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The Wayne C. Neely Prize is named for the late Professor Wayne C. Neely, Andrew G. Truxal Professor of Economics and Sociology, and is offered annually for achievement and promise in the field of sociology. Professor Neely taught and served as department chair from 1933 to 1972; he died in 1994. Eric Stone is this year’s recipients.

Eric, a resident of Thurmont, Md., is a sociology major and a member of the Hood College Honors Program. His Departmental Honors thesis, “When Worlds Collide: Combining Stigma Management Strategies and Intersectionality Theory Amongst Homeless and Lower-Income Adults,” utilizes a mixed-method analysis. Eric intends to pursue a doctorate in sociology followed by a career in social science research.

The Alumni Award For Social Work Excellence, established in 2015 by Linda Hecklinger Procter ’81, P’08 and Lauren Procter ’08, is given annually to a senior social work major who demonstrates excellence in the social work program. Julia LeClaire is this year’s recipient.

Julia shows great promise as a future social worker. She has maintained an excellent academic record while at Hood. She has excelled in her social work field placement at Frederick Memorial Hospital, where she works on a medical and surgical unit. She quickly acclimated to the fast-paced environment, working with many patients and their families each day. She attended the National Association of Social Workers-Maryland Student Retreat and Social Student Advocacy Day in Annapolis and sought out additional training opportunities related to her field placement.