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Psychology News

Date: May 2019

“The Orsia F. Young Leadership 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.”

This year, we are happy to announce that our Psych major Tranel Robinson has received the Orsia F. Young Leadership award.

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During the past four years, Tranel has been a highly engaged member of our campus community, and has grown into a confident and effective leader. In terms of formal leadership roles, Tranel has been a member of the SGA Junior Class Council, Vice President of the Sovereign Stangs Step Team, and a Mentor for Mustang Mentors. In addition, she has served as a Freshman Orientation Leader, the Student Coordinator for Clubs and Organizations, and President of Stevenson’s Chapter of the National Society of Leadership and Success. In addition to these leadership roles, Tranel is a Technology Supervisor here at Stevenson, where she is responsible for supervising a staff of 14 student employees. She has received multiple honors for her outstanding work, including Student of the Month by the National Resident Hall Honorary, Student Employee of the Month (twice), and recognition as a National Engaged Leader by the National Society of Leadership and Success.

In each of these roles, Tranel has shined as a leader, particularly in her ability to initiate action, motivate others to do so, and be an agent for positive change. Her consistent leadership involvement over the past four years and the diverse experiences she has highlights her ability to be a true and effective leader in multiple contexts. Congratulations Tranel! You deserve this award!

By: Dr. Virginia Iannone

When I started my journey at Stevenson University, I thought that it was going to be just a regular four-year college program. However, what I got was so much greater than what I could have expected.

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Mordy Mandelbaum ('18 Psychology)

For one, I was graciously welcomed by faculty as well as my fellow students. From day-to-day comradery to serious heart-to-hearts and everything in between, my psychology family was (and still is) eagerly ready to support me and keep me focused and grounded.

Second, my time at Stevenson was anything but mundane or boring and I often found myself outside of my comfort zone, doing things that I never imagined I would be capable of doing. From volunteering in suicide prevention to presenting at the TedX event “Finding Courage and Opportunity Within” and helping coordinate on-campus discussions about drugs in society, I gained valuable experiences in engaging students to discuss a variety (including difficult) topics.

Third, one summer during my undergrad years, I took an activist role in Israel over the summer for my internship and had an amazing experience. Specifically, I worked with my colleagues from Video Activism to create, edit, and produce video content for social media to combat antisemitism and to advocate on behalf of the State of Israel.

Overall, the Psychology department at Stevenson has offered me more than academic and professional guidance. Whenever I needed it, I was able to turn to my professors and ask them just about anything knowing that they truly wanted the best for me. As one of my favorite themes from television states: “Sometimes you want to go where everybody knows your name and they’re always glad you came.” For me, without a doubt, the Stevenson psychology department is that place. It’s a family. And one that I am so grateful and proud to have been a part of it and to continue to be a part of it as I continue on my journey in life.

By: Mordy Mandelbaum (’18 Psychology)

Note: Mordy was the recipient of the Dorothy Stang Award, a prestigious award “conferred upon a graduating senior who best exemplifies devotion to the good of the wider community as reflected in the life of Dorothy Stang, a member of the Sisters of Notre Dame De Namur, the founders of Stevenson University.” Beginning Fall 2019, Mordy will be attending the Master’s of Clinical and Mental Health Counseling program at the University of San Diego.

The National Society of Leadership and Success (NSLS) is an organization that aims to build leaders through a leadership development program. This program consists of an interactive leadership training day, speaker broadcasts from well-known industry leaders, and building successful networking teams. After completing the leadership development sequence, members are inducted into the society and given the option to advance their skills through participation on the executive board. Many of our members flourish all around campus by partaking in campus events, completing community service, and serving in leadership positions. While NSLS welcomes students from different majors, the psychology department has consistently been well-represented.

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Last month, NSLS hosted a spring induction ceremony which consisted of 75 students; many of whom were psychology students. Additionally, Psychology Professor Dr. Virginia Iannone presented a keynote address that emphasized the importance of character development in leadership. Dr. Iannone was also recognized as an honorary member for her commitment to empowering and mentoring student leaders. As the former president of the Stevenson chapter of the NSLS and a senior psychology student, I found that some of the themes about leadership mentioned during the induction ceremony echoed a lot of the concepts that I have learned as a psychology major.

