Successful
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Sociology

Successful Alumni

We're proud of our alumni! Here, graduates of the Sociology & Justice Studies program at Lourdes describe in their own words how their degrees have helped them to launch successful careers:

Alizia Moore: Sociology, Class of 2012

I am currently an ORAS (Ohio Risk Assessment System) Probation Officer for the Lucas County Court of Common Pleas. This is a new program/position that Ohio is implementing within their criminal justice system in order to prevent prison sentencing and properly treat individuals concerning rehabilitation and lowering the risk of recidivism. I assess individuals and aid in determining their areas of need and improvement. This particular assessment also sets parameters for the judge to sentence appropriately within the local agencies available in Toledo.

Do you feel your degree in Sociology helped prepare you for your current position? Now that you have graduated, do you find your degree useful?

I chose Sociology as a major so that I could be flexible with my area of work as well as to understand the behaviors and attitudes of the masses. It was definitely the appropriate area of study for me and my current position. I am able to understand certain attitudes and behaviors of individuals and have the ability to be as unbiased as possible in my assessment due to that understanding. Sociology helped me take a macro perspective of behavior and apply that within a micro setting such as my workplace. I am very pleased with the access and knowledge that my degree has allowed me to obtain, I can actually say that the things I’ve learned, I apply in my day to day life post graduation.

What was one of your favorite things about being a Lourdes student?

I absolutely love Lourdes University. I enjoyed being in such an intimate setting within the classroom, and actually being able to interact and not feel intimidated by numbers. I loved the fact that the teachers and staff really cared and acted upon their concerns. Lourdes was the 3rd school that I had attended, and I never felt so welcome, comfortable, and looked after. The teachers I had, really helped me understand what was being taught in the classroom and took the time out to help me not only further my education but, find my place setting within my career.

Any other news you would like to share with the department?

I was inspired to teach by two professors from Lourdes in particular, Lindsey Whitehead and Sharon Everhardt. I plan to further my education and ultimately teach Ethics or Poverty and Society, etc, in order to spark change in other young adults.

James Inman: Sociology, Class of 2011

I am employed with Community Residential Services, where I am the home manager. I live on-site and take care of developmentally disabled adults. I'm planning on moving to Ann Arbor in the summer where I will be attending Eastern Michigan University to obtain my Master’s degree. I'm going to get a Masters in Social Work first, and then my Masters in Sociology, if all goes according to plan.

Do you feel your degree in Sociology helped prepare you for your current position? Now that you have graduated, do you find your sociology degree useful?

I feel my Sociology degree will help me immensely in the future, once I move and begin the next chapter in my life.

What was one of your favorite things about being a Lourdes student?

I liked a number of things about Lourdes, but if I had to narrow it down to one I would say the incredible staff I had the good fortune to learn from. The instructors at Lourdes all are extremely helpful and knowledgeable, and made my experience there a memorable one. Thanks again for a life-changing experience.

Christina Cross: Sociology, Class of 2010

I am currently employed at Fermi 2 Nuclear Power Plant in Newport, Michigan. I am an office assistant in Nuclear Security.

Do you feel your degree in Sociology helped prepare you for your current position? Now that you have graduated, do you find your sociology degree useful?

Yes, learning about terrorism, cultures, and beliefs have helped me develop deep relationships with people I work with and understand what is going on with my department (Security).

What was one of your favorite things about being a Lourdes student?

This is a hard one because I have so many favorite things about Lourdes. The atmosphere was my favorite thing. People could speak freely and have crucial conversations on tough subjects. I felt at home (safe and happy) at Lourdes.

Megan Bischoff: Criminal Justice, Class of 2009

I am currently enrolled at the University of Nebraska College of Law and am in my second year.

Do you feel your degree in Criminal Justice helped prepare you for your current position? Now that you have graduated, do you find your Criminal Justice degree useful?

The degree I received in Criminal Justice comes in handy each and every day for my studies. My degree has been especially helpful for my Juvenile law course.

What was one of your favorite things about being a Lourdes student?

I liked Lourdes' intimacy and the real connection the students had with professors.

Michelle Vollmar: Criminal Justice, Class of 2006

I am the Director of Safety and Security here at Lourdes University.

Do you feel your degree in Criminal Justice helped prepare you for your current position? Now that you have graduated, do you find your Criminal Justice degree useful?

Yes, my degree in CJ helped with my current position. I find my CJ degree has helped from the start of my career to the present. I feel it has opened more doors and made it possible to be where I am today, along with the great experiences I have had.

What was one of your favorite things about being a Lourdes student?

My favorite thing about being a Lourdes student was that they made it easy. Lourdes was always welcoming and made the transition from another college seamless. They were quick to answer my questions and always willing to help guide me along. They were interested in me and didn't look at me like a number; I really appreciated the personal attention. Just being on the campus is a great experience. It is so wonderful to be back!

Any other news you would like to share with the department?

With my degree I have gone on to also become a police officer. I currently still work as a police officer on a part-time basis. I have gained a lot of knowledge and experience by being involved in Criminal Justice and Law Enforcement. I have been involved in a lot of good cases and have even had the opportunity to meet the President of the United States.