University of Mississippi

Spring Commencement

May 2006

In conjunction with Spring Commencement ceremonies, the Department of Sociology and Anthropology held an end of the semester outdoor reception and awards ceremony on May 13, 2006 on the lawn in front of Leavell Hall. All sociology and anthropology graduates and their families were invited to attend the festivities which included drinks and snacks. Department Chair, David Swanson served as Master of Ceremonies. Janet Ford presented the 2006 Francis James Award to anthropology student Jenna Hale Phillips, Elise Lake presented the 2006 Julien Tatum Award to sociology student Jennifer Salu.

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Jay Johnson’s Distinguished Faculty Award Reception

On September, 2006, the College of Liberal Arts sponsored a reception in honor of our own Dr. Jay Johnson, who along with Dr. Richard Raspet from the Department of Physics, was named a Distinguished Faculty Fellow. Glenn Hopkins, Dean of the College of Liberal Arts, and David Swanson, Chair of the Department of Sociology and Anthropology Chair, presented the Award to Jay. Chancellor Robert Khayat also said a few words in honor of the award. Various faculty, staff and students from the Department of Sociology and Anthropology were there to help Jay celebrate his remarkable achievement. Congratulations Jay! Here are some photos of the event:

Two New Faculty Members Join Department

This fall 2006, Dr. Ahmet Yukleyen and Dr. John Sonnett joined the tenure-trackfaculty in the Department of Sociology and Anthropology. Dr. Yukleyen completed his Ph.D. at Boston University and joins the faculty as a Croft Assistant Professor of Anthropology (a joint appointment with the Croft Institute for International Studies). His specialty areas include modern Europe, the experience of Muslims in Europe, and International Relations.

Dr. Sonnett was awarded his Ph.D. by the University of Arizona and joins the faculty as an Assistant Professor of Sociology. He specializes in Quantitative Research Methods, Culture/ Knowledge/ Science/ Media, Environment & Political Economy, Comparative Methods, and Social Networks.

Dr. Grisham Retires

Our friend and colleague, Dr. Vaughn Grisham, retired as Professor of Sociology in May of 2006 after more than 40 years of service to the University of Mississippi. A special celebration honoring Dr. Grisham was held on May 5, 2006.

Vaughn’s Retirement, 5/5/06

Our friend and colleague, Dr. Vaughn Grisham, retired as Professor of Sociology in May of 2006 after more than 40 years of service to the University of Mississippi. A special celebration honoring Dr. Grisham was held on May 5, 2006. The festivities began on the Oxford Double Decker bus, which picked Vaughn and Sandy up at their home and, subsequently, traveled to campus to pick up colleagues, former students, family and friends at various locations… all a complete surprise to Vaughn. The bus took all party-goers to a reception held in Vaughn’s honor at the Memory House where guests enjoyed a breakfast buffet complete with Bottle Tree Bakery pastries and mimosas.
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Jay Johnson Wins Distinguished Faculty Fellowship

Dr. Jay Johnson, Professor Anthropology was named as one of two Distinguished Faculty Fellows in the College of Liberal Arts for 2006-2009. This prestigious award recognizes faculty who have made substantial contributions in teaching, scholarship, and service.

For a full story on the award click here.

Jay Johnson’s Distinguished Faculty Award Reception

Department Chair, David Swanson Testifies Before Congress

David Swanson, Professor of Sociology, testified at a September 6th, 2006 hearing held by the House Government reform subcommittee on Federalism and the Census. His testimony was focused on the Census Bureau’s annual population estimates program which is used to distribute 100s of billions of federal dollars each year to state and local governments.

For a complete story of the testimony, click here.

Ross Haenfler’s Research Featured in the Chronicle of Higher Ed.

A story featuring Dr. Ross Haenfler’s research on the straight edge punk music subculture was featured prominently in the recent September 29, 2006 issue of The Chronicle of Higher Education. Congratulations Ross!

David Swanson served as Guest Editor

David Swanson served as the guest editor of the forthcoming (February 2007) special issue of the Journal of Economic and Social Measurement on “The Census at the Dawn of the 21st Century” The papers in this special issue formed a session organized and chaired by Jeff Tayman at the 2006 annual Meeting of the Southern Demographic Association (Durham, NC).

Robbie Ethridge Organizes Southern Anthropological Society Annual Meeting at Ole Miss

Robbie Ethridge is the local arrangements chair for the 2007 Southern Anthropological Society (SAS) Annual Meeting which will be held on February 15-18 on the campus of the University of Mississippi in Oxford, Mississippi and in collaboration with the Living Blues Symposium and the Southern American Studies Association Meetings. The SAS theme for this year is “Southern Cuisines and Southern Foodways” (for more information go to www.southernanthro.org). This year the Living Blues Symposium is featuring “Blueswomen Today” (for more information go to www.livingblues.com). The Southern American Studies Association (SASA) conference theme is “Blues Tunes/Blues Text: Music, Cultures, and Literature in the Global South” (for more information go to www.lsu/edu/sasa.) In addition to conference sessions and keynote panels and addresses, the three conferences also will offer an array of featured speakers, readings, audience jam sessions, film screenings, a tour of the blues archives, and a night of blues at the Big Truck Theater in Taylor, Mississippi. All of these events will be open to participants from all three conferences.

Planning for 2010 Census

Cliff Holley, Interim Director of the Center for Population Studies and the State Data Center is working in conjunction with the Dallas Regional Census Office to conduct a training seminar for the Mississippi Planning and Development Districts on the University of Mississippi campus on November 13th and 14th. The purpose of this seminar is to allow the Planning Districts to redraw the boundaries for census tracts and block groups in preparation for the 2010 Census.