The James A. Sartain Award

Dr. Sartain was a professor of sociology from 1963 to 1986. This award was established by the department in 1987 in his memory. Dr. Sartain loved the department, his colleagues, and above all, his students. Education was his mission in life. He received the University’s Distinguished Educator Award in 1986. The Sartain Award is awarded to a graduating senior sociology major who best exemplifies the qualities personified by Dr. Sartain: scholarship, humanitarianism, integrity, and commitment to the ideals of the University of Richmond.


Sartain recipient, Simone Reid (left) on UR graduation day with Jasmine Walker.

Simone majored in Sociology and will be working as a Research Associate with Mathematica Inc. in Cambridge, MA.  In a few years she plans to purse graduate studies in either Sociology or Africana Studies.  Simone chose sociology because she is passionate about social change and societies and found that sociology at UR was a perfect place for those passions.