Sociology Students Earn Honorable Mention in AACS Problem Solving Competition

10-10-2015

Four Virginia Wesleyan students earned “Executive Honorable Mention” in the Judith Little Problem Solving Competition (JLPSC) held Oct. 8-10 at the annual conference of the Association for Applied and Clinical Sociology (AACS). Lauren Amos ’16, Sierra Garnett ’17, Hali Goad ’16, and Haley Stromberg ’17 comprised the College’s first-ever student team to enter the national competition, which includes undergraduate and graduate students in sociology and other social sciences from around the country. With the assistance of their team advisors—VWC Assistant Professor of Criminal Justice Alison Marganski and Professor of Sociology Kathy Stolley—the team prepared and presented a solution to an adjudicating team of AACS judges and representatives from Meals On Wheels (MOW) and the Montgomery Area Council On Aging (MACOA). In 48 hours, they tackled the problem: “How can MACOA recruit and retain MOW volunteers age 50 and younger?” The team met with the client, delivered a Meals on Wheels run, conducted interviews, devised a practical strategy to help their client get more volunteers, and produced a Prezi, mock website, and a video montage. MACOA/MOW representative Pam Goodwin presented the Executive Honorable Mention award, recognizing VWC's passion and ideas, saying, "Virginia Wesleyan spoke to my heart." For more information, contact Dr. Alison Marganski at 757.455.8842 or amarganski@vwc.edu. View Photo