Sociology and social work faculty present around nation, abroad

Several faculty members from the Department of Sociology and Social Work at Fort Hays State University have presented papers recently at national and international conferences.

Several faculty members presented at the Midwest Sociological Society's 2009 conference in Des Moines, Iowa.

Dr. Kathryn McGonigal, assistant professor of sociology, presented "Spurs, Spins and Wrecks: The Women Who Hold the Bull Ropes."

Dr. Marilyn Ray, instructor of sociology, and Dr. Brett Zollinger, associate professor and chair of the Sociology and Social Work Department, presented their study "Exploring Domestic Violence Victim Service-Seeking Behaviors: A Statewide Study of Kansas."

Zollinger also presented a paper co-authored with Dr. Darren Hendrickson from Eastern Illinois University, "Spending on Complementary and Alternative Medicine: The Impact of Illness."

Dr. Patricia Levy, assistant professor of social work, presented at the "Crisis as an Opportunity Organizational and Professional Responses to Disaster" conference in Israel. Her presentation focused on mass violence responses on a university model of intervention.

Levy also presented at the third annual Homeland Security Educational Summit at George Washington University in Washington, D.C. This presentation focused on a theoretical model of emergency management and response within homeland security.

Judy Caprez, associate professor and director of social work, Dr. Tim Davis, assistant professor of social work, and Levy attended the Kansas Council on Social Work Education retreat in Council Grove. Levy presented "A Collaborative Culturally Diverse Assessment Model for Mass Violence Intervention with Student Survivor."

Pelgy Vaz, associate professor of sociology, attended the National Technology and Social Science Conference in Las Vegas, Nev., where she presented "Successful Aging: Perceptions and Perspectives."

Caprez and Davis presented papers at the Association of Baccalaureate Social Work Program Directors Annual Conference in Phoenix, Ariz. They co-presented "The Relationship Between Recidivism and Swift Disposition Among Juvenile Offenders and Mothers."

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