Department of Sociology

Student Spotlight

UAlbany senior Elizabeth Skovron, spent the summer of 2014 fine-tuning the skills needed to create a successful career path after graduation. An honors student and sociology major, Skovron spearheaded E.M.I.T. -- Empowering Millennials In Transition, an initiative to help current students and recent graduates transition into the professional world.

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UAlbany senior Elizabeth Skovron at her desk in Greenburgh Town Hall, where she has led E.M.I.T., a summer initiative to help develop peers into business professionals. (Photo courtesy of Greenburgh Town Hall)

Through E.M.I.T., Skovron has held a number of public networking sessions with business owners and corporate professionals. She met with local entrepreneurs who were guest speakers.
Referring to the position as a “summer internship initiative,” Skovron defined a strategy that would not only benefit herself, but also other students and the greater Westchester County community.
“While I was advised of a number of established internships within the Town of Greenburgh, this initiative offered much more,” Skovron said. “It gives students -- myself included -- an opportunity to build connections and learn from real businesses. Many students are fearful of transitioning after college. I hope to offer a glimpse into how the professional-world operates and what it takes to be successful.”

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Elizabeth Skovron, chairing an E.M.I.T. networking session with students and business professionals.

Skovron reflects that she has loved the UAlbany Sociology program and has connected with all of it's faculty. Her mentor Russ Ward and Advisor, Gleann Deane encouraged her to think outside of the box in meeting her academic and career goals. This advice was very useful to her in drive to establish the E.M.I.T. summer inititiative. Skovron particularly enjoyed the diviersity of both the Sociology program and it's faculty. As she explains, these "helped create a meaningful relationship" between the department and her goals. The research skills she gained in Sociology were especially helpful in identifying her needs outside of the program.

 

Department of Sociology

Alumni Spotlight

Tamara Smith (class of 1995) pursued a doctorate in Sociology after graduating with her Bachelor’s degree from SUNYA. She now lives in Easthampton, MA with her husband Gabriel Aquino (who also graduated in 1995, they started dating their sophomore year of college) and their five children, ages 5, 7, 9, 11 and 16. This past fall, Tamara successfully ran for a position in her city’s government at a City Councilor-at-Large. She sees this as a way to participate in public sociology, and has encouraged other women to also consider a role in the political realm. In a race with seven candidates vying for four seats, Tamara was the only woman and only newcomer to politics to run. 

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Tamara Smith, Associate Professor & Department Chair of Sociology at WSU

She is a tenured Associate Professor and Department Chair of Sociology at WSU, specializing in gerontology, intergenerational family issues, carework and education. She has served on several national committees, including Co-Chair for the Committee on the Status of Women for the Eastern Sociological Society, and Chair of the Career Development Committee for Sociologists for Women in Society. She was a Research Associate for the Institute of Gerontology at the University of New York at Albany for several years prior to moving to Massachusetts, where she managed federal, state and local grants, including all budgetary aspects.