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!

Thursday, March 31, 2016

Attention! English Reading Series

Psychology majors and minors:  Please see the note below from Dr. Mondal in the AU English Department:



I am writing to make you aware of an extraordinary writer and journalist who will be visiting our campus as part of the English Reading Series.  Helen Benedict will be reading from her 2012 novel Sand Queen which is about sexual assault in the U.S. military.  This widely acclaimed novel, as well as Benedict's non-fiction book on the same topic, The Lonely Soldier, have been groundbreaking in raising awareness of the military's handling of sexual assault and in sparking action to reform this problem. 
Helen Benedict will be giving a public reading from Sand Queen from 5-6:15 PM on Monday, April 18 in the Ridenour Room (115 Dauch) and will be available for book signing, as well (some of her books will be available for purchase at the reading).  I'm pasting her bio below.  The film The Invisible War, a documentary inspired by Benedict's work, is also available for viewing in the campus library (call number DVD 0949) for those who might be interested. 
All best,
Dr. Mondal

Wednesday, March 23, 2016

YSU School Psychology Program

The Youngstown State University School Psychology Program is accepting student applications for the cohort to begin in July of 2017.  The program provides comprehensive training which leads to an Ohio license as a school psychologist. Those with a background in psychology, education, and other related fields are strongly encouraged to apply. Applications are due 1/31/17, and the interview process begins in February of 2017. The spring information session (to describe the program and answer questions) with be held on Thursday, April 28th at 3:30 pm, in Room 3322 of Beeghly College of Education on the third floor.  For additional information and application materials (and to RSVP for the session), please visit the program website at web.ysu.edu/bcoe/schoolpsychology/ .

Friday, February 19, 2016

Mark Your Calendars!



Join us for the Spring 2016 Job, Internship, Graduate School, and Career Fair!
Internships • Seasonal Employment • Grad Schools • Careers
Wednesday, March 16th
1:00 pm – 4:00 pm
(come and go as you please)
John C. Myers Convocation Center
(Upper Convo)
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Pre-Registration is recommended
Pre-registration Deadline: Monday, March 14th, 5:00 pm

Over 80 employers and graduate programs are expected to be in attendance!

Check out the most up-to-date information about the fair, including a list of organizations attending, at www.ashland.edu/careerfair

Please dress professionally and bring several copies of your resume. Students seeking internship and job opportunities are encouraged to wear suits.

All students are expected to be dressed in business casual attire or better. Career Services staff members may ask students dressed less appropriately to change.

Thursday, February 4, 2016

Want To Help Make A Difference?

Remember Nhu Chili Dinner
Friday, February 26th
Mitchell Hall (Lower Level)
Trinity Lutheran Church, Ashland
6:30pm dinner; 7:00pm speaker

Come join us on a cold winter night for some delicious hot chili. Sponsored by Thrivent Financial, the Christian non-profit, Remember Nhu is offering a FREE dinner to all. The evening will be filled with fellowship and an opportunity to learn about the child sex trade in the country of Bolivia and the prevention methods Remember Nhu is utilizing there to help end this tragedy. Please come prepared for an eye opening experience, as well as a chance to give back. All donations will go to Hali Brook is who a missionary for Remember Nhu in Bolivia and the effort to buy a van to reach more villages and transport more children to safety.  RSVP to Mickey Rogers at (216) 898 - 2262 ext. 125 or amelia.rogers@thrivent.com.  Visit Thrivent.com/actionteam to learn more about this program!