Loyola University Maryland

Sociology Department

Meet Some Recent Graduates

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Dr. Keane with Graduate Students
Professor Keane and 2007 graduates who are now employed by the FBI, and practicing law and social work, among other things.

Dominic Walker, ’13, from Baltimore City graduated with a degree in Sociology as a member of the Alpha Kappa Delta honors society and Co-President of the Sociology Club. One of his major interests as an undergraduate was the socialization process of students in schools. During his junior year he received the Peter Hans Kolvenbach Summer Research Grant to conduct research with a private, tuition-free middle school for underserved boys; learning about the students’ experiences navigating the culture of elite schools. Dominic talks about his experience at Loyola in this profile in leadership video.

Loyola Activities: Sociology Club Co-President, OAE Leader, Rock Wall Supervisor, Department of Rec. Sports Student Council Member, RoadTrip Atlas, FE 100 Instructor, Green & Grey Society Member, Kolvenbach Summer Research Grant Recipient.

“I discovered very early that Sociology at Loyola was one of the few majors at the University which gave students the opportunity to wrestle with the pressing issues of our society in pursuit of social justice and equity. Those two things became very important in my life at Loyola and I was encouraged every day by classmates and professors to grow academically, but also as a citizen in a diverse and dynamic world.”

Hilary Ippolito, '12, was a sociology major and gender studies minor from Boston, Mass, and a tour guide at Loyola University Maryland. In this video, she explains why she chose Loyola and the opportunities she's had in and outside of the classroom

Alex Peaty

Alex Peaty, '09, from Victoria, British Columbia, completed his B.A. in sociology while playing goalie on Loyola's Division I lacrosse team. (pictured right)

Alyssa Stoner, '09, graduated with an interdisciplinary major in sociology and psychology, with a minor in special education. Alyssa describes the importance of the “Loyola family” in this profile in leadership video.

Justin White, '09, from Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, graduated with a degree in sociology. He describes his way into service and student leadership at Loyola in this profile in leadership video.

Jawaan WrightJawaan Wright, '09, from Agawam, Massachusetts, completed his B.A. in sociology and began a master's degree in liberal studies while playing forward on the Loyola men’s Division I Basketball team. Aside from his prowess as a player, he was honored by the MAAC Conference in 2010 by being placed on the MAAC All-Academic Team. Wright was the only member of the 15-person team to represent Loyola. Team members must have a 3.2 cumulative grade-point average.

Mary Beth Neckles, '07, graduated with a degree in sociology and embarked on a year in the Jesuit Volunter Corp in California. In "Making a Career of Service," she reflects on her commitment to social justice.

James PorterJames Porter, '07, came to Loyola from Malvern, NY. He majored in sociology and minored in music. He was in the Honors Program and was inducted into Alpha Sigma Nu and Alpha Kappa Delta.

Activities at Loyola: Campus Ministry Intern (Connections Pre-Orientation Coordinator and CCSJ Liaison); Spring Break Outreach; FE100 Teacher; Green and Grey Society; Loyola College Chapel Choir; Loyola College Chimes; Loyola College Chorale; Loyola College Madrigals; Evergreen Players; Spotlight Players

“Two words sum up my involvement at Loyola - friendship and opportunity. Through organizations like Campus Ministry, I have met people who shared the same values, faith and passion for life as me. My closest relationships at Loyola have been with people who are also involved in Campus Ministry. The other organizations to which I am affiliated have allowed me to partake in activities that I genuinely enjoy doing and have allowed me to find groups of people who felt the same way about things like singing or acting. Being involved at Loyola has been the best thing to happen to me. The opportunities I’ve been afforded have also made an impression on my life at Loyola. I have had the opportunity to lead freshmen during their first week at Loyola, serve meals at an outreach program, help rebuild New Orleans and educate others about social justice issues. All of these things have helped me grow as a person, a leader, and even as a professional ready to enter the "real world." I learned a lot in classes, but it was what I learned outside of the classroom that I have found to be most valuable.”

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