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                                                  NOTES FROM THE CHAIR
                                                    This year marks the 150 anniversary of Florida State University,
                                                                                   th

Notes from the chair...............1,2            founded in 1851 as the West Florida Seminary. The College of Social Sciences
                                                  will have a sesquicentennial celebration Thursday – Saturday September 6-                                            SUMMER
Charles Nam elected Fellow in
the American Association for                      8, 2001. One of our distinguished alumni, Dr. Russell Thornton, will return
the Advancement of
                                                  to Tallahassee to give a public lecture on Saturday as a part of this event. He
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Science...................................1,2
                                                  will speak on his work as chair of the Smithsonian Institution’s Native
Melissa Hardy named Raymond F.
Bellamy Professor of Sociology.2                  American Repatriation Review Committee. The title of his talk will be
                                                  “Who Owns Our Past? Repatriating Native American Human Remains
Irene Padavic spends year at
                                                  and Objects.” Dr. Thornton received his PhD here in 1968 under the




                                                                                                                                                                       newsletter
Radcliffe Institute....................3
                                                  direction of Dr. Charles B. Nam, and he is currently Professor of Anthropology
Patricia Martin garners multiple
honors.....................................3      at UCLA. In addition to the public lecture, Dr. Thornton will make a research
Brian Karl Finch joins faculty as
                                                  presentation to faculty and graduate students on Friday as part of the regular
Assistant Professor...................4           Sociology colloquium series. This talk will focus on Native American
Jill Quadagno and Debi Street                     population history in the Southeast. Everyone is invited to both events.
win grant to determine changes                         This year has been very exciting in the department. We have recruited
in rates of Nursing-Home
Care........................................4     three new junior colleagues, expanding our numbers to 24.
Family Scholar Judith Stacey visits               •    Dr. Anne Barrett (PhD, Duke) will join us following her postdoctoral appointment at the Institute for Health,
campus....................................5
                                                       Health Care Policy, and Aging Research at Rutgers University. Her research centers on issues relating to
Larry Isaac wins NEH Award to                          the social construction of the life course, the subjective experience of aging, and individual well-being.
study Gilded Age Paramilitary
Organizations..........................5          •    Dr. Doug Schrock (PhD, North Carolina State University) is bringing to FSU his interest in studying the
Honors student studies housing                         reproduction of inequality from an interactionist perspective. His work emphasizes the role of identity,
issuesm builds houses..............6                   emotion, and narrative.
Noted Sociologist delivers
presentation and workshop on                      •    Dr. John Taylor (PhD, University of Miami) has just completed a postdoctoral appointment at Florida
Teaching.................................7             International University in the Life Course and Health Research Center. He works on the relationship
Melonie Heron takes leave to                           between social stress and psychological well-being over the life course. John is the first core faculty
study families and neighborhoods                       member for a new graduate program in Social Epidemiology being established by the College of Social
in LA.......................................7
                                                       Sciences. Recruitment is underway for two additional faculty members to join the epidemiology program,
Southeastern Undergraduate                             and I am hopeful that one or both of these will also join our department.
Sociology Symposium.............7

Colloquium Series provides
                                                       The other side of recruiting is placement, and our graduate students are having wonderful success on the
intellectual stimulation............8             job market. This year we will have seven students complete the PhD, and all are finding good positions in line
Sociology collective has banner                   with their professional and personal interests.
year..........................................9
                                                  •    Jennifer Reid-Keene will become assistant professor at the University of Nevada, Las Vegas
Student and Faculty honored at                    •    Daniel Harrison is a lecturer at Western College in Gunnisten CO
Departmental Awards
Celebration.............................9         •    Kim Shuey is considering several positions, including a federally funded post-doc
                                                  •    Anastasia Prokos will take a post-doc at the Center for Working Families at Berkeley
SWS........................................9
                                                  •    Mike Shader is a Social Science Program Specialist with the U.S. Office of Juvenile Justice and Delinquency
Florida State and the Sociology                   •    Hosanna Soler will take a post-doc at the Department of Epidemiology, Yale Medical School.
Department sponsor guest
lectures....................................10    •    Andrea Willson will take a post-doc at the Carolina Population Center, UNC Chapel-Hill
Graduate student
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achievements...........................10
                                                  CHARLES NAM ELECTED FELLOW IN THE AMERICAN ASSOCIATION
Kara Riehman investigates
Substance Abuse.....................10            FOR THE ADVANCEMENT OF SCIENCE
News of the Graduates...........11,12               Charles Nam was designated a Fellow in the American Association for the Advancement of Science
                                                  (AAAS), the world’s largest general science
                                                  organization and publisher of the peer-reviewed
                                                  journal Science. AAAS serves as an authoritative
                                                  source for information on the latest
                                                  developments in science and bridges gaps
                                                  among scientists, policy-makers and the public
                                                  with the goal of advancing science and science
Editors:
Noella Dietz
                                                  education. Founded in Philadelphia in 1848,
Irene Padavic                                     AAAS is among the oldest societies in America.
                                                      Election as a Fellow of the AAAS is an             Charles Nam (seated, center) is joined by colleagues at a
Special Thanks To:
Jesse Taintor for Photo
                                                  honor bestowed upon members of the
                                                  organization who have made meritorious                 celebration of his induction as a Fellow into the AAAS.
Assistance
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(Nam) Continued from page 1
contributions on behalf of the advancement of science. Charlie was pleased by his election, especially since social scientists are only a small
percentage of those elected to AAAS Fellowships. Although the organization emphasizes the physical and natural sciences, Charlie believes AAAS
offers the best opportunity for bringing together the diverse sciences in solutions of common problems. Despite his status as an emeritus professor,
Charlie has remained extremely active professionally. His most recent publication is the co-authored Living and Dying in the USA, and he is
working with a colleague from Gdansk on a Polish adaptation of his last textbook, Understanding Population Change. In addition, along with Ike
Eberstein and Bob Hummer, he recently received a grant from the National Institute on Aging to study social differentials in multiple medical-
cause mortality. Beyond those, he devotes a considerable amount of time to learning about his family genealogy, a pursuit he regards as having
demographic links. He will travel to Europe this summer to visit the Eastern European villages where his parents were born and to attend a
genealogy conference in London.
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     Successful recruiting and placement reflect the quality of professional accomplishments within the department. Many students and faculty received
awards and recognition for the quality of their activities. Students’ accomplishments appear later in this newsletter. Among faculty, both Patricia Martin
and John Reynolds received University Teaching Awards. James Orcutt was named the best faculty teacher in the department this year, an award given
annually since 1979-80. Interestingly, Jim was also the first recipient of this award. He clearly hasn’t lost his touch! Melissa Hardy was named the
                                    Raymond F. Bellamy Professor of Sociology, which is a very high university honor based on the quantity and quality of
                                    her scholarly contributions. In addition to the teaching award, Pat Martin was elected President of the Southern
                                    Sociological Society this year, and she was also named the SWS Feminist Lecturer for 2001.
                                         We welcome our new colleagues to a department that is on the move. As we send this year’s doctoral graduates off
                                    to promising professional careers, we look forward to the new class of graduate students entering our program this fall. Of
                                    course, I invite your financial support to help continue our efforts. It is not possible to create and maintain an extraordinary
                                    program within the constraints of State funding. We need additional support for graduate student fellowships and for
                                    faculty recognition, ranging from research stipends to named professorships. Any and all expressions of support are
                                    highly appreciated. I am always very happy to discuss specific needs or ideas.
Charles Nam receives AAAS award     Ike Eberstein, Chair
  from organization president

