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Outstanding News from the School of Humanities and Social Sciences This Year

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During the 2014-2015 academic year, we have seen some exceptional feats accomplished by our students, alumni and faculty on campus, off-campus and across the world.

Some examples are Rebecca Flores, who presented her research to Congress people (and impressed them); Mi-Yeon Park, a student who created a project around empowering North Korean refugees through education; Women’s and Gender Studies students who presented their research at a conference in Puerto Rico on the intersection of feminism, power, and technology; and students in the Alcalá, Spain program who trained local immigrants in job readiness skills and provided simultaneous translation for an international conference where dignitaries attended – among their other impactful community-engaged work.

The Highlights

Across the School

  • The debut of the “Happy and Smart Students” series, which features the unique success stories of students and faculty (in a Humans of New York-feature style). Two examples were the eye-opening interviews were with Dr. Ashley Borders and Navid Radfar.


  • A sophomore Spanish major won a hefty grant from the National Collegiate Hispanic Honor Society to study abroad in Argentina.


  • A Sociology alumna started her journey to becoming an early childhood educator at one the Peace Corps’ most geographically isolated posts.


By Jack Meyers

Happy and Smart Students: Brandon Pugh

Brandon Pugh, senior Political Science major, was elected to his hometown’s Board of Education at 19 and is now the President of the Burlington Count School Boards Association. He even owns a business with his father that helps train government officials in homeland security.  See this story in its bite-size version on our Instagram and Facebook.… Continue Reading

Happy and Smart Students (And Faculty): Isabel Kentengian

Isabel Kentengian, instructor of Spanish, is a volunteer administrator for Children New Jersey. There she helps organize medical trips all over the world.  See this story in its bite-size version on our Instagram and Facebook. “How did you become a Spanish teacher?” “I’ve always been very involved in language education. I worked in TESOL (Teachers of… Continue Reading

What Rebecca Flores Taught Congress About Undergraduate Research

Rebecca Flores, senior Political Science major, recently returned from her presentation at “Posters on the Hill” about divided federalism, or ‘why states vote one party for President and another for governor.’ The conference was hosted at Capitol Hill by the Undergraduate Research Council, which selects one student from every discipline to partake in conversations with… Continue Reading

Guest Lecture: Dr. Ying Xiao on “New Social Media and Chinese Identity”

What + Who? Guest Lecture by Dr. Ying Xiao, assistant professor of Chinese film and media at University of Florida, about “New Social Media and Chinese Identity.” When? Tuesday, May 5, 2015, 5:30pm Where? Bliss Hall, Room 229 during Dr. Jia-yan Mi’s “Contemporary China” course Sponsor(s): School of Humanities and Social Sciences, Department of World… Continue Reading

This Week’s Events

(Updated from The Dean’s Weekly Letter every Sunday evening) Events Mon., May 4        Our annual Lanterns on the Lake event at 7:30 pm at Lake Ceva.  Come make your own lantern to release on the lake.  To create your lantern, join us at Armstrong 102 at 6 pm before heading to the lake at 7:30… Continue Reading

Alumna Profile: How She Took Community-Engaged Learning Beyond TCNJ

  Monica Dasgupta, pictured above, graduated from TCNJ in May 2014 with a degree in Psychology and a minor in Public Health – but perhaps her most exceptional TCNJ accolade was not her diploma. In the Spring of her senior year, she took Dr. Michele Tarter’s (English) Community-Engaged Learning English course that paired TCNJ students… Continue Reading