We welcome a new faculty member this fall. Dr. Bienvenido Ruiz recently received his doctorate from Northwestern University. His research and teaching interests include race/ethnicity, Latino Americans, international migration, social stratification, and the sociology of education. In his first semester at UTPA, he will be teaching Social Theory and the Sociology of Deviance.
In the spring, we had our first-ever induction ceremony for our newly reactivated chapter of Alpha Kappa Delta, the International Sociology Honor Society. Four of our outstanding sociology students were inducted: Imelda Escamilla, Alicia Torres, Catalina Ramirez, and Wilfredo Lopez. We hope to have another ceremony this fall. Students who meet the eligibility requirements will be contacted and invited to join.