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Susan Mitchell
Administrative Assistant
3611 Pacific Avenue
Stockton, CA 95211

Outstanding Students

Congratulations to our 2013 Outstanding Graduates

At the end of the year, each of the academic departments and interdisciplinary programs in the College of the Pacific honors a truly exceptional graduating senior or group of seniors with the Outstanding Graduate Award. This award is given to students who have not only earned a consistently high academic record, but who have also been actively involved in the discipline through activities, research, or special projects.

Outstanding Senior - Chynna Andeola
TyaCamellia Alred  - Mason Award
Gwendolyn Primous  - Jacoby Award

Chynna Andeola was selected as the 2013 winner of the Sociology Department's Outstanding Senior Award. Chynna graduated summa cum laude with a nearly perfect cumulative GPA. She was inducted into the Alpha Kappa Delta sociology honors society in 2012 and is also a member of Phi Kappa Phi National Honors Society.

In addition to her academic work, Chynna has demonstrated leadership as programming chair and then president of Pacific's Sociological Society, organizing volunteer opportunities and co-curricular activities with her peers. Beyond the university, she was an intern at the Child Abuse Prevention Council of San Joaquin County, where she developed and taught a life skills class for truant youth and assisted with case management.

TyaCamellia Alred is the 2013 winner of the M. "Jack" Mason Award. Named after the late Jack Mason, a beloved colleague and member of the Sociology Department, the award is given annually to that graduating senior of superior GPA who best exemplifies "The Sociological Imagination" in sociological work at Pacific. The American sociologist C. Wright Mills coined the term "the sociological imagination" to refer to the ability to see the impact of cultural and political influences and historical processes on our private lives. 

Since Tya's arrival at Pacific in the Fall 2011 semester, she has made tremendous contributions to the department, the Pacific community, and the Stockton community, all of which exemplify application of her "sociological imagination".  

Her academic accomplishments include receiving a transfer scholarship, making the Honor Society's Dean's List, serving as both President and Secretary for the Pacific Sociological Society student club, and induction into Alpha Kappa Delta, the international Sociology honor society. Her engagement on campus is equally impressive. She is a tutor for the Jacoby Center and SUCCESS program.  In addition, she is a member of American Association of University Women (AAUW) which advances equity for women and girls through advocacy, education, philanthropy, and research. Tya's community service includes working with Western Farm Workers Association, Haven of Peace Center, Women's Center of San Joaquin, Helping Hands, and Golden Assisted Living Center. 

The Sociology department wishes Tya the best in her future endeavors which includes pursuing a graduate degree in marriage, family, and child counseling.

Gwendolyn Primous  won with 2013 Jacoby Citizen-Leader Award.  Click here to see full story. 

Naveed AhmedStockton native Naveed Ahmed (13) meets former president Bill Clinton during Clinton Global Initiative University. During CGIU, Naveed and his research partner Chad Fraga (14) won a competitive small grant to fund a mentoring program at four low-performing Stockton high schools.



Rosa and JackieRosa Montes and Jaqueline Precido (13) present their research at the Pacific Sociology Association's annual conference. 


Alumi ReceptionMinnie Hindricks (13), Ana Garcia (12), Alexis Cordoza (11), TyaCamelia Allred (13), Monique Jones (12), Dena Vang (14) and Kyle Maxwell (13) pose for a photo during an alumni reception hosted by the Sociological Society club. Ana, Alexis, Tya and Kyle have all served as club president during various semesters. 

Student and Professor Present at Conference

Ethel Nicdao and Nabeel Cajee '11 presented "Your Blood is Sweet": Sociocultural Narratives of Southeast Asians with Type 2 Diabetes at the Annual Meeting of the Pacific Sociological Association, March 10-13, 2011 in Seattle, WA. Dr. Nicdao has been appointed to serve as a member of the Pacific Sociological Association's Endowment Committee, and she has also been invited to serve on the Advisory Board of Sacramento Asian American Minority, Inc., a non-profit organization.

Sociology Student Receives Scholarship

Sarah Casesse '11 received the Ann Rogers Memorial Scholarship awarded by the Lodi branch of the American Association of University Women.

Sociology Student Interviewed on "Our Voice" Public Access Program

Sociology undergrad Andreas Garcia '11 and Jay Stephens '11 (Biology/Predental) were interviewed by Clarence Louie for the Comcast SJTV public access program called "Our Voice." The interviews aired over the summer and focused on their experience as local Stocktonians attending the University of the Pacific as well as their participation in a spring break trip to Cambodia in which they taught local schoolchildren about dental hygiene. Links to the interviews: Part 1, Part 2, Part 3

Andreas Garcia in Cambodia
Andreas Garcia helps teach dental hygiene in Cambodia

Student Highlight: Martha Valadez

One of our standout students, Martha Valadez '10, exemplifies the spirit of learning by doing. Among other things, she accompllished the following while at Pacific:

  • Received Harold Jacoby Citizen Leader Award for exemplary public service to the community
  • Served as the ASUOP Sustainability Commissioner
  • Served as an intern at the Healthy Rialto program
  • Co-chaired MEChA and worked with migrant youth and their families
  • Participated in the Center for Community Involvement

In the video below, Martha talks about her interest in Sociology and her experience in our department.

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