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After the Lecture: Traveling Across Korea

After the IAGG World Congress of Gerontology and Geriatrics Conference in Seoul ended– it was now time to spend some time traveling across Korea. With my family in tow, we were off to visit Jeju Island—which is off the South Coast of the Korean peninsula. Jeju Island, while little known to Westerners, is a celebrated vacation spot for Asians.

Jeju is often referred to as “little Hawaii”. Jeju Island is a tropical volcanic island, towered over by Halla-san (Halla Mountain) — a volcano and the highest mountain in South Korea. Jeju Island is now known as one of the 7 new natural wonders of the world. The island has both stunning mountain views as well as beautiful seascapes.

The only thing that rivals its physical beauty is the freshness and the abundance of specialty food dishes. The Jeju cuisine includes porridges made with fish, seafood, seaweeds, or mushrooms. Jeonbokjuk is an abalone porridge that many enjoy. Gamgyul is harvested on the island, which is a type of orange similar to the Mandarin orange or tangerine. Black pig is a delicacy on the island as well.

In between very scenic sightseeing—we made sure we were well fed! Our activities included hiking Seongsan Ilchulbong or “Sunrise Peak”. On the hike towards the top there are many picturesque points to capture the city, and water with vistas of wonderful shades of green and blue. The top of the cliff forms a natural green “bowl”.

We also spent much time in lush green island forests—complete with stunning waterfalls. The trip was well-rounded with a Tea Museum visit and an educational Tour of a Traditional Folk-Village recreation. While Jeju is an island I visited as a young scuba driver—it was fantastic to see with renewed eyes.

The blog post was written by DoHee Kim-Appel, Ph.D. Associate Professor for Art Therapy and Counseling at Ursuline College.

Art Therapy & Counseling Faculty travels to South Korea

dohee_1 dohee_2My heart was pounding as soon as we landed in Korea. I knew we were in Korea because of the familiar smells of spices, sounds, as well as the kindness of people at the airport. We were greeted by my family and exchanged lots of hugs. My favorite black noodle dish was my first choice of meal and it was delicious.

The next day was my husband’s 50th birthday, so my family took us to a restaurant in the Korean countryside via a fun fast train ride. The next day attended the grand opening of the 20th IAGG World Congress of Gerontology and Geriatrics in Downtown Seoul. The conference has over 5,000 attendees from countries all over the world, including the prime minister of Korea, Jung Hong-won, who gave the opening speech.Airport in South Korea

The conference thus far has been an all-sense stimulating event. From the sights, sounds, and tastes of Korea culture to the stimulating presentations and discussions—it has been a deeply enriching experience—one that has made me very proud to be of Korean Heritage!

The blog post was written by DoHee Kim-Appel, Ph.D. Associate Professor for Art Therapy and Counseling at Ursuline College.

Skype the Boss.

I know it seems unconventional to have a boss/mentor who lives and works in Chicago, especially when you work and live in Cleveland, but Amanda makes it work.  She is always available and happy to Skype or text. Today we had our first of many weekly video conference meetings.  Brynne, Sabira, and myself were updated about the activities and expectations of the upcoming week. At this time, the group is most concerned with recruiting more youth liaisons, and so Brynne is preparing to go speak with students at Glenville high school before the school year ends.

At this time I’m only working on creating the entrance questionnaire for the youth liaisons, or at least I would be if my account login was working properly.  But the most important news of the meeting came from knowing that the Peer Education division that i intern for, made the front page of the Plain Dealer on may 28th.

http://www.cleveland.com/frontpage/index.ssf/2013/05/the_plain_dealers_front_page_f_1376.html

I feel so proud to know that I’m apart of a division that is helping to make my city a healthier place to live in.

-Sharita Hill

Research is my life.

Research is my life.  I’m the kind of person who is never content with knowing that things work or don’t work.  I need to know how and why they work or don’t work. Science research allows me the opportunity to answer these questions through experiments and data collection.  My name is Sharita Hill.   I am 27 years old and a mother of two wonderful children. I am also a Biology Pre-med major at Ursuline. I will be starting my senior year in the Fall of 2013, but this blog is to talk about the amazing research opportunity that I received this summer.Sharita Hill

It all started around February of this year. Professor Snyder, of Ursuline’s biology department sent out a mass email to all of her science students about summer internship opportunities at Case Western Reserve University. This immediately caught my attention because Case is a very well known research school, not to mention it is where I plan to earn my master’s degree.  From the list I found the Minority HIV Research Training Program (MHRTP) through the Center for AIDS Research (CFAR).  I would be spending the whole summer working with a team of doctors dedicated to introducing advancements, both medical and holistic, in the effort to fight HIV and AIDS.  It seemed like a dream come true.  The only problem was that the deadline for the application was one week away.

I scrambled to put together all of the things that the application required of me, and enlisted the help of chemistry professor Dr. Preston and  biology professor Snyder to write letters of recommendation for me.  They were both willing and able to produce letters within 24 hours. I’m not quite sure what they wrote, but two months later I received an email from the MHRTP, informing me that I was the only applicant who had been accepted into the program.

