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There will be a career fair held on Thursday, March 29th from 4:00-6:00 PM in the Rockland Banquet Hall. This fair will display organizations from both the psychology and human services fields. This is a great opportunity for networking to find a field placement, internship, or employment! Below are some of the listed organizations that will be attending. Hope to see you there!

 

  1. Board of Child Care

http://www.boardofchildcare.org

  1. Chesapeake Human Resources Association

http://www.chra.com

  1. Girl Scouts of Central Maryland

http://www.gscm.org

  1. Irvine Nature Center

http://www.explorenature.org/

  1. Kennedy Krieger Institute

http://www.kennedykrieger.org

  1. Little Leaves Behavioral Services

http://www.littleleaves.org/joinourteam

  1. Recovery Centers of America

http://www.recoverycentersofamerica.com/

  1. SEEC

http://WWW.SEEConline.org

  1. Sheppard Pratt Health System

http://www.sheppardpratt.org

  1. St. Coletta of Greater Washington

http://www.stcoletta.org

  1. Target Community & Educational Services, Inc.

http://www.targetcommunity.org

  1. The Mentor Network

http://thementornetwork.com/

  1. The Y in Central Maryland

http://www.ymaryland.org

  1. Verbal Beginnings, LLC

http://verbalbeginnings.com/

  1. Way Station, Inc.

http://waystationinc.org/

A big thank you to those students who volunteered to help at the Future Stevenson Scholars Day event on Saturday, February 10th. These students presented their research, field placement, or internship experiences for these accepted new students to give them an idea of what students are involved in at Stevenson. 

 

 

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Please join me in congratulating our Psychology majors whose posters were accepted for the Eastern Psychological (EPA) Conference in March. Here are the poster titles and presenters. Pictures taken at the event will be posted to all Psychology Department social media pages, so keep a look out for them!

 

On Friday, March 2nd:

POSTER 30

ALL TRUMPED OUT: STUDENTS' LEVELS OF DEPRESSION, STRESS, AND ANXIETY IN POLITICS

LUCIANO MASTRANGELI, RACHAEL STEELMAN, CORY OTT, ZAK BOOK, JULIA HAMLETT, D. RYAN SCHURTZ (STEVENSON UNIVERSITY)

This research examined how people from different political parties respond emotionally given controversial quotes from the current United States president. The researchers predicted after exposure to quotes from President Donald Trump, participants would have a significant increase in stress, anxiety and depression compared to pretest levels. Results indicated Independents and Republicans were more impacted than Democrats. This may indicate that they were more sensitive to the president’s words than members of other parties.

 

POSTER 19

PARENTAL SUPPORT, ACADEMIC EXPECTATIONS, AND DEMANDS AT HOME IN FIRST-GENERATION COLLEGE STUDENTS

BRITTANY SIMMS, JEFFREY ELLIOTT (STEVENSON UNIVERSITY)

Differences between first-generation and non-first-generation college students in terms of their perceptions of parental academic expectations, emotional support; and demands to help at home were investigated in a correlational study with 62 participants. The results showed parents of first-generation students were perceived to be less concerned about academic performance, less able to provide assistance, less willing to help make college decisions, less concerned about grades, and gave less good advice about college.

 

POSTER 65

MEDIA REPRESENTATION AND THE EFFECT ON SELF-ESTEEM AND CULTURAL IDENTITY

GIOVANNA BAISIE-ARTHUR (STEVENSON UNIVERSITY)

This study investigated the effects of viewing television shows on racial identity and self-esteem. Participants watched either a scene from Friends or the skit from the Moonlight music video in a 2 (music video) X 2 (participant racial identity) factorial design. The results of the study indicated that watching a video with an all-black cast may increase feelings that minority groups are oppressed in white participants and the opposite was true for black participants.

 

POSTER 48

A QUALITATIVE STUDY OF THE MINISTRY EXPERIENCE OF CHINESE AMERICAN CHURCH LEADERS

MARIA WONG, SAVANNAH SOMMERS, SARAH GORANSON, ALLISON BRUNS, SARAH MAZUR, ASHLEY ROSNER, ALEX MUELLER, ANAKAY ALEXANDER (STEVENSON UNIVERSITY)

This report examined the unique challenges that Chinese American church leaders faced in their ministry. Using qualitative methods, we found that the ministry experience of these leaders varied depending on the type of church that they were in. While cultural differences were downplayed in multiethnic churches, leaders of Chinese immigrant churches often encountered conflicts related to acculturation. Together, our results add to the scant literature and have important implications for Chinese American church leaders.

