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ANNUAL DEPARTMENT AWARDS

​Each year, the Department of Sociology and Criminal Justice recognizes outstanding students and faculty based on several criteria including scholarship, service and character. These students and faculty are presented with memorial awards donated by family members of faculty and/or students who have since passed away, but who contributed greatly to the Department through their scholarship, service and character, thus naming the awards after their loved one. In addition to the three memorial awards, Professor Emeritus Dr. Frank Scarpitti also actively donates an award each year to an outstanding Graduate Student for his/her commitment to excellence. The awards are defined below and the recipients of past awards are listed below the descriptions.

MEMORIAL AWARDS

  • Jan Burrows Graduate Educator Award
  • Benjamin McLuckie Award
  • Len Perfetti Award

PROFESSOR EMERITUS FRANK SCARPITTI AWARD
  • Frank Scarpitti Graduate Student Award
Jan Burrows Memorial Graduate Educator Award

This award, honoring the late Jan Burrows, a doctoral candidate in Sociology, is awarded annually by graduate students to a faculty member who has made a significant contribution to students’ socialization for the discipline.

Past Recipients:

2017 - Ronet Bachman

2016 - Benjamin Fleury-Steiner

2015 - Maria Johnson

2014 - Chrysanthi Leon

2013 - Anne Bowler

2012 - Eric Tranby

2011 - Tammy Anderson

2010 - Karen Parker

2009 - Ronet Bachman

2008 - Susan Miller

2007 - Ivan Sun

2006 - Ronet Bachman

2005 - Susan Miller

 2004 - Joel Best

2003 - Gerald Turkel

2002 - André Rosay

2001 - Frank Scarpitti

2000 - Eric Rise

1999 - Valerie Hans

1998 - Ronet Bachman

1997 - Ruth Horowitz

1996 - Anne Bowler

Benjamin McLuckie Memorial Award

Benjamin McLuckie was an Assistant Professor of Sociology in our department before his untimely death in 1975. After a brief career as a Presbyterian minister, he returned to graduate school and earned a Ph.D. degree in Sociology, determined to do research and teach the discipline that he loved. He was an outstanding undergraduate teacher, dedicated to his students and capable of getting the very best out of them. Known for his humanity and integrity, he served as a role model for both his colleagues and his students. After his death, his family and friends created the Benjamin McLuckie Award to honor his memory and to recognize an outstanding senior Sociology major who exemplifies the qualities represented by Professor McLuckie’s life and work. The recipient is selected on the basis of scholarship, service, and character.

Past Recipients:

