Samantha Lickliter recently spent time with Dr. McKenzie‚Äôs Psychology and the Law class.¬† She educated students about two different careers she has enjoyed since graduating from GC in 2006.¬† For several years she served the central Kentucky area as a probation and parole officer, a career path several of our students are interested in pursuing.¬† She then described highlights of her current career with the Kentucky State Police, where she works as a Program Coordinator for the Criminal ID & Records branch.¬† Of her many responsibilities, the one she spends most time completing is analyzing and interpreting crime statistics throughout the state.¬† Detailed PowerPoint slides accompanied her guest lecture.
Much gratitude to Officer Joey Valdez, GC 2011, for spending time with Dr. McKenzie‚Äôs Psychology and the Law class in September.¬† Officer Valdez provided a multi-media presentation regarding the breadth of responsibilities involved in officers‚Äô careers.¬† He covered topics such as intoxication states, threat levels, and vehicle pursuits.¬† The most dramatic and memorable moment was when he showed footage from an officer‚Äôs camera and slowly walked us through the chain of events contained within and the progression of red flags evident in the ‚Äúroutine‚ÄĚ traffic stop.
The Marshall Center for Christian Ministry each year selects a student, faculty member, and staff member for their dedication to Christ and exemplary service in His name. ¬† Psychology major Betsie Phillips received the 2013 graduating senior award, and Dr. McKenzie received the faculty award.¬† The staff award was presented to Megan Redditt, a psychologist in our Counseling Center.¬† Congratulations to all three of you!
Below are pictures of our 2013 graduating psychology majors who presented their research projects during this year’s Senior Capstone poster defense sessions in April. Congratulations on all of your hard work; we’re proud of you.
- View photos from the¬†2012 Senior Capstone Defense
- View photos from the¬†2011 Senior Capstone Defense
- View photos from the¬†2010 Senior Capstone Defense
Dr. Susan Bell was awarded the 2013 Outstanding Advisor Award for the extensive guidance and support she gives her many advisees each year.
View pictures of our 2012 graduating psychology majors who presented their research projects during this year’s senior Capstone poster defense sessions in April. Congratulations on all of your hard work; we’re proud of you. (more…)
Congratulations to Ashleigh Barker and Kari Steffen, this year’s winners of departmental awards.¬† Ashleigh also received the Religion Department’s senior comprehensives distinction award, the Walters Award, and the Biblical Studies Award.
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Several of our psychology majors were invited to participate in this year’s campus-wide poster session, including those involved in the Honors Program, Dr. Price’s Undergraduate Research course, Service Learning courses, and our top Senior Capstone research students.
Ethan Smith completed GC‚Äôs Honors Program this year. Jaime Horne and Ashleigh Barker’s outstanding posters from Capstone were included in the session.¬† Chelsea Riney, Betsie Phillips, Danielle Buford, Ashleigh Barker, Marc Briel, Ethan Smith, and Brooke Hurst completed Dr. Price’s Undergraduate Research course and presented their research.
Becca Short and Brittany Thompson represented the Counseling Skills class by presenting a poster on their service learning experience at Elizabeth Place, a transitional home for homeless women and children in Scott County.¬† Congratulations to all of our outstanding students!
Students in Dr. McKenzie’s 2013 Relationships course recently enjoyed a lecture by Megan Redditt, LPCA, one of the counselors at the GC Wellness Center.¬† Her presentation covered issues and approaches to relationships counseling.¬† She described differences between types of therapy, motivations of those who seek counseling, and statistics and facts related to outcomes.¬† She even led us through an interactive demonstration that allowed us to practice our own abilities at experiencing empathy.
Students in Dr. McKenzie’s 2013 Industrial-Organizational psychology course were visited by GC alumnus (2005) Wes Hunt, Louisville, for his April guest lecture. He discussed his undergraduate work at GC, where he double majored in Psychology and Economics; his graduate school experiences at EKU, where he earned his master’s degree in I/O psychology after completing a master’s thesis on organizational citizenship behavior and aggression; and his current work experiences as a specialist with Mercer.
Two groups of students attended the annual KPA conference, held in Louisville, Kentucky.Under Dr. Price’s guidance, Betsie Phillips, Ashleigh Barker, Marc Briel, Brooke Hurst, and Ethan Smith presented individual research projects during the conference’s poster session.
Four additional GC students (Hannah Prassel, Kendall Wills, Kari Steffen, and Ethan Smith) participated in the annual Psychology Bowl competition, losing to overall champion Bellarmine University in the Final Four round.¬† Great job, everyone!
GC alumnae ‘Becca Johnson, her husband Bert Rawert, their sons Matthew and Nathan, and biggER sister Kaira announce the arrival of their youngest family member, Asher, born January 9th (weighing 8lbs, 7.6oz and measuring 21 inches long).¬† Asher is a Hebrew name meaning happy, fortunate, blessed.¬† “Then Leah said, ‘How happy I am! The women will call me happy.’ So she named him Asher.” -Genesis 30:13
Congratulations – love the GC garb – starting him early!¬†
Additional congratulations to ‘Becca for her recent professional accomplishments: tenure and promotion to associate professor at Skidmore College.
