Undergraduate Student Awards

Outstanding Sociology Undergraduate Award: Deadra Ruffin


Deadra Ruffin

Deadra is a Sociology major who graduated Cum Laude in November.  She has been described by her professors as a phenomenal student, always prepared, and supportive  and thoughtful  toward her classmates.  Deadra is passionate about Sociology and its applications both to her own life and to society, and we are proud to have her as a representative of our  department.  We wish Deadra continued success, and congratulate her on being this year's outstanding undergraduate!












Shane Hicks Outstanding Criminology Undergraduate Award: Raven Sterling


Sterling RavenThe Shane Hicks Criminology Award is given each year in honor of Shane Hicks, a Fall 2008 graduate of the Department of Sociology who went on to be admitted to the Master's program  here and was studying Criminology when he died suddenly.  The award is named after Shane to honor his legacy of hard-work, academic success, and passion for Criminology.

This year's award goes to Raven Sterling.  Raven graduated Summa Cum Laude in May, and distinguished herself not only academically, but through service to both the  department  and community.  Raven is a longtime member of the Sociological Student Society (SSA) and it's most recent Vice President of Criminology, and excelled as a mentor for inmates preparing for reentry into their communities.  Her reliability, excellent work ethic, and attention to detail are complemented by her conscientiousness  and kindness, all of which have  elevated the classes and activities in which she has invested. Congratulations, Raven, and best of luck!