 

POSTER 30

LIGHT MANIPULATION EFFECTS SOCIAL BEHAVIORS AND PROTEIN CONCENTRATION IN CRAYFISH.

MICHELLE DENNIS (STEVENSON UNIVERSITY), USAMA ALI (STEVENSON UNIVERSITY), BRYAN PHAM (STEVENSON UNIVERSITY), CAITLYN KENNEDY (STEVENSON UNIVERSITY), INGRID TULLOCH (STEVENSON UNIVERSITY)

The current study examined whether varying wavelengths of light would significantly alter exploration and aggressive social behaviors in invasive crayfish species (Orconectes virils and Orconectes rusticus). Groups of crayfish were exposed to blue (495 nm), red (760 nm), or white light (control) for twenty-four hours. Frequency and duration of exploration increased with red 75 light compared to the other wavelengths of light but not aggression suggesting environmental light affects behavioral ecology of invasive crayfish.

 

POSTER 7

THE DESIRED CONTENT OF LOVE LETTERS

RACHAEL STEELMAN, RYAN SCHURTZ, WAYNE BECKER, MARIA MARZI (STEVENSON UNIVERSITY)

Little research has investigated written romantic communication between partners. This research investigated what people desire and do not desire in love letters from their romantic partners. The researchers investigated potential gender and age differences in desired content but found no significant results. Overall, survey respondents strongly desired expressions of longing and depth of love but did not desire any expressions of insecurity in the relationship.

 

POSTER 8

AN ANALYSIS OF WHAT LOVERS WRITE IN THEIR LOVE LETTERS

MELISSA CATALANO, RYAN SCHURTZ, RACHAEL STEELMAN, MELISSA RAMOS, ASHLEY ROSNER (STEVENSON UNIVERSITY)

Letters written by university students to romantic partners (love letters) and non-romantic friends (control letters) were examined using Linguistic Inquiry Word Count to explore potential gender differences in word use and tone. Preliminary results of pronoun usage indicate that romantic letters focus more on the recipient than the writer. When positive emotions were examined, men appeared to exhibit an equally positive tone regardless of audience, where women’s positive emotions were higher when writing to lovers.

 

On Saturday, March 3rd:

POSTER 53

SELF-CARE AND STRESS IN COLLEGE STUDENTS

BRYSON BARKSDALE, JEFFREY ELLIOTT (STEVENSON UNIVERSITY)

The relation between self-care and stress in 92 college students was examined using the Self-Care Inventory (Saakvitne & Pearlman, 1996) and Perceived Stress Scale (Cohen, Kamarck, & Mermelstein, 1983). A negative correlation was obtained between self-care behaviors and stress. African Americans reported higher psychological, emotional and spiritual self-care than European Americans, possibly because of an overrepresentation of participation in supportive student organizations. Future research should investigate the impact of student organizations on self-care.

 

 

 

 

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      It is truly an honor to announce the award-winning graduates: Rachael Steelman, Melissa Catalano, and Shanice Hastings! The three awards that were granted were the Stevenson University Pin, the Provost's Award for Exceptional Scholarship, and the Orsia F. Young Leadership Award.  
 
      The Stevenson University Pin was awarded to Rachael Steelman. This award is the most comprehensive honor the university confers on one graduating senior whose total personal performance is meritorious, including academic achievement, independence, integrity of thought and action, reliability, respect for others, and involvement in university or community affairs. 
 
     The Provost’s Award for Exceptional Scholarship was awarded to Melissa Catalano. The Provost’s Award for Exceptional Scholarship is conferred from time to time on one graduating student who has performed academically in a particularly exceptional way, has demonstrated unique intellectual ability and initiative, and has contributed to the academic pursuits of his or her peers. 
 
     The Orsia F. Young Leadership Award was awarded to Shanice Hastings for HaSS. This award is conferred on one graduating student from each academic school who has performed in an outstanding manner as a leader in the university community, initiated action, motivated others to do so, and has been an agent for positive change in the university.
 
     Congratulations on your accomplishments and best of wishes for your future endeavors!

Stevenson University graduates walked across the stage at commencement on December 18th, 2017....Click here to read more.