These Sociology students not only exhibit academic excellence, but also serve as examples of the mission of College of the Pacific. They have excelled in the classroom and beyond, whether it's through multiple degrees, research, study abroad or service to their communities. They are the epitome of excellence and champions of the social sciences. Take a glimpse at some of the Sociology department's outstanding students:
Chad Fraga is a Pacific Ambassador graduating with a BA in Sociology. He is involved in the Resolution Project and the Clinton Global Institute, where he is able to make a difference in his community. After graduation, Chad will be in Sacramento for City Year, an innovative program run through AmeriCorps that aims to reduce the high school dropout rate.
Congratulations to our 2016 Outstanding Student
Each year, the Department of Sociology recognizes outstanding students who demonstrate academic excellence.
This May, we recognized the exceptional work of one student with the 2016 Outstanding Student award:
- Robert Mees
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.
Stockton 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 Montes and Jaqueline Precido (13) present their research at the Pacific Sociology Association's annual conference.
Minnie 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.