On May 24 I was able to have a face to face meeting with my program mentor, Dr. Robert Salata.  He is a Professor and Executive Vice-Chair of the Department of Medicine and the Chief of the Division of Infectious Diseases and HIV Medicine at CWRU.  He is a fantastic mentor match for me.  He is devoted to research and making a difference in the world.  His research involves education and prevention techniques in order to prevent the spread of HIV. Using the prior education and prevention work that he has done in Uganda, he was able to design a very similar outreach program for a high risk HIV/ STI area here in Cleveland. The program is designed to target adolescents and teens. I was informed that I will be in charge of collecting statistical data concerning how informed teens are about safe sex practices and how their level of education contributes to the number of sexually transmitted infections (STI) within the community. I will also be leading classes to help teens make better informed choices about safe sex practices.

My first official day of work will begin on Wednesday May 29. I’m very excited to see what impact I can have on furthering the goals of this program. The staff has been so welcoming to me; I only hope that I can add more greatness to this already fantastic team.

After the Lecture: What does an Ecologist do with their summer “break”?

That is a good question!  Hopefully this post will provide some insight.Jenise Snyder working with wetland plants in Belize

First though… who am I and what am I going to blog about this summer?  My name is Jenise Snyder and I am a full-time Biology Instructor at Ursuline College.  I have been teaching at Ursuline for 3 years.  I am an Ecologist, specifically a Wetland Ecologist and have been studying tropical and subtropical wetlands for the past 12 years.

As a Ph.D. student in Ecology at the University of California, Davis, I have been investigating how excess nutrients from fertilizers impact naturally low nutrient wetlands in Belize.  Part of my summer travel will actually be to work on writing the final chapters of my dissertation.

The rest of my summer travel is for vacation… well not really.  As an educator, you kind of never take that professor hat off.  So while I am going on vacation to Miami (Florida, not Ohio) and Belize, I know I will be collecting snippets of information, pictures, and  legally collected specimens, that will be used in my future classes.

So what am I planning to do on vacation?  Well first off, go to the beach!  My hometown of Miami has lovely beaches that I plan to visit and soak up the sun.  I will do some eating too.  I love Cuban food namely: café con leche, flan, and some pastelitos (little pastries).  Plus, I am going to visit my family.

In Belize, I am on a surf and turf vacation.  I will start off exploring some Mayan ruins in Central Belize.  Then I will head to the islands for some snorkeling, diving, kayaking, and some serious lounging in a hammock.  I am looking forward to going to my Belize as a tourist and not a researcher for once!

The final and longest leg of my journey will be to Davis, CA, a college town about 25 minutes southwest of Sacramento, and 130 minutes north of San Francisco.  I am renting a home here and will be hanging out with my Ph.D. advisor and lab colleagues.  While I am here, I hope that I can finish writing the last bits of my dissertation, as well as work on some future research projects.  But all work and no play is no fun, so I imagine that a trip or two to Sonoma or Napa Valley to do some wine tasting will probably happen.

So yeah, I think this is going to be a pretty amazing summer.  I hope you enjoy my journey.

My Travel Itinerary

  • 5.23 – 5.27: Miami, FL
  • 5.27 – 5.29: San Ignacio, Belize
  • 5.29 – 6.3: Caye Caulker, Belize
  • 6.3 – 6.4: Miami, FL
  • 6.4 – 8.10?: Davis, CA

Ursuline Psychology takes you places!

Ursuline Psychology takes you places!

Research plays an important role within the field of psychology, and our department has done a wonderful job at providing exciting opportunities such as this to students who wish to pursue a career in psychology. The goal of the Midwestern Psychological Association is to promote the advancement of psychological science. This is done through holding an annual meeting at which papers, posters, and symposia research are presented.There are over 2000 members of MPA, which makes it one of the largest psychological associations in the world. Members hold positions in universities, colleges, hospitals, clinics, school systems, business and industry, government and private practice. They teach, conduct research in laboratories, do diagnosis, therapy, and counseling, and serve as administrators and consultants. Through attending this conference, we have had the opportunity to network with fellow psychology majors, professors from other intuitions, and attend lectures of some of the leading researchers in their field. Psi Chi, an international honors society in psychology, is also an important part of our path towards a career in psychology, and its goal is also to promote and encourage research from undergraduate and graduate students.

Becoming member of Psi Chi has given us the opportunity to win an award for our submission to the MPA conference. Of the 400 plus research projects that were presented this year, only 18, including ours, won an award in excellence from Psi Chi. This is a wonderful achievement for us, and shows the wonderful opportunities available when students join Psi Chi and attend conferences such as MPA. We could not have accomplished all of this without the help of our faculty advisors, Dr. Edmonds and Dr. Frazier, so for this, we thank you!

