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Psychology News

Date: Oct 2014

The week of October 12-18 marked the official Random Acts of Kindness week for Stevenson University. Psychology Club members, students in Dr. Melanie McEntee's Positive Psychology course, and additional volunteers all contributed to the event. The volunteers worked both within the Stevenson community and outside of it to spread their efforts to as many people as possible.


Within the Stevenson community, volunteers distributed 39 'Caught Being Kind' awards to students, faculty, and staff, gave over 500 bags of candy with positive quotes out during the week, and handed out over 1,200 positive quotes.

Volunteers also distributed 34 letters to soldiers through 'Operation Gratitude' and 32 letters to the elderly through 'Live for the Elderly', along with donating 54 items of new and gently used clothing and 26 canned and dry food items to Shepard's Staff in Westminster, Maryland.

Additionally, a total of $91.81 was collected from a 'Save the Change' jar and donated to the Cold Weather Shelter, also in Westminster, Maryland.

The kind efforts of the volunteers and faculty involved ensured that the week-long event was a massive success!


*Operation Gratitude annually sends 150,000+ care packages filled with snacks, entertainment, hygiene and hand-made items, plus personal letters of appreciation, to New Recruits, Veterans, First Responders, Wounded Warriors, Care Givers and to individually named U.S. Service Members deployed overseas.

*Shepard's Staff is a local non-profit outreach center serving those in need

*The Cold Weather Shelter provides a bed, shower and laundry facilities, and serves nightly meals to the homeless in the community from November through March

On October 14, 2014, Stevenson University welcomed speaker Lily Myers Kaplan, author of Two Rare Birds: A legacy of Love and founder of Spirit of Resh Foundation.

Kaplan presented a reading of her book in the Greenspring library Archive Room. Her book highlights a personal journey with her sister and brother-in-law as they each  dealt with cancer.  It is an inspirational memoir recounting a fourteen year cancer journey and the hardships of four deaths occurring in less than four years.

Her official book launch was held at the Jewish Community Center on Gwynnbrook Drive on Sunday  at 11. She also joined Professor Richard Metzger's life-span class on Monday evening. In the words of Professor Metzger: "Her book is a challenge to us all to consider the ways in which family and life transitions can serve to offer inspiration and growth."

On October 7, the Psychology Department welcomed guest speaker Dr. Jean Lud Cadet, who spoke to students on the neurological and psychiatric complications of substance use disorders.

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