Senior Thesis Poster Session: Today!


Just a reminder that the senior thesis poster presentation is today, Friday, April 27, in Trimble Forum, from 11:00 to 2:00. Be sure to stop by and check out the constellation of research projects our students have been conducting over the past year.

See you there.



Spring CSOCial tonight!

two young girls and a large cheeseburger

The Spring CSOCial is tonight, Thursday, April 26 at 5:00 PM in Jones Circle. Join your fellow CSOC students and faculty for burgers (see photo), veggie burgers, and more. We’ll all have the chance to meet the new CSOC club president, and faculty will briefly talk about some of the upcoming classes and other departmental news.

See you there!

Abi Phillips, Class of ’11, at the White House

Abi Phillips and students

We just heard from Abi Phillips, class of 2011. She’s a foodcorps service member with the Mississippi Roadmap to Health Equity, Inc. in Jackson, Mississippi. FoodCorps is a national service nonprofit focused on reversing the rate of childhood obesity by providing access to healthier food, teaching students and cafeteria workers about the importance of healthy eating and using gardens as experience-based educational tools. Abi graduated from the UPS CSOC department with a minor in EPDM and plans to continue her work in Jackson as the state FoodCorps fellow beginning in August. Here’s a brief paragraph about her visit to the White House:

After a weekend surrounded with influential food-world figures like the USDA deputy secretary, Kathleen Merrigan, the cofounder of Good Food Jobs, Dorothy Neagle, executive director of the National Farm to School Network, Anupama Joshi and school food reformer/author of Lunch Money, Kate Adamick the Foodcorps service members and national staff headed to the white house. We spent the bulk of Monday addressing congress with educational visits, sharing stories with individual members about the green smoothies now served in a few Iowa schools, the local student remedies for fire ants in Mississippi school gardens (like corn grits and mad stomping) and our ideas about how to create state-by-state school food systems that bolster local farmers, provide students with real nourishment and reduce waste. All in hope that we would meet Mrs. Obama, we gathered around Sam Cass, the family chef, who explained that unfortunately no member of the presidential family would be joining us, BUT the NEXT best was hoping to speak with us. Enter Alice Waters, pioneer of the current US schoolfood movement, owner of Chez Panisse one of the original restaurants to celebrate local food production and executive director of the Edible Schoolyard Foundation. Waters, a very sweet powerhouse of a woman, gushed with support and encouragement, feeding the FoodCorps ego in a very healthy way. Mr. Cass (who by the way said he would be a fig from a tree in the white house garden if he were a fruit or vegetable himself) showed us around the new white house garden where we talked to the white house bee keeper, learned about the president’s home brew (made from white house honey), talked to the white house chef and learned about the first lady’s present affinity for spinach and sweet potatoes AND saw the beans and collards that grew from heirloom seeds originally in Thomas Jefferson’s garden. It was a tremendously productive weekend in DC that will result in an even more productive foodcorps team next year and has me feeling very inspired about even more programs I can set up now for service members in Mississippi to implement within their schools this August.

Thanks Abi. Keep in touch.

Free Hip-Hop Show Tonight: Syrian-American Omar Offendum

Hi CSOC folks!

In recognition of Arab American Heritage Month, I’ve been working with Multicultural Student Services (MCSS) to host a concert which will feature the Syrian American hip hop artist Omar Offendum. Offendum has worked to inform the American public about the Arab community and the Muslim experience in the U.S. He is one of the leading Arab American artists and strives to connect the Middle East and U.S. through music and poetry. Last year, he co-wrote a song called “#Jan25” which focused on the Egyptian revolution that ushered in the ‘Arab Spring’ (please check it out below). He has been featured by PBS, Al Jazeera, BBC, and other well-known broadcasters for this particular song. If you’re free this evening, drop by the rotunda and check out his show.

April 24, 2012 @ 6:30pm — Wheelock Student Center Rasmussen Rotunda

Summer Internship Opportunity in Tacoma

The Hilltop Garden Explorer program is in the works for this summer and we would love to have some University of Puget Sound interns if possible.  The program emerged out of the construction of the community garden at the McCarver Park and seeks to provide a select group of McCarver Elementary School students with important knowledge about gardening, farmers markets, cooking, and nutrition that they can utilize in the garden and related community food activities.  “Graduating” students come back each summer to mentor the new bunch.  In just its second summer of operation, the program is a great way to spend time with kids as they learn about food, gardens, and community, as well as develop important leadership skills.  You can see more at:

The program will run from 7/9 – 8/23, 4 days a week from 9 – 2:00.  There will be 20 students participating (4th and 5th graders) as well as 10 mentor/teaching assistants (6th to 9th graders).   There are two positions available, and each receives a $1500 stipend.

Interested students should contact

Julia Martin Lombardi (Castings)


Carol Ramm-Grammenz (McCarver Elementary School)

Congratulations to CSOC Summer Research Award Winners!

Comparative Sociology would like to congratulate two majors who received Summer Research Awards this week:

Max Keyes, whose project is titled War Tourism: Shaping Memory and Perception in Post-War Vietnam

Max writes of his project, “I will be studying the role of dark tourism (travel to places associated with death and suffering) in shaping memory and perception in Vietnam after its war. I feel very privileged to receive this award and look forward to traveling and studying this summer!”

Evan Skamarock, whose project is titled Migrant Remittances in Rural Nepal: A Mixed-methods Household-level Analysis

He adds, “For my summer research project I will be studying the impact of remittances within households and communities in southern rural Nepal. The summer research money will allow me to get into the field, working with the individuals, families, and greater communities that are directly affected by these processes. Using primarily ethnographic methods, I hope to cultivate a better understanding of how this money is used, and its influence and impact upon the daily lives of those affected. I hope to situate the data within a wider discussion about the role of migrants, remittance flows, and development. This is a spectacular opportunity to cultivate and practice the methods learned at UPS. I feel wonderfully fortunate to be given such a promising opportunity.”

Congratulations to Evan and Max, we know you will both do great work in Asia this summer.