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Department of Government and Sociology holds its annual Outstanding Students Awards Banquet


Updated: 05-09-2014

Wednesday, April 30, 2014 marked the inaugural Outstanding Students Awards Banquet for the Department of Government and Sociology.  Over 50 people were in attendance as students were recognized for their academic excellence and contributions to department organizations.


Dr. Costas Spirou, Chair of the department, awarded former State Representative Johnny Grant (MPA ’04) with the Distinguished Alumni Award.  Mr. Grant currently serves as Director of Community Engagement and Economic Development at Georgia College. Following his award, faculty awarded outstanding graduating seniors in each of the three disciplines in the department.










Dr. Jerry Herbel presented Rob Evans, Juawn Jackson and Katharine Hill their plaques, recognizing them as outstanding Political Science students and Dr. McClure presented awards to Jonathan German, Daniel Montenegro and Maggie Finch as Sociology’s outstanding students. Dr. Sara Doude singled out Virginia Crocker and Gabrielle Vasquez as outstanding undergraduate Criminal Justice seniors and presented Kathryn Tapp, Tamara Voll and Amber Williams with the Terry Wells MSCJ award. Dr. Min Kim presented Robianna Hill the Malcolm Moore MPA Award for her exemplary work as a Public Administration student.










The newly formed Government and Sociology Student Association presented four Leadership Awards. Dayana Aparicio was awarded for her work with Sociology’s Debunkers. Peter O’Reilly was recognized for his leadership over Political Science’s Pi Sigma Alpha. Pre-Law Society’s Shelby Weitzel was similarly recognized and Gabrielle Vasquez received an award for her membership and contributions to the Criminal Justice Honor Society. 









Claire Sanders, Political Science Lecturer and Faculty Advisor to Pi Sigma Alpha inducted four students into the organization. Receiving their pins were Peter O’Reilly, James Gorton, Mary Atkins and Oliver Ladd.




Distinguished Alumni: Johnny Grant
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