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                         MELISSA A. HARDY NAMED RAYMOND F. BELLAMY PROFESSOR OF SOCIOLOGY
                           Melissa Hardy has been named holder of the Raymond F. Bellamy Professorship at Florida State University. The
                         awarding of this new named professorship honors two social scientists who have brought great recognition to the University.
                         Professor Bellamy was a distinguished academic pioneer who, from 1918 to 1956, provided strong leadership in the
                         development of sound scholarship at the Florida State College for Women (as FSU was known until 1947) and then during
                         the transition to full university status. Dr. Hardy is a distinguished scholar who has persistently championed values Bellamy
                         cherished—in particular, academic freedom, equality of opportunity for all who seek to learn, excellence of institutional as
                         well as personal vision, preparation, application, and steadfast honesty in intellectual life.
                              Professor Hardy received her Master’s and Doctorate with Honors from Indiana University, having completed doctoral
studies in sociology with a minor concentration in econometrics. While pursuing baccalaureate studies at Albright College, Reading, Pennsylvania,
she first recognized that her substantive interests in the social sciences and humanities could allow her to maintain her interests and skills in
mathematics, in the form of statistical analyses of research data. It was at Indiana University, under the tutelage of (among others) Professor Karl
Schuessler in sociology and Professor Ernst Stromsdorfer in Economics, that her abilities as a researcher matured. Her Master’s work in social
stratification became the first of a long and still growing list of published research articles, chiefly in the areas of aging, labor-force participation,
retirement, health care, and related public policies. She is the co-author of a research monograph, Ending a Career in the Auto Industry (1996), the
author of a text, Regression Analysis with Dummy Variables (1992), and the editor of a collection of original essays, Studying Aging and Social Change
(1997). Currently she and a colleague in England, Professor Alan Bryman, have assembled an international panel of experts in research methodology
for a new Handbook on Data Analysis (2002), to which Dr. Hardy will also contribute chapters.
     Since 1995 Professor Hardy has been Director of the Pepper Institute on Aging and Public Policy at FSU. She has also served as Executive
Director of the Panel on End-of-Life Care, under the auspices of Florida’s Secretary of Health and the Florida Legislature. She has been active in the
ASA since 1978, serving as a section officer on two occasions, and is also a member of the American Economic Association, the Gerontological
Society of America, and the International Gerontological Association. She has been associate editor of the American
Sociological Review, Journal of Gerontology, and Social Forces, among other journals. A 1985 recipient of a Developing
Scholar Award, Professor Hardy has also received awards for scholarship from various organizations, including the
German Institute for Economic Research, Berlin. Having lectured in more than a dozen countries, her international
reputation has brought recognition to FSU’s Pepper Institute.
     Among the awards she prizes most are those she received for excellence in teaching. She is widely respected
for her effectiveness in the classroom, especially as a teacher of statistics and data analysis, at graduate and
undergraduate levels. Advisors in programs other than sociology are known to say to their advisees, “If she’s
teaching it, take it.” One of the reasons she enjoys the Institute’s sponsorship of The Academy at FSU (a lifelong-
learning program for adults in the community) is members’ enthusiasm for learning new things. “That’s one of
the freedoms of life—and perhaps one of the lessons of age.”                                                                    Kim Shuey, Andrea Willson
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IRENE PADAVIC SPENDS YEAR AT RADCLIFFE INSTITUTE
   The 2000-2001 academic year marked the birth of the new Radcliffe Institute for Advanced Study at
Harvard University, and Irene Padavic was chosen to be a fellow in its inaugural class. The Radcliffe Institute
is a scholarly community where individuals pursue advanced work across a wide range of academic disciplines,
professions, or creative arts. Within this broad purpose, and in recognition of Radcliffe’s historic contributions
to the education of women and to the study of issues related to women, the Radcliffe Institute sustains a
continuing commitment to the study of women, gender, and society.
     The Institute provided stipends and research support to 63 fellows to pursue their research interests.
Irene made use of this valuable time to update her 1994 book with Barbara Reskin, Women and Men at Work.
This involved a major rewrite, but the research leave afforded by Radcliffe made it possible. The book is
scheduled for publication in December 2001.
     Irene thoroughly enjoyed the experience. “The Radcliffe community was extremely hospitable and provided
a setting that was very conducive to getting work done. My affiliation with the Henry A. Murray Research
Center was also a big plus. The professional and administrative staff of the Center, along with my fellow ‘fellows,’ were very supportive.” She regrets
that she didn’t spend as much time as she wanted getting to know Cambridge and the Boston area: “There are several years’ worth of activities to
do here!” The highlights were spending time with old friends and meeting new ones, participating in international folk dancing, attending lectures,
and visiting historical cites. She particularly enjoyed visiting the National Park in Lowell, the birthplace of the U.S. industrial revolution.
      Irene says she’s looking forward to pursuing her research on childcare with colleague Karin Brewster and getting back to teaching. “As much
as I loved the experience, I missed Tallahassee and my friends and colleagues.”
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PATRICIA MARTIN GARNERS MULTIPLE HONORS
                        It’s been a red-letter year for Pat Martin! She was elected to the Presidency of
                                           the Southern Sociological Association (SSS), will soon be touring the country
                                           to present lectures as the recipient of the Sociologists for Women in Society’s
                                           (SWS) Feminist Lecturer Award, was the honoree at a panel session during
                                           the annual meetings of the SSS, and won a University (Graduate) Teaching
                                           Award. Quite a set of accomplishments for just one year!
                                             Pat is excited about the program for the April, 2003 SSS meetings.
                                        “The program theme is (tentatively) “Disrupting Inequality,” which I hope John Reynolds, Melissa Hardy, Ike Eberstein
                                        will challenge the featured speakers and session presenters to think about
                                        how to overcome inequality in the U. S.— from inequalities based on race/ethnicity, gender, age, class, and sexual
                                        orientation to those based on able-bodiedness, appearance, region, religion, and other dimensions. I am in the
                                        process of setting up sessions to address these themes. My program chair, Idee Winfield of the University of
                                        Charleston, is at work recruiting program committee members, thinking of creative workshops and other
                                        experiential sessions, and finding a Zydeco band for our party at the Monte Leone Hotel. Yes, the site is New
