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Edgewood College Social Science Department Newsletter • Fall 2017–Spring 2018

Welcome to the Social Science Department! The Social Science Department is a multi-disciplinary department offering majors in Political Science, Sociology/ Anthropology, Criminal Justice, International Relations, Economics, and Sociology with a Human Services concentration. Minors are available in Economics, Health and Society, Political Science, Sociology/Anthropology, and Social Studies Teaching. Julie Whitaker, Department Chair

Social Science faculty offices are in Mazzuchelli Hall.

For more information on our department, please visit our website:

IN THIS ISSUE Film and Alumni Event....................p1 Cynthia Rolling Retirement............p2 Sociological Storytelling.................p2 Department Events & News ...........p3 Fall & Spring Graduates .................p4 Senior Seminar Projects.................p5 Faculty News....................................p6 Speed Mentoring.............................p7 New Course Offerings.....................p7 Alumni Spotlight..............................p8

Documentary and Alumni Reception Event The Social Science Department will present the award-winning film The Land Beneath Our Feet, directed by Sarita Siegel and Gregg Mitman, on Wednesday, February 21, 2018 at 7:30 pm in the Anderson Auditorium on the Edgewood College campus. This film follows a young Liberian man, uprooted by war, who returns from the USA with never-before-seen footage of Liberia’s past. The uncovered footage is embraced as a national treasure. Depicting a 1926 corporate land grab, it is also an explosive reminder of eroding land rights. What can this ghostly footage offer a nation, as it debates radical land reforms that could empower communities to shape a more diverse, stable and sustainable future? Discussion will follow with the directors. This film showing is free and open to the public. It will be preceded by a Social Science alumni reception from 5-7 pm in the Nona McGreal room. Appetizers and drinks will be provided.

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Cynthia Rolling’s Phased Retirement Cynthia will be retiring in Spring 2019. She taught her first class at Edgewood in 1977 (Introduction to Cultural Anthropology) and served as Associate Academic Dean from 1987-92. What she likes about teaching at Edgewood is the small class sizes and interactions with the students. She savors the challenge of responding to both the interests of the students and world events. “Teaching skills are valued and students aren’t passive learners here”, she says.

Additionally, she enjoys bringing her research interests into her classes, and working closely on independent projects in Senior Seminar and through Independent Studies. She has also valued teaching in a department where there’s a lot of collaboration among the different disciplines within the social sciences. Institutionally, she is proud of helping to create the Ethnic Studies program and the Women’s Studies program (now Women’s and Gender Studies), as well as working with a colleague to organize a 1997 national conference sponsored by Edgewood College on Multiracial Identity.

Sociological Storytelling Julie Whitaker has been involved in several initiatives to integrate storytelling into her teaching of sociology. She began by telling her own story at a recent Madison Moth storytelling event and participating as a “book” for a Real Life Library initiative at the Madison Public Library in February of 2017. The community storytelling experiences inspired Julie to bring similar forums to Edgewood. Through her Health, Illness and Society class in the spring of 2017, students recruited and coordinated a “Human Book Event,” modeled after the Real Life Library. This event included a dozen diverse student, staff, faculty and administrators who told 10-minute personal stories to small groups on themes of disability, documented status, sexuality, race, masculinity and bullying. This fall, Introductory Sociology students participated in their own storytelling event in class. Four of them, along with other students and staff at Edgewood, shared their stories before a live audience in the Washburn Heritage Room. To prepare for the event storytelling experts from the Madison Moth and Madison Storytellers held workshops on campus to help them convert their personal experiences into effective and engaging five-minute stories, on topics related to high school sports, cultural identity, homelessness, sexuality, racial segregation and immigration. 2

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Department Events and News KaffeKlatsch

Alissa Haskins wins prize

Held twice a semester, Kaffeklatsch is a time of conversation and fellowship for all students majoring, minoring, or taking Social Science courses and for Social Science faculty. Doughnuts, bagels, coffee, and fruit are provided. Dates for Spring 2018 are Thursday, February 15 and Wednesday, March 28, both from 9:30-11 am. These will take place in the first floor hallway of Mazzuchelli.

Professor Nicholas Spina took five Social Science students to the 2017 Wisconsin Institute for Peace and Conflict Studies (WIPCS) Annual Conference in Milwaukee, WI. Alissa Haskins, Jacob Huntoon, and Max Waring presented papers. Alissa’s “Playing by the Same Rules: Perceptions of Female Navy Officers” won a cash prize for best paper.

