Dr. Vince Gil Collaborates with the University of California, Irvine, on their Medical Humanities Initiative

Dr. Vince Gil has been invited to be a collaborator in a novel program initiative at the University of California, Irvine. The Provost’s Office at UCI has begun a “Medical Humanities Initiative” along with significant funding to bring together the arts, humanities, and schools of medicine to further research, develop curriculum, and projects that will enable culturally sensitive and appropriate healthcare.

Dr. Gil is the only off-campus member among a select group of UCI faculty/department chairs that have either volunteered or been recruited to serve on the Medical Humanities Research Workgroup, charged with generating novel research possibilities, curricular, and other venues that further the Medical Humanities. Dr. Gil recently created an instrument to poll UCI faculty and students regarding their involvements with Medical Humanities projects — a first step among many more to come to ascertain, encourage, and then develop Medical Humanities as a bona fide field at UCI. Dr. Gil states,

“We are also working on developing a workshop for funding opportunities involving Medical Humanities projects, suitable for both undergraduate and graduate students. Our Workgroup will be assessing worthy undergraduate projects for funding through the University’s summer Undergraduate Research Opportunities Program. As well, the Medical Humanities Initiative is providing seed money for research grants for faculty to engage in cross-disciplinary research.”

As such, Medical Humanities at UCI will become an interdisciplinary field with application to medical education and practice. The humanities and arts provide insight into the human condition, suffering, personhood, beliefs, and offer a cultural-historical perspective on medical practice. Attention to literature and the arts helps develop and nurture skills of observation, analysis, empathy, and self-reflection — essential skills for humane medical care. Medical Humanities provide the interdisciplinary approach necessary to investigating and understanding the profound effects of illness and disease on patients, health professionals, and the social worlds in which these live and work.

Dr. Gil is excited to be a part of a growing interdisciplinary field, as well as collaborating with colleagues “across the aisle” at UCI. Moreover, the involvement is providing models for interdisciplinary venues which can eventually benefit Vanguard’s own programs. “We can find instructional models and opportunities for mutual engagement here as well.” Dr. Gil counts it a privilege to be the only Medical Anthropologist on board on this venue.

Honor Society Induction Ceremony

SAMSUNG CAMERA PICTURESThe Anthropology & Sociology Department inducted students into their respective honor societies on November 13, 2014.

Inducted into the Lambda of California Chapter of Lambda Alpha, the National Collegiate Honors Society for Anthropology, were Savannah Cornelison, Hayley Flowers, Elysia Foraker, Arielle Lamech, Joshua Hummel and Alissa Kasper.

Inducted into the Alpha Zeta of California Chapter of Alpha Kappa Delta, the international sociological honor society, were Araceli Bravo, Liana Crismali, Jessica Ewert, Trinity Flores, Betsi Hernandez-Aguilar, Shannon Little, Brittany Miller, Natalie Ness, Kaitlin Niehenke, Ally Pelletier, Mayra Ramos and Alexandra Salazar.

Congratulations to these students on their superior achievement.



California Sociological Association Conference

IMG_1196Sociology majors Joshua Hummel, Xanic Fernandez, Shannon Little, Araceli Bravo, and Mayra Ramos along with faculty advisors Dr. Ed Clarke and Dr. Hien Park attended the 2014 California Sociological Association Conference on November 15. Josh Hummel presented his research Analyzing Put-Down Language within a Christian Community.

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!