What’s New

Congratulations 2018 Graduates!

Photo of graduating seniors in SOA
SOA graduating seniors line up before commencement

Sociology/Anthropology B.A. graduates this spring include Tyshianna Bankhead,
Lauren Boschulte-Alexander, Amanda Buchanan, Robyn Dishmon, Breanna Henderson, JaNai Jefferson, Elizabeth Karras, Taylar Morgan, Taiwo Pedro, Destiny Pinnick, Rukayat Raji, and Adam Tomaszeweski — congratulations to all! SOA faculty had a great time meeting some of your families at this year’s CLAS honors ceremony and at commencement — we hope you will stay in touch. Best wishes from the Sociology/Anthropology Department!


NEW! Honors track in the SOA B.A.

The Sociology/Anthropology Department now offers a new Honors Track in the major. This is a good option for students who would like to pursue their interests, strengthen their skills, and enhance their resumes by incorporating independent projects into courses in the major and by completing 2-4 credit hours of SOA 491 ECCE Undergraduate Research. Students interested in pursuing the Honors Track should work with a SOA faculty member during their Sophomore or Junior year to develop a course plan to satisfy the honors requirements. Contact any SOA faculty member for additional information.

Congratulations 2017 Graduates!

SOA graduates at May 2017 commencement
SOA graduates with SOA faculty at May 2017 commencement

SOA Alumni news: Ashundria Oliver (’13)

Ashundria Oliver earned a Master’s degree in Sociology from Columbia University, and is now working full-time as a case manager for BronxWorks, a non-profit organization dealing with homelessness and housing issues in New York, NY. Congratulations to Ashundria! Also see Ashundria’s comments on applying to graduate school and the graduate school experience.

SOA Alumni news: Pavan Ganapathiraju (’10)

Pavan Ganapathiraju got his BA in Sociology/Anthropology at UIS in 2010, and went on to get an  Masters in Public Health at Thomas Jefferson University in 2013. He is now studying medicine at Touro College of Osteopathic Medicine in New York. He recently published a paper on polio eradication efforts in the journal Global Public Health.

Congratulations 2014 Graduates!SOA_Graduating_Class2014

SOA majors who crossed the stage in May included Megan Bott, Virginia Ferguson,Tony Logsdon, Brittany Young, Alex Williams, and Sam Zielke.  Congratulations and best wishes to all of our graduates! We hope you all will keep in touch and let us know how you are doing.

SOA Alumni news: Brian Brutlag (’03)

Brian Brutlag stopped by on the UIS campus in May 2013. Since graduating with a SOA major from UIS, he earned an MA in Sociology at NIU (2005) and has been on the sociology faculty at Rio Hondo Community College in Whittier, CA since 2008. Congratulations to Brian, and thanks for stopping by! To all our alumni — we hope you will drop us a line occasionally to let us know what you’re up to. Enjoy summer all!

SOA Alumni news: Class of 2013

Ashundria Oliver is beginning her first year as a graduate student at Columbia University. Jim Retzer is beginning his first year in the Master of Public Administration Program at UIS. Congratulations to Ashundria and Jim!

SOA Alumni news: Class of 2012

Justin Johnson is beginning his first year as a  graduate student in the University of Indianapolis’ MA Program in Applied Sociology. Kevin Lindsay is a graduate student in the MA Program in Human Services at UIS! Congratulations to Justin and Kevin!

SOA Alumni news: Class of 2011

In Fall 2013, Chris Maxey began his first year as a graduate student at Trinity College in Dublin, Ireland.

Congratulations 2013 Graduates!


SOA majors who crossed the stage this May included Jim Retzer, Hannah Smith, Emily Newcomb, April McPhearson, Nicholas Pelissier, Ashundria Oliver, Lisa Wall, Katie McEvoy, Kari O’Doran, Allison Cartwright, and Francisco Mendez.
To all our graduates — congratulations and best wishes! We hope you will keep in touch, and let us know how you’re doing and how we can help as you explore your way forward.

SOA Alumni news: Tiffany Gollahan’s new job at a domestic violence / social service agency in the Decatur area. August 2012.

SOA alumna Tiffany Gollahan reports that she will soon start her new job at “a domestic violence/social service agency as a case manager for homeless/potentially homeless people or people/families in transitional housing.” Tiffany says: “I’ll be meeting with them on an individual basis and coming up with a plan to aid them in becoming self-sufficient, as well as offering some skills-building opportunities and providing information on continuing education, home and budget management skills, and services provided by other organizations in the Decatur area. I wanted to thank you all for helping me reach this point in my life. The skills, concepts and diversity training I acquired in the SOA program has made a career in the social services field possible for me.”

Congratulations Tiffany, and good luck in your new job!

Congratulations 2012 Graduates!Kevin Lindsay crossing commencement stage

SOA majors participating in commencement in May 2012 included Kayla Corman, Tiffany Gollahon (SOA marshall), Bryanna Joi Hopkins, Justin Johnson, and Kevin Lindsay. Plans for after graduation include graduate programs in Human Services and jobs in non-profits and business. Congratulations to all, and let us know how you’re doing!

Congratulations 2011 Graduates!

In May 2011, SOA majors Robert Worley, Matt Artymiuk, Steven Chabak, Justin Courtney, Jeff Amerson, McKenna Blair (SOA marshall), Tony Colantino, Jessica Enock, Rebecca Johnson, Valeria Jones, Danielle A. Labuda, Stanislaw Lipski, and Christina Stoker graduated with B.A. degrees. They were joined at commencement by several who completed degrees in December 2010, including Brittany Elder, Megan Moore, Margaret Oltman, and Jenny Plescia. Joshua Hughes and John Schultz, both finishing with a B.A. in History, earned Anthropology minors. Congratulations, and please stay in touch!

Dr. Terry Martin and students work in the lab at the Illinois State Museum.Graduates are pursuing a variety of directions, including graduate programs in Environmental Studies and Womens Studies. Two SOA grads completed summer internships — one in sustainable food systems and one in archaeology.