Articulation Agreement with Clarke University As of spring 2017, we entered into a partnership with Clarke University to recognize our HS courses as equivalent to their first year Master’s program. We have our first alum already enrolled there with more on this path. Sara Hanson organized a joint open house at Edgewood to advertise this program.

Guest Presentation Dr. Libor Zidek from Masaryk University in the Czech Republic gave a lecture on Real Functioning of the Centrally Planned Economy in Czechoslovakia. He was visiting as part of the Global Faculty Exchange Program.

Keith Findley speaking to a packed audience.

Heffernan Lecture “Wrongful Convictions” was the title of the 6th Annual Sister Esther Heffernan Distinguished Lecture, held on November 7. Presenters were Keith Findley, J.D. of University of Wisconsin Law School and Ray Krone, a former death row inmate exonerated with DNA evidence.

Health & Society Minor Launched In the fall of 2017 the Social Science Department launched a new minor in Health and Society. The minor is focused on the social influences of health and is interdisciplinary, with the majority of the class offerings in the Social Science Department. Students from a variety of majors are pursuing the minor, from Sociology majors interested in Medical Social Work, Communication Studies, Nursing majors and Biology majors.

Alissa Haskins

UN Anniversary Luncheon Dr. Spina and three Social Science students attended the United Nations Association of Dane County’s UN Anniversary Luncheon on Sunday, October 29.

From left to right: Michael Price, Mamadou Jawo, and Estiven Zhen Mulian.

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Ross Damon • History

Daniel Balistreri • Sociology

Emily Grahn • Human Services

Allana Collins • Political Science

Tatiana Lanher • International Relations

Joseph Disparte • Criminal Justice

Casey Woerpel • Business Economics

Jennifer Edwards • Political Science Cory Frye • Criminal Justice Eric Frye • Economics Samantha Gander • Criminal Justice/Sociology Alissa Haskins • Political Science Hannah Hathaway • Political Science Annie Kendzierski • Political Science/Economics Sean Kelly • Economics/Political Economy Shane Kieffer • Political Science Minh Le • Economics Megan Lyneis • Political Science/Sociology Haley Massey • Criminal Justice

Yesenia Villalpando-Torres was the Spring 2017 student commencement speaker.

Molly Mestelle • Sociology Sarah Moore • Sociology Ashley Pandow • International Relations/Spanish Rowan Sockwell • Political Science/Spanish Austin Schumacher • Criminal Justice Yesenia Villalpando-Torres • Sociology Gregory Zalesak • Criminal Justice Zachary Zdanovec • Economics/Political Science

Social Science graduates, from left to right: Eric Frye, Annie Kendzierski, Cory Frye, Jennifer Edwards, Daniel Balestreri, and Allana Collins.


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Senior Seminars Fall 2016 Projects Zeynab Ahmed Using Campaign Rhetoric to Instill Fear about Islam: Trump’s Presidential Campaign Speeches

Sean Kelly The Association between Rental Property Development and Community Economic Growth in Sun Prairie, WI

Joe Disparte Media’s Relationship with the Police

Shane Kieffer The Association between Political Advertisements and Memory

Emily Grahn Rehabilitating Juveniles: The Use of Positive Reinforcement Alissa Haskins Playing by the Same Rules: Perceptions of Female Navy Officers

Tatiana Lanher Raising Public Awareness: A Case Study in Social Entrepreneurship

Manning Moore Welcome to Neopets! Community in an Online Space Austin Schumacher The Death Penalty: Who Decides When You Die? Yesenia Villalpando-Torres English Language Teaching Methods and Outcomes for English Language Learners

Minh Le Effects of Physical Exercise on Earnings in the United States: Evidence from the NHIS

Spring 2017 Projects Daniel Belistreri

The Importance of the Correlation Between a System and Its Inhabitants

Allana Collins

Mass Media Consumption and Political Literacy: A Millenial Perspective

Hannah Hathaway

The Love Canal Tragedy and the Flint, Michigan Crisis: A Comparison of Our Nation’s Response to Public Health Catastrophes

Annie Kendzierski

Measuring Country Development: A Better Way?

