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A Walk on the Wild(life) Side

Lee Ann Streshenkoff ’17 releases a rehabilitated owl on Allegheny’s campus. Photo credit: Local wildlife photographer Larry Slomski.

From as far back as she can remember, Lee Ann Streshenkoff ’17 has wanted to be a veterinarian.

“I have always loved animals,” says Lee Ann, a chemistry major and psychology and Spanish minor.

Since her freshman year, Lee Ann, a Pittsburgh native, has been serving as a Bonner Scholar at Tamarack Wildlife Rehabilitation & Education Center in Saegertown, Pa. The center rehabilitates wildlife and returns it to the wild, as well as provides community education. Tamarack specializes in treating birds of prey of all ages, adult seed-eating songbirds, turtles, and opossums.

Bonner Scholars like Lee Ann work with a local agency like Tamarack for four years as part of the national AmeriCorps program. Students receive financial compensation for their commitment and participate in a leadership development training series.

“We’ve hosted Bonner students, as well as Allegheny work-study students, for as long as I can remember,” says licensed Wildlife Rehabilitator Carol Holmgren, Tamarack executive director. “Each student brings something unique.”

At Tamarack, Lee Ann assists with food and medication preparation, admissions exams, general care, and physical therapy. She also presents education programs [...] Read More

Source: Student & Alumni Features

New Allegheny Psi Chi Board Members Elected

New Allegheny Psi Chi Board Members Elected for 2014-2015.

President- Breana Gallagher
Vice President of Events- Erin Brockett
Vice President of Service- Alyssa Schneider
Public Relations Chair- Katie Mohan
Treasurer- Christine Wachnowsky
Secretary- Timur Dikec


2014 Psi Chi

2014 Psi Chi

Seventeen Allegheny Students Participate in Sigma Xi Undergraduate Research and Creative Accomplishment Conference

Seventeen Allegheny students participated in the Sigma Xi Undergraduate Research and Creative Accomplishment Conference held at Penn State Behrend on April 12. They are (with their faculty advisors listed in parentheses): Leanne Balster ’14 (Stephanie Martin and Ben Slote), Patricia Belle ’14 (Brad Hersh), Mark Burkhart ’14 (Scott Wissinger), Jordan Gaston ’16 (Tricia Humphreys), Shelby Hernan ’15 (Jeff Cross), Maria Miranda ’14 (Jeff Cross), Allison Palmer ’14 (Tricia Humphreys), Patrick Payne ’15 (Stephanie Martin), Kirsten Ressel ’14 (Scott Wissinger and Matt Venesky), Tashina Robinson ’14 (Tricia Humphreys), Kelsey Sadlek ’14 (Brad Hersh), Samantha Skobel ’16 (Jeff Cross), Amanda Spadaro ’15 (Kristen Webb), Rachel Stegemann ’14 (Brad Hersh), Adrianna Stolarski ’14 (Milt Ostrofsky), Rachel Verno ’14 (Stephanie Martin), and Jennie Vorhauer ’14 (Brad Hersh). Gaston, Hernan, Ressel, Stegemann, and Stolarski were given awards for best presentations in their sessions. A total of 248 students and 136 faculty from 13 colleges in western and central Pennsylvania participated in the conference.

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Source: Academics, Publications & Research


Last Brown Bag Lunch on Friday 4/25

The end of the academic year is near and we will meet for our last brown bag of the year this Friday (4/25) at 12:15pm in Carnegie 110.

Emily Farr, Caitlin Kraska, and Ashley Drewry will present their comp research in preparation of the Western PA Undergraduate Psychology Conference (WPUPC) to be held this Saturday.

Please come and join us, support your peers, and learn about fascinating research conducted in the department.

There will also be pizza, so please RSVP by Thursday (4/24) at 6pm if you would like to “reserve” a slice (or two).  (RSVP to


Lastly, please be reminded that the college is also holding a Senior Project Celebration this Friday (4/25) from 10-noon .. right before our brown bag. This event will be held in the Campus Center lobby – please consider stopping by to learn more about a variety of topics researched on campus.

As always, feel free to email me with questions.
Hoping to see you on Friday!

Rutledge and Former Students Publish Paper in “Substance Use & Misuse”

Professor of Psychology Patricia Rutledge and psychology majors Barbara McCarthy ’10 and Rebecca Lendyak ’10 recently published the paper “Let’s get this party started: The effects of descriptive and injunctive norms on preparty behavior in college students.” The paper appears in the January 2014 issue of the journal Substance Use & Misuse.

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Source: Academics, Publications & Research


Brown Bag Series This Friday! 04/11

Please join us for our next brown bag Series!

Friday, April 11 from 12:15-1:15 pm in Carnegie 110.

Preparing for a conference.

You are invited to come to this week’s brown bag, where we will talk about preparing for a conference presentation (in anticipation of the upcoming Western Pennsylvania Undergraduate Psychology Conference at Geneva College).
We will discuss any and all questions you may have about about academic conferences… from general conference structure and etiquette, to the difference between poster presentations and conference talks, how to best prepare for each, etc.. We’d love to hear impressions and suggestions from those of you who have already presented at conferences and look forward to an interesting discussion with lots of hands-on tips for everyone.


