Monday, September 26, 2016

Internship Spotlight -- Dendara Oakleaf


As a psychology major in my final semester, I can honestly say I would be lost if I hadn’t completed an internship last semester. From January until the end of April, I interned at Ashland Parenting Plus (APP). Normally, APP interns are social work majors. In fact, I was the very first psychology major to intern at APP. This was a perfect fit for me, though, as the direction I had been planning on going with my degree overlaps between psychology and social work. APP is a nonprofit organization that works with at-risk adolescents. Although there are multiple ways in which APP accomplishes this, the program I was most involved with was the girl empowerment groups in Ashland County Schools.

Twice per week, I went to either the Ashland High School or Middle School and met with groups of adolescent girls to discuss topics such as relationships, communication skills, and human reproduction. Additionally, the girls would discuss any personal problems they were currently experiencing, and we would work as a group to figure out potential ways to best handle the situation. Ultimately, the groups served as an escape from reality for the girls while teaching them skills to help buffer them from any potentially harmful circumstances.

Through these groups, I gained experiences that helped confirm the direction I was already planning to go with my undergraduate in psychology and a more specific direction to go with my future education. This internship not only gave me experience working with adolescents, but helped me to discover a passion for helping adolescents who have experienced trauma. All thanks to this internship, I have been able to definitively decide to pursue my Masters in Social Work. Even though I am not continuing my education in the field of psychology, the AU Psychology Department has provided a solid background that will help to enrich my future in social work.

Wednesday, September 7, 2016

Akron Rotary Camp Job Opportunity

As your semester is beginning, have you given any thought to what you’re going to do with your weekends? I know this is a stressful part of the year because you are just starting classes and trying to get a feel for your teachers and you’re trying to figure out how much homework they like to give. I know how stressful it can be; after all I was there a couple years ago.

However, if you haven’t spent any time thinking about what you want to do during your weekends, now might be a good time to do that. Let’s take a second to try to figure out what you value in a job.
 
1) Do you want somewhere that you have to follow a strict schedule/regime or do you want to work somewhere that’s going to encourage you to bring your creativity to work every single day?
2) Do you want an easy job, or one that will challenge you every single day?
3) Do you want a job that you go into knowing everything there is to know about what you’re doing, or do you want a job that will give you a chance to learn something new every moment of every day?
4) Do you want a job that lets you build friendships with your co-workers, or do you want to become part of a family?
 
If you’ve picked the second choice in every single one of these questions (or most of them), you might want to consider talking to me about the possibility of working at the Akron Rotary Camp for Children with Special Needs this school year. You will get to bring your own hobbies and passions to camp to help expand and improve the opportunities we provide to our campers. You will also work alongside some of the hardest working, and most passionate people you will ever meet. There is one more reason to work at camp. YOU GET TO BE A KID AGAIN AND RE-LEARN HOW TO HAVE FUN!!!
 
If all my reasons for working at camp aren’t enough, click HERE and find out why we love Akron Rotary Camp.  I hope you have a successful transition from summer to waking up for classes and studying for exams! If you have any questions please don’t hesitate to contact me at 330.644.4512 x 3204 or email me at jeremyd@akronymca.org.
 
J.D. Detsch
Imagination Specialist
Akron Rotary Camp for Children with Special Needs

Wednesday, August 24, 2016

Eagle Opportunities!


Please click HERE to be taken to the AU Career Services Center page on opportunities for AU students.  This page has information on upcoming career fairs, graduate school opportunities, and services that the CSC offers. 

Friday, May 20, 2016

Congratulations!

Congratulations to the following students who walked through Spring Commencement on May 14th at the Dwight Schar Athletic Complex at Ashland University!  This list includes 12 degrees with distinction, 1 Academic Honors student, and 5 double majors!  Well done!!!

Sara Amato
Gamma Alpha Kappa
Cum Laude

Elizabeth Ankeny

Jillian Bajaksouzian
Summa Cum Laude

Emily Bradfield

Lisa Coey
Magna Cum Laude

Dani Czekaj
Cum Laude

Emily Embrescia
Gamma Alpha Kappa
Magna Cum Laude

Moayad Jallaq

Tim Lehr

Jimmy Lentine
Gamma Alpha Kappa
Summa Cum Laude

Paige Meade
Cum Laude

Beverly Paramore
Cum Laude

Olivia Perna
Cum Laude

Janice Richards
Cum Laude

Emily Shrider
Summa Cum Laude

Katie Skeens

Kara Smith
Cum Laude

Kristin Van Dyke

Dane Zunich

 

Tuesday, May 17, 2016

Sport Psychology Class Teaches the Mental Game


Members of this year’s Sport Psychology class (Psychology 280) shared their newly acquired knowledge about mental game skills with local athletes as part of a class project. After learning key sport psychology skills during the first part of the course, students divided into groups; selected a sport; developed a teaching plan; and taught these skills to groups of athletes. Dr. Curt Ickes said, “I have a real passion for applied psychology and wanted my students to experience this firsthand. This project gives students the opportunity of seeing psychology in action, while at the same time giving back to the community.” AU students worked with local athletes including: New London Middle School Track, Hillsdale High School Baseball, AU women’s Soccer, AU Men’s Golf, AU Track, Motocross Racers, High School Track Throwers, and Ashland High School JV Softball. At the end of the course, the sport psychology students then made class presentations reflecting on their experiences.  

“The fieldwork experience gave me the opportunity to apply my knowledge of psychology in a way where I got to help people be better. I think that opportunities like this where students can be more than students and see the impact we can have on people is an amazing experience that helps us understand and realize the power of our education.” Madi Endicott

Monday, May 9, 2016

Summary of Psychology Department Research, Spring 2016


The spring 2016 semester was a busy one for the Psychology Department faculty and students.  Over the course of the semester 16 researchers collected data from 161 participants (PSYC 101 students) who make up our participant pool.  The department ran a total of 13 different research projects, with three of those projects being online surveys that were delivered via Sona Systems or Survey Monkey.  Overall, our participants earned 1,563 research 'credits'.  As one credit amounts to 15 minutes worth of research participation, this means that our department gathered approximately 390 continuous hours of data collection over the course of the semester.  Students that were involved in this research were doing data collection as part of a class (PSYC 310), as a research assistant to one of our departmental faculty, or as an independent study (PSYC 498).  Overall, it was a productive semester in the research lab!

Friday, April 29, 2016

Ashland University Psi Chi Inducts New Members

Congratulations to the following psychology majors/minors who were inducted into Psi Chi, the psychology honorary society, at our ceremony on April 19th.  Pictured below are Emily Wirtz, Kimmy Vidika, Dendara Oakleaf, Marissa Lindberg, Jimmy Lentine, Sarah Burdick, Jeremy Hanna, Danielle Bruno, and Abbie Brady (not pictured are Taylor Banks, Dani Czekaj, and Alyssa Edwards).  Congratulations!!!


Friday, April 22, 2016

Psychology Student Presents at Conference



Dan Whitacre, a junior psychology major, presented at the 30th Annual Ohio Undergraduate Psychology Research Conference recently held at Lorain Community College.  The research, co-authored by Derek Baker with Drs. Ickes and Chartier serving as faculty sponsors, was titled “The Effect of Color on Athletic Performance.” The study explored whether or not the color of a golf putter impacted performance on a putting task.  Subjective ratings of emotional calmness were also analyzed.  Congratulations, Dan!