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Sociology (B.A.)

Sociology (B.A.)

Student Achievements


Student Awards

Christopher GuidoChristopher Guido was the 2014 recipient of the Sociologists for Women in Society (SWS) Undergraduate Social Action Award.  Christopher earned this award for his tireless work on behalf of Planned Parenthood on the FGCU campus (establishing the Vox chapter here) and in our local community, as well as lobbying for reproductive rights at the state capitol and on Capitol Hill in D.C.  The prestigious and highly competitive award came with a $700 prize, a beautiful plaque, and an annual membership to SWS.  Christopher participated in the SWS Winter Meeting in Nashville, TN, February 6-9, 2014, where he received his award at the Awards Banquet.



Sociology major, Lindsay Leban, is the Florida Gulf Coast University Student of the Year for 2012-2013!!!!!

Congratulations Lindsay!

Recent Accomplishments

 Amanda Reilly (2011) is a Social Policy Analyst with Abt SRBI in Fort Myers. They are a survey, opinion, and policy research organization with headquarters in New York City, and with major offices in Washington D.C., area, Cambridge, MA, Chicago, IL, Durham, NC, and Fort Myers, FL.
Katie Milstead (2012). After relocating to Rhode Island, Katie now works as a Youth Mental Health First Aid Instructor, which is an Americorps sponsored position with local host sites all over the nation. She is one of 15 Americorps YHMFA who will disseminate information into their respective communities through training sessions targeting adults who regularly encounter or work with youth (e.g., educators, social service workers, legal system, faith based organizations). Their goal is to promote early intervention and diminish social stigma towards mental health.
Stacey Bordalo (2014) has been doing an internship at the P.A.C.E. Center for Girls fall 2013. She has done so well there that they have created a part-time position for her as the Program Assistant to the Director of Development.
Liz Highfield was recognized with a photo and beautiful write up in Florida Weekly as a young person in our area doing important philanthropy. She has established a Creative Art program for the new women's recovery clients of Justin's Place at St. Matthews House starting this past summer. This program has been wildly successful. Read more about that here:
Joanne Morales (2013 class) was accepted to the FGCU M.A. program in Educational Leadership, and was offered an assistantship in the Dean of Students' office.
Renato Talhadas (2012 class) was accepted to the Golden Gate University School of Law, with a $20,000 Faculty Scholarship.
Lindsay Leban (2013 class) will be serving as a graduate assistant for the department of Sociology, Criminology & Law at University of Florida, where she will be a student in the Criminology doctoral program.
Tamara Edwards (2013 class) has been accepted to the Masters in Public Administration program at the University of Hawaii, at Manoa on the island of Oahu where she also received an achievement award, providing her with their highest level of funding available.
Casey Plastek (2011 class) was accepted to the University of South Florida's Higher Education Administration-Student Affairs M.A. program. She also received an assistantship, and will be working in the Office of Student Involvement.
Julia Coffey (2012 class) was offered a paid internship with The Hertz Corporation. Throughout the program she will be introduced to aspects of business, sales, and customer service, which may lead to full-time employment upon her graduation in the fall.
Renato Talhadas (2012 class), was accepted to Teach for America, San Francisco, CA.
Kelly Small (2012 class) and Lindsay Leban (2013 class), attended the Auburn University Women's Leadership Institute: Leadership in Action, Residential Intensive Training, May 14-17, 2012.
Lindsay Leban (2013 class) accepted to the University of Alabama's National Science Foundation Research Experience for Undergraduates (REU), summer 2012.

Alumni: Where are they now?

Casey Plastek: Once I graduated in Spring 2011 with my undergraduate degree in Sociology and minors in Gender Studies, Interdisciplinary Studies and Community Planning and Development, I pursued a leadership development position with my sorority, Zeta Tau Alpha. As a Traveling Leadership Consultant I visit ZTA chapters across the nation and aid in educational programming, communication and leadership development, financial budgeting and spearheading philanthropic initiatives.

Conference Presentations

Lindsay Leban, “‘It’s Not Who I Am’: Understanding the Identities, Boundaries, and Accounts of Women Methamphetamine Users.” Southern Criminal Justice Association Annual Meeting, Atlantic Beach, FL, 2012. (with Heith Copes, Kent R. Kerley, and Jessica Deitzer). Also presented at Southern Sociological Society annual meeting, Atlanta GA, April 24, 2013.
Sara Afflerback, “When Politics become Personal: Coping in Post Amendment 2 Florida.” Southern Sociological Society Annual Conference, session: Sexuality Issues of College Students. Atlanta, GA, April 2010.

Poster Presentations

Ketevan Tyson
Ketevan Tyson, “Bitten by the Theater Bug: Social Exchange Process in a Community Theater Group.” FGCU Research Day, April 2010.
Kathryn Foreman
Kathryn Foreman, “Is the Pawnshop Necessary?” Winner of College of Arts and Sciences Dean's Award for superior poster, with cash prize. FGCU Research Day, April 2010

Academic Service

Sara Afflerback, Sociologists for Women in Society (SWS), National Liaison for SWS-South, 2010-2011.

Recent student e-portfolios

2013 class

Lindsay Leban:
Tamara Edwards:
Lesley Almanzar:
Katie Milstead:
Dhana Jordan:
Christopher Guido:

2012 class

Renato Talhadas:
Nina Zambelli:
Courtney Wasko:

2011 class

Christopher Hernandez:
Ketevan Tyson:
Dustin Weeks:

The Sociology program encourages its majors to submit well-written research papers to journals such as the Journal of Integrated Social Sciences(for which Dr. De Welde sits on the Editorial Board for). Sociology professors are happy to work with students who are interested. Just ask!