Top Students Receive Awards

Spring 2014 030The Anthropology & Sociology Department was proud to honor their top students at Awards Chapel on April 24, 2014.Spring 2014 023

Jordan Gripenwaldt (left) was given the Outstanding Student in Anthropology award in recognition ofexceptional knowledge and problem solving as well as academic excellence and a commitment to service.

The Outstanding Student in Sociology award was presented to Sawyer Pendleton (right) in recognition of student scholarship and social activity.



Students Present at Spring Colloquium

Caitlin Branderhorst 5The 25th Annual Social Sciences Spring Colloquium featuring the presentations of exemplary student research papers was held on April 22, 2014.  Two students from the Anthropology & Sociology Department were selected to represent the department.  Diana Hudson 6

Caitlin Branderhorst (left) presented her paper “Lifestyle Migrants in Latin America: Motivations, Global Mobility, and Self-Conception within Place.”

Diana Hudson (right) presented her research on “Aspirational Differences Between Intergenerational Adult and Adolescents in Hispanic Immigrant Households.”



Students Present at Research Conference

santa clara all 2Six anthropology and sociology majors traveled to Santa Clara University on April 12, 2014 to participate in the 41st Annual Western Departments of Sociology & Anthropology Undergraduate Research Conference.  Joshua Hummel, Elysia Foraker, Diana Hudson, Caitlin Branderhorst, Holly Wagner and Justin Esselstrom were selected to present their original research to students and faculty from other colleges and universities.  Dr. James Huff was their faculty advisor.

Honor Society Induction Ceremony

Anth/Soc Induction 2013On November 14, 2013, the Anthropology & Sociology Department inducted 16 students into their honor societies recognizing superior achievement in their discipline.

Also featured that evening were guest speakers Jessie Simonson, who is the Brand Director for 31 Bits, and Candice Rusch, who recently earned her master’s degree from USC and owns her own film company, Agent Chill Entertainment.  Both Jessie and Candice are graduates of the Anthropology & Sociology Department at Vanguard.

Eight students were inducted into Lambda Alpha, the national collegiate honors society for anthropology:  Kathryn Arnold, Caitlin Branderhorst, Jordan Gripenwaldt, Diana Hudson, Ashlee Kildiszew, Michelle Schonken, Corrie Tizon, and Holly Wagner.

Inducted into Alpha Kappa Delta, the international sociological honor society were:  Joshua Banks, Michelle Bruce, Nicole Dewalt, Elysia Foraker, Vanessa Guzman, Joshua Hummel, Sawyer Pendleton, and Brittany Porter.

Congratulations to these outstanding students.

Anthropology Students Present at Research Conference

Santa Clara 2013Dr. James Huff accompanied five anthropology majors to the Santa Clara University 40th Annual Western Departments of Sociology and Anthropology Undergraduate Research Conference.  Jordan Baker, Rebecca Dattilo, Jonathan Nowlin, Jordan Gripenwaldt and Rachel Haslett were selected to present their original research to students and faculty from colleges and universities throughout the Western United States.

Katie Heemstra Receives Top Honors

Katie Heemstra Anth & President's AwardKatie Heemstra is the recipient of the 2012-2013 Outstanding Student in Anthropology Award which was presented at the Awards Chapel on April 25, 2013.  This award is given in recognition of exceptional knowledge and problem solving as well as academic excellence and a commitment to service.  Katie is pictured here with her anthropology professors, Dr. James Huff and Dr. Vince Gil.

In addition, President Carol Taylor presented Katie with the President’s Award for the highest GPA in the senior class.

The Anthropology & Sociology Department extends its congratulations to one of our finest!


2013 Spring Colloquium

You are invited to the 24th Annual Social Sciences Spring Colloquium on Monday, April 15, 2013 at 7:00 p.m. in the Great Commission Hall.  Students will present exemplary research papers in Anthropology, Sociology, History, Political Science, and Psychology.  Refreshments will be served.

Summer Study Abroad Opportunities in El Salvador, Nepal, and India

The Department of Anthropology and Sociology will host a meeting on Thursday, February 28, 2013 at 4:15pm in Heath 105 to provide more information about the following study abroad opportunities:

Faith-based poverty alleviation in El Salvador (4 units)

Join Dr. Jamie Huff to work with Salvadoran church leaders and a faith-based non-profit organization to learn about effective strategies for community and economic development.  Gain hands-on experience and discover how ordinary people are creating holistic solutions to poverty.  (DATES: May 13-June 1)

Preventing child-trafficking in Nepal and India (3 units)

This is a field-based, experiential learning course that will introduce you to strategic solutions to the problem of girl trafficking along the Nepal and India border.  Students will learn about the Daughter Project, and work with local organizations and churches that focus on preventing human trafficking and restoring trafficking victims.  (DATES: June 17-July 5)

Contact Cheryl Jensen at by March 1 to confirm your interest in these study abroad courses.

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