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Cheryl A. Wilson is Dean of the School of Humanities & Social Sciences at Stevenson University.  She received her M.A. and Ph.D. in English from the University of Delaware and her B.A. in English from SUNY Geneseo.  Her research and teaching interests include British Literature, Women's Studies, and Issues in Higher Education.  A Long Island native, Dr. Wilson is excited to be part of the Stevenson community and to have the opportunity to work with faculty, staff, and students across campus.


If this morning's 14-degree weather wasn't to your taste, just imagine spending the month in Jamaica.  That's what a group of Stevenson University Human Services students are doing during this winter session--learning about international human services organizations and volunteering with Amizade Global Service Learning at several local sites, including the ECI School where they have been building a playground.  Follow their adventures at Mustangs in Jamaica on Facebook.

In a recent piece for the Huffington Post, Brock Blomberg, President of Ursinus College, discusses how universities--particularly small schools and colleges--can provide opportunities for individuals to practice trust and develop social relationships.  The social sciences have much to teach us about how we interact with one another, and university classrooms may be a place where we can begin to explore the potential benefits of trusting and learning from those whose opinions and experiences differ from our own.

HaSS students frequently present their work at academic conferences and publish in academic journals.  We are very proud of what they have accomplished this year!

Human Services students Linnea Bleacher and Yasmine Byrd presented the poster, “Putting Values Into Action: Preparing for the Future at Stevenson University,” at the annual NOHS (National Organization for Human Services) conference.

Interdisciplinary Studies student Joseph Acqui’s abstract of the work he conducted at the NIH National Institute on Drug Abuse was accepted for presentation at ABRCMS (Annual Biomedical Research Conference for Minority Students): Joseph K. Acqui, III, Michael T. McCoy, Jean Lud Cadet, M.D. The Effects of Food Self-Administration on the mRNA Expression of Activator Protein 1 Genes in the Hypothalamus.

Dr. Ingrid Tulloch and senior Psychology major Larry Fort published a paper in Modern Psychological Science: Fort, L & Tulloch IK (2016) Behaviors of a captive Coenobita clypeatus in the presence of varying light stimuli. Modern Psychological Studies 21(2): 23-32.

Senior psychology major Rachel Clein’s abstract of the work her research team did this summer was accepted for presentation at ABRCMS: Rachel Clein, Larry Fort, Shanice Hasting, Sarthak Shah and Ingrid K. Tulloch. Varying wavelengths of light affects serotonin positive cells and associated behaviors in Coenobita clypeatus

Senior psychology major Erick Guzman received a full travel award to present at ABRCMS: Erick Guzman, Sarah Tweedle, Caitlin Miller, and Ingrid K. Tulloch.  Physical Consciousness Quotient Predicts Body Image Dissatisfaction in College Students

In The Tao of the Liberal Arts  Gerald Greenberg writes about the pervasive and undefinable nature of the liberal arts. He argues that it is the result, rather than the details, of a liberal arts education that matter.  Greenberg defines that result as: "The transfer or creation of knowledge and the cultivation of the habits of the mind so graduates can develop and mature into successful, productive members of society who can appreciate others, experience and embrace the notion of empathy, and come to understand the joys and benefits of lifelong learning."  At Stevenson, we have a unique curriculum that combines liberal arts with career  planning.  This combination contributes to the success of our students because the liberal arts component of a Stevenson education provides a foundation for lifelong learning and career development.  Moreover, the liberal arts also contributes to the creation of a thoughtful, open-minded, and educated citizenry that will be well prepared to meet the challenges and demands of the future.

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