Alumni & Friends

The Department of Sociology, Anthropology, and Criminology boasts an amazing group of alumnae from a variety of its programs. Some of these brilliant students are highlighted below. Know of a distinguished alumni that the department should honor? Submit a Distinguished Alumni Award Application [PDF] today!

Undergraduate Alumni

Diana Haggerty-Pawlowski, BS Sociology (2007)

Diana Haggerty-Pawlowski graduated from Eastern in 2007 with a bachelor of science in sociology and a minor in psychology. After her graduation, she completed a certificate in field epidemiology at the University of North Carolina's Gillings School of Public Health. In 2012 Diana began her master of science in epidemiology through Michigan State University's College of Human Medicine; she decided to then apply to the Ph.D. program at MSU, and has been awarded a National Institute of Health Training Fellowship for Perinatal Epidemiology

Tesia Hardy, BS Applied Sociology (2010)

Tesia Hardy graduated in 2010 with a bachelor of science degree in applied sociology, with a concentration in family, health, and aging, and a minor in gerontology. She currently works for an organization that delivers information, analytic tools, and services to the healthcare industry, from the hospitals to medical device companies. Tesia is working toward her goal to be an Administrator of an assisted-living facility. She is currently in graduate school working on an MHA (master's in health administration).

Joyce Cha, Sociology Minor (2010)

I graduated from EMU in 2010 with a bachelor's in history and a minor in sociology. That same year, I was recruited to work as an education administrator at an English-language kindergarten in my father's hometown, Busan, South Korea, where I worked for three months. My main purpose of moving to South Korea was to get back in touch with my family heritage and, frankly, to learn more about everything. After about three months, I proceeded to move to the larger city of Seoul, where my mother grew up, to work as a reading comprehension/English teacher at The Princeton Review, Seoul branch. While working at The Princeton Review full time, I interned at a local PR company called Metacommunications. After living in Seoul for a little over a year, I was recruited to work for CFI Group, a global market consulting firm, in Shanghai, China. During fall of 2011, I moved to Shanghai on temporary employment. After my contract had expired, I found a full-time job as assistant executive with Edelman PR, the world's largest PR firm, where my team and I have worked with clients including Johnson & Johnson, Mars Co., Abbott Pharmaceuticals, Starbucks and Hilton Hotel & Resorts. I plan to remain with this company and this country for a couple more years to learn and gain more experience in the field of PR as well as to fulfill my consistent hunger for personal growth.

Kyle D. Kordell, BS Applied Sociology (2011)

I graduated EMU spring of 2011 with a major in applied sociology and minor in writing. A foundation in applied sociology has given me a solid start in understanding and participating in complex organizations. I am graduating from Northern Illinois University in May 2013 with a master's in public administration with a focus on local government management. Sociological knowledge should be used to improve living conditions for the society it studies and this application of theory is why I have pursued an education in public administration. While in graduate school, I have also been actively involved in local government as an Administrative Intern at the Village of Kenilworth, a north Chicago suburb. Future plans include becoming a City Manager and facing the challenges of growing populations, including outdated infrastructure, local food networks, environmental sustainability, and government accountability. I am committed to professional management in local government and look forward to working with others who share my passion for building well-functioning and well-ran communities.

William Holman, BA (2012)

Following graduation in Winter 2012, I moved to Seattle to complete a service year with City Year as a Corps Member, tutoring, mentoring and being a role model for children. I serve in a diversity-rich area working with third, fourth, and fifth grade children. After City Year, my goal is to use my applied sociology major and nonprofit administration minor in a community organizing, service management, or program planning capacity with a nonprofit organization in Seattle. I am looking to continue my education and earn my master's of social work within the next 5 years.

Graduate Alumni

Patti "Pia" Roman, MA (2010)

Since graduating from EMU, Pia has been working at the Veterans Administration's Center for Clinical Management Research in Ann Arbor, Michigan. She is part of a team that conducts health services research through studies that support Veterans who suffer from various chronic diseases. The objective of these studies is to identify effective interventions that may ultimately be offered to a broader population. This work is intellectually rewarding because of the opportunity to contribute to studies, from conception, to design, implementation, analysis, and publication. In addition, interacting with patients enables her to see first-hand the positive effects of the interventions, and to be inspired daily by the patients who volunteer their time to participate in these important studies.

Nour Fakhoury, MA Sociology (2012)

I'm working as the Research Area Specialist Associate for the University of Michigan’s health and well-being program, MHealthy. I serve as part of the program evaluation team in providing analytic and administrative support. I conduct quantitative and qualitative analyses on health behavior intervention programs, assist in the creation of surveys, graphs, and charts, as well as, in the drafting of reports, and manuscripts. Being part of a program that provides resources designed to help achieve a safer, healthier and a more satisfying way of life at the individual, organizational and community level is very gratifying. Working with data enables me to see how certain MHealthy interventions have improved the health and well-being of participants and how this data is contributing to the study of health and wellness, and advancing the mission of healthy living.

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