Also, we would love your feedback! Please take a minute to complete a two-question survey about our brown bag – specifically, we would love your input on topics you would like to discuss in future brown bag meetings. Please complete this very brief survey!

Hope to see many of you this Friday for our conversation about some fascinating research.

 Let me know if you have any questions. Looking forward to seeing many of you on Friday for an interesting conversation!  Spread the word! 

See you there!   ~ Professor Jackson

Paulson and Rutledge Publish Paper in the Journal “Eating Behaviors”

Assistant Professor of Psychology Lauren Paulson and Professor of Psychology Patricia Rutledge published a peer-reviewed article in the international publication “Eating Behaviors.” The article, “Effects of Perfectionism and Exercise on Disordered Eating in College Students,” appears in the January 2014 issue.

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Source: Academics, Publications & Research

A.P.P.A.C. Conference: Last Call for Posters

 Association of Psychology and Psychiatry for Adults & Children


Registration Page




Submission deadline for Oral presentations: January 17, 2014 

Submission deadline for Poster presentations: February 21, 2014

You are invited to contribute to the Scientific Program by submitting your abstract proposal for presentation to the A.P.P.A.C. Secretariat.

All accepted abstracts of registered participants, will be published in the abstract book, which will be distributed at the Conference and the ‘A.P.P.A.C. Archives’ journal (almost 6,500 doctors subscribers).

Authors who wish to publish their study in the ‘A.P.P.A.C. Archives’ journal, should send an email to the Scientific Committee of the journal and follow the instructions outlined in the <Publications-Submit your article> section of our website.

Authors who wish to submit more than one abstract should fill out a separate submission form for each abstract. For each presentation, at least one of the authors must register and make payment for the Conference no later than January 17, 2014.

Abstracts will be reviewed by a panel of experts and selected on the basis of merit for oral announcement, keynote lecture, or poster presentation. The time allotted for each oral presentation will depend on the session to which the abstract is allocated.

Notification of acceptance or rejection by the Scientific Committee will be e-mailed to the corresponding authorwithin 2 weeks. In case of not receiving such an email, please contact the A.P.P.A.C. Secretariat.

VISUAL EQUIPMENT: All meeting halls are equipped with slide, overhead and data projectors as well as laptops for speaker needs. Presenters are kindly requested to check and deliver their presentation to the visual reception secretariat at least one (1) hour before scheduled presentation.

POSTERS: Poster board dimensions (including frames) are 150cm width x 200cm height. To ensure good legibility of your poster, we recommend maximum size of 90cm width and 160cm height. Pins and tape for fastening the posters will be available in the poster area and the secretariat desk.

GUIDELINES FOR ABSTRACT SUBMISSION: Please download and complete the abstract submission form and submit it along with your abstract (attached as a separate Word document .doc) via e-mail to the A.P.P.A.C. Secretariat (

The official languages of the Conference are English and Greek.The abstract should not exceed 200 wordsand should be written in 12 cpi Times New Roman.

The abstract should have the following form:

1. Presentation type preference (poster/oral presentation/symposium/workshop).
2. Abstract title: In CAPITAL letters. No more than 20 words.
3. Authors’ names: The name of the presenting author underlined.
4. Authors’ title(s) and Profession: Student, Professor, Director, etc.
5. Affiliation details of all authors: Position, department, institution/hospital/organisation, private practice. City and COUNTRY (country in CAPITALS).
6. Abstract sections: Introduction and Aims/Methods/Results/Discussion.
Abstracts should contain text only – graphs and pictures cannot be inserted and will not be printed. Please avoid boldfacing, italics and underlining in the text. Also, please do not include page numbers, references and footnotes in the abstract.

Drug products should be identified by their non-proprietary names only. Trade names are not allowed – this does not apply for sponsored symposia by pharmaceutical companies.



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Rutledge Co-Authors Papers Presented at American Public Health Association

Professor of Psychology Patricia Rutledge presented a paper in November at the annual meeting of the American Public Health Association (APHA) in Boston. The paper, “Development of comprehensive measures of alcohol-policy enforcement,” was co-authored with Rhonda Jones-Webb, Toben Nelson, Traci Toomey, and Darin Erikson, all of the University of Minnesota. Rutledge was a co-author on another APHA presentation made by first author Julie Sanem: “Association between impaired driving law enforcement efforts and drinking and driving behavior.” The work presented at APHA was initiated during Rutledge’s 2012-2013 sabbatical in the Division of Epidemiology and Community Health, School of Public Health, University of Minnesota, where she was a visiting associate professor. This work is supported by a grant from the National Institute of Alcohol Abuse and Alcoholism (NIAAA) R01 AA017873 to Darin J. Erickson, Principal Investigator. Support for Rutledge’s sabbatical was provided by the Great Lakes Colleges Association as part of its New Directions Initiative, which was made possible by a grant from The Andrew W. Mellon Foundation.

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Source: Academics, Publications & Research