ASC Sociology students present papers at WSC (March 2006)

sociology students and faculty

Dwaine Jennings, Amanda Morris, Sarah Cobos, Dr. Stephanie Gonzales, Adam Runyan , Susana Lopez, Ryan Laverdiere, Dr. Ted McNeilsmith and Dr. Grace Young attend a conference at Western State College.

Five sociology students from Adams State College had an opportunity to present papers at Western State College in Gunnison Saturday, March 3.

The conference, hosted by Western State College, is anticipated to be the first in a yearly tradition of offering students majoring in sociology an opportunity to present papers they have written in a professional forum.

The keynote speaker, Dr. Wilbur Scott, a well-renowned professor of sociology, is currently teaching and conducting research at the United States Air Force Academy in Colorado Springs. He held a talk on the Friday evening prior to the conference entitled, "A Different Kind of War: An Analysis of the Experiences of Ft. Carson's Soldiers in Iraq."

Approximately 75 faculty members and students at Western State College, as well as many community members in Gunnison, attended the keynote address.

Presenting on issues of crime and criminal justice, Sarah Cobos, '06, presented a paper entitled, "Adams State College Students' Views on the Death Penalty: An Investigation of Students' Self-Reported Data." Susana Lopez, '06, followed with a paper entitled, "Is it Practical to Incarcerate the Elderly?"

In the afternoon, addressing issues of multiculturalism, Ryan Laverdiere, '08, presented a paper on, "Polyandry in Tibet," while Amanda Morris, '07, presented a paper entitled, "Trafficking Chinese Women." Adam Runyan, '06, closed the conference with a paper entitled, "The Relationship Between Religion and Drug Use."

Adams State College sociology faculty Dr. Grace Young, Dr. Ted McNeilsmith, and Dr. Stephanie Gonzales accompanied the students.