Six students in the College of Liberal Arts and Human Sciences were among the 17 students in the 2018 cohort of Aspirations Fellows. Honored were: Julia Billingsley, a senior Political Science and Public and Urban Affairs major; sophomore Public Relations and Political Science major Haley Burnell; Katarzyna Goebel, a senior Literature and Language major; Lauren Hughes, a junior Human Development major; Ali Mayer, a graduate student in Higher Education and Student Affairs; and junior Publication Relations, Public and Urban Affairs, and Diversity and Community Engagement major Jordi Shelton.

The following faculty members were recognized as 2018–2019 Institute for Society, Culture, and Environment Scholars: co-principal investigator Katherine Allen, Human Development and Family Science, co-principal investigator France Belanger, and consultant Jill Kiecolt, Sociology, “An Interdisciplinary Study of Intelligent Home Assistants’ Invasiveness in Family Units”; co-investigator Ben Katz, Human Development and Family Science, co-investigator Tina Savla, Human Development and Family Science and Center for Gerontology, principal investigator Brenda Davy, and co-investigator Kevin Davy, “Premeal Water and Weight Loss: Cognitive, Behavioral, and Physiological Aspects”; and principal investigator Eunju Hwang, Apparel, Housing, and Resource Management, co-principal investigator Nancy Brossoie, Center for Gerontology, and co-investigators Max Stephenson and Sophie Wenzel, “An Interdisciplinary Team Approach to Study Age Friendly Community Initiatives and Policies.”

The following students were awarded scholarships from the College of Liberal Arts and Human Sciences in support of study abroad participation.

For Summer 2018 Session I: Nala Chehade, History and International Studies, Oman; Victoria Driggs, Music Education, Spain; Emily Gurganus, Professional and Technical Writing and Literature and Language, United Kingdom; Alana Hassett, Professional and Technical Writing and Creative Writing, United Kingdom; Amy Hensler, Political Science, Oman; Jenna Humphrey, International Studies, Paris; Nathaniel Inman, Russian, Latvia; Danielle Jeffers, Multimedia Journalism, Switzerland; Marcella Kaplan, Russian and Civil and Environmental Engineering, Latvia; Montana Koslowski, Political Science and History, Oman; Scottie Lynch, History, Paris; Timothy Miles, Religion and Culture, Oman; Katherine Simko, International Public Policy, Oman; and Abigail Wentworth, Public Relations and Spanish, Spain.

For Summer 2018 Session II: Amanda Young, Literature and Language, Japan.

For Fall 2018: Cecelia Burger, History and Political Science, Switzerland; Kaitlyn Flecker, Religion and Culture, Switzerland; Cheyenne Fortune DeLuna, Human Development, Switzerland; Moira Miller, Spanish and Physics, Spain; and Jeremy Tidman, Religion and Culture and Cinema, Switzerland.

The following College of Liberal Arts and Human Sciences students accepted the invitation to become members of Phi Beta Kappa this semester: Emily Allen, Political Science; Alexa Amster, French and Public Relations; Mycah Ausberry, French and Public Relations;Julia Billingsley, Political Science; Alexandra Bochna, History and Political Science; Nala Chehade, History and International Studies; Samantha Conlin, Human Development; Amy Davis, Spanish; Ashley Doyle, Public Relations; Samantha Drury, Political Science; Deonté Easter, International Studies; Ann Esmond, Creative Writing and Literature and Language; Megan Finkbeiner, Public Relations; Dara Finley, Political Science; Caroline Fountain, Political Science; Zane Grey, Political Science; Cassandra Hanson, Music; Maria Jernigan, Philosophy, Spanish, and Theatre Arts; Kyle Jewell, Philosophy; Alexa Jones, Political Science; Alexandra Jones, Russian; Andrew Kapinos, History; Joshua Kim, Literature and Language; Jessica King, Communication Studies and International Studies; Ashton Lineberry, Literature and Language; Kyle Manuel, Political Science; John Mastakas, History; Haley Meade, Religion and CultureAllyson Miller, International Studies; Kenneth Miller, Classical Studies and History; Nicholas Milroy, Political Science; Jillian Mouton, Creative Writing, Literature and Language, and Professional and Technical Writing; Kelly O’Brien, Criminology and Sociology; Virginia Pellington, Multimedia Journalism; Anna Pendleton, Public Relations and Spanish; Michaela Podolny, International Studies and Religion and Culture; Shalini Rana, Creative Writing and Professional and Technical Writing; Diana Schulberg, Political Science; Sarah Shinton, Political Science; Rachel Sutphin, Human Development, International Studies, and Religion and Culture; Carter Thompson, International Studies; Tully Thompson, Classical Studies; Jacob Tyler, Criminology; Katherine Wagner, Creative Writing; Stephen White, Philosophy; Madeline Williams, Spanish; and Nicholas Work, Political Science. The initiation took place on May 10.

