The annual Distinguished Alumni Reception recognizes the accomplishments of an exemplary alum from each of the academic programs in the College of Humanities and Social Sciences. Those honored are nominated by department chairs, faculty and staff, based on criteria that includes professional accomplishments, awards, philanthropy, service and contributions to the college and university community. In Fall 2017, the Department of Criminology, Law and Society honored Rion Amilcar Scott.
Rion’s work has been published in journals such as The Kenyon Review, Crab Orchard Review, PANK, The Rumpus, Fiction International, The Washington City Paper, The Toast, Akashic Books, Melville House, and Confrontation magazine, among others. He was raised in Silver Spring, Maryland and earned an MFA from George Mason University -- where he won both the Mary Roberts Rinehart award and a completion fellowship. His short story collection, Insurrections, was published in August 2016 and was chosen for The Rumpus's Book Club; it also won the PEN/Bingham prize for debut fiction. Presently, he teaches English at Bowie State University.