Orleans. I hope sociologists from around the nation, not only SSS members, will attend.”
     The SWS feminist lectureship was established to provide a forum for feminist scholarship on campuses that are isolated, rural, or not located near
major metropolitan centers. Each year a prominent feminist is selected to deliver a lecture at two such campuses. Pat will travel this coming fall to the
University of Mississippi and to William and Mary, where she will give a talk titled, “Doing Work, Doing Gender: Women and Men Construct Each Other
on the Job.” Pat also discussed ethical issues raised by her research on rape crisis centers at the national SWS meetings this winter in Tempe.
      Our department was pleased to host a special session on Gender and Organizations at the SSS meetings in Atlanta this spring. The session honored
Pat’s being named the Katherine Jocher-Belle Boone Beard Distinguished Gender Scholar by the SSS in 2000. A large crowd showed up to hear presentations
from some of Pat’s former students and from leaders in the gender and organizations field. Pat’s former students – Catherine Fobes, Marlene Powell, Andrea
Stepnick, and Mindy Stombler – presented tidbits from their research (which ranged from analyses of priests and Promise Keepers to gendered play and gay
fraternities) and told stories of Pat’s impact on their intellectual development. Senior sociologists Jennifer Pierce, Dana Britton and Sharon Bird presented
papers, and discussants Ronnie Steinberg and Barbara Risman tied together the threads of the session. A reception afterwards facilitated continuation of
conversations inspired by the panel and allowed old friendships to be renewed and new ones to develop. Commenting at the session’s end, Pat said she was
intensely grateful to the session presenters, to Mary Lou Wylie for nominating her, to Ike Eberstein for soliciting letters, and to the SSS for having an award
to recognize gender scholarship. Pat said, “As I listened to the panelists and learned about their exciting research, my primary thought was: ‘With sociology
in the hands of scholars like these, the future of our field is bright indeed!’”
     The University Graduate Teaching Award is one of the highest honors the University bestows. (Pat had won before for Undergraduate Teaching.)
Comments on Pat’s nominations form noted her “deep concern for students’ welfare.” One student described Pat’s tendency to push them: “You
‘bulldozed’ over my complacency.” The readings you pick and the examples you use in class challenge the way I look at the world—they shake up, disturb,
and come close to ‘wrecking’ my ‘reality’. Processually, you constantly push me to do better. You push me to integrate new ideas, rewrite/write/right a new
and better story in ways that others can understand, which empowers me to not only use my voice but to have my voice understood by others. When
students ask me about your classes I say, ‘She’s tough and you may have moments of frustration and challenge. But when you’re done, you will have learned
our discipline. This is invaluable.’”
     Pat’s departmental colleagues feel that even these tributes do not fully tell the tale of the spirit of generosity we see in her. Her dedication to graduate
students — besides mentoring individuals, she is graduate director — and to the University community more widely – besides serving on numerous
committees, she presents talks and advocates for colleagues– are deeply appreciated.
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BRIAN KARL FINCH JOINS FACULTY AS ASSISTANT PROFESSOR
  We are pleased to welcome Brian Finch to our Department. Brian completed
his Ph.D. at the University of Texas, Austin, in 2000 and began a Robert Wood
Johnson post-doctoral position at Berkeley. He will be joining us in Tallahassee starting
the fall of 2002. Brian is working on several projects currently, some stemming from
work begun while he was at Texas and some stemming from his RWJ post-doc.
     In a project about Latinos’ Health, Brian is examining the effects of discrimination,
acculturation stress, and employment frustration on physical and mental health among
Mexican-origin adults living in California. This project is a collaborative effort with
Bill Vega of the Robert Wood Johnson Medical School in New Jersey. Several papers
from this project are in the works, and one has already appeared (written with Bohdan
Kolodny and Willam A. Vega): “Perceived Discrimination and Depression among                                              Brian Finch and family
Mexican-Origin Adults in California,” Journal of Health and Social Behavior (2000),
Vol. 41(3): 295-313.
                                     A second set of papers stems from Brian’s ongoing collaborative work with UT colleagues. These papers consider
                                the socio-structural determinants of health and have appeared or will shortly appear in Journal of Health and Social
                                Behavior and International Migration Review.
                                     Since arriving at the Robert Wood Johnson site in Berkeley, Brian has been working closely with S. Leonard Syme
                                of the School of Public Health to develop a new project on the social epidemiology of child health. He is currently
                                conducting an exhaustive literature review of race/ethnic and socioeconomic differentials in child health and plans to
                                investigate the factors that mediate between social status and child health that may be most amenable to policy
                                intervention and individual change. He presented his conceptual framework and early findings at RWJ Foundation’s
 Irene Padavic and Ana Prokos
                                Scholars in Health Policy Annual Meeting in Aspen, CO in May and plans to apply for a grant based on these data in
                                the near future.
     Brian says that the RWJ program has been invaluable in providing connections, time, and support. He is meeting researchers who are
referring him to relevant literatures, mentoring him professionally, and challenging him intellectually (including Ray Catalano and S.
Leonard Syme from the School of Public Health and Michael Hout, from Berkeley’s Department of Sociology). According to Brian: “I
cannot believe the amount of time I have to devote simply to research! It’s so much better than being a student: no more RA pressures, no
more dissertation pressures, no more course pressures—I spend a ridiculous amount of time reading, analyzing data and writing. It is a
fantastic program that I think will super-charge my career in research. The monetary support has enabled me to travel to conferences,
purchase books (lots of them) and software, and next year will help me to purchase some key data sets that will play an integral role in my
‘social epidemiology of child health’ grant. I would encourage everyone to participate in post-doctoral research opportunities or sabbatical
positions—especially this one!”
     Another advantage of this post-doctoral fellowship is that it allows Brian to return to his roots. He grew
up in Modesto and received his Bachelor’s degree from Berkeley. “I love the intellectual and diverse
environment of the Bay Area and the numerous bookstores and movie-houses.” His family life (wife Kari,
and children Avri — a 4-month old boy — and Kenda — a 2-year old girl) occupies all his free time, so he
skips many Bay area amenities in lieu of playing in the sandbox in the backyard and enjoying the beautiful
geography of the Bay. “I took Kenda to ‘bring your child to work day’ where we ate hot-dogs and got Cal
‘tattoos.’ The highlight for her was tearing apart my floppy disks and sticking the metal cover-plates into the
drive (I found out the next day, of course).” Brian feels fortunate to have found playmates for his children
in their dozen cousins in Modesto, about 90 miles away and close enough for weekend visits.
    We feel fortunate to have Brian as a member of our department and look forward to welcoming him
and his family to Tallahassee! (But we’ll keep his little girl away from department computers!)                          Amy Howard