Karen Roberto, a University Distinguished Professor in the Department of Human Development and Family Science and director of the Institute for Society, Culture, and Environment, will deliver the keynote address at the National Capital Region Commencement Ceremony on May 13.

Roberto, an internationally recognized leader in the field of social gerontology, will address the graduating students at the Center for the Arts on the George Mason University campus in Fairfax, Virginia.

The following individuals in the College of Liberal Arts and Human Sciences have been participating in the Virginia Tech International Refugee Research Project: faculty members Deborah Milly, the associate chair of the Department of Political Science; Katrina Powell, a professor in the Department of English; and Brett Shadle, a professor in the Department of History; graduate student Katherine Randall, Rhetoric and Writing; and undergraduates Jennalee Beazley, Spanish and Economics (Science), and Julia Monroe, International Public Policy and Spanish.

The project began in 2015; this semester a conference with international partners took place March 23–25 in Tutzing, Germany, in which the above faculty and graduate student participated, along with Kee Jeong Kim, an associate professor in the Department of Human Development and Family Science.

Rachel Sutphin, a senior majoring in Human Development, International Studies, and Religion and Culture, with a minor in Judaic Studies, received the Phi Kappa Phi medallion for the College of Liberal Arts and Human Sciences.

During her three years at Virginia Tech she has engaged in a wide variety of academic experiences – undergraduate research, independent study, study abroad, and an internship – and a variety of extracurricular activities.

Following graduation, Sutphin will attend the Columbia Theological Seminary in Decatur, Georgia.

Phi Kappa Phi recognizes and promotes academic excellence in all fields of higher education and engages the community of scholars in service to others. Each year Virginia Tech’s chapter of the society awards a medallion to one graduating senior from each college selected from among those students with the highest academic standing in the college.

College faculty who received Global Partnership Project Grants during the 2017–2018 academic year were: Joyce Arditti, a professor in the Department of Human Development and Family Science, and Amy Azano, an assistant professor in the School of Education.

Arditti’s research project, “The Effects of Parental Incarceration on Danish Youth: A Multivariate Test of the Family Stress Proximal Process Model,” involves collaboration with colleagues at the Danish Center of Applied Social Science in Copenhagen, Denmark, and Griffith University in Brisbane, Australia.

As part of her proposal, “Worlds Apart? Using a ‘Beyond Boundaries’ Approach for Global Understandings Related to Common Challenges in Rural Teacher Education in Rural Appalachia and Rural Australia,” Azano will collaborate with colleagues at the University of Canberra and Queensland University of Technology in Australia.

