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BC Seniors Recognized for Excellence in Sociology

June 29, 2018

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Bridgewater College seniors Amber Celen, Clara Metzler and R.J. Southers were recognized for excellence by the department of sociology during the college awards ceremony.

Celen received the Zygmunt Bauman Scholar Award, which is given to a student who demonstrates outstanding scholarship and leadership in the classroom and exemplifies academic citizenship in the department.

Celen, a sociology and communication, technology and culture double major, is the daughter of Theodore and Janis Celen of Townsend, Del. She is a member of Psi Chi, an international psychology honor society; Lambda Pi Eta, a national communication studies honor society; and Omicron Delta Kappa, a national leadership honor society. She is also a member of the college’s Flory Honors Program and serves as a tutor in the department of sociology.

Metzler received the Arlie Hochschild Research Award, which is presented to a graduating senior whose research exemplifies the most ambitious traditions of the discipline.

Metzler, a sociology major, is from Dayton, Va. She completed an honors project, “A Qualitative Analysis of the Emergency Food System in Rockingham County and the City of Harrisonburg.”

Celen and Metzler are members of the Philomathes Society, Bridgewater’s scholastic honor society, and Alpha Chi, a national scholastic honor society.

Southers received the C. Wright Mills Award, which is presented to a student who practices “public sociology” and models the daily use of sociological imagination beyond the classroom.

Southers, a sociology major, is the son of Robert Southers of Hinton, Va. He is a member of Omicron Delta Kappa. He serves as president of BC Allies, which promotes awareness of LGBTQ issues, and is co-creator of the Diversity League, an organization that promotes coalition-building among cultural student organizations and underrepresented students.

All three award winners graduated on May 5. Metzler, who completed her studies in December of 2017, is employed at Project GROW, a non-profit educational farm located in Verona, Va.

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