  JILL QUADAGNO AND DEBI STREET WIN GRANT TO DETERMINE CHANGES IN RATES OF NURSING-HOME CARE
        Florida expends more of its Medicaid long-term care dollars on nursing home care than does any other state. Jill Quadagno and post-
  doctoral fellow Debi Street received a $198,000 grant from Florida’s Agency for Health Care Administration to identify the reasons behind
  this difference. Their analysis will assess trends in Medicaid nursing home utilization over the ten-year period ending in 1998.
        Despite the difference in Florida’s expenditures and despite the increase in Florida’s elderly population, the growth rate of nursing home
  use for long-term care has declined. We do not know the extent to which this trend is a response to policy initiatives, to changes in some
  characteristics of the aged population, or to other secular trends. In addition to isolating the factors influencing Medicaid nursing home
  utilization, Jill and Debi also will assess differentials among sub-groups of the elderly and across geographic areas within the state. This
  knowledge will allow the state Medicaid program to better target its resources and to reduce the state’s reliance on institutional care.

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FAMILY SCHOLAR JUDITH STACEY VISITS CAMPUS
                Noted sociologist Judith Stacey recently came to FSU as a speaker in the University’s new Vision Distinguished
                           Lecture Series. Dr. Stacey is the Barbra Streisand Professor of Contemporary Gender Studies and Professor of Sociology at
                           the University of Southern California and has written and lectured widely on the politics of family change. In addition to
                           her public lecture, Dr. Stacey joined faculty and graduate students for a departmental lunch where she discussed her past
                           research projects and her current work on the relationship between social change and politics of gender, sexuality, and
                           family.
                                Dr. Stacey’s public lecture, “Beyond the Tinkerbell Defense of Lesbian and Gay Parenthood,” considered how social
                          science research has been used in court cases involving gay and lesbian couples seeking to adopt or retain custody of
                          children. Until recently, lawyers and activists had drawn on social science research to argue that a couple’s sexual orientation
                          has little bearing on children’s outcomes. Dr. Stacey called for a shift in approach. Rather than seeking to substantiate
                          findings of “no difference” between these children and others, scholars should ask different questions, ones that open
possibilities for findings of difference. Differences are not the same as deficits, she noted, and in some areas, such as tolerance, differences favor the
children of lesbian and gay parents. Dr. Stacey has an article on this subject in the American Sociological Review, 2001. Her most recent book is In
the Name of the Family: Rethinking Family Values in the Postmodern Age, an analysis of contemporary family values campaigns.
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LARRY ISAAC WINS NEH AWARD TO STUDY
GILDED AGE PARAMILITARY ORGANIZATIONS
                          Reports of paramilitary groups have been flooding the news in recent years:                                         Timothy McVeigh’s
                                                  connections to Michigan militia groups, the Militia of Montana (“MOM”), and reports of other right-wing
                                                  paramilitaries are just a few. Right-wing militias and vigilante groups, are not new, however. Such groups
                                                  flourished in the fertile cultural soil of anti-statism, collective violence, and constitutional ambiguity sur-
                                                  rounding the right to bear arms and to form militias that were characteristic of the U.S. at the turn of the last
                                                  century. Larry Isaac recently received a National Endowment for the Humanities (NEH) grant to study
                                                  two very unusual elite paramilitary organizations that formed in the “Gilded Age.”
                                                    In 1877, private citizens of Cleveland, Ohio banded together to create a calvary unit (“First City
                                               Troop”) and an artillery battery (“Gatling Gun Battery”). They provided their own mounts, weapons (in-
                                               cluding Gatling Guns, the most deadly weapons of the time), uniforms (designed after those of the Prussian
army, the most developed at that moment in history), and armory buildings. Larry’s research asks three basic questions: What was the motivation for these
organizations? Who were the founders? Why did this mobilization of Clevelanders take a military form? Larry argues that the first two questions — the kind
historians would ask — are crucial for answering the third, more sociological, question.
     Larry’s first paper on the topic (“To Counter ‘The Very Devil:’ Nascent Labor Movement Events and the Making of Paramilitary Counter-Organiza-
tions in Gilded Age America”), presented at the Free University of The Netherlands and at the ASA meetings this past year, develops answers to these
questions. The Cleveland groups were motivated by the “great labor rebellion” of the summer of 1877. This massive strike and community uprising
against the railroads (and related industrial interests) was the first national-level militant mobilization of the American working class. The groups were also
fueled by the resulting “Red Scare” -the country’s first - which demonized workers’ demands for a voice in the workplace. The Clevelanders formed their
own military organizations in order to counter what they regarded as working-class perpetrators of evil and anarchy and because they regarded the police,
army, and existing voluntary militia units as distant, unreliable, inept, or corrupt.
    The men who founded the paramilitary organizations belonged to the Cleveland “upper crust” of the most powerful families dominating the leading
industries of the Great Lakes region: railroads, iron and steel manufacture, ore mining and shipping, and banking.
      Why did these men opt for paramilitary organizations as a response? At the time, a challenge to white elite Victorian manliness was raised by several
social forces: the increasingly diverse ethnic composition of cities, militant labor, and the women’s movement. The private military organization could serve
simultaneously as a sanctuary, a defense against impending chaos, a form of status closure, and a sign of moral
superiority. Although a variety of alternative strategies were available to these industrial elites, all were politically or
tactically sub-optimal, under prevailing historical circumstances, compared to the local private military strategy.
      Larry believes that his research will make a scholarly contribution in several ways. First, it will contribute to our
historical understanding of the crucial formative period of American capitalism that shaped the trajectory of the labor
movement for the subsequent century. The historical literature alludes to the possible existence of upper-class
paramilitaries (especially in the aftermath of 1877), but provides no detailed studies. By all indications, Larry is the
first to provide in-depth documentation of actual membership rolls and class status. Second, it will contribute to
social movement theory. Scholars have studied movement/counter-movement dynamics, but have little understanding
of why counter-movements take one organizational form over another. By studying the “First City Troop” and the
“Gatling Gun Battery” as capitalist counter-movement organizations formed in direct response to the nascent labor Graduate Student, Lori Parham
movement, Larry can provide a detailed account of what he calls the counter-movement organizational selection
process. Finally, this analysis will yield important insights into how social classes were beginning to take shape-forming very different industrial, neighbor-
hood, political, cultural, and family relations—under the emergent regime of industrial capitalism.
     Information about the elite paramilitary organizations is housed in the Cleveland Military Units archives at Western Reserve Historical Society in
Cleveland. Larry discovered these files quite by accident while on a visit to his hometown. According to Larry, “These are virgin documents; a few
historians know of them but no one has previously analyzed them.” He quipped that “historical archives are great places to spend Friday evenings . . . . Like Forest
Gump’s box of chocolates, you never know what you’re going to get.” He added, however, that “it does help to know some history and sociology theory so
you can identify a piece of ‘candy’ when you see it.”
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                                           HONORS STUDENT STUDIES HOUSING ISSUES, BUILDS HOUSES
                                                D iane Standaert, a senior Sociology major, recently defended her Honors
                                           thesis, entitled “More Than Houses: What is Necessary to Promote the Upward Mobility of Youth
                                           of Low-Income Homeowners,” and presented it at the Southern Sociological Society’s annual meeting
                                           in New Orleans this spring. In the process of building up the student chapter of Habitat for Human-
                                           ity and building affordable homes for Tallahassee’s low-income families, Diane became interested in
                                           the impact that programs like Habitat have on youth of participating families. Quoting from her
                                           thesis, she “sought to explore the ability of homeownership assistance programs to promote the
                                           upward mobility of the youth.” She was particularly concerned with the implications of building
                                           in different types of neighborhoods in Tallahassee, and whether placement in different neighbor-
                                           hoods affected the perceived opportunities and aspirations of the relocated youth. To address this
                                           question, Diane “cold-called” participating families and arranged in-home interviews with Habitat
                                           youth from around the city of Tallahassee. She found that regardless of the economic status of
                                           youths’ new neighborhoods, they remained isolated from middle- or upper-class role models. Fur-
                                           thermore, although nearly all these young people had very high occupational aspirations, few were
realistic or knowledgeable about the educational requirements of those occupations. Diane concluded her thesis with specific recommenda-
tions for diversifying Habitat’s future home building efforts, and is currently acting on these recommendations serving on the local affiliate’s
Board of Directors. John Reynolds chaired Diane’s committee; other members were John Myles and Chuck Connerly, a Professor of Urban
and Regional Planning.
    Diane’s fascination with Sociology began in Pat Martin’s honors class, “Sociology of the Workplace.” “We did interviews in the work-
place and that was when I became hooked. I decided I wanted to interview people and be more involved with people and their lives.” Since
then, Diane has taken many more Sociology courses that she found “challenging and thought provoking.” The class that spurred her interest
in her honors thesis topic was John Reynold’s “Social Classes and Inequality.” “We read Jay MacLeod’s Ain’t No Makin’ It: Aspirations and
