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Congratulations to our December 2019 Psychology graduates! You all will be missed but we are excited for the new chapter in your life!

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Some of our Psychology graduates and their favorite Psychology professors!

We are especially excited for our majors Stephanie Charney and Alicia Hughart, who have received two prestigious graduation awards.

Stephanie Charney

Stephanie Charney receiving her SU Pin

Stephanie has received the Stevenson University Pin to recognize her outstanding academic performance, leadership, and exceptional service to our community. Her professors described her as a “consummate student” with a terrific ability to ask questions that go deep to the heart of an issue, a “true collaborator” who is affable and positive to her fellow students, and “one of the best research assistants” for her reliability, ability to work independently, and the high quality of work that she consistently produces. Stephanie is an excellent student leader and has served on numerous leadership positions, including her role as a Student Ambassador.

Alicia Hughart

Alicia Hughart receiving the Mitchell Award

Alicia has received the Mitchell Award to recognize her outstanding service to her community that exemplifies the values of the Stevenson University’s mission. Alicia has improved the lives of others as the President of Active Minds. Notably, she has chosen to step forward when the organization was floundering, and under her leadership, Active Minds was revitalized and has been playing a major role in promoting mental health awareness and education on campus.

Graduates of December 2019, once again, congratulations!

One thing that makes our Psychology department at Stevenson University stand out is the amazing faculty that we have. In our department, we currently have seven full-time faculty members representing sub-disciplines such as Bio, Clinical, Cognitive, Developmental, Social, and Sports. Our students often comment on how caring their Psychology professors are and the creative approaches they take in teaching. Did you know that a number of the Psychology professors have won teaching awards?

Dr. Bilgrave Dawson Award

Dr. Dyer Bilgrave, Emeritus Professor of Psychology, won the university-wide “Dawson Teaching Award” in 2004.

Dr. Elliott Dawson Award

Dr. Jeff Elliott, Chair and Professor of Psychology, won the university-wide “Dawson Teaching Award” in 2006.

Dr. Iannone Dawson Award

Dr. Virginia Iannone, Professor of Psychology, won the university-wide “Dawson Teaching Award” in 2017.

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Dr. Richard Metzger, Senior Lecturer of Psychology, won teaching awards from the University of Tennessee Chattanooga and Mercer University.

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Dr. Ryan Schurtz, Associate Professor of Psychology, won a teaching award from the National Society of Leadership and Success in 2018.

Dr. Wong dawson award

Dr. Maria Wong, Associate Professor of Psychology, won the university-wide “Dawson Teaching Award” in 2019.

Psychology faculty 2018-2019

The proud full-time Psychology faculty 2018-2019. Missing Dr. Colleen Spada, who joined our wonderful department in 2019.

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.

 
 
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