Dr. Regan Lookadoo was selected as recipient for the 2012 Liberation Award, which honors those who have made a significant impact in the effort against human trafficking in Kentucky.¬† Please click here to read additional details.¬† Congratulations, Dr. Lookadoo.
Dr. McKenzie’s Psychology and the Law students learned about the education and experiences of two prosecutors, both of whom practice in Louisville.¬† Jason Snyder currently works for the Department of Justice.¬† Kathleen Serey Snyder serves as a guardian ad litem in child abuse and neglect cases.¬† Together, they explained law school coursework, the many diverse directions an attorney’s career can take, and specifics of their current responsibilities.¬† For example, Jason described differences between state and federal prosecutorial standards, while Kathleen discussed four types of parental neglect: physical, emotional, educational, and medical.¬† Thank you to both of them for spending their morning with our students.
During October, for Psychology and the Law students, Samantha Lickliter (pictured with Amberlee Kelley, Lindsey Atkinson, Meredith McCoy, and Hannah Sharp Walker), GC 2006, effectively, thoroughly, and realistically presented her perspective on a variety of topics related to her former career as a probation and parole officer and her current career with the Kentucky State Police.¬† We often visualize a state trooper when we hear the organization KSP, but Samantha explained the many, many other areas for which KSP is responsible, including criminal identification and records, the lab and morgue, and 911 maps.¬† Her information was strengthened with the variety of visual aids and handouts she circulated.
Many thanks to Sergeant Kevin Wallace for his willingness to speak to our Fall 2012 class.¬†¬† He has presented material to my students for 17 years now.¬† And this year, an added bonus: Officer Joey Valdez accompanied him and together, they co-presented material related to officers’ duties, dangers, and rewards.¬† (Officer Valdez actually took the class when he was an undergraduate a couple of years ago!)¬† The two officers provided factual information and anecdotal stories, illustrating how the GPD’s selection, recruitment, and training processes are constantly evolving and improving.¬† Students were particularly intrigued by the hands-on demonstration related to DUIs.
During May, Dr. Singer took a group of students to the Bahamas to conduct research with dolphins!¬† This is the fourth year in a row Dr. Singer has traveled with students to either the Bahamas or Honduras for upper-level hours credit.¬† Look behind the student for the four “big boys”.¬† Three should be obvious but one is hiding behind the students.¬† The hidden dolphin is Jake who played Flipper in the movie!
We are so proud of Doug McDonald, who received the prestigious President’s Award during graduation 2012.¬† The award is given to the graduating senior who has successfully overcome hardship through resolute determination and drive.¬† Doug is pictured with his wife Laura (Levy) and his daughter Clarke Elizabeth.
Dr. Rebecca Singer received the Lindsey Apple Student Life Award for her involvement with students inside and outside of the classroom.¬† Congratulations!
Ashley Clayton, psychology major and 2009 graduate, recently published her first and second articles, entitled Going to the source: Creating a citizenship outcome measure by community-based participatory research methods and The Citizen Project Part II: Impact of a citizenship intervention on clinical and community outcomes for persons with mental illness and criminal justice involvement.¬† She is currently working at Yale University’s Department of Psychiatry at the School of Medicine.¬† She serves as a researcher with the Program for Recovery and Community Health.¬† Read one (Clayton et al. article) or both (Rowe et al. article) of her articles and learn what a dendrogram is!
Two psychology majors will complete GC’s Honors Program this year. Part of the program’s requirements include an honors thesis, which is defended during a poster session at the end of the spring semester. Katie Rapier’s thesis is entitled An essential teleology of hope, while Kristen Snyder’s thesis title is The nature of romantic relationships: Links to self-esteem and aggression. Congratulations to these two outstanding majors!
- Kristen Snyder
Thanks to GC alum Wes Hunt (pictured with undergraduates Destiny Cornell, Bruno Baumer, Seaton Stiles, Megan Landry, and Tyler Daniel), Louisville, for his April guest lecture to Dr. McKenzie’s Industrial/Organizational Psychology course.¬† He discussed his undergraduate work at GC, where he double majored in Psychology and Economics; his graduate school experiences at EKU, where he earned his master‚Äôs degree in I/O psychology after completing a master‚Äôs thesis on organizational citizenship behavior and aggression; and his current work experiences as a specialist with Mercer.
Amber Pelfrey O’Neal, Hannah Howard Wathen, Chelsea Denham, and Brooke Reed Browning attended the Down Syndrome Association of Central Kentucky (DSACK) conference in February. Brooke co-authored a poster presentation (with Dr. Bell of GC and Dr. Carr of UC) as well. All four are graduates of GC. Amber and Hannah both minored in psychology and are currently occupational therapists.