Attainment in a Low Income Neighborhood. The class really made us look at how our own lives were affected by structural forces and how
those forces can push or pull us into various directions. I am intrigued by ideas of community and neighborhood because I believe we are
such products of the place we live and the people we interact with.” This belief in the influence of structures on people’s lives was partly
shaped by Diane’s participation in FSU’s Beyond Borders Community Service and Cultural Exchange Program summer program in Costa Rica,
which strongly influenced her and which she recommends to other undergraduates.
    Diane’s focus on community and neighborhood is not just academic. For the past three years she has been involved with the student
chapter of Habitat for Humanity, raising money and participating in hands-on home-building projects. She was president of the group’s FSU
chapter last year and led the University in its fund-raising efforts to build and sponsor its first Habitat home as part of the Dr. Martin Luther
King, Jr., Celebration 2000. This was no small event! The group raised over $35,000 and organized several student groups’ participation
and successfully built a house from top to bottom.
     As a result of her efforts, Diane was honored by receipt of the President’s Humanitarian of the Year Award. “I like to tell people about this
and to promote it because the University is good about encouraging its students to become socially aware and socially active. Florida State
really does encourage and care about students doing community service. And as Sociologists, we should all be involved in community
projects.” Diane has submitted a copy of her Honors Thesis to Habitat for Humanity so that her findings might have a more practical
application. “I am still intimately involved with Habitat for Humanity, but now I focus my volunteer work on how we choose where we build
next,” says Diane.
                                                  Diane is perhaps our first student who is also a circus performer! She has been a member of
                                             FSU’s Flying High Circus for four years and has two aerial acts and one ground act under her
                                             belt. Her current act, the Mexican Cloud Swing, entails per-
                                             forming a variety of acrobatic moves while suspended 25 feet in
                                             the air!
                                                   After graduation, Diane will be a Jane Addams Fellow at
    Michael Stewart, Steve McDonald,          Indiana University’s Center of Philanthropy where she will study
                                              leadership skills for the non-profit sector. She hopes to find a
    John Reynolds, Travis Deseran
                                              job working in a community development agency or non-profit
organization for a couple of years before entering graduate school in the field of Urban and Regional Plan-
ning. Her goal is to learn all she can about non-profit agencies and one day head her own non-profit
community development organization and do consulting work as well. In closing, Diane says, “I think as
individuals and especially as college students, we should always be aware of our fortunate position in life and
keep in mind that we can always give back to others.” We’re very proud of Diane’s accomplishments and
look forward to keeping up with her over the years.
                                                                                                                  Melanie Simmons
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NOTED SOCIOLOGIST DELIVERS PRESENTATION AND WORKSHOP ON TEACHING
  In February, Maxine Atkinson, Professor of Sociology at North Carolina State
University and President of the Southern Sociological Society, visited our department to
deliver a presentation on “Excellence in Teaching: From Undergraduates to New Ph.D’s.”
She also facilitated a workshop in which participants interactively built the agenda. Dr.
Atkinson’s research interests include pedagogy, sociology of the family and gender.
    Sociology students in the audience noted Dr. Atkinson’s ease and style as she moved
around the room freely presenting and responding to questions during her presentation.
                                   In the workshop, participants engaged in active
                                   learning strategies. Substantively, Dr. Atkinson
                                   focused on issues that were problematic in our
                                   discipline and in the university system as a whole.
                                   One problem that can arise in graduate programs stems from a tendency of professors to “hide the ball”
                                   about the requirements for success in graduate school. If programs simply expect the “cream to rise to
                                   the top,” they will inadvertently perpetuate gender and race/ethnic inequality. Participants came away
                                   from the workshop glad to have had the opportunity to re-think their pedagogy and to have done so
                                   interactively. We hope Dr. Atkinson pays a return visit soon.
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MELONIE HERON TAKES LEAVE TO STUDY FAMILIES AND NEIGHBORHOODS IN LA
                     Melonie Heron, an Assistant Professor in our department,
                                                 is spending the next two academic years at the RAND Institute in
                                                 California where she is working on the Los Angeles Family and
                                                 Neighborhood Survey, a longitudinal study focusing on families
                                                 and their neighborhoods in and around Los Angeles County. The
                                                 Survey is designed to measure how families and neighborhoods
                                                 affect children’s and teens’ development, how welfare reform ef-
                                                 forts and responses to those efforts differ within neighborhoods,
                                                 and the factors influencing micro-level residential mobility choices. Ashley Schmidt and Ian Bolling
                                                 She is working with well-known demographer Anne Pebley on
                                                 the project. Melonie reports that she is having an exciting time working at RAND. “I have settled in
                                                 quite nicely, and I really enjoy being at RAND; the people here are very nice and supportive, and it is a
                                                 very resource-rich environment.”
    Over 65 neighborhoods have been selected to participate in this project, with a total of 3,250 households participating. Melonie’s
responsibilities have changed since she began working on the project this past fall. “My primary responsibility initially was to draft the
neighborhood (“key informant”) survey, which was an interesting new experience for me. This semester, I am part of the team that tests and
evaluates the incoming Wave 1 household survey data (made up of interviews with adults and children). It is fascinating to be working on
what clearly will be a very rich data set.”
Melonie is working on several other projects as well. In addition to continuing to build her
independent research agenda on immigrants to the U.S., she is collaborating with Bob Schoeni                        This year, Emory University hosted the
and Leo Morales on a paper that examines several health outcomes                                                  Southeastern Undergraduate Sociology
of various immigrant groups relative to their U.S.-born counterparts. Melonie’s most recent                       Symposium, where undergraduate
publication is called                                                “The Occupational At-                        Alison Roberts presented a paper based
tainment of Caribbean                                                Immigrants in the U.S.,                      on fieldwork she conducted in her
Canada, and England,”                                                which is forthcoming in                      Family Problems class. The paper was
a new series entitled,                                               The New Americans: Re-                       entitled, “A Cookie Cutter Approach to
cent Immigration and                                                 American Society, edited                     Education.” The symposium provides
by Carola Suarez-                                                    Orozco and Marcelo                           sociology undergraduates the chance to
                                                                                                                  present research papers at a professional
Suarez-Orozco of                                                     Harvard University. We
                                                                                                                  conference, to meet other undergraduates
look forward to keep-                                                ing up with Melonie’s                        and faculty, and to get a taste of what
projects during her                                                  next year at RAND and                        an academic career in sociology might
to having her rejoin us                                              in Tallahassee!                              be like.
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COLLOQUIUM SERIES PROVIDES INTELLECTUAL STIMULATION
    Once again, Larry Issac pulled together a marvelous array of speakers
for the Sociology Department Colloquium Series, an event for faculty and
students to enjoy fine scholarship along with delicious cheeses and wine.
Our Friday afternoon colloquiua have become events not to be missed!
Larry drew presenters from close to home, starting with Ph.D. candidate
Anastasia Prokos’ “She Blinded Me With Science: An Examination of
Competing Explanations of the Sex Pay Gap Among Scientists and Engi-
neers.” Ana used nationally representative data to show that the glass
                                                                                 First Year Cohort
ceiling makes an important contribution to the pay gap between women
and men scientists and engineers in some scientific fields but not in others. Visiting Professor Dr. Gail Garfield presented
“Knowing What We Know: African-American Women’s Self-Defined Experiences of Violence,” which explored violence and
                                 the politics of interpretation in the lives of African-American women. Using Canadian Census
                                 data and a summary of Consumer Finances, John Myles discussed changes in earnings inequal-
                                 ity in Canada. John’s paper, “Accounting for Neighborhood Inequality: Economic Segregation,
                                 Income Inequality, and the Neighborhood Distribution of Income,” showed that Canada has
                                 seen a dramatic increase in income inequality between 1980 and 1995. And just when we were
                                 worrying about the effect of all that cheese on our waistlines, our final presenter for the year was
                                 Jill Quadagno, who talked about “Culture as Politics in Action: How the ‘Red Menace’ Derailed
                                 National Health Insurance.” Jill raised the questions of why the U.S. is the only Western indus-
  Pat Martin, Jim Orcutt         trialized nation without such insurance and why some U.S. sub-populations have access to it
                                 while the entire population does not. As always, each colloquium inspired thought provoking-
questions and answers. It is this type of intellectual atmosphere that faculty and students most enjoy at FSU. We cannot wait to
see what Larry lines up for next year’s series!


