science Department, on her sabbatical research trip to France during the spring semester of 2012. The first half of the trip was spent in Paris, and the second half in the village of Lézan, in the Gard Department of Languedoc region. Lézan lies between the Mediterranean Sea and the Cévennes Mountains. The village was occupied by German forces during WWII, and was liberated by American soldiers. Remarkably, no other Americans had resided in the village since the war.
Our landlords, Philippe and Myriam Durand, proved to be “well-informed”informants, gracious hosts, and good friends willing to share their culture with us. In studying local maps, Dr. Simpkins noted that there were many “tombeaux” or “tombs” marked, and the search for such tombs became one of the ways in which Dr. Simpkins interacted with the local residents.
Our Paris neighborhood was in Montmartre, in the hilliest section of the city, just below the Sacrè Coeur cathedral.
Our Lézan neighborhood was just down the street from the local abandoned chateau. We were given a private tour, courtesy of the Durands and the local minister.
One of our suppers with the Durands featured wild mushrooms and goat cheeses that Myriam had helped make.
Philippe had discovered a Roman period tomb when excavating a mechanic’s pit in his garage. He is shown by a more recent tomb we encountered during a fox hunt. During the Revocation (1685-1787), covert Protestants would not have their bodies buried in Catholic Cemeteries, so many such tombs are scattered about the countryside.
After the fox hunt, a “hunters’ luncheon” was held amid the olive groves and vineyards: Knives only please!
Another friend, local historian Gilbert, showed us the location of another old Lèzan cemetery, which is now covered by a more recent structure and its patio.
We took several hikes to explore the uplands for earlier tombs and fortification ruins. Among these was a megalithic dolmen (chamber grave), and a large stone ring (cromlech).
Participating in the annual VE (Victory in Europe) commemoration, we processed to the war memorial in the local Protestant cemetery: Our hosts made it clear that they were very happy to have American guests.
The French presidential election took place during our stay. Each village posted photos of all the candidates. We were invited to participate in the two stages of “Le Scrutin” or “the public scrutiny” of the ballots.
FALL 2011 NEWS
Four students in the Sociology and Criminal Justice Department had a paper published in the Sociological Viewpoints, the Journal of the Pennsylvania Sociological Society. John Dimmick, Yanira Correa, Aleka Liazis and Holly McMichael’s paper, entitled “’Playing Hooky’: Examining factors that contribute to adolescent truancy”, was published in Vol. 27, No1, Fall 2011. The students had completed the work in the spring of 2010 in SOC 311 Research Methods in Sociology. Data for the student project was provided by Youth Advocate Programs, Inc.
Students Research Sexual Health Issues
Becky Gentzler (2011, Education; Minor in Sociology) and Sarah Hoffman (2011, El. Ed.) returned to LVC to present results of study to SOC 110 Introduction to Sociology classes. Becky and Sarah completed a study regarding sexual health among college students as part of Holly Dolans's DSP 320 course, Health Colloquium. They utilized a quota sample study. The purpose of the project was to assess and identify a community health need as well as propose, present and implement a public health intervention.
Senior Sociology Major Attends ASA
Donalee Ünal, a senior Sociology major attended the national meeting of the American Sociological Association in Las Vegas this past August. While at the meeting she presented her paper “Hospice Care Today: Compassionate or McDonaldized?” at a medical sociology roundtable. This paper was displayed in poster form at the Eastern Sociological Society annual meeting in February. In addition, this paper has been published in the peer review journal Theory In Action, July 2011, Volume 4 No. 3.
Donalee will be graduating from LVC in December and in January 2012 attending graduate school at the University of Maryland, Baltimore County, studying sociology with a concentration in medical sociology.
SPRING 2011 NEWS
Medical Sociology students tour Pinnacle Health’s new Emergency Department and have a Q and A lunch with the Medical Director of Primary care.
During the spring semester, Sharon Arnold’s Medical Sociology class visited Pinnacle Health Medical Center in Harrisburg. The students were shown the new Emergency Department which has state-of-the-art features. The newly built emergency department is designed to expand community health resources, to increase access and to streamline emergency department processes and systems to better serve patients. The completed Emergency Department will consist of 4 triage rooms, 40 acute treatment rooms, ( two of the isolation units), 5 mental health treatment rooms, 1 decontamination room, 6 cardiac rooms, 2 resuscitation rooms and 15 express admission unit beds. The department is equipped with its own radiology room and CT scanner. After spending the morning in the Emergency Department, the students had lunch with Dr. Brian Uniake, Medical Director of Primary Care. The students and Dr. Uniake had a lively conversation about a number of medical issues they had discussed in class, including the changing structure of physician practices, the impact of health care reform on their delivery of services and the problems of instituting micro and macro approaches to preventive health.
The tour and lunch were hosted by Ann Hess Myers, Gift Officer, Annual and Corporate Giving at Pinnacle Health Foundation. The Foundation is leading the way to raise $12 million from the community to support this Emergency Department project.
