Laurie M. Joyner ’86 (sociology), president of Wittenburg University in Ohio, has been chosen as president of St. Xavier University in Illinois. She previously served in multiple vice presidential and decanal roles at Rollins College in Florida and was on the faculty at Loyola. In addition to her Loyola undergraduate degree, she holds master’s and doctoral degrees in sociology from Tulane University. She is a two-time recipient of POWER 50 (in 2014 and 2015), which honors the most influential female executives in the Dayton, Ohio, area.
Sociology major Naja Pulliam Collins '16 was selected as a finalist for a Fulbright English Teaching award in Malaysia. With the grant, she will travel to Malaysia in January 2017 to teach English and to act as a cultural ambassador of the United States.
During her time at Loyola, Naja, who also earned minors in African and African American Studies and English was involved with several student organizations and experiential learning initiatives, for example serving as co-president of Students Against Hyper-Incarceration and studying abroad in Botswana.
Rachel Comeaux was awarded the Dux Sociologicus Award, Dan Parker was awarded the Jerrol M. Seaman "Spirit of Gemeinschaft" Award, and Ashlyn Haycook was awarded the Social Justice Scholarship Award for Outstanding Community Activism. All awards were presented at the College of Social Sciences Honors Convocation on May 20, 2016
Charlotte Lapp, Sociology Alum (2015), is the Anti-Trafficking Program Coordinator for the McCain Institute for International Leadership. Prior to joining the McCain Institute, Ms. Lapp led the anti-human trafficking chapter of Free the Slaves at Loyola.
Olivia Lawson, Sociology Major and Social Justice Scholar, is on the path to become a civil rights attorney. Olivia graduates this May and will continue her studies at the University of Cincinnati College of Law on a Social Justice Fellowship next fall as well as a Presidential Scholarship.
Molly Alper '14, who graduated with a bachelor's degree in Sociology and Spanish, was recently awarded a Fulbright Fellowship. She will travel to South America to do research on human trafficking, an issue she has been studying since her freshman year at Loyola.
Sociology Alum Brian Fitzpatrick, class of 2014, has been accepted to the Ph.D. program in Sociology at Notre Dame University.
Sociology Alum Charles J. Brody, Ph.D., class of 1976, has been named Vice President of Academic Affairs at Misericordia University in Dallas, Pa.
Sociology Alum, Jamie O'Donnell, has been accepted into the University of Vermont's Masters Degree Program in Higher Education and Student Affairs Administration (HESA).
Dr. Carol Ann MacGregor, Department of Sociology, and Sociology Alum Brian Fitzpatrick co-authored an article titled "Catholic Schools in the Aftermath of Hurricane Katrina."