News and Events

Recently in the Division of Social Sciences...

November 15, 2017:  GIS Day
GIS Day is November 15, located in the Gooding Auditorium from 11am to 1pm.  Come hear GIS Professionals speak about applying GIS to a variety of careers.  There is also a student map competition.

April 27, 2016: JU Sociology Grad Honored for Service to Community

  • Leadership Jacksonville honored JU Sociology graduate, Nina Waters, for her service to the community. JU Geography Professor Ray Oldakowski and retired JU professors Joan Carver (political science) and Betty Winstead (sociology) were also in attendance.
April 25, 2016: JU Sociology Professor Heather Downs Hosts Careers in Sociology Networking Night at JU River House
  • JU Sociology Professor Heather Downs hosted a Careers in Sociology networking night at the JU River House. Each student brought two guests who are mid-career to network with the other students and make connections for future internships and potential job opportunities.
April 24, 2016: JU Political Science Society Co-Hosts Event with Jacksonvile United Nations Association
  • On Saturday, April 23, the Jacksonville United Nations ASsociation hosted an event with guest speaker Ed Coyle on the "Globalization of Terrorism in the Middle East." Mr. Coyle was the Foreign Counterintelligence Representative to the Supreme Allied Command Atlantic (SACLANT/NATO) and an inaugural member of the Jacksonville Joint Terrorism Task Force and the Florida Regional Domestic Security Task Force. The even took place at the Marine Science Research Institute on the JU campus.
April 18, 2016: JU Political Science Students Participate in Local Radio Show
  • Three students in Professor Rippere's Political Parties and Elections course spoke to Danielle Morgan on her radio show, Jax Journal, about the 2016 presidential election. The show aired on May 7.
April 17, 2016: Sociology Professor Nathan Rousseau Recognized at Celebration of Service Luncheon
  • JU Sociology Professor Nathan Rousseau was recognized at the Celebration of Service Luncheon. He received a President's Volunteer Service Award, Bronze Certification for his many hours of community service over the last year.
April 16, 2016: Three Social Sciences Faculty Honored for Teaching, Scholarship, and Service
  • Three Social Sciences faculty were honored at the 58th Annual Faculty Recognition Dinner for their exceptional teaching, scholarship, and service to the university and community:
    • Shelley Grant was honored for teaching
    • Sherri Jackson was honored for University Service
    • Ray Oldakowski was honored as a finalist for the JU Professor of the Year Award
April 5, 2016: JU Social Sciences Students Study Abroad in Cuba
  • Over Spring Break, JU professors Jesse Hingson and Ray Oldakowski led JU students on a Study Abroad trip to Cuba. The trip was party of a course that Hingson and Oldakowski team-teach on Cuba's history, politics, culture, and environment. The students were featured in a recent CNN broadcast.
April 4, 2016: JU Hosts Florida Geography Bee
  • On Friday, April 1 JU hosted the Florida Geography Bee. The Championship round lasted over 90 minutes, and Geography Professor Ray Oldakowski served as one of the moderators. Last year's Florida Champion, Rishi Nair, will be headed back to DC for the 2016 national championship.
March 31, 2016: JU Grad Accepted to Graduate Program at London School of Economics
  • Ben Leong, a double major in Sociology and Political Science, has been accepted tos everal prestigious graduate programs in International Relations. He will attend the London School of Economics and begin studying in Beijing, China in September.
March 17, 2016: JU Political Science Students Meet with FL House Candidate
  • JU Political Science students had lunch with Jason Fischer, current Duval County School Board member and candidate for FL House District 16 (Mandarin).
January 28, 2016: Political Science Students Interviewed on Jax Journal Radio Show
  • Dr. Paulina Rippere and two political science students sat down with Danielle Leigh from Jax Journal for a roundtable discussion about millennials and voting. The episode aired January 23, 2016.
September 24, 2015: JU Professor and Students Complete Election Poll
  • Dr. Ray Oldawkowski and students in his Public Opinion class conducted a poll of Republican primary voters. Dr. Oldakowski designed the questionnaire, and the students administered the poll over one week by calling Republican likely voters in Florida and asking their opinions about the candidate. The poll was sponsored by the JU Public Policy Institute.