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    Mercy Students at the International Day of Peace, Sept. 21st

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    2017 School of Social & Behavioral Sciences Assessment Conference

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    Sociology of Immigration (SOCL 295) Students on a Field Trip to the Museum of Chinese in America (MOCA)

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    Our team competed at the Model UN and won!
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    SSBS Students Shined at the Westchester Undergraduate Research Conference on April 7th

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Message from the Dean

A message from the Dean of Social and Behavioral Sciences, Karol Dean.

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The School of Social and Behavioral Sciences seeks to foster caring in our global community. Through learning to treat one person at a time, helping individuals and families better manage every day issues, or working in a large organization, Mercy College teaches students how to become an integral part of their world.

Congratulations to Sr. Theresa Kane on her retirement, on behalf of all her admirers in the School of Social and Behavioral Sciences

Sr. Theresa, who received a lifetime achievement award at last year's Trustees Scholarship Dinner, will be retiring from full-time teaching at the end of the Spring 2017 semester.  We wish her all the best and have been immensely honored by her service and leadership to the College.

Field Work Celebration
Field Work Celebration 2017

Senior Social Work students completed 550 hours of field education in a variety of social service settings.  Their hard work & dedication to the field education program was celebrated on Friday, May 5th, 2017. 

Mediation Training Class 2017
School of Social and Behavioral Science IMCR Mediation Training/Conflict Practicum - January 2017
School of Social and Behavioral Science, IMCR Mediation Training/Conflict Practicum - January 2017
February 3, 2017

For more information on the IMCR Mediation Training/Conflict Practicum click on the purple arrow to the left

Christina Stephens
Student Spotlight

Social Work Senior, Christina Stephens was honored at the 2017 Westchester National Association of Social Workers Awards as Student of the Year! Pictured with Christina are Professors Mary Knopp Kelly, Emily Murphy and Carol Bennett Speight. We are so proud of you Christina!

Model UN Team Award

Mercy College received an Outstanding Delegation Award and Carolina Santrovitsch de Silva (above) won the Individual Outstanding Position Paper Award in the General Assembly at the 2017 Model UN Conference (April 9-13)!

Highlights from the Women's Empowerment Conference - April 18, 2017

Find out what SSBS Faculty and Students are working on, writing, and thinking about on the SSBS Student and Faculty Blog site!

Check out the latest posts: My Experience at the Opera House and '13th': A Review
International Day of Peace
International Day of Peace 2017: The Role of Youth in Building Peace

The three Mercy College Youth Representatives to the United Nations presented their work and views about the role of the youth in international peace. Around 40 students and faculty members took part in the event.


Tarik Fathallah shared his experience as Youth Representative and intern at the United Nations. He said that these experiences gave him enormous opportunities and contributed to the United Nations’ work.  Reminding us of Mercy College's mission, ‘Think Globally and Act Locally,’ he encouraged other youths to practice it.


Kathleen Parrinello also shared her experience of interacting with other youths at the United Nations.  Highlighting a number of issues that she was concerned about such as climate change, human rights and sustainable development, she said, ‘The youths are not the leaders of tomorrow; they are the leaders of today!’ She believes that youths can do a lot now.


Alejandra Blanco shared her experience of being born and raised in Columbia, where she observed poverty, violence, and hopelessness. She said, ‘This is why I am committed to working for peace, security, and human rights.’  She is looking forward to her upcoming internship at the US State Department in Washington, DC in October.  
The Youths’ presentations were followed by questions and answers and an exchange of views and opinions with the Mercy students and faculty members who were in attendance. A number of other students showed interest in serving as Youth Representatives.

 

Faculty Recognition Ceremony
Dr. Rebecca Trenz, Dr. Douglas Evans and Sr. Theresa Kane were honored at the Faculty Recognition Ceremony on Tuesday, May 16th

Dr. Trenz, Psychology, and Dr. Evans, Criminal Justice, were both recently promoted to the position of Associate Professor.  We look forward to their continued dedication to excellence.  Sr. Theresa Kane (pictured above) will be retiring from full-time teaching at the end of the Spring 2017 semester.  Many thanks to Professor Kane for her many years of service and continued involvement in Mercy's community.

Class Trip to Tenement Museum
Immigration Class Trip to Lower East Side Tenement Museum

Students taking SOCL 295, Sociology of Immigration, took a class trip to the Lower East Side Tenement Museum on Feb. 27th as part of a grant to fund student/faculty engagement in field trips to immigrant sites and ethnic communities.