2017 - Alexander Heger

2016 - Melisa Soysal

2016 - Gabrielle Lanzetta

2015 - Nichole Schneider and Erica Meier

2014 - Madison Helmick and Marissa Personnette

2013 - Rachel Bacon

2012 - Andrea Fendt

2011 - Jacqueline Knee

2010 - Krista Noelle & Brittany Scott

2009 - Robyn Mello

2008 - Amanda K. Pollock

2007 - Megan Denver & Jill Hurley

2006 - Kathryn G. Elam

2005 - Terry G. Lilley & Carla N. Russell

2004 - Stella T. Ilel & Heather E. McNabola

2003 - Naomi R. Bellot & Jessica L. Otto

2002 - Rachelle J. Brunn, Sarah E. Marshall & Cory Wellman

2001 - Denise E. Brown & Rachel L. Smedley

2000 - David F. Jakhelln

1999 - Francesca M. Tassone

1998 - Marcia L. Cavanaugh

1997 - Amy M. Hayes

1996 - Erin M. Hagar

1995 - Kelley R. Tindall

1994 - Anne M. York

1993 - Tracy E. Dohn

1992 - Gia M. Raffaelli

1991 - Vanessa P. Field

1990 - Elaine J. Denning

1989 - Jennifer M. Hanson

1988 - Judith A. Hand

1987 - Michelle A. Klein & Barbara J. Green

1986 - Frank Stluka

1985 - Barbara J. Friedman

1984 - William W. Zagar

1983 - Penni L. Thorpe

1982 - Judith C. Waitz

1981 - Linda J. Mendelsohn

1980 - Kathleen M. Pecis

1979 - Kim S. Bjork

1978 - Shirlee A. Ladio

1977 - David C. Lineweber

1976 - Brenda J. Wixson

Len Perfetti Memorial Award

Len Perfetti was a criminal justice major and also a varsity football player for the Blue Hens who began his college career in 1974. In 1977 he was diagnosed with an inoperable cancer of the lymphatic system. After extensive chemotherapy, he returned to the university in the spring of 1978, despite the fact that his condition was steadily worsening. That semester he earned a 3.77 and continued to volunteer a great deal of time working with juvenile offenders. In the summer of 1978 he was repeatedly hospitalized and underwent chemotherapy sessions at Sloan-Kettering in New York. In the fall he still enrolled for the last 12 credits that he needed to complete his B.A. in Criminal Justice, making arrangements with his professors to complete his required course work from his hospital bed. When he died at the age of 22 in November 1978, he had completed all of his course work required for his degree. Faculty members were so impressed by Len’s courage, tenacity, commitment to volunteerism, and his relentless pursuit of excellence that they created the Len Perfetti Award in his honor. The recipient of this award, a senior Criminal Justice major, is selected on the basis of scholarship, service and character.

Past Recipients:

2017 - Christopher Norton

2016 - Kenneth Kokason

2015 - Gabrielle Green and Rachel Morenoff

2014 - Alpa Bhatia

2013 - Michael Burtis

2012 - Rebecca Trexler

2011 - Paul Ruiz, Jr.

2010 - Corey R. Forster & Mary F. Mastin

2009 - Tricia Connor

2008 - Lisha L. Purnell & Allison M. Schwier

2007 - Diana M. Filkins

2006 - Jessica C. Blank & Emily C. Berenback

2005 - William M. Gratton

2004 - Brett P. Doe & Amanda L. Fullmer

2003 - Casey L. Ewart & Branwen W. McNabb

2002 - Alexis B. Shefall

2001 - Toni Chayt & John P. Kellenbeger

2000 - Jill C. Harper

1999 - Danielle L. Eckelt 1998 - Adam M. Gershowitz

1997 - Suzanne L. Salem & Denise M. St. John

1996 - Alissa M. McNabb & Kevin M. Conklin

1995 - Jana L. Cresswell 1994 - Alison M. Donahue

1993 - Karen A. Hollander & Tia R. Truxon

1992 - John J. Rubio & Krista A. Sweigart

1991 - Kathryn A. Margetts 1990 - Robert A. Schwinger

1989 - Stephanie D. Cangin

1988 - Donna L. Culver & Suzanne M. Wissmann

1987 - Mark K. McDonough

1986 - Richard E. Figurelle, Jr. & Paulette Kay Smith Nash

1985 - Sharon Letts & Catherine L. Wirth

1984 - Gail Ruth Lande

1983 - Charles E. Schleich, III

1982 - Ann L. Martino

1981 - Pamela D. Adler & Kathryn E. Nass

1980 - Bryan J. Goldbeger, Gordon McLaughlin & George R. Wentz, Jr.

1979 - Cheryl Diane Spinner

Frank Scarpitti Graduate Student Award

This award is presented annually to an outstanding graduate student in the Department of Sociology and Criminal Justice. The Frank Scarpitti Graduate Student Award was created in 2006 through a generous donation made by Dr. Frank and Mrs. Ellen Scarpitti. Dr. Scarpitti’s reputation as a leading scholar in the fields of Sociology and Criminology is matched by his excellence in teaching as well as service to the department, the University, the discipline and the community. This award serves to highlight Frank’s accomplishments and demonstrates our commitment to recognizing the excellence of our graduate students. The recipient of this award is selected by the Graduate Policy Committee with nominations from faculty and scientists in the Department and at the Center for Drug and Alcohol Studies and the Disaster Research Center.

Past Recipients:

2017 - Talisa Carter

2016 - Ashley Farmer

2016 - Tanya Whittle

2015 - Emily Bonistall Postel

2014 - Mary Kristen Hefner and John Brent

2013 - Erin Kerrison

2012 - Terry Lilley

2011 - Laura Rapp

2010 - Heather Zaykowski

2009 - Jamie Longazel

2008 - Joseph Trainor

2007 - Jessica Hodge

2006 - Amy I. Cass

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