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Meet the Sociology Club
Our objective is to foster a sense of community among the Sociology Department citizens (students, faculty and staff). Sociology Club has been revived back into action in September 2010 by President Sara Schroeder, Vice President Erica Mitchell and their team (Sara Lucey, Cody Edwards, Clayton Dale, Ben Williams).
President: Laura Orenga De Gaffory
Laura is seeking a BA in sociology with a minor in Alaska Native studies. She has been a member of the sociology club since the fall of 2012. Laura just returned to Alaska from a six year vacation in Portland, Oregon and is excited to get to work and make a change in society! Laura enjoys cross country skiing, her long haired dachshund Cooper, cooking food for friends and sleeping. You can always find her in the sociology lab or somewhere in the social sciences building. Stop by and say hi!
President and Club Council: Jason Harper
Jason is a senior sociology major who has been in Alaska for almost a decade after leaving the hot and humid South in search of better opportunities. Jason's first love is music and it has played an important role in his ethnomusicology research. Jason is currently researching punk rockers and aging as well as the role of religion in the Straight-Edge movement.
Vice President: Jessica Passini
I am a born and raised Alaskan, which shines through with my love of pretty much all things outdoors. I am going for a bachelor of science attempting to merge Sociology and Psychology as much as possible as I hope to attend graduate school and obtain a PhD in Social Psychology. I want to work in the research field and would love to come home to Alaska to work as a professor later in life for the UA system. I am very interested in working with animals in pet assisted therapy. I am currently working to become certified through Pet Partners of Alaska as a Animal-Assisted Therapy Handler and am excited to start volunteering. My research interests include but are not limited to: PTSD, Animal-Assisted Therapy, substance abuse, education, music therapy, gender stereotypes, prejudice, nonverbal communication and behavior, social perception, and social influence. I couldn’t pinpoint one particular moment that made me want to work in this field, but rather many moments throughout my life that have made me more and more sure that working, researching, and teaching in the social sciences field has always been and always will be my calling.
Secretary: Robert LeBrec
Robert LaBrec is new to the Sociology department as a first year Sociology major, but a third year student here at UAA. Previously a Mechanical Engineering student and former U.S. Air Force member, he is now pursuing his first Bachelor's in Sociology. He graduated from Coronado High School in Colorado Springs, CO as a member of the class of 2000. He then served 6 years and 7 months in the United States Air Force where he was formally trained in leadership, public speaking, and organization. He proudly served and was honorably separated on August 24, 2007. He served in both the Afghanistan and Iraq Wars. Until he returned to school he gained experience in retail, sales, and the commission work force, but decided to return to school in hopes of a more stable career. His interests include movies, video games, education, and of course Sociology.
Treasurer: Cody Edwards
Cody moved to Alaska in 1997 and attended Barlett High School. He hated it. Many years later, he enrolled at UAA as an economics major. He took Social Theory to satisfy an upper division credit but was entranced by a wonderful world of inquiry that seemed to be lacking in economics, so he switched his major. His interests are in social stratification, social theory, Marxist sociology, and Marxist economics. Since his interests are eclectic and no one in their right mind would hire someone with interests like that, especially KPMG or ConocoPhilips, he's currently freaking out about graduate school.
Staff Advisor: Sarah McHenry
My name is Sarah McHenry and I'm currently studying Sociology at the University of Alaska Anchorage (UAA). This isn't my first go round in school as an undergraduate; about a decade ago I graduated from University of California (UCSD) with a degree in Cultural Anthropology, obvious why I'm back in school eh? Hah, of course I've come back for a degree in Sociology, equally (dis) regarded by some, but slightly more employable. After a couple of courses focusing on Environmental Sociology and Globalization, an interest in food studies was sparked and now, it seems I can't escape it. Whether it's food production, processing, consumption or ideologies it all ends up being entangled with development, social and environmental justice, sustainability, inequality, racism, feminism, stratification, and on and on, all operating on every socioeconomic level, spatially linked and culturally informed.