The Fall 2014 semester has been bright with change and growth for the Sociology Department at the University of Maryland. This semester brought the addition of another wonderful cohort of PhD students whose keen insights and curiosity are only overshadowed by their amicable down-to-earth nature. The GSF is now co- led by the awesome Jessica Peña and Moriah Willow, who bring new energy and ideas to the GSF’s efforts to represent the voice and interests of current graduate students.
There have also been exciting changes in our faculty with the arrival of Dr. Andrés Villarreal and Dr. Wei-hsin Yu. We also welcome Milton Costen III as the new Graduate Program Coordinator and Dr. Liana Sayer in her newly minted role as Graduate Director. We celebrate the irreplaceable Karina Havrilla in her new position as Academic and Administrative Coordinator for the department and send well wishes to the always-pleasant and helpful Jessica Lee, as she leaves us to begin her new journey at UMD’s Office of Admissions.
Many thanks go to our contributors, whose stories we are excited to share with you. In this issue, look for a host of insights from our students on their favorite places to spend their working and non-working hours as well as their experiences with a variety of summer opportunities. You can also find tips from Melissa Brown on how to maximize your professional social media presence using Twitter. Don’t miss an interview with Dr. Dana Fisher on her history and dynamic work, as written by Joseph Waggle, PhD candidate and former Imagine editor.
This issue also highlights some of the wonderful work put forth by our own Mollie Greenberg, a second year graduate student. You can discover one of the Sociology Department’s inspiring undergraduates, Marcel Davelouis, and learn about Dr. Philip Cohen’s editorship of the American Sociological Association’s Contexts, another exciting development in the department this semester. Get to know Milton Costen III who has taken up the mantle as the Graduate Program Coordinator, and check out the profiles of the 2014 graduate student cohort and an update from one of our alumni, Dr. Sara Raley.
Note: Newsmag version of Imagine Newsletter in post above.