Sociology and Social Work Testimonials


Jeanne Billings (2007)
Hesston College
Hesston, KS
One of the reasons I was considered for this position was that my employer saw that I was working towards my Bachelor of Sociology degree at FHSU and would complete this degree and would continue on to earn a Masters in Liberal Studies from FHSU. When I joined the FHSU Virtual College, I was scared to death. It was exactly 30 years since I had graduated from High School. If it hadn't been for the support of Sociology Professor Rose Arnold, my degree advisor, I don't know if I would have proceeded after that first class. She was supportive and helped me ‘plan’ my route. I must have set a new record for the number of times a student has emailed her advisor with a question. We older adults need assurance that we can handle the new technology and get the support we need when pursuing a new adventure such as this. I got that!
Melanie Lamb (2012)
Program Director
Southeast Kansas Community Foundation
I graduated from Fort Hays State University in May of 2012. The sociology program at Fort Hays exposed me to a whole new approach to transforming my community by providing a thorough exploration of sociological concepts and theories, specific best practices for the nonprofit community, and strong skills for nonprofit program development and evaluation. The extensive training and practice in all aspects of grant proposal writing also helped prepare me to empower nonprofits with the tools they will need for real transformation in Southeast Kansas. In July of 2012, I was offered and accepted the position of Program Director for the Southeast Kansas Community Foundation. I use the concepts and skills that I learned in the sociology department at Fort Hays every day in order to work with donors and nonprofits throughout our region to create positive transformation in our communities.
Ryan Nelson (2005)
Survey Manager
National Research Corporation
Lincoln, NE
The Sociology Department at FHSU prepared me to become a productive member of the labor market. Through my educational experience I was exposed to survey research methods and survey design. This gave me an upper hand when entering the labor market, compared to others in my cohort. The research methods classes in Sociology gave me the knowledge necessary to immediately go to work with surveying in real world applications.  During my tenure with NRC I have been fortunate enough to continue my professional development through graduate studies at the University of Nebraska. Knowledge and skills learned in the FHSU’s Sociology methods classes allowed me to work in research organizations right after graduation. I have had the privilege to work in interesting and important research positions since graduating from Fort Hays State University in December 2005.
Morgan Campas-O'Hara (2003)
Intake Clinician & Patient Rights Representative
Devereux Cleo Wallace
Westminster, CO
I loved each sociology class I took and knew I was getting a valuable education from the first day of class. My experiences since graduating from FHSU have illustrated how the sociology degree program provided me with countless benefits that prepared me to excel in graduate school and be a leader in the work place. The focus on developing strong writing skills surpasses many other undergraduate and graduate degree programs. The incorporation of a multicultural focus is vital to graduate education programs and the modern workplace. In addition, the unparalleled commitment and attention provided by department staff provides individualized guidance and direction, essential to navigating the professional arena and world that follows graduation. Most importantly, each of these benefits is transferable and valuable to a wide variety of professional and personal endeavors. I left FHSU prepared and strengthened both personally and professionally.

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