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   Faculty, Graduate Students, Family and Friends




                                                                         Ashley Schmidt, Pat Martin, Emily Boyd
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SOCIOLOGY COLLECTIVE HAS BANNER YEAR
  The Sociology Collective organized more events than ever before under the dynamic
leadership of Diane Standaart and fellow officers Amy Walsh, Katie Gellert and Melissa
Williams (and with help from advisor Ana Prokos). To ensure that the group continues,
members developed a constitution and officially registered the group as a University
organization. It now has official status and a bank account. That account was supplemented
by proceeds from a bake sale, which students used to buy eggs and candy for an Easter Egg
Hunt that the group hosted for the Springfield Boys and Girls Club. Several Collective
members participated in the March of Dimes walkathon to raise funds for fighting birth
defects and infant deaths. In addition to community service, the group held several meetings
                                  oriented towards topical issues. The “Hate Crimes” meeting
                                  drew about a dozen people who discussed the scope of hate
                                  crimes legislation. A meeting on “Revisiting Roe v. Wade:
                                  Abortion issues in the 21st Century” drew 40 people who
                                  discussed RU486, recent restrictions on U.S. funding of overseas family planning clinics, and parental
                                  consent laws. A meeting on homelessness featured Lina Rosso, director of the Tallahassee Coalition
                                  for the Homeless, and a meeting on pornography drew students who read articles ahead of time and
                                  discussed various aspects of the topic. Officers are in place for the 2001-2002 year, and everyone is
 Greg Lukasic and Henry Eliassen
                                  eager for next year’s projects!

