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Reinhardt students present at sociology conference

By Erika Neldner

Reinhardt University faculty and students presented earlier this month at the Georgia Sociological Association’s annual meeting held at Lake Blackshear Resort in Cordele.

Students Michelle Bonin, Nicki Amaya and Tyler Gaines presented their original research during a panel at the event. Dr. Cheryl Brown, professor of sociology, organized the panel of students. Dr. SimonPeter Gomez participated as a panelist and discussant.

Gaines earned second place for his research paper submitted for the undergraduate paper award. As part of the second-place nod, he earned a $100 prize.

“Congratulations to these outstanding students for their scholarship and wonderful representation of Reinhardt University,” said Professor Donald Gregory.

During the event, Gregory served as the moderator, and students Amaya, Bonin and Gaines presented their works.

Amaya, a junior Social Services-Sociology major from Canton, presented her work, “The Impact of Travel of Monolingual People.” Bonin, a junior from Roswell double majoring in Social Services-Sociology and Political Science, presented “Stress When Traveling.” Gaines, a junior from Villa Rica double majoring in Criminal Justice-Sociology and Political Science, presented “Effects of Tourism: Americans’ Attitude and Perception Changes after Visiting Cuba.”

All of the students’ original works stemmed from their Reinhardt University trip to Cuba, where they spent nine days exploring the Cuban culture in Miami, Havana and Cienfuegos. The panel explored how the adventure brought their work to life through overviews of the research they conducted during the trip and a discussion of their experiences.

Pictured, from left, Michelle Bonin, Nicky Amaya, Tyler Gaines and Dr. SimonPeter Gomez.

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