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Alumni provide Summer 2013 Activities for Psychology students

Alumni who rejoice in the education received at Sewanee express their deep appreciation in three major ways:

  • contributions to the Annual Fund or major giftsJocelyn Cate and Ned Ginsburg, parents of Alex Ginsburg ’12, decided upon an unusual graduation gift to Alex:  an endowed scholarship in her honor.  On May 13, 2012, Alex received her B.A. Magna cum Laude with honors in Psychology;  she earned Distinction on the comprehensive examinations.
  • suggesting Sewanee to prospective students.  Simply by letting it be known that one was a Sewanee undergraduate or by active recruitment of individuals;  the degree of impact of this factor is unknown—and probably unknowable.  We do have information about a subset . . . 27% of the class of 2017 are legacies, have a parent, sibling, grandparent, aunt, uncle, or cousin who attended Sewanee.
  • providing summer internship opportunities.  Two alumni who have provided current students with this valuable career experience over many years are Linda Mayes ’73 (Yale Child Study Center – includes projects with other faculty affiliated with the Center) and Joe DeLozier ’77 (reconstructive and cosmetic surgery practice).

Thirty-five majors and minors in the classes of 2013, 2014, and 2015 have told us about their experiences last summer in a wide variety of programs – most related to their career goals (including exploring new possibilities).   Also see the 2012 and 2011 summer activities.

The Career & Leadership Development office provides basic information on internships . . . the What?   Why?   How to get started.  (some national sources)  While there are well-established programs – such as at the Yale Medical School’s Child Study Center, which hosted 12 majors this past summer;  other individuals create a unique internship by initiating contact with an appropriate organization and arranging something meeting their particular interests . . . then applying for Sewanee funding.  Some alumni list positions in their offices/companies with the Career Office.  Thinking of an internship for summer 2014?  begin with Career & Leadership Development, but don’t stop there . . . the possibilities are limited only by your imagination.

Visit the Career & Leadership Development site to view the complete list of internships in 2013, 2012, and 2011 . . . many of which have links to the student’s end-of-summer report on the experience:  working on NEPA (National Environmental Policy Act) standards at the Nantahala National Forest in Murphy NC   or   swimming in the northwestern Gulf of Mexico surveying reef fish (NOAA’s National Marine Fisheries Southeast Science Center in Panama City FL)   or   spending the summer with the Critter Encounters (petting zoo) at the Nashville TN Zoo at Grassmere   or   working at a new kind of digital (web) entertainment company.  These were the 2013 summers for Geology, Biology, and American Studies majors.

Those concentrating in psychology did the following last summer:

Janie Whitaker ’14 had an Art & Art History Internship at Christie’s Inc. in New York City.

Ashley Windrow ’14, a double major in Psychology and History, had a Career Exploration Internship with the Felicity Street Redevelopment Project / Vieux Carré Commission Foundation in New Orleans LA.  (ACE)

Economics major, Psychology minor Roshni Walia ’14 worked with Yellowmoon Marketing in Nairobi, Kenya . . . in departments such as client relations and sports marketing.  Another Business & Economics Internship was held by Campbell Frank ’14 at the Guarisco Gallery in Washington DC (it was also part of the ACE program:  A Career Exploration experience provided by Sewanee alumni, parents, and friends).

Kayla Pelfrey ’14 conducted neuroscience research at Sewanee with Assistant Professor and Kennedy Fellow Jessica Siegel on the immediate and long-term effects of methamphetamine exposure on behavior and cognition in mice.

Thomas McClure ’15 participated in the Sewanee Summer in Spain Program . . . studying the history, literature, culture, and art of Medieval Spain including the pilgrimage route to Santiago de Compostela.

Zakeria Clark ’15 interned with the Big Brother Big Sister program . . . helped with interview processes, training, and creating group activities for the children.

Aimee Chase ’14 participated in an Environmental Studies Internship with the U.S. Fish & Wildlife Service:  Dept. of Education Outreach in Knoxville TN.  In addition to her psychology major, Aimee has minors in Environmental Studies and in Education.

The Fund for Innovative Teaching and Learning (FITL) permitted Hope Faulk ’14 to work with Visiting Assistant Professor Nicole Noffsinger-Frazier on the Eating Disorder Prevention Program for Women on Campus – researching ways to improve The Body Project, a cognitive dissonance-based eating disorder prevention program implemented with freshman women at Sewanee for the past two years:  making it more tailored to Sewanee's culture.   Hope will probably continue the work as an Independent Study in the fall 2013 semester.  She also worked with Associate Professor Helen Bateman as a research assistant to organize and analyze data gathered throughout the course of the Healthy Bodies & Healthy Minds project that takes place in elementary schools near Sewanee . . . and on developing a website featuring the curriculum of the program.  Hope also has a minor concentration in Women’s and Gender Studies.

FITL also permitted Anne Lindsay Selden ’15 to work with Research Professor Sherry Hamby on the Life Paths Research Program;  she is minoring in Spanish.  Jessica Deimler ’14 also was a part of the Life Paths Research Team.

Several held Service & Ministry InternshipsCameron Crawford ’14, a double major in Psychology and English, worked with the Franklin County Community Reentry program in Winchester TN.   Mary Kate McAlister ’14 was in Costa Rica at The Cloud Forest School;  she is combining her major in Psychology with a minor in Education.  Waddy Stryker ’15 worked with Servants in Faith & Technology (SIFAT) in Lineville AL.  Austen Zoutewelle ’15–Psychology major with a minor in Women’s and Gender Studies–interned with Southeast Psych in Charlotte NC – working on their Food Wise project, which helps prevent disordered eating through family therapy . . . and helped with camps for children with disabilities.

Chelsea Johnson ’15 was a counselor at the Governor’s Program for Gifted Children on the campus of McNeese State University in Lake Charles LA.  The children who attend take academic- or musically-oriented classes in the morning and have the option to participate in musical, drama, art classes, choir, band, and others in the afternoon.

Tonya Public Affairs Internships are done in one of the three branches of government or in public affairs.  Tiffany Boyd ’14 observed the carrying out of search warrants, suspect interviews, agents' court testimony, and training procedures with the Tennessee Bureau of Investigation in Jackson TN.  Paige Lowe ’14 worked with Chancellor Jeff Stewart in the 12th Judicial District of Tennessee in Winchester (ACE).  Courtney Moseley ’14–a double major in Psychology and Art with a Business minor–worked with Judge Steven D. King in the 41st Judicial Circuit in Oneonta, Blount County, Alabama.

Adele Ewan ’14, a double major in Psychology and English, worked with the World Justice Project in Washington DC.  English major, Psychology minor Lily McLemore ’13 worked with the Duke University TIP (Talent Identification Program) in Sarasota FL.  (ACE)

Britta Carlson ’15 interned at Stanger Carlson, a business consulting firm, in their New York City office. This company uses a talent framework to assess their clients and help them achieve the skills and tools necessary to be successful in the work force.

Elizabeth Black ’13 worked with Dr. Joe DeLozier ’77 at DeLozier Reconstructive & Cosmetic Surgery in Nashville TN.  (ACE Medical Internship)