Chair’s Welcome Letter
Dear Friends of Sociology and Criminology at the University of Iowa,
I hope that you and your loved ones are staying well in the face of the global coronavirus pandemic. It has been an eventful year for us. This semester our faculty and graduate students made a very quick pivot to virtual instruction for all of our classes—38 courses and 27 discussion sections.
This year we Welcomed two new faculty members, Louise Seamster and Victor Ray, who you can read about in this issue. With the growth of our criminology major, our department now has over 500 majors! And you may have noticed our new moniker. We changed our name to reflect our evolving identity as a department in which faculty and students are engaged in cutting edge research and training in both sociology and criminology.
I would like to congratulate our graduating seniors who have persevered through an incredibly challenging time to graduate as planned. You can read about many of their future plans in this issue of the newsletter. Our 2020 winner for the Outstanding Senior Sociology/Criminology Award is Sidney Martinez, who is graduating with a BA in Criminology and Global Health Studies, as well as a minor in Spanish. Sidney was an active member of our department, as well as of the University community. She served as the president of the Sociology and Criminology Club for two years and was a member of the Criminology Honor Society. She also served as the Director of Programming for KRUI, a local student-run radio station, and volunteered for a number of student groups, including the Student Judicial Court and “On Iowa!,” a welcoming event for incoming freshman and transfer students. We were lucky to have had Sidney and all of our graduates as our students, and I want to wish them the best of luck in the future.
We are always happy to hear from our alumni. Please drop us a line and let us know what you’ve been up to. And please check out our Facebook page to keep up on all the happenings in the department.
All Our Best!