For the past 2.5 years, I have been serving as the President of NSLS. It has been my privilege to work closely with a diverse group of students. Our former vice president, LaDena Eames, is also a senior psychology student. Two of our newly appointed e-board members, Lauren Hudson and T'Niya Lawson, are also psychology students who have big goals of empowering fellow students to become leaders of the world. Looking back, our executive board has done an exceptional job in promoting the importance of leadership training.

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NSLS Induction Ceremony 2019 with Dr. Iannone as keynote speaker (Top Right)

Students may perhaps be wondering how they can be members. Students will receive invitations to join NSLS based on their student status and GPA. Students who are interested in learning more about NSLS may contact Lauren Hudson and/or T’Niya Lawson.

By: Tranel Robinson (’19 Psychology)

The Psychology Student Research Showcase took place yesterday from 11am to 2pm in the Rockland Banquet Room on our Owings Mills campus. Sponsored by our honor society Psi Chi, we had wonderful presentations from students to share the results of their class and research projects, as well as their internship and field placement experiences. Overall, there were more than 150 posters presented. Clubs such as Active Minds, Psychology Club, R.I.S.E., and Psi Chi also presented.

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Special thanks to Dr. Elliott, Dr. Iannone, Dr. Schurtz, Dr. Metzger, Dr. Setzer, Dr. Syed, Dr. Foy, and Dr. Smith for guiding their students to the successes that they demonstrated yesterday. Thank you to all the students who took on leadership roles in organizing or assisting with this event, including Savanna Angel, Nick Mehiel, Danielle Gershman, Hanne Wilburn, Emma Lichtman, Olivia Webb, Tamera Stanley, and Akera Williams.

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We strongly believe that our showcase has created an opportunity to prepare our students to become more competitive for their future jobs and careers, whether or not they are planning to go to graduate school. Congratulations to the Psychology faculty and students for this successful event!

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By: Tamera Stanley

Dr. Maria Wong is an Associate Professor of Psychology specializing in developmental psychology. She teaches PSY 108 Human Growth and Development, PSY 201 Writing for Psychology, and PSY 136 Statistics for Behavioral and Social Sciences. Her approach to teaching is greatly shaped by her experiences being a Chinese American woman and having a multicultural background.

Dr. Wong’s Background

Dr. Wong was born and raised in Hong Kong but moved to Canada with her family where she completed her last year of high school and college. During her time as an undergraduate student, she volunteered to be a research assistant and became interested in cultural psychology and child development. After obtaining her Bachelor’s degree, she moved to the United States for graduate school. While in grad school, Dr. Wong was given the opportunity to be a teaching assistant and an instructor. She received her PhD from the University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign.

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Dr. Wong and her research assistants Stephanie Charney and Kelsey Krupski. They surprised her one day with a trophy that says "The Best Professor, Mentor, Advisor, and Overall Person."

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Dr. Wong’s Teaching and Research

Due to PSY 108 and PSY 201 as required courses for our psychology majors, many students know and love Dr. Wong. I have had the pleasure to be taught by her in PSY 201, work alongside her as a student assistant, and complete a teaching assistantship under her supervision. Her caring and positive personality made me so eager to learn and work with her. I can happily say she made my transition to Stevenson from community college wonderful!

Psychology Major Olivia Webb is currently taking PSY 108 with Dr. Wong. She states that Dr. Wong is full of positivity and great at explaining complicated concepts. In addition, she notes Dr. Wong keeps the class really interesting by including activities that connect the concepts being learned to real life.

Stephanie Charney has been working as one of Dr. Wong’s research assistants for the past year and states that it has been an irreplaceable experience. Dr. Wong has taught her a lot about reviewing literature, thinking critically, analyzing data, and writing effectively for large scale research projects. She offers research assistants the perfect balance of guidance and freedom when giving assignments, which students are always appreciative of.

Sarah Goranson has worked closely with Dr. Wong for all four years she has attended Stevenson. When she was a freshman, she approached Dr. Wong stating she was interested in Developmental Psychology, and Dr. Wong offered her a research assistant position. Sarah has presented a poster with Dr. Wong at the Eastern Psychological Association Conference and is currently revising a manuscript that has been accepted for publication.

In sum, Dr. Wong has shaped students experience as they work towards their undergraduate degree. Her lively approach to teaching is something that grabs her students' attention and makes them very eager to learn. Her caring demeanor is something that does not go unnoticed, and as I’m sure many students can agree, Dr. Wong is an excellent instructor!

By: Makaylah Morton

 
 
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