UNK to Host 35th Annual Nebraska Undergraduate Sociological Symposium

Jess Enns
(308) 865-8764

The University of Nebraska at Kearney will host the 35th Annual Nebraska Undergraduate Sociological Symposium Nov. 7-8. This symposium, originally organized by sociologists from Nebraska colleges and universities, highlights and showcases the research done by students across the state of Nebraska.

Dr. John C. Allen III, a sociologist from the University of Nebraska at Lincoln, will be the keynote speaker. Allen is the current director of the Center for Applied Rural Innovation. The results of the rural polls conducted by his group appear regularly in newspapers across the state of Nebraska.

“We are very fortunate at this particular time to have John C. Allen III as our banquet speaker,” said Dr. Jess Enns, chair of the department of Sociology and Social Work. “His expertise and insights on rural populations and small towns and where they fit into the future of Nebraska is relevant at this time.”

Faculty, students, and community members are welcome to attend any of the sessions without cost. The banquet is Nov. 7 at 6 p.m. in the Ockinga Conference Center. Banquet tickets are $10 for students and $15 for faculty and community members and must be reserved by Nov. 5. For more information about the conference and/or reservations for the banquet, please contact: Dr. Jess G. Enns, Chair of the Department of Sociology and Social Work, University of Nebraska at Kearney, 25th and 9th Ave, Kearney, NE 68849, by phone: 308-865-8764 or 8505, by e-mail ennsj@unk.edu.


12:30 pm. to 12:45 pm. Opening remarks and general instructions
Cedar Room Dr. Francis B. Harrold, Dean: College of Natural and Social Sciences, Dr. Ken Nikels, Dean: Graduate Studies and Research
12:45 pm. to 1:45 pm Session One:
Cedar Room Section A: Paper Presentations:
Moderator: Amber Van Wyhe Erik S. Nielsen “Welfare Reform and the Structural Poverty of Single Mothers in the Inner City” Dana College
Thomas Lamoreux “A Weberian Analysis of the Detrimental Cycle of Economic Development: The Dangers of Bureaucratic Control in Contemporary Capitalism” Wayne State College
Room 310 Section B: Panel/Roundtable Discussion:
Sociology of Health and Illness: discussions of papers on content analysis regarding women’s issues.
Sarah Bowen “The History of Women’s Physical and Mental Activities”, Alicia Hausmann “Women and Reproductive Rights”, Denise Kring “What do Alcohol Advertisements Really Say?, Jessica Reinert “What Medical Advertisements Tell Us About Gender Roles”, and Jen Thalken “The Natural Look: Women and Beauty Supplies”. University of Nebraska at Kearney
2:00 pm. to 3:15 pm. Session Two:
Cedar Room Section A: Paper Presentations:
Moderator: Adam Rood Franchell Watson “The Effects of Ethnicity on Disability and Disability Outcomes for the African American Mentally Disabled” University of Nebraska at Lincoln
Devan M. Starks “Race: The Influence on Producing Inequalities in Education” University of Nebraska at Lincoln
Brian Mckenzie
 “Rethinking the Concept of ‘Race’” University of Nebraska at Lincoln
Room 310 Section B: Panel/Roundtable Discussion:
Advanced Social Science Research Methods. Discussion of methodologies, organization and outcomes of an On-Campus research project: Student Interview Project.
Megan Farmer, Elly Harder, Tom Lamoreaux, Mary Topete, Melissa Fluent, Carol Baier, and Todd Baier
Wayne State College
3:30 pm. to 4:30 pm. Session Three:
Room 310 Section A: Panel/Roundtable Discussion:
This roundtable discussion, as advertised, will focus on developing research projects concerning rural Nebraska. Dr. John Allen III will develop the discussion. Other college and university attendees can be involved in the discussion as well.
Cedar Room Section B: Roundtable Discussion:
This roundtable discussion, as advertised will focus on the theme: “Developing a Research Project: Where Do I Go From Here?”
6:00 pm.
Ockinga Seminar Center
West Campus-UNK Buffet Dinner Ticket required for the dinner.
7:00 pm. Awards Presentation: Dr. Kurt Borchard, Asst. Professor, Sociology, University of Nebraska at Kearney
7:30 pm. Keynote Speaker: Dr. John C. Allen III, University of Nebraska at Lincoln “The Role of Small Towns and the Future of Nebraska”
8:00 am. to 8:50 am. NUSS FACULTY BREAKFAST
Room 310 Meet and get acquainted with new Nebraska faculty, evaluate NUSS, plan for upcoming meetings and locations, and any other business that faculty want to bring up for discussion.
9:05 am. to 9:55 am. Session Four:
Cedar Room Section A: Colleen Foley “Water Resources and Population Growth” University of Nebraska at Kearney
Moderator: Wendy Gibbs Timothy J. Riveria “Repayment Investigation” University of Nebraska at Lincoln
Room 310 Section B: Kari Nott “Dating at College: A Kamikaze Mission” Doane College
Moderator: Rick Peterson Allison Hardy “Changes in Mate Selection in the U.S.” Creighton University
10:10 am. to 11:00 am. Session Five:
Cedar Room Section A: S. Genni Williams “Deconstructing Gaydar: Finding Structure in the Chaos”University of Nebraska at Lincoln
Moderator: Wendy Fie Mindy Rowan “Sexual Intimidation Among College Students” Doane College
Section B: Sarah Danielson “The Relationship Between Greek Affiliation and Conformity”Doane College
Laura Forster “The Relationship Between Religion and Spirituality Among College Students” Doane College
11:15 am. to 12:05 pm. Session Six:
Cedar Room Section A: Laura Bond “Changes in Youth Culture” Creighton University
Christina Berke “Homeless, Runaway Adolescents: A Look at Victimization and the Amount of Fear Involved” University of Nebraska at Lincoln