In recent years, students in our Department have received several prestigious honors and awards:
- In 2016, Angelys Torres received a Calling and Purpose in Society (CAPS) fellowship to support her work with NPH USA (Nuestros Pequeños Hermanos), a nonprofit organization dedicated to improving the lives of orphaned, abandoned, and disadvantaged children.
- In 2015, Carmyn Hamblen earned the Valparaiso University Alumni Association Distinguished Student Award, which recognizes outstanding students based on their scholarship, leadership, service, and character. Carmyn majored in sociology with a criminology concentration, and is currently a Trooper with the Indiana State Police.
- In 2015, Nathan Hynek received a Calling and Purpose in Society (CAPS) fellowship to support his work with United Way. Through the program, he coordinated with local nonprofits to build a community garden in an abandoned lot in LaPorte, Indiana. He is currently an officer with the Michigan City Police Department.
- In 2014, Kelli Chavez received a Calling and Purpose in Society (CAPS) fellowship to support her work with the Urban League of Northwest Indiana. Currently pursuing a graduate degree in School of Social Service Administration at the University of Chicago, Kelli continues to help build communities by working with Art House: A Social Kitchen in Gary, Indiana.
- In 2013, Natalie Zibolski earned a Valparaiso University Alumni Association Distinguished Student Award. Natalie majored in sociology, and is currently acting as a Victim’s Service Specialist in the State of Wisconsin’s Department of Justice while she pursues a graduate degree.
- In 2011, Emily Von Qualen was named a Kemper Scholar. The prestigious Kemper Scholars Program identifies high‐potential undergraduate students and supports them with a comprehensive program of scholarship, mentorship, and internships. After graduation, Emily was a teacher with Teach for America, and then earned her JD in 2016 from Tulane University Law School.