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PSA Conference and 125th Anniversary events cancelled

Dear alumni, colleagues and friends,

It is with heavy hearts that I must announce several cancellations that folks were undoubtedly looking forward to. Many of you already learned that the Pacific Sociological Association (PSA) decided to cancel their annual meeting in Eugene ( Acknowledging our collective role in stemming the rate of infection of a new and deadly virus was the responsible thing for PSA to do to protect our communities, especially those most vulnerable to the effects of COVID19. In the same spirit, we have decided to cancel our departmental events celebrating 125 years of UO Sociology. This includes our alumni reception at Ninkasi scheduled for Saturday, March 28th and our Alumni-Student Networking Dinner for March 29th (

So many of you responded to our call to join us here in Eugene for not only what was sure to be an amazing PSA meeting, but to also commemorate and celebrate 125 Years of UO Sociology ( You signed up for our reception at Ninkasi Brewing (a special thanks to Jamie Floyd, co-founder of Ninkasi and UO SOC alumni), but also to our Student and Alumni Dinner. Many of you sent updates on your life since graduating from UO Sociology. Some of you sent personal notes and updates that kindled memories or kindly corrected errors on our timeline. You responded with donations to our excellent program and to our new Graduate Student Research Award in Critical Sociology. You responded sincerely, generously and thoughtfully. For all of this, I thank you on behalf of everyone here at the UO Department of Sociology. I am truly sorry we do not get to celebrate in person, but I thank you for participating in the sentiment and the intention.

Please stay in touch. We hope to re-schedule an alumni and student event in June or the Fall. We will keep you posted on those details.


Michael Dreiling, Professor & Department Head

Department of Sociology

University of Oregon