Departmental Alumni Achievements

Victor St. John (BS Criminology, 2013) earned his Ph.D  from John Jay College in 2021. He is now Assistant Professor of Criminal Justice and Public Affairs at the Ohio State University. To learn more about Victor, visit his website: 

Josephine Cindy Andujar (BA Sociology 1999) entered the MSW program at Columbia University.

Lyndsey Brown (BA Sociology 2014) is enrolled in an MBA degree program and is working at Teachers Federal Credit Union as a Teller Operations Supervisor.

Dina Carcara (BS Criminology 2002) (now Dina Cirigliano) completed her Master's degree in education at the University of New England, and in 2007 wrote 15,543 and Counting, a book documenting wrongs involving the administration of capital punishment in the United States with testimonies of corrections officers assigned to the care and custody of death row inmates, as well as actual quotes from death row inmates themselves.

Erica Forte (BA Sociology 2013) entered the MSW program at Hunter College. 

Brian Hickey (BA Sociology 1999) continues his work at the U.S. Department of Education, Office of Inspector General as "Special Agent in Charge."

Kathleen Lee (BA Sociology 2014) is completing her MSW at SUNY Stony Brook’s School of Social Welfare.

Steven Mare (BS Criminology 2013, Summa Cum Laude) has been accepted for admission with a full scholarship to the Maurice A. Dean School of Law at Hofstra University for fall 2014.

Todd Mele (BA Sociology 2006) is pursuing his Ph.D. at Salve Regina University.  His dissertation, titled "Is the dichotomy of consciousness problematic for critical theory? A questioning into the structuring of consciousness," is an examination of the writings of Karl Marx, Sigmund Freud and Louis Althusser to show that Western Philosophy has reduced consciousness to binaries, and has thus been structured in such a way that it is rendered problematic. 

Luis Osorio (BA Sociology) entered the PhD program at Indiana University with a teaching assistantship. 

Lenmarie Pascall (BS Criminology 2012) entered the Master's Program in the School of Public Affairs at Baruch College in fall 2012, and was recently promoted to Junior Buyer working on Capital Projects at New York Presbyterian Hospital. 

Vera B. Phillip-Evans (BA Sociology 1992) completed her Ph.D. in Sociology at SUNY Stony Brook in 1999; her dissertation was entitled "The academic pipeline :race, gender, and informal contacts in graduate school." She is founder and CEO of Nita Evans Enterprises.

Jamie Puglin (BA Sociology 2011, Magna Cum Laude) entered the Ph.D. program in sociology at Stony Brook University in fall 2012, where she is continuing to pursue research that she began while studying at Old Westbury.

Nelsy Santana (BA Criminology 2006) completed an MA in Administration at Central Michigan University (2012), and is now working to reduce homelessness as Director of Operations for Property Disposition & Finance at NYC Department of Housing Preservation and Development.

Kerry Thomas (BA Sociology 2012) presented his thesis research at the March 2013 Eastern Sociological Society annual meeting in Boston, "Transgender and Queer Empowerment through ’Structural Visibility.’"  She currently serves as the Early Intervention Service Manager at Thursday's Child.

Umana (BS Criminology 2011) completed an M.A. in Criminal Justice at CUNY's John Jay College in 2013, with a specialization in criminology, deviance and computer applications in criminal justice. She serves as an Automated Logistical Specialist in the Army National Guard, and in Jan. 2014, began teaching as an Adjunct Instructor in the Sociology Department here at Old Westbury.

Emily Weill (BA Sociology 2013) presented her thesis research at the March 2013 Eastern Sociological Society annual meeting in Boston, "Whose 'Vibe' Is It? The Construction of Meaning Between a Group and an Individual"