STUDENTS AND FACULTY HONORED AT DEPARTMENTAL AWARDS CELEBRATION
  During the last week of classes, we celebrated the departmental award winners with
chocolate cake, good humor, and a big crowd of people. Awards Committee Chair and
Master of Ceremonies John Reynolds put us all in a jovial mood with his irreverent
introductions, new joke awards and his delicious gourmet cake. Everyone was delighted
when to his surprise he received the Sociology Graduate Student Union’s first Annual
Award for Faculty Contributions to Graduate Students.
     The Allen/Klar Award for Best Student Research Paper was awarded to Chardie Baird
for her paper, “Gender Differences in Knowledge of Parental Leave Benefits,” which analyzed
                                                                                                 Diane Standaert, James Orcutt, Chardie Baird, Gail
why women in her study were more knowledgeable than men about their employer-provided            Garfield, John Reynolds and Jaek Crepeau (Seated)

family benefits. Greg Lukasic won the Graduate Student Teaching Award, and Jim Orcutt won the Best Faculty Teacher Award. In
every semester of the past 3 years, no fewer than 96 percent of Jim’s students have agreed that he is a strong and effective teacher!
     The Best Undergraduate Course Paper Award went to Drew Fogartie, who analyzed the music at the Woodstock festival as it
related to the social movements and politics of the 1960’s. Diane Standaert was this year’s recipient of the Best Undergraduate
Research Paper Award; we describe her research project elsewhere in this newsletter.
    Three awards were new this year, thanks to John Reynolds’ creativity: Best Impersonation of a Faculty Member Award (to
Anastasia Prokos for taking on faculty-level responsibilities), the Night of the Living Dead Award (to Jack Crepeau for staying in the
computer lab until 4 a.m. most nights), and the Why Don’t You Stay Award (to Gail Garfield, our visiting professor for the year). We
look forward to next year’s awards, which will be hosted by Jim Orcutt, and urge him to continue the gourmet cake tradition!


 LIVELY YEAR FOR SWS CHAPTER
    Intelligent, lively discussions mixed with wine and cheese summed up this year’s meetings of
 the local chapter of Sociologists for Women in Society. Women and men from a number of academic
 disciplines came together for discussions on topics ranging from contemporary movies to
 contemporary toys. Readings on contraception and biology and on the embodiment of illness
 grounded two meetings, and a screening and debate on the Hollywood movie Charile’s Angels and
 a film and discussion on the influence of Barbie dolls were the centerpieces of two other meetings.
      The theme of the national group’s meeting this year in Tempe, Arizona was “Combining Feminist Activism and Scholarship:
 Global Perspectives.” A number of activist scholars, including FSU’s Pat Martin addressed issues of using scholarship in activism. This
 year’s graduate student contingent making the trek to Arizona included Noella Dietz and Ana Prokos, who said this year’s meeting was
 intellectually stimulating and good for the soul!

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FLORIDA STATE AND THE SOCIOLOGY DEPARTMENT SPONSOR GUEST LECTURES
  Guest lecturers are always a welcomed feature in University life and this year the Department of
Sociology was particularly excited by the array of invited speakers. The College of Social Sciences and
the African American Studies Program hosted Dr. William Julius Wilson in October as part of the Ed
Love Professorship Distinguished Lecture Series. Dr. Wilson’s lecture, “The Bridge Over the Racial
Divide,” focused on the possibilities afforded by multi-racial coalitions to effect social change through
grassroots efforts. Dr. Wilson is the Director of the Joblessness and Urban Poverty Research Program
and is the Lewis P. and Linda L. Geyser University Professor at the John F. Kennedy School of
Government at Harvard University.
    Also in October — right before the Presidential election — Michael Moore, the film director
and political commentator known best for his film about the effect of GM plant closures on Flint,
Michigan (Roger & Me), shared his thoughts on the U.S. political climate. Sponsored by FSU’s Vision Distinguished Lecture Series, Moore’s
                                       humorous presentation touched on a variety of topics and ended with a screening of an episode from his
                                       TV series, The Awful Truth. At a Dodd Hall reception, Moore answered questions, signed autographs,
                                       and posed for pictures—including this one of him with Sociology graduate student Steve McDonald.
                                                Finally, in the spring term, Sociologist Dr. Angela Davis was invited to FSU by the School of
                                           Criminology to present a lecture, “Incarceration of Youths in Florida,” which focused on social perceptions
                                           of young black men and women. Dr. Davis noted how children at ever-younger ages are being branded
                                           as criminals, although a gender difference in labeling means that boys are socially constructed as future
                                           criminals and girls as sexual deviants. Dr. Davis also addressed problems in the prison system in the U.S.
                                           and in Florida. Overall, students and faculty found this year’s lecture series quite intellectually stimulating.

GRADUATE STUDENT ACHIEVEMENTS
  We have many students who recently defended their dissertations or who will do so this summer. Congratulations to Dan Harrison, Jennifer
Reid-Keene, Kim Shuey, Anastasia Prokos, and Andrea Willson for well-earned Ph.Ds!
     Several students published papers this year: Hosanna Soler has a paper in Journal of Health and Human Services Administration and another in
the Journal of Psychoneuroendocrinology; Kim Shuey has a paper (co-authored with Melissa Hardy) in Journal of Gerontology; Steve McDonald has a
paper in Public Opinion Quarterly; Trent Moore has a paper in Journal of Health Management Practices and another in Journal of Health and Human
Services Administration; and Ana Prokos has a paper (co-authored with Irene Padavic) in Gender, Work, and Organization.
      Tina Deshotels was named the Program for Instructional Excellence’s Outstanding Associate. Steve McDonald won the James W. Protho
Student Paper Award from the Southern Association for Public Opinion Research. Lori Parham was selected for an advanced studies seminar on the
use of data, sponsored by the National Center for Education Statistics. Kim Shuey won the Graduate Student Paper Award from the Aging and the
Life Course section of the ASA. Second-year students Ashley Schmidt and Bryan Giblin have been awarded funding to attend the ICPSR summer
statistics workshop in Ann Arbor. Many students presented at national and regional meetings this past year: Gina Carreno, Jennifer Reid-Keene,
Chardie Baird, Lori Parham, Andrea Willson, Anastasia Prokos, Noella Dietz, Ashley Schmidt, Jack Crepeau, Steve McDonald, Jennifer Pemberton,
George Luke, Tina Deshotels, Trent Moore, and Michael Stewart.

