May 2015
SBS Convocation
Congratulations to the more than 1,300 SBS students graduating this spring!

Joseph Blair will be the keynote speaker at SBS's convocation recognition ceremony, which will be held on May 15 at 7 p.m. in McKale Center. Blair, a former UA and professional basketball star who runs a nonprofit in Tucson, recently returned to the UA after almost 20 years to complete his B.A. degree. More 

SBS Features
Karina Gonsalez

Meet the Recipients of the SBS Graduating Senior Awards

The recipients of the SBS Graduating Senior Awards are smart, passionate, motivated, and ready to take on the world! For starters: Trevor Gervais was an intern in the White House. Karina Gonsalez is a youth delegate with the UN Commission for Social Development. Michael Flowers took an innovative literary-historical approach to his research on youth subculture. Rebecca Renteria is an intern with the UA Community and School Garden Program, as well as a research and field assistant in the Laboratory of Tree-Ring Research. And Kaelyn Mahar interns at the Florence Immigrant and Refugee Rights Project. Click here to learn more about these impressive students!

Betsy Bolding and
Jon Huntsman

Betsy Bolding and Jon Huntsman Receive Honorary Degrees

Nominated by the College of Social and Behavioral Sciences, Betsy Bolding and Jon Huntsman will receive honorary degrees from the UA at this spring's ceremony. Bolding, an SBS alumnus and board member, is a well-known leader in southern Arizona. She is best known for her advocacy work and efforts in helping to improve the lives of individuals across the state. Huntsman, who is also the UA commencement speaker, is the former governor of Utah, a onetime presidential candidate, and a national leader for No Labels, an organization that works across party lines to tackle large challenges. More  

Alison Deming. Photo by Cybele Knowles
Alison Deming Named Guggenheim Fellow

Alison Deming, a professor in the Department of English and a chair in the Agnese Nelms Haury Program in Environment and Social Justice, has received a prestigious Guggenheim fellowship. Deming will use her one-year fellowship to work on a new book of essays focused on two lost industries, each magnifying the interwoven nature of culture and the environment. Her research will take her from the fishing villages along the Canadian coast to the fashion parlors of Paris and New York City during the Gilded Age. More 

Anna Ochoa O'Leary. Photo by Jacob Chinn
Anna Ochoa O'Leary Named Head of the Department of Mexican American Studies

Anna Ochoa O'Leary is the new head of the Department of Mexican American Studies. O'Leary, an associate professor in the department and the co-director of the UA's Binational Migration Institute, researches immigration, gender issues, the U.S.-Mexico border, and the culture and urban politics of Mexican/U.S.-Mexican populations. "I am delighted to have someone with Professor O'Leary's experience and community connections take the helm of this very important research, teaching, and outreach unit," said John Paul Jones III, dean of the College of SBS. More 

Innovative Writing Program Helps High Schools

The Wildcat Writers program, housed in the Department of English, pairs local high school students and their teachers with UA composition instructors and students. This semester, the teams explored topics associated with censorship, designing infographics, producing novels, and organizing campus events meant to promote literacy, creativity, and artistic innovation. More 

SBS News Briefs 
Vince Redhouse

Vincent Redhouse, who is graduating with a B.A. in philosophy, politics, economics, and law and is also a Magellan scholar, is receiving a Provost Award at the UA commencement ceremony. The award honors an outstanding graduating student who transferred to the UA from an Arizona community college. More 


Amanda Ehredt, who will graduate Summa Cum Laude with a B.A. in history, will receive the Robert Logan Nugent Award, which honors students who serve the community and University. More 

Cita Scott, Sallie Marston, and Moses Thompson from the Community and School Garden Program

At the Magellan Circle dinner last month, the Community and School Garden Program team received the Community Engagement Award, and Lillian Fisher received the Lifetime Achievement Award! More 

UA creative writing alumnus Geoff Coon provides tips on building your best resume in this UA blog post. 


Elizabeth Verklan, a graduate student in the Department of Gender and Women's Studies, was awarded an AAUW American Fellowship to complete her dissertation, "Objects of Desire: Feminist Inquiry, Transnational Feminism, and Global Fashion." 

Corey Abramson

An essay by Corey Abramson, an assistant professor of sociology, was published in The Atlantic. The essay is based on his forthcoming book The End Game: How Inequality Shapes Our Final Years. More 


Jibreel Delgado, a graduate student in the School of Middle Eastern and North African Studies, received a Charlotte W. Newcombe Fellowship for his dissertation "Defining Values, Morals, Ethics and Law: Rival Modern Muslim Revivals and the Reorganization of Islamic Knowledge."

Rosi Andrade

*  SIROW researcher Rosi Andrade published an op-ed titled "In Mexico, Domestic Workers' Story is Rags to Rags." More 


* Suzanne Dovi (Government and Public Policy) and Nina Rabin (SIROW) published the op-ed "Ever the Protectors, Moms Seeking Asylum Need Protection, Too." More


* The Southwest Folklife Alliance has been awarded $75,000 from the National Endowments for the Arts. More

Susan Stryker

Susan Stryker, a professor in the Department of Gender and Women's Studies, was quoted in the PBS article "Here's What Most People Get Wrong About the Transgender Community." More   


* A new app pays homage to the late Monique Wittig, a feminist trailblazer who was a professor at the UA in Gender and Women's Studies and French. More   

Susan Miller-Cochran

An article on online education at the UA discusses online composition courses and introduces Susan Miller-Cochran as the new director of the UA's Writing Program. More 


* A new study, led by emeritus Communication Professor Dale Kunkel, found that four of every five foods advertised to children are classified in the poorest nutritional category by U.S. Department of Health and Human Services guidelines. More  

Dept News
Upcoming Events
"Poverty in Tucson Community Forum"
Presented by the School of Sociology
May 15, 9-11 a.m.
Location: Habitat for Humanity, 3501 N. Mountain Ave.
Students in the Poverty in Tucson Field Workshop will present the results of their semester-long effort to collect data on low-income households across Tucson.
Raśl H. Castro Memorial Service 
May 15, 2 p.m.
Location: St. Augustine's Cathedral, 192 S. Stone
Film Screening: "Not Your Usual Bedtime Story"
Presented by the Southwest Institute for Research on Women
May 17, 10 a.m.-noon
Location: The Loft Cinema
SIROW is premiering a short film exploring sexual health, created by and for teens. Includes free breakfast and educational toolkit!
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