The following students in the College of Liberal Arts and Human Sciences submitted an abstract for the Student Experiential Learning ConferenceAlana Aassett, Professional and Technical Writing; Allie Ahn, Political Science; Micaela Albright, Criminology and Sociology; Sebastian Andrade, International Relations; Paige Atherton, Human Development; Sydney Austin, Human Development; Dhanya Babu, Human Development; Andrew Bacso, Political Science; Grace Baggett, Literature and Language; Robert Beauchamp, International Studies; Bryanna Berry, Human Development; Maria Betances-Koegle, Political Science; Jensen Blevins, Human Development; Allie Bochna, History; Jessica Boehling, Human Development; Hunter Bowers, Political Science; Rachel Boxwell, Political Science; Amelia Brown, Communication Studies; Elysia Budu, History; Madeleine Caceres, Political Science; Sophia Campos, Philosophy, Political Science, and Economics (PPE program) and Political Science; Patrick Carello, National Security and Foreign Affairs; Jasmine Castillo, History; Allison Cedrone-Ricks, Human Development; Nala Chehade, History and International Studies; Oziomachukwu Chinaka, Human Development; Quinton Cookis, History; Michelle Corinaldi, Sociology; Conor Crotty, International Studies; Rachael Dawson, Political Science; Jessica Dorsch, National Security and Foreign Affairs; Ashley Doyle, Public Relations; Dara Finley, Political Science; Caroline Fountain, International Studies; Nicole Geis, International Relations; Michael Gish, Political Science; Katarzyna Goebel, Literature and Language; Hannah Goode, Professional and Technical Writing; Michaela Gosting, Human Development; Kelly Guthrie, Criminology; Tashi Gyatso, Political Science; Jason Hadley, Political Science; Hannah Hagan, Human Development; Thomas Hale, Political Science; Noor Hameed, Human Development; Kathryn Hampton, International Studies;Leah Han, Human Development; Robert Hanson, Political Science; Elizabeth Haugdahl, Human Development; Robert Hodges, Political Science; Lauren Hoyns, Literature and Language; Lauren Hughes, Human Development; Connor Ingalsby, International Studies; Danielle Jeffers, Multimedia Journalism; Jordan Jenson, Fashion Merchandising and Design; William Johnson, Theater Arts; Alex Jones, Political Science; Karl Krull, Political Science; Jordan Law, Political Science; Stephanie Lemus-Ortiz, International Studies; Natalie Logan, Human Development; Ira Long, Political Science; Lindsey Lozoskie, National Security and Foreign Affairs; Spencer Maclay, Political Science; Ronald Maniece, Public Relations; Bryan Marceau, Political Science; John Marin, International Studies; Alyssa Marshall, Political Science; Armand Matini, Political Science; Rebecca McCord, National Security and Foreign Affairs; Meghan McDonald, Political Science; Maura McDonough, Political Science; Kelsey McGregor, Human Development; Sarah Mease, Literature and Language; Jessica Meeks, Human Development; Kelsea Mensh, Spanish; Emma Morris, Political Science; Dana Mouritzen, National Security and Foreign Affairs; Jane Nunn, National Security and Foreign Affairs; Kathleen Pierce, Residential Environments and Design; Hannah Pledger, National Security and Foreign Affairs; Naire Poole, Theatre Arts; Shalini Rana, Creative Writing and Professional and Technical Writing; Carly Rettie, Human Development; Emma Rhodes, History; Nicole Romagnoli, Political Science; David Schmidt, National Security and Foreign Affairs; Andrew Schurr, Theatre Arts; Sarah Shaver, Human Development; Ben Shenal, Political Science; Allison Sieber, International Studies; Caroline Slocumb, Human Development; Ebone Smith, Communication Studies; Cricket Spillane, International Relations; Grace Stevens, International Relations; Julia Strang, Human Development; Claire Sutton, Political Science; Hannah Tarr, Human Development; Sophia Trout, Multimedia Journalism; Brigid Tuite, Fashion Merchandising and Design; Ashley Uy, Human Development; Jessica Vishneski, Human Development; Emily Warwick, National Security and Foreign Affairs; Sam Wentworth, History; Kelly Wiegand, History; Andrew Wills, History; Lindsey Windhausen, Human Development; Patrick Wirth, Political Science; Olivia Wood, History and Classical Studies; and Christian Yoon, Political Science.

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