Alumni Stories

Nancy Bloomfield '99, a Sociology major, received 1 of the 2016 Social Justice Awards

Nancy Bloomfield '99, a Sociology major, received the Ongoing Commitment Award for 2016.  This award is one of the Martin Luther King Jr. Social Justice Awards. These Awards, co-sponsored by the Martin Luther King Jr. Celebration Committee, Office of Institutional Diversity and Equity, William Jewett Tucker Center, Dartmouth Center for Service, and Geisel School of Medicine, were established to recognize members of the Dartmouth community including alumni/ae, current and former faculty, staff, student groups and others with ties to the college, who have contributed significantly to peace, civil rights, education, public health, environmental justice, or social justice.

The awards honor members of the Dartmouth community who have demonstrated their compassion, perseverance, courage, and leadership by engaging in the difficult work of fostering human dignity and our common humanity through their projects, programs, and visions.

The Awards are given in four categories:  Emerging Leadership, Ongoing Commitment, Lifetime Achievement and Student Organization.

In Their Own Words: Alumni in Business

Greg Hulbert '86

I took my Dartmouth Sociology Degree to a large commercial general contracting firm who said I wasn't qualified due a lack of a degree in construction management and replied, "I learned how to read, write, and think and if you hire me I will prove I can do the job."  They hired me. I spent 12 years in construction management and then switched to sales and business development for that industry.  In my continued pursuit to try new things I worked at a real estate consulting firm, a global real estate provider overseeing the project management business, and currently work for the world's largest architectural design firm helping with global account management.   My sociology degree propelled my interests to keep learning how groups, teams, and societies work together.  And it isn't always easy to attain, but success occurs when everyone is committed to open, honest, communication.  I learned the fundamentals of looking at opposing views and interests, in the Sociology Department at Dartmouth; this has helped me succeed in my career immensely.

In Their Own Words: Alumni in Law

Robbie Ashe '97

I'm a practicing attorney in Atlanta.  I've been active in Atlanta politics and civic activities since graduating from Dartmouth, most recently as the Chair of the Board of Atlanta's mass transit system (MARTA).

I use lessons from my Dartmouth sociology classes regularly, particularly related to mass communications and influencing political structures.

In Their Own Words: Alumni in Architecture

Charles N. Tseckares '57

I graduated from Dartmouth with a double major: sociology and art history. My purpose in doing this was to prepare myself either for architecture or archeology.  I knew I had an interest in both and I would let the next few years show me which direction I would go.  Art history would be about historical objects and sociology for human interaction.

Two years after graduation I left the Army for graduate school in architecture at University of Pennsylvania.  I decided to become a practitioner rather than an archeologist.  At the time, 1959, archeologists either went on digs in the Middle East and the Mediterranean area or taught. Today archaeology has blossomed and there are all sorts of opportunities in different parts of the world for American archaeologists, including the Americas.

In Their Own Words: Alumni in Consulting

Allan Munro '59

I started my career as a banker with Morgan Guaranty in NYC. After 10 years I left to start a research-based consulting company serving banks, investment banks and insurance firms. My statistics course as a Sociology major allowed me to interpret our research results and guided my consulting by understanding groups of clients and their views.

In Their Own Words: Alumni in Education

Orli Kleiner '12

Upon graduating from Dartmouth in 2012, I worked in a marketing capacity at two diverse corporations because I perceived a connection between this field and the social sciences but became disillusioned with the two companies for which I worked and, therefore, with the corporate world.  I sought to return to the academic environment in which I realized that I feel most at home ​as​ it provides ongoing challenge​s​, education, and the ability to contribute meaningfully to those around me. 

In Their Own Words: Alumni in Health & Medicine

William M. Gould '54

I remember clearly that what drew me to sociology was a fascination about the differences between groups of people. It surely hits many freshmen when they arrive on the Hanover Plain and meet classmates from all over the country (the world), and from varied backgrounds, and have to learn to navigate among those differences. I had wonderful teachers in the department (especially Robert Gutman, Maurice Stein, and  Robert McKennan.) For a while I thought I would go on and do graduate work in the field, but gradually came to realize that I wanted to go to medical school.

In my junior year I did an Honors Project with Maurice Stein in the area of occupational sociology. Since I was going into medicine, the study involved reading important (at that time) works about the medical profession by Talcott Parsons, Oswald Hall, and others. I was very proud when I was told that with some polishing it could have been used as a master's thesis.

In Their Own Words: Alumni in Business

F. W. (Ted) Gerbracht, Jr. '64

After graduation, and following three years of military service, I joined the IBM Corporation, beginning a 40-year career as an information technology specialist, manager, and executive with four Fortune 500 companies.  My sociology education at Dartmouth equipped me with a base of knowledge, a set of skills, and some  tools to help me analyze and solve problems.  But the greatest impact was on my parallel life as an independent scholar and teacher, through a series of graduate programs in history, with a focus on religious cultures.  That interest was stimulated as a result of my three-year assignment in the Army, during which I was an instructor in international area studies at the Defense Information School (DINFOS), the institute for training military journalists, broadcasters, and public relations specialists and officers.