Tagged: social sciences

02 Nov

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MFY Faculty Flashback: Sarah Uzelac


Every other week, the My First Year blog will be sharing stories of faculty so that our freshman students can get to know their professors a bit better and hear some of their advice for new students.

Sarah Uzelac, Professor of Psychology, Division Chair

Years at the Mount: 13

What was your college experience like? Fantastic – I loved college so much I never want to leave!

What are your hobbies/what do you like to do outside of work? I’m a big reader, so if I’m not grading exams or papers, I’m usually reading for pleasure. I also like gardening and cooking. We travel as a family a lot. And I’m a horseback rider – I keep my horse at a barn in Wappingers Falls and try to ride a few times a week.

What is one thing most students don’t know about you? I married my high school sweetheart!

What does a successful student look like in your class? A successful student in my classes is one who comes prepared, shows their interest, and asks questions during our class meetings.

How do you break the ice with or begin building a relationship with your professor during the first few weeks of class? We spend a big part of our first class meeting introducing ourselves to each other and I try to use humor and personal anecdotes to help students feel comfortable in my classes. Continue Reading

15 Oct

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Meet the Mount: William Wiacek ’18


In our “Meet the Mount” series, we’ll be highlighting some of the Mount’s people – our students, faculty, staff, and alumni – who make this college the wonderful community it is.

William Wiacek ’18

Class Year: Senior

Major: Psychology on the Pre-Physical Therapy track

Campus Activities/Jobs: Photography club, Admissions Ambassador, Orientation Leader, Resident Living Council

Favorite spot on campus: Hudson Lounge

One word to describe the Mount: Community

As William Wiacek completes his final semester at the Mount, he is looking back on a number of amazing experiences he will take with him as he makes the next step in life.

Thanks to the wonderful Psychology faculty, William feels prepared for the future. “I love the Psychology staff. The professors are amazing, they take their time to make sure you understand what you are learning, and they are great people to get to know!” In fact, he enjoyed his Intro to Psychology class so much that he switched his major to Psychology as a result. Continue Reading

21 Aug

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Psyched about Psychology


When Jacqueline Hogan, a senior Psychology major, first began at the Mount in 2015, she began as a Biology major on the Pre-Physical Therapy track. However, after completing a shadow experience in physical therapy, she realized that her true calling was occupational therapy and switched to Psychology instead.

While she enjoyed being part of the Division of Natural Sciences, especially the close relationships with faculty, Jacqueline’s experience with the Division of Social Sciences has been just as positive.

“I believe the academic division supports the students greatly,” she said. “I have never felt uncomfortable to ask a question in class if I was confused or wanted more detail. I feel as if they want all their students to succeed in life. My professors have always welcomed us to office hours, and I am very happy with the professors at the Mount.” Continue Reading

30 Jul

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Meet the Mount: Dr. Paul Schwartz


In our “Meet the Mount” series, we’ll be highlighting some of the Mount’s people – our students, faculty, staff, and alumni – who make this college the wonderful community it is.

Dr. Paul Schwartz, Professor of Psychology and Co-Director of the Center for Adolescent Research and Development

Title: Professor of Psychology and Co-Director of the Center for Adolescent Research and Development

Years at the Mount: 41

Division: Division of Social Science

One could say that Dr. Paul Schwartz is dedicated to the Mount and its students – he’s been a professor at the college since 1977!

He is much beloved by the students, and the feeling is mutual: The students are his favorite thing about working at the college, he explains. He loves “watching the future take shape and develop in them” and is passionate about teaching them how to think. Continue Reading

16 Feb

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Academic Highlight: Human Services


As part of our celebration of the Division of Social Sciences this week, we sat down with Mount senior Alyssa Castellani, a Human Services major and president of the Human Services honor society on campus, to talk about her last four years at the Mount. Her path to finding her major was unique – Alyssa came in to the college as a Nursing major, switched to Education, and finally found her calling in Human Services – but was definitely worth the wait.

KL: What made you decide to be a Human Services major?

Alyssa: I knew I wanted to be part of the helping professions; I just needed to figure out what career path matched my desire to help and care for those who need it and give them the best life I can – not to mention motivate me to want to attend my classes and love the job that will become part of my everyday life when I graduate! Once that desire to help became clear, Human Services stood out to me because there are so many different areas of focus within the field that provide me opportunities to help. Whether you want to work with children, mental health, the elderly, etc., the options are endless. Although I have changed majors a few times during my time here at the Mount, I am happy with the path that I took to get to where I am today. I honestly wouldn’t want to change a thing. My participation in the Human Services major here at Mount has had such an impact on me and has reassured me that Human Services is absolutely the field for me. Continue Reading