Thursday, March 5, 2015

Jennifer Williams, Intern at Catalyst Life Services

With an agency as large as Catalyst, I have had the opportunity to do a ton of different things. I spent a lot of my time with the SAMI team (Substance Abuse and Mental Illness). I have also worked quite a bit with our alcohol and drug team and the individuals back on the Crisis Unit. During this placement I have had the opportunity to sit in on therapy sessions with a couple different therapists, work on mental health assessments, and observe as well as lead group activities for both mental health and alcohol and drug groups. I have also been able to visit MedCentral to do pre-screen assessments and step down requests from the psychiatric floor, go to felony Drug Court, and even visit the state hospital. I also have the opportunity every week to sit in on treatment team meetings with our clients in Mental Health Court.  Read about Jennifer's full experience HERE...

Reflections on the Passing of a Cultural Icon: Leonard Nimoy

By Maura Grady, Assistant Professor of English

My affection for Star Trek started early, heavily influenced by my late mother, a huge fan of fiction of all kinds, including science fiction.  We watched re-runs of the TV show together and I attended my first Star Trek convention at the age of 10, when my family was living in Texas for a year....I now research and write on what is called Fandom Studies—the scholarship of Fans, Fandom and Fan Communities.  I am on the editorial board of The Journal of Fandom Studies, and it’s no coincidence that the founders of the journal, Kathy Larsen and Lynn Zubernis chose a photograph of the Vulcan salute for its cover image.  Full Story HERE... 

Articles on Peace by AU Faculty

Two members of the History & Political Science Department have essays in a new book, The Question of Peace in Modern Political Thought (Wilfrid Laurier University Press).  Professor Sikkenga's article is called "John Locke's Liberal Path to Peace," while that by Professor Paddags is "In Search for Laws Above Nations: Jean-Jacques Rousseau on Perpetual Peace." 

The Not-So Wicked Witch of the West

The Wicked Witch of the West“I love acting so much because I really do feel as if it’s made me who I am today. I was the kid in the back of the classroom who didn’t want to talk, [and] who didn’t want to be seen by other people. I feel like through theatre, my confidence grew and I felt I was actually good at something. As an actor, I want to be that person who inspires that little girl in the back of the classroom to take a stand and just do whatever it is that she wants to do and not be afraid to be seen by other people. I also want to provide entertainment for others, and provide an escape from the real world and make [individuals’] night better,” --Andrea Disch

Read the full story in The Collegian by Hannah Predojev
Photo credit: Phoebe Lammert

Tuesday, March 3, 2015

A Philosophy Degree Earns More Than an Accounting Degree!

"We talk a lot about the need for good jobs in America, but good-paying jobs often require certain skills. Engineering, science and technical degrees are seen as highly prized, and not without merit. However, you don't necessary need to major in software development or computer science to go far in this world. You can make a good living with a philosophy degree. Or English literature."

 --Top/Best/Most, CNBC/Yahoo! Finance

URCA Presenter Workshops Set

The URCA Committee will host two workshops in March to assist students in preparing their URCA Symposium presentations. The Committee will host a Poster Presentation Workshop on Wednesday, March 18th at 8:00 p.m. and an Oral Presentation Workshop on Monday, March 30th at 8:00 p.m. Both workshops will be held in Schar 103. MORE...

History & Political Science Students Win Awards at Model Arab League

Nine students from Ashland University, most of them History & Political Science majors, participated in this year's Ohio Model Arab League at Miami University. In this simulation of an Arab League summit meeting students represent an Arab country and seek to further their country's interests by passing suitable council resolutions.

This year, Andrew Dailey and James Coyne, representing Lebanon in the Joint Defense Council, won an outstanding delegation award while Kelly Ranttila and Joey Barretta won an honorable mention for their representation of Lebanon in the Palestinian Affairs council.