Alumni News

Yndia S. Lorick-Wilmot, PhD (2007) is a Senior Associate at the FrameWorks Institute, a Washington DC-based research and policy think tank.  She recently published her first book, Creating Black Caribbean Ethnic Identity, for the book series: The New Americans: Recent Immigration and American Society, edited by Drs. Steven Gold and Ruben Rumbaut (LFB Academic Publishing, 2010).

In 2009-2010 was awarded a Post-doctoral Research Fellowship from the Panamanian Council of New York in collaboration with the Institute for Pan American Affairs. Also, Yndia was noted as a March 2010 Women of Distinction Honoree and was featured in the Special Commemorative Edition of El Noticiero Popular Panameno for solid and outstanding professional contributions around race and gender equity for immigrants of color.

Shobha Gurung, Assistant Professor of Sociology at Southern Utah University was selected as one of the Service-Learning Fellows for the 2009-10 academic year. Read more.

Jennifer Fagen is a 2006 Ph.D. in Sociology recipient from NU, and is now teaching at Lamar University.  A Lamar publication recently highlighted Jen’s work with Warren Miller, a McNair scholar (documents/Lamar_University.pdf see attachment). Miller undertook original research on how spirituality affects the lives of people living with HIV and AIDS in Southeast Texas. Miller identified 10 patients who agreed to in-depth personal interviews about their spirituality and their HIV/AIDS status.  Jen served as a mentor on this project.  Their research was presented at the McNair Scholars Symposium at Lamar University and the Alliance for Graduate Education and the Professoriate Project at Howard University, both in November 2007.  Their work was also accepted for presentation and possible publication at the National Conference of Undergraduate Research in April at Salisbury University in Maryland.

NU Sociology Ph.D. wins distinguished award:
The “Thunderbird Awards” has been part of student life at Southern Utah University since 1950, and recognizes the many accomplishments of SUU students, faculty, staff, and community.  A formal event patterned after the Academy Awards, the awards ceremony identifies the best and brightest that the school has to offer.

The Professor of the Year in 2008-09 was awarded to Shobha Gurung, assistant professor of sociology. The coveted Professor of the Year Award is given to an instructor who has contributed to academic excellence at SUU through knowledge in his/her area of expertise.  They have demonstrated exceptional teaching ability, dedication to the educational pursuits of students, and they provide service and inspiration outside of classroom. The Professor of the Year is nominated by the campus community and then all nominees are contacted and asked to submit a resume and answer questions specific to their category.  These materials are then reviewed and narrowed to a field of six finalists by a preliminary screening committee.  The materials from the six finalists are then given to a head judge, the finalists are contacted to participate in a private interview where a panel selects the winner.  Shobha completed her dissertation on the political economy of women’s labor in the carpet industry in Nepal, which was chaired by Daniel Faber.  Congratulations Shobha!!