KARA RIEHMAN INVESTIGATES SUBSTANCE ABUSE
    K  ara Riehman, a 1998 graduate from our Ph.D. program, is in the Los Angeles area
where she is completing her third year as a Postdoctoral Fellow at the UCLA Integrated
Substance Abuse Programs and working as a consultant at RAND. We recently caught up
with Kara at the winter Sociologists for Women in Society meetings in Arizona.
     Kara is continuing to pursue her abiding interest in the intersection of substance abuse,
treatment programs, and intimate relationships. In a recent article stemming from her
dissertation research, Kara examined how power dynamics in intimate relationships influence
substance abuse treatment motivation and outcomes. She found that the importance of
partners in outcomes differs for women and men: women tend to be more heavily influenced
by men partners’ drug use and treatment behavior. For example, while women with drug-                Kara Riehman (right) and sister in CA
using partners are less motivated to succeed in treatment than are women with partners who
don’t use drugs, the same is not true for men.
     Since arriving in LA, Kara has been involved in several other projects. In a pilot study
in a methadone clinic, she investigated the influence of relationship dynamics on clients’ progress in a three-week detoxification program. She
found the research fascinating, although studying these current and former heroin users meant she had to wake daily at 4:30 a.m. in order to recruit
subjects. She is currently analyzing the data and plans to publish the results in the next few months. The preliminary results indicate that female
heroin users in the sample scored higher than men on relationship power and control measures and lower on dependency and insecurity in their
relationships (the reverse of the tendency in the general population). She is analyzing whether these gender differences in relationship dynamics
affect treatment outcomes.
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    Another project has Kara in the field conducting interviews with adolescent girls in the criminal justice system who have participated in a co-
educational residential drug treatment program. This project has stimulated her interest in adolescents in the criminal justice system, and she plans
to write a grant that will allow her to bring her understanding of the impact of relationships to their situation. She sees much promise in treatment
programs guided by a family-systems approach to treatment. “These programs treat the entire family, rather than just the adolescent, with the
assumption that a negative family environment contributes to adolescent delinquency, and that this is the root problem that needs to be addressed.”
Kara feels that she can make an important contribution to substance abuse research by bringing to it the insights of feminist and gender theories, an
approach that is in its infancy in the area of substance abuse.
     Kara finds her new environment stimulating: “The best part of the job is that because I am working on so many different projects, I am gaining
experience in a number of different research areas. The hardest part of the job is the soft-money, grant-writing atmosphere, which is stressful
because it is difficult to get grants. However, RAND provides extensive resources both for research and grant-writing, and my coworkers here are
extremely collegial and open to new ideas and projects. I have found the methodological and analysis skills I learned at FSU to be invaluable as I
conduct my own research projects.”
     Kara has started an Organization Development consulting business, called “Secour, LLC,” with a UCLA-trained social psychologist. They are
in the process of developing a client base, and the enterprise should be up and running in the next few months.
     Kara’s most recent publication is “Gender Differences in How Intimate Partners Influence Drug Treatment Motivation” in the Journal of Drug
Issues, v30 (4), Fall 2000.


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NEWS OF THE GRADUATES
  Patience Gaia (B.A., 1998) is currently employed by the Florida Impact Education Fund, which represents a variety of low-
income populations who work together with service-providers to fight for social and economic equity. The group recently was
awarded a Federal grant allocating funds for food stamp outreach in Florida, and Patience is working on this project. “Over
the last few years, food stamp participation by eligible individuals has dropped, while other organizations like food banks or
soup kitchens have seen a rise in the number of their participants. My job is to develop a partnership with five community-
based organizations so they can pre-screen potential clients for food stamps, and in the process I research why food stamp
participation has decreased.” She has found the skills she learned at FSU invaluable in doing this research. Patience finds
her work-filled days exhilarating and wonderful. “This is a two-year grant, so I see my job as a stepping stone to working on
poverty-related advocacy. Making contact with people all over the state and stamping out hunger is something I have always
wanted to do!î Those of us who are aware of Patience’s lifelong commitment to social justice are pleased that she has found
such a perfect job fit!

     Catherine Fobes (Ph.D.,1998) received the 2001 Outstanding Faculty Award in the Social Sciences Division at Alma College
in Alma, Michigan, where she is in her third year as an Assistant Professor.
     K   ristin Surak (Honors B.A., 1998) wrote from Japan for the last time. She’s finishing her third year as an English teacher in the J.E.T. program and
will return to the U.S. in the fall. She writes of a recent trip to Tokyo: “So many people. I had thought Osaka was crowded when the guys with white gloves
push us into the train during rush hour. That’s nothing compared to Tokyo! Fabulous people watching: masses of salaried workers, fish mongers
high scool students in black lace “French Maid” outfits and blue lipstick. Stayed in a capsule hotel, which was an interesting experience. In Tokyo
there are only 2 that provide floors for women. I didn’t think it was like sleeping in a coffin, which is what I had been warned. It was bigger - more
like sleeping in a stuffy “pup-tent.” We hope Kristy will write next year from L.A., where she is beginning graduate study in Sociology at UCLA.
     Kenny Sucher (M.S., 1999) is in the nation’s capitol with a new job. at the Urban Institute.
     While finishing up her dissertation, “Making Godly Men: The Social Construction of Masculinities Within Promise Keepers,” Andi Stepnick
Ph.D., 1999) migrated to the University of Tulsa where she was a Visiting Professor of
Sociology. Since Andi’s graduation, she moved to Georgia to become an Assistant Profes-
sor at North Georgia College and State University. There Andi received an Excellence in
Teaching Award for Active Learning and was inducted into Pi Gamma Mu, an Interna-
tional Honor Society in Social Sciences. During her time at NGCSU, Andi remained busy
with teaching, research, and service work. One of her favorite tasks was coordinating
NGCSU’s Fourth Annual Conference on Women and Leadership. Andi also worked with
three student organizations: Habitat for Humanity, The Sociology Club, and the Student
Government Association. Andi’s next stop since graduation is going to be in Tennessee.
Beginning in 2000, she will be an Assistant Professor at Belmont University in Nashville.
According to Andi, “the last three years have been challenging and rewarding!” On a more            Andi Stepnick, left
personal note, Andi’s travels did not restrict themselves to the U.S. In May 200, she trav-
eled to Turkey and is off to Belize this May before starting at Belmont University.
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               L   iz Grieco (Ph.D., 2000) writes from D.C. where she is thoroughly enjoying her job with the U.S. Census Bureau where
             she is part of the Racial Statistics Branch. “Right now, I’m working on what we call the ‘Census Breif ’ series. I was primary
              author on the first of the series (Overview of Race and Hispanic Orgin; 2000, on the web at www.census.gov/population/
              www/cen2000/breifs.html) and am in the process of writing three others (White Population, Native Hawaiian and Other
               Pacific Islander Population, and Racial Diversity in the United States), all of which should be released in the next few
               months. I am also writing a paper with my boss on race in Census 2000 that will be published in Population Research and
               Policy Review and working on a number of other interesting projects research projects. I have also been taking various
              training courses, including media, SAS, GIS, and - get this! - management training (never thought that would happen!)” Liz
             reports that Amy Jamieson (M.A., 1998) is also working at the Census Bureau, as are Josie Baker, Jason Devine, anf Frank
            Hobbs (FSU Demography M.A. students). She notes that FSU is “well-represented here, and not just in quantity, either, but
          in quality!”




                                       What’s New With You?
                         We are very interested in news and announcements from departmental alumni.

                                         Please send address changes and news to:

                   Emily Boyd, Sociology Department, Florida State University, Tallahassee, FL 32306-2270
                                          E-mail: emb0796@gaarnet.acns.fsu.edu

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                                            http://www.fsu.edu/~soc/.
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