Paralegal Panel Discussion
A Day In The Life: Paralegal Panel Discussion

On Monday, May 1, 2017, the Advanced Seminar in Paralegal Studies, the capstone course for the Paralegal major, hosted a Paralegal Panel Discussion.  Four paralegals - two working in private law firms, one working for in-house counsel for an insurance company, and one working for a financial firm - spoke to the students about their experiences in the "real world" of work.  Students were able to have all their questions answered as to what a day in the life of a paralegal is like! The panel included (seated left to right):  Melissa Pena, Mercy graduate,  MaryAnn DeToma, Mercy graduate, Tracy Warren, Mercy student and Carmen Olivia.

Mercy Students at the Westchester Undergraduate Research Conference
Mercy Students at the Westchester Undergraduate Research Conference on April 7th

A great day with strong Mercy participation: 1 platform presentation, 17 posters, 45 student researchers and 15 faculty mentors

 

RSVP for this event at https://tinyurl.com/WomensEmpowermentEvent2018

* Mercy students may receive a Metro-North round trip ticket for this event by signing up with Student Life. Students may sign up by emailing Hannah Berling, Student Life Specialist (hberling@mercy.edu), or by visiting her at the PACT Office on the Manhattan campus (Tuesdays/Thursdays) or the Student Life Office on the Bronx campus (Mondays/Wednesdays).

Congratulations to the IMCR Class of 2018!

We are so proud of the Mercy College students who just completed the Mediation Training conducted by Dr. Stephen Slate, Executive Director of the IMCR (Institute for Mediation and Conflict Resolution).

We are in our 18th year of training students to be mediators and still going strong.  Students in the program have the opportunity to develop their negotiation, mediation and facilitation skills.

Dr. Dorothy Balancio, Dr. Arthur Lerman, Prof. Diana Juettner, Prof. Michiko Kuroda, Prof. Lindsay Astor

 

Out of the Darkness Walk
Out of the Darkness Walk

In October, the Bronx Campus Social Work Club participated in the "Out of the Darkness Walk" hosted by the American Foundation for Suicide Prevention. After the walk, they met with organizers to discuss how to bring the walk to Mercy College in 2018 to help raise awareness about suicide prevention. 

Mercy Students at the 2017 Northeastern Association of Criminal Justice Sciences (NEACJS) Conference
Mercy Students at the 2017 Northeastern Association of Criminal Justice Sciences (NEACJS) Conference in Rhode Island with Professor Douglas Evans
2017 SSBS Assessment Conference
May 30, 2017

The School of Social and Behavioral Sciences hosted their 2017 Assessment Conference in the Rotunda on May 22nd

SSBS-ASSESS Conference
Steffi Rojas Delivers Graduate Commencement Speech

Steffi Rojas, a graduate of the Mental Health Counseling Program and also a Graduate Assistant for the School of Social and Behavioral Sciences, completed her Master's degree in May 2017. We will miss her and wish her the best in her future career plans!

Kenneth Hendler Delivers Undergraduate Commencement Speech

Kenneth Hendler completed his Bachelor's degree in Psychology in May 2017. We wish him the best on all his future endeavors!

An Interview with Sonia Manzano at Mercy's 2017 Women's Empowerment Conference
Students at Met Opera
Mercy Students at the Metropolitan Opera House

15 lucky students attended Wagner's Der Fliegende Holländer (The Flying Dutchman) at the Metropolitan Opera House on Thursday, May 4th.

World premiere: Dresden, Court Opera, 1843. Der Fliegende Holländer is the earliest of Wagner’s operatic creations to remain in the repertory. The two lead roles represent archetypes the composer would return to, in one form or another, in most of his later works: the “otherworldly stranger” and the woman who sacrifices herself for his salvation. The work’s unearthly ambience is impressive; both the world of nature and of the supernatural are magnificently evoked in the score.

Mercy Students Attend A Court of Appeals Session
Mercy Students Attend A Court of Appeals Session

On Thursday, April 27th, students in the Legal Studies program were invited to hear oral arguments before the New York State Court of Appeals held at the Westchester County Courthouse.  The Court of Appeals sits in Albany, NY and, generally, arguments are heard in Albany. This was a rare opportunity for students to observe oral arguments (in 3 cases) before the State's highest court.

Prior to attending, students from PACE Law School met with students in the Legal Studies classes to discuss the cases they would be hearing.  This was truly an exceptional opportunity for our students and an amazing learning experience.  The students were also able to meet with the judges after court adjourned and a Q&A session with the judges followed.

Students were accompanied by Dr. Diana Juettner, Chair, Social Sciences, Dr. Donna Drumm, Adjunct Professor, Legal Studies, and Dr. Donna Bookin, J.D., Assistant Professor and Program Director, Legal Studies.