Bryn Duffield- Internship at Lebanon County Juvenile Probation
Working at the Lebanon County Juvenile Probation Department has been a great experience for me. I was undecided with about which direction I wanted to take in law enforcement after graduation and this experience has definitely showed me that I am both capable and interested in doing this type of work. Throughout my internship I have learned the procedures involved when dealing with the juvenile justice system and also how to talk and work with juveniles and their authority figures in an effort to diminish their delinquent behaviors. Some of my experiences have included going to schools to check up on kids who are on probation, doing paper work and filing at the office, patrolling the city streets while the schools are dismissing and conducting curfew checks to make sure clients are home by their curfew. I have also helped with a community fishing day that was sponsored by our department and also made trips to Lancaster Detention to transport kids who have been detained. I enjoy working with my co-workers who have taken me under their wings so to speak, and showed me the ins and outs of being a successful member of their department.
Internship at Sexual Assault Resource and Counseling Center (SARCC)
I currently have an internship at the Sexual Assault Resource and Counseling Center (SARCC) in Lebanon, Pa. SARCC is an organization that helps and educates victims, families, and communities about sexual assault and finding their path to recovery. In the beginning of my internship I had to complete 40 hours of training to be able to answer hotline calls, sit in on sessions, co-facilitate groups, and complete intakes. I have learned that sexual assault is a completely different type of crime and requires a special person to handle these types of cases. I also learned how to relate with victims, use reflective listening, and to always keep a positive attitude not only with the victims but in the office as well. I believe that this internship has opened my eyes to something that I was not comfortable with in the beginning, but thanks to my fellow staff members I was able to break through that comfort zone and become a successful counseling intern. Observing and counseling victims of sexual assault is not an easy path but it is definitely a rewarding experience, especially when you receive a hug or a thank you from one of the clients. It is an experience I will never forget and I believe that this internship has given me valuable tools to prepare myself for life after graduation.
Internship at The Lebanon Valley Home
My internship at The Lebanon Valley Home has been more than just 405 hours of experience; it has helped me grow as a sociologist and a human being. I have been fortunate to work with faculty who encourage, push, and teach me new things on a daily basis. The residents’ smiles and personalities –sometimes better than others— have taught me to have patience and demonstrate love to those who need it most. Loving someone on a day when they are aggravating can be rather difficult. This experience has only confirmed my desire to become a Licensed Social Worker and work in geriatrics in the future.
Internship at Warwick Township Police Department
Taking part in an internship at LVC has enabled me to apply the academic knowledge of the classroom to real life experiences in the criminal justice field. Through my internship I was able to learn the basics and procedures of police work. I took part in daily patrols, traffic enforcement, field sobriety testing, preparing crime reports, court sessions, serving warrants, and crime scene investigation. Through this internship I have developed professional relationships that will lead to future career opportunities. I believe that this internship has laid a strong foundation that will enable me to have a long and successful future in the field of criminal justice.
AKD Induction 2011
Four students—John Dimmick, John Herr, Aleka Liazis, and Allison Verdi-- were inducted into Alpha Kappa Delta, the International Sociology Honor Society, ALPHA OMICRON CHAPTER of Pennsylvania. AKD was founded at the University of Southern California in 1920 and became affiliated with the Association of College Honor societies in 1967. AKD seeks to acknowledge and promote excellence in scholarship in the study of Sociology, the research of social problems, and such other social and intellectual activities as will lead to improvement of the human condition. The Society sponsors student travel to regional meetings, supporting those who want to present their own work and learn from the scholarly presentations of others. The Society sponsors annual student paper contests, presenting awards which include monetary prizes, travel support and scholarships. To be initiated, students must maintain a 3.3 GPA. Students initiated into Alpha Kappa Delta will wear teal honor cords at commencement ceremonies. Adding honor cords to the cap and gown signifies that the wearer is an honor society member. The advisor to the honor society is Sharon Arnold, Chair and Associate Professor of Sociology.
2011 Spring Award Winners
The following students were recognized at the Awards Ceremony and Banquet (April 28, 2011).
Senior Award for Academic Excellence in Sociology
Senior Award for Academic Excellence in Criminal Justice
Robert A. Clay Award in Sociology (Awarded to a Junior)
Sociology and Criminal Justice Research Award
Yanira Correa, John Dimmick, Theodora Hermes, Aleka Liazis, Holly McMichael, Lou Struniewski, & Donalee Unal
Eastern Sociological Society 2011
Sharon Arnold and Marianne Goodfellow—along with four students—attended the annual national conference of the Eastern Sociological Society in Philadelphia on Saturday February 26, 2011. The four undergraduate students presented their research as posters. Arnold received a $1000 grant from Alpha Kappa Delta, the honor society for sociology, to support these young scholars.
Theodora Hermes presented the results of an independent study: her poster was entitled The gender studies classroom: Does it make a difference?
Two students presented the results from the senior capstone course for the major (SOC 499). Lou Struniewski examined Racial disparity in crime rates: How inequality causes crime while Aleka Liazis explored How homosexuals fare in society: Are they at a disadvantage?
Donalee Unal presented work completed in Soc 321Social Theory class. The title of her work was Hospice Care Today: Compassionate or McDonaldized?
There was some time for site seeing! Here we are standing in front of the Besty Ross house. (Teddi Hermes, Sharon Arnold, Marianne Goodfellow, Aleka Liazis)