Pay Me What You Owe Me: How E-Commerce Is Promoting Economic Justice for Marginalized Social Media Cultural Informants

Jennifer Ewards

Megan Lyneis

Mitch Egan

Controlling the Means of Reproduction: an Intersectional Marxist Historical Analysis of Abortion Legislation in the United States

Cory Frye

Discussion and Controversies Regarding Juvenile Sex Crimes

Eric Frye

Gridiron and Grades: An Analysis of Division 1 Football Graduation Rates

Sammy Gander

21st Century Policing: How the Madison Police Department Adheres to Obama’s Task Force Recommendations through their Policies and Procedures

Sex Education and the Constitution: How the Manipulation of the First Amendment Influences What Schools Can Teach the Nation’s Youth

Haley Massey

The Effect of News Media Portrayal of Criminals on People’s Perception of Deserved Punishment

Molly Mestelle

From Obstacle to Obsolete: An Analysis of the Native American Experience as Portrayed in United States History Textbooks

Ashley Pandow

Framing National Identity: A Content Analysis of Guidebooks for Central America

Austin Papenthien

Will Parnitzke

Employment: Less or More than an Ideal Solution to Recidivism

Jonathan Roehler

What are Citizens’ Perceptions of Law Enforcement Based on the Race of Officers?

Sammy Gander

21st Century Policing: How the Madison Police Department Adheres to Obama’s Task Force Recommendations through their Policies and Procedures

Rowan Sockwell

Ag-Gag Bills: What Makes Them Stick?

Tierney Twing

Self-Care Techniques: A Closer Look at the Madison Police Department

Jason Seufzer

A Critical Analysis of Chicago Homicide Rates

Gregory Zalesak

Sixty Percent Social Work and Forty Percent Law Enforcement: Police in the Schools

Zachary Zdanovec

Analysis of Trends of Exchange Rate Regimes

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Faculty News Belkis Cerrato Belkis and Jacqueline Geoghegan published “Effects of New Grocery Store Development on Inner-City Neighborhood Residential Prices” in the April 2017 Agricultural and Resource Economics Review. In March 2017 she presented research into the determinants of childhood obesity in Mexico at the Midwest Economics Association Conference in Cincinnati, Ohio. She participated in a mentoring program sponsored by the American Economic Association’s Committee on the Status of Women in the Economics Profession called CeMENT in San Diego, CA on June 2017. Steve Davis Steve’s book In Defense of Public Lands will be released June 2018 by Temple University Press. Patricia Egan Thirteen Human Service students joined with 600 professional social workers and social work students from across Wisconsin to create a strong advocacy presence at the Capitol during the National Association of Social Workers’ biannual Lobby Day. Students spend the morning attending policy briefing sessions on topics such as child welfare, health care, and juvenile justice. They then spent the afternoon meeting with state legislators to discuss their policy positions.

Students in the lower row, left to right, are Logan Bjerkos, Avery Babb-Shaller, Tammie Lepage, Hayley Gunderson, Becca Hipp, and Maggie Brozek. Students in the upper row, left to right, are David Walters, Carleigh Tucker, Cassie Beining, Yesenia VillalpandoTorres, Lacey Smith-Shelton, Anna Novacheck, and Nicole Krapf.


Carolyn Field Carolyn published her paper “Women Accused of Homicide: The Impact of Race, Relationship to Victim, and Prior Physical Abuse” in Advances in Applied Sociology on August 2017. This paper was co-authored by Dee Berg, an Edgewood College student. Cindy Rolling Over the last year Cynthia has continued her study of African-descended peoples in North America with a focus on the U.S. southeast coast and the MichiganOntario region, making visits to both regions in the spring and summer. She continues to audit classes at the University of Wisconsin including World Music, African American Music in American Culture and African Art and Architecture, incorporating materials from those courses and her research into her classes. Nicholas Spina Nick presented a research paper at the 2017 Midwest Political Science Conference in Chicago, IL entitled, “The Armenian-Turkish Dispute: Identifying Barriers to Reconciliation for the Armenian Government and Public.” Additionally, he was promoted to Associate Professor, became the new Faculty Advisor for the Edgewood College Student Senate, was re-elected to the Executive Board of WIPCS, and organized a faculty/staff summer softball team with MSCR. Julie Whitaker Through an Ebben Funded grant, Julie and Annie Bedore, a sociology student, launched a new blog called “Stories in Context,” that includes short personal stories embedded in their larger social context (storiesincontext. The first set of Stories in Context essays posted in October were on topics of immigration, racial segregation and mental health. Lastly, Annie and Autumn Battaglia, another Sociology major, initiated a new student club called the Edgewood Storytellers to promote the development of stories that can be written for the blog, shared in small forums or told in a public setting. Julie and Annie will present their project at the March Midwest Sociological Society meeting in Minneapolis.

