Honor Society Induction Ceremonies

The Anthropology & Sociology Department inducted students into their respective honor societies on November 16, 2016.

Inducted into the Lambda of California Chapter of Lambda Alpha, the National Collegiate Honors Society for Anthropology, were Jazmin Frenn, Dakota Derry and Allison Whitfield (pictured at left below).

Inducted into the Alpha Zeta of California Chapter of Alpha Kappa Delta, the international sociological honor society, were Jasmine Loza, James Hagan, Marlisse Holbrook, and Emily Poulos (pictured at right below).

Congratulations to these students on their academic achievement.



Sociology faculty and students present at CSA

img_7357Several Vanguard faculty and students participated in the California Sociological Association’s 27th Annual Conference on November 4-5, 2016.

Marlisse Holbrook presented her research, Exemptions from Vaccinations: School Mandated Reasons Parents are Afforded to Justify not Vaccinating their Child, at an undergraduate research session.

Dr. Ed Clarke, Chair of the Anthropology & Sociology Department, was the organizer and presider at another session on Student Involvement with Stigmatized Populations.  At this session, sociology major Megan Basalla presented her research, The Maker and the Model:  Comparisons in ‘Work Experience’ Homeless Programs, as well as two professors from Vanguard’s Sociology Department:  Dr. Sandra Morgan on Building Multi-disciplinary Approaches to Prevention and Early Intervention on Commercial Sexual Exploitation of Children and Dr. Stephanie D’Auria on Bridging the Gap: Creating a Safe Space for Learning Behind Bars.  

Pictured here is Dr. Ed Clarke with student presenters Marlisse Holbrook and Megan Basalla.

Two Sociology Majors Participate in SURP

Poster Session 3Sociology majors, Mireya Ruiz and Priscilla Medina, were two of 16 students selected from 46 applicants to participate in the 2016 Summer Undergraduate Research Program.  Selection was based on application quality, GPA, lab experience and recommendations from their lab professor.  The students worked on their research projects with their sociology mentor, Dr. Hien Park, for two months.  The culmination of SURP was a research symposium where students presented their research results in the form of a poster session.  Mireya’s research topic was Biological and Sociological Racial Perspectives.  Priscilla presented her research Parent-Child Dynamics: Language, Religions, Attitude Towards Career.  Congratulations to these outstanding students!

Summer trip to Malaysia

For three weeks in May 2016, Dr. Park and two sociology students, Megan Basalla and Kimberly Jackson, traveled to the other side of the globe to the Muslim country of Malaysia.  For sixteen weeks prior to the trip, the team met weekly to learn about Muslim societies and pray for ministry opportunities.  Through Christian contacts, the team was blessed with amazing opportunities to lead a three-day VBS for local children, attend campus Christian ministries of non-Muslim young adults, and participate in caring and sharing ministries of a local community center and homeless ministry. Dr. Park is looking to combine sociology and mission and offer these opportunities to Vanguard students in yearly basis.


Student Presents Research at PSA

PSA 2016

Sociology major, Megan Basalla, presented her research at the Pacific Sociological Association conference in Oakland during the Spring 2016 semester. Her research, The Impact of Work on the Self Concept of the Employed Homeless, focused on addressing the perceptible ramifications and benefits of work on the individual—specifically for those reentering the workforce while unsheltered. A mixed-method approach using in-depth interview and a questionnaire was utilized in this cross sectional study which found that highly individualized work placement into jobs using skills from ones work experience prior to homelessness is key to positive work re-entry.

Class of 2015-16!

Congratulations to our 2015-16 Anthropology & Sociology graduates!




Anth/Soc End of the Year Party

The Anthropology & Sociology Department took time between finals to celebrate the end of another school year and to recognize and honor our graduates.  Good times together!



Students Present at Santa Clara Research Conference

IMG_0647Four Anthropology & Sociology majors were accepted to present their papers at the 43rd Annual Western Departments of Sociology and Anthropology Undergraduate Research Conference on April 23, 2016.  They are pictured here along with faculty sponsor, Dr. Ed Clarke.

Megan Basalla – The Impact of Work on the Self Concept of the Employed Homeless

Kimberly Jackson – Tattoo Satisfaction Over the Life Course

Nicole Suganuma – The Japanese American Perception of Korean and Chinese People

Miranda Dupree – Meanings and Motivations Behind College Students’ Identification with Superheroes

Congratulations to these students who represented Vanguard well!

2016 Awards Chapel

IMG_2138IMG_2141The University Awards Chapel was held on April 21, 2016.  Three students from the Anthropology & Sociology Department received awards at this ceremony.

The Outstanding Student Award in Anthropology went to Jasmine Ezell (left).  This award was given in recognition of exceptional knowledge and problem solving as well as academic excellence and a commitment to service.

The Outstanding Student Award in Sociology was shared by two students, Xanic Fernandez (right) and Kimberly Jackson (pictured below).  This award was given in recognition of student scholarship and social activity.

These award recipients will have their names engraved on perpetual plates in the Social Science Office.IMG_2224

2016 Spring Colloquium

SAMSUNG CAMERA PICTURESSAMSUNG CAMERA PICTURESThe 27th Annual Social Sciences Spring Colloquium was held on April 18, 2016.  This is a night of oral presentations featuring outstanding student research papers from Anthropology, Sociology, History & Political Science and Psychology majors.  Two students from the Anthropology & Sociology Department were chosen to present their research projects.

Emily Campbell (left) presented “Ring by Spring at Vanguard University.”  Kimberly Jackson (right) presented “Tattoo Satisfaction Over the Life Course.”