8th Annual Careers in Aging, April 2, 2012

MU's Department of Applied Socio-Behavioral Studies and Pi Gamma Mu (social science honor society) again hosted a program for Careers in Aging Week. Careers in Aging Week is sponsored by GSA (Gerontology Society in America) and AGHE (Association of Gerontologists in Higher Education) to bring awareness of the need for professionals to enter careers that work with older adults and the needs of older adults. The U.S. population is living longer and there is a growing need for people to work in the field of aging. Some people work directly with older persons in a wide variety of programs and services in the community. Others work on behalf of older persons in areas such as research, advocacy, and teaching about aging. The goal of Careers in Aging Week nationwide is to showcase these types of work to bring people to the field that will work toward increasing the quality of all our lives as we age.

The Careers in Aging program this year had a presentation from Dr. Mary Ann Erickson, Chair of Ithaca College Gerontology Program. Dr. Erickson addressed the housing issues of older adults. Her talk covered a wide variety of themes, including the meaning of home, aging in place, age-friendly communities, and issues in senior housing.

Marx in Soho

The Sociology/Anthropology Club and the Political Science Club hosted a presentation of Marx in Soho on March 23 in Straughn Auditorium.

This is the critically acclaimed performance of Howard Zinn Marx in Soho performed by Bob Weick. The presentation was about the life and writing of Karl Marx and how that would be experienced in modern society. The play was more than just a political discussion; it was the experience of the life and mind of Karl Marx. Weick's powerful performance portrayed the largeness of the ideas and the human nature of man. The 90 minute performance was followed by an open discussion. Free t-shirts were available for the first 100 students through the door.

tim w harmonicaDr. Madigan's Spring 2011 Sabbatical

In the spring of 2011 I went on sabbatical to pursue four goals. First and most important, I wanted to conduct research on mathematics achievement and creativity of 1st and 3rd grade students in Pennsylvania, Taiwan, and China. Second, I planned on teaching the sociology of education to students at Central China Normal University. Third, I wanted to improve my Chinese. Finally, I desired to have Dr. Gale Largey's documentary movie on the founding father of American sociology, LESTER WARD, translated into Chinese. For the most part, I achieved all my goals and learned even more about the bustling new China.

To read more about Dr. Madigan's sabbatical, please click here.

Gwendolyn ZugarekSociology/Anthropology student studies abroad.

My name is Gwendolyn Zugarek. I am a 25 yr. old non-traditional, sociology/anthropology major with a minor in political science. I love traveling abroad, meeting new people, and learning about different cultures.

In the fall of 2010 I was able to study for a semester in Volgograd, Russia. This is when I got hooked on studying abroad and learning Russian. This school year, 2011-2012, I am excited about my next study-abroad adventure; the University of Tartu, Estonia, through ISEP (International Student Exchange Program). This awesome university has been open since the seventeenth century and not only allows me to study a new culture, but also to continue my Russian language studies. Though many people do speak Russian there, the main language is Estonian, which means I will be learning some of another language as well. Immersion is a huge part of getting to know other societies, as well as gaining a global perspective.

I would recommend study abroad to every student, and I am grateful to be a part of such a helpful, encouraging, and exciting department!

MU Sociology majors at the Eastern Sociology Society meeting

Students from the Sociology/Anthropology program again traveled to the Eastern Sociology Society meetings. This year they were in New York City held at the Millennium Hotel on Times Square. Three students presented posters on their research:

Sarah Mickey presented her work on Rediscovering Feminist Perspectives: A detailed Analysis of the Past and Present Issues of Feminism.

Erika Focht presented her research Satisfaction of University Students with 15 Services Provided on Campus

Kristen Badeau-Hauptmann presented her preliminary work on Compassion and Wellbeing.

The students were able to attend conference sessions to increase their understanding of the discipline.

Both Sociology faculty attended as well. Dr. Madigan presented a paper entitled Exploring the Gap Between Chinese and American Students’ and Dr. Purk presented a paper entitled Seusslogy, Using Dr. Seuss to Teach Sociology: a content analysis.

Peter and Gabby

PI GAMMA MU, October 2011.

Mansfield University students Gabriella Bottone and Peter Westcott represented MU's chapter of Pi Gamma Mu at the Triennial Convention in Washington, D.C. this October. Mansfield University's chapter was once again selected as a "Roll of Distinction" program. The organization is currently working hard at fundraising to support the Santa's Gift Bag project and the Careers in Aging Program.

To learn more about Pi Gamma Mu, please click here.


Students from Dr. Purk's Contemporary Social Problems class, current social work interns and three department faculty traveled to Washington D.C. on March 20th. They visited the National memorials and explored the Holocaust Museum to better understand the power of ethnic prejudices. They dined at a Thai/Chinese restaurant to try authentic dishes from those countries. On the second day students toured St. Luke's Homeless Shelter where they met with Leslye E. Wooley, JD/MSW, Director of Program Services of The Salvation Army-National Capital Area Command. They also met a representative from the National Alliance to End Homelessness who gave a presentation on the programs and the issues of the homeless. The field trip concluded with a guided tour of the U.S. Capitol building.


On Saturday, April 2nd, Dr. Clark, students from Archaeology 1103, and members of the Soc/Anth club traveled to Meadowcroft Rockshelter in Avella, PA and Grave Creek Mound in Moundsville, WV. Meadowcroft is one of the oldest archaeological field sites in the Americas, dating to more than 15,000 years ago. With expert narration from staff, the students experienced life in a Native American village, visited the rockshelter itself, and got a chance to throw a spear using an atlatl, a device used to improve accuracy and distance. Then, they traveled to Grave Creek Mound, one of the largest mound complexes in North America, built by the Adena culture two thousand years ago. Students toured the mound, adjacent museum, and archaeological lab.