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Speed Mentoring

Edgewood alumni provided “speed mentoring” to the Human Service interns, who rotated among the mentors in ten-minute sessions. The alumni mentors pictured here appear at the left in each pair, and from left to right are: Christina Hastings, Annie Weatherby-Flowers, Elena Aleman, Ann Goth, and Linda Van Tol. Seated at the right in each pair are the Human Service interns, and from left to right are: Cassie Beining, Helen Jaroch, Tierney Twing, and Becca Hipp.

During the “speed mentoring” sessions, Human Service interns were free to ask the alumni mentors for advice on topics such as career goals and college-to-profession transitions. The alumni are pictured here to the left in each pair, and from left to right are: Anna Bedford, Fatou Ceesay, and Christina Hastings. The Human Service interns are to the right in each pair, and from left to right are: A.J. Conant, Helen Jaroch, and Becca Hipp.

New Course Offerings Bridging Borders Class to Cross the U.S./Mexican Border • Spring Break, 2018 Given the salience of immigration as a social and political issue, Julie Whitaker’s Bridging Borders class are planning an immersion program to the U.S./Mexican border in March of 2018 to gain a deeper knowledge of the complexities of life at the border and migration from Latin America to the U.S. The trip will be organized and led by BorderLinks, an Arizona/Sonora based non-profit organization, whose leaders have built strong connections over the past 25 years to experts in border policy and practices and human rights. Through BorderLinks, students will visit locations on both sides of the border. They’ll witness border dynamics firsthand and have personal conversations with those most involved in border life.

Model United Nations

World Food Systems

Nicholas Spina’s course is an interactive simulation that allows students to experience the promise and frustrations of international diplomacy. At a Model UN conference, students serve as country delegates and negotiate resolutions to complex global problems within the UN institutional structure. Class activities will help students strengthen the writing, research and speaking skills needed before and during the conference. This past fall semester, the class represented Lebanon at the American Model United Nations International at the Sheraton Grand Hotel in Chicago, from Saturday, November 18 until Tuesday, November 21. Students participated in 30+ hours of intense simulations with over 1,500 college students from around the country.

In the last decades, the food system has undergone significant changes: agriculture has become heavily mechanized and the number of miles food travels from producer to consumer has multiplied. As buyers, we are no longer constrained to the local food variety or its seasonal availability. In addition, as incomes in poor countries have risen, people’s diets have become increasingly diversified with a greater reliance upon processed foods. In Belkis Cerrato’s course we will use basic economic theory to analyze world food production and distribution. We will explore and compare the benefits and problems experienced by rich and poor nations due to transformations of the food system. Topics to be discussed include international food aid programs, growth of urban food markets, and impact of government policies in food prices, health, labor structure, and the environment.

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Alumni Spotlight Ted Kozlowski

LaShell Lentz

Political Science and Philosophy Major 2000

Economics and Business Finance 1999



2000 • Bachelor of Science, Edgewood College

2007-2010 • University of Wisconsin-Madison MBA in Strategic Managaement

Work Ted Kozlowski is the owner, president, and senior instructor of DemandQuest. Additionally, Ted is often hired as an outside consultant to run digital marketing campaigns. In 2011 he was elected to the Stillwater City Council in Minnesota, and was elected Mayor in 2013. He serves as a member of the Board of Directors for the nonprofit Avivo.

1995-1999 • Bachelor of Science, Edgewood College Work LaShell Lentz joined Morgan Stanley in 2013 as a Financial Advisor and Vice President. She joined The Salvation Army of Dane County Advisory Board in 2015. Since 2010, LaShell has worked on the finance committee for the Girl Scouts of WisconsinBadgerland Council.

Marcia Morales

Haley Massey

Sociology Major and French Minor 2012

Criminal Justice major and Philosophy minor 2017



2013-2017• Bachelor of Science, Edgewood College

2014-2016 • Master’s degree, Public Health, Community Health Education University of Wisconsin-La Crosse

Work Haley is finishing up her final weeks at the Madison Police Academy and is looking forward to serving her community.

2008-2012 • Bachelor of Science, Edgewood College Work Marcia is the coordinator of the Safe Routes to School Program at UW Health. This program partners with the schools in Dane County to promote walking and biking to school, assesses health equity, and encourages physical activity to decrease childhood obesity.


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