Ursuline Psychology takes you places!May 1st  Just landed in Chicago! The Palmer House is absolutely gorgeous; we are so excited to have this 19th century home for the next few days. Painted ceilings and gold leaf trimming-staying here makes life feel like a movie! Chicago is such a beautiful city, and the weather is wonderful so we headed out to go sight-seeing. We saw “the bean”, Millennium Park, the fountains with faces, as well as the Chicago Riverwalk. Headed to dinner now, maybe we will get a Chicago-style deep-dish pizza…

May 2nd  This is the day we present our poster and accept our award from Psi Chi!: Waiting for our names to be called to receive the award, inflicted reflection upon how far we have come and the amount of work we have put into our research. It is amazing to have this opportunity-not only to have the professors and programs to teach us how to do quality research, but the freedom to design our own experiment within our own interests, and then to share it and be recognized in a professional setting; amazing experience.poster sessions, sit in lectures of our choosing, and attend roundtable discussions. We learned a lot today, and really enjoyed meeting new people and networking. It was an awesome experience to speak to others who are interested about our research, as well as learn what our peers around the country are researching also. We saw posters on topics ranging from Autism and the basal ganglia to texting while driving, along with many diverse others. It was so nice to meet so many people in one place who share the same passion for psychology; definitely a sense of belonging! We even got to see Elizabeth Loftus in person… her work is Ursuline Psychology takes you places!groundbreaking! It was crazy to be able to see her lecture in person after learning about her in class. We

May 3rd  This is our last day at the conference, and today we are free to walk through absolutely enjoyed our trip and will remember it always. We genuinely enjoyed interacting with our academic peers and hope to come back again next year!

After the Lecture: Service Trip to El Salvador

Students, faculty and alumnae from the Art Therapy and Counseling Department at Ursuline College are currently on a service trip in El Salvador. Read their blog below.

Art Therapy and Counseling Trip to El SalvadorFinal Blog: El Salvador Service Trip 2013 We began this service learning trip with the idea to immerse ourselves in another culture to see and be seen. It was our premise to experience the world as interconnected, and become more global citizens in the world. We hoped that this experience would be eye opening and that we could bring some joy to the children of Santo Domingo School in Chiltiupan, El Salvador. This experience did prove to be eye opening and more! The faculty, alumni and students were blessed with an “over the moon” reception of gratitude, made evident by multiple hugs, kisses and excitement in all the art and creative activities. The people we came in contact with were warm, authentic, and earnest in learning from all of us, as we were eager to learn from them.

The Ursuline students, alumni and staff quickly picked up Spanish phrases that made communication more viable. At times it was a comedic play of crazy charades in hopes of being understood. Nevertheless, love is a universal language, and it was felt in the students outreach and the heartfelt response. We successfully worked with approximately 150 children, from ages 5-17, painting, drawing, and creating all manner of craft projects. In addition, 6 murals were painted on the school walls with the support of the teens at Santo Domingo School, and this left a lasting mark for the children to remember our time together.

Art Therapy and Counseling Trip to El Salvador

Adding to the art making and work at the school, we visited extreme rural areas around Chiltiupan to get a better world view of the grim reality of poverty and its effects on individuals. We even went to a very small school on another mountain top and made a surprise visit. We went about entertaining these shocked children with the “hokie pokie” and then proceeded to teach an art therapy lesson of feeling expression. These particular children indicated to us how grateful they were for our “drop in” visit letting us know that they were honored because they are often forgotten about because of their remote location.

Toward the end of our trip, we toured the capital and were able to see the mural and memorial wall honoring the 75,000 people killed in the civil war. Sister Dorothy Kazel and the 3 other church women were listed on this wall, along with countless others who lost their lives fighting for freedom.

At the end of the day, we have been given a bigger gift than we could ever have brought. The gift was one of gratitude. No matter how poor any of the native El Salvadoran people were, there was always enough joy for a smile and an invitation to sit and talk, or come into their home, no matter how humble. Surely our time was well spent in the service of humanity, and as we helped, we received tenfold.
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Saturday April 20 We just finished a beautiful breakfast while looking at the ocean. Heading to the airport soon. We all have mixed feelings of joy and sadness. Our hearts have been opened in new ways and we will forever be grateful for this experience.

Friday April 19 Our last day in El Salvador today. We are heading to the city of San Salvador to go to the art museum and the market; then some time at the beach!

Art Therapy and Counseling Trip to El SalvadorThursday April 18 Our last day at the school. Bittersweet. The children and the students have been enriched by this experience. A 5th grader in Cleveland had donated all her stuffed animals for our trip. We gave them out yesterday and it was axing to witness the excitement and joy!

Our students are a marvel and have taken the voice, vision and values ideals into practice. They have been so generous of heart and spirit, truly amazing.

Wednesday April 17 Monday was an exciting day. Children at Santo Domingo School were overjoyed with our presence and art materials. We worked hard at practicing Spanish phrases and giving out lots of hugs! Students really seemed to gain experience in multicultural awareness and communication. We are off again this morning for a 9 hour day! Adios!

Sunday April 14 Arrived Saturday. After the memorial, Sr. Rose pulled to the side of the road for some cool refreshing coconut juice. The woman at the stand whacked the coconuts with a machete. She put straws into the top of the coconut so we could drink the juice. Later she sliced them open and we ate the coconut meat! Delicious!
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At the start of every endeavor it is important to ask, “Why are we doing this, and why do we want to do this?” We as students and faculty at Ursuline College wish to come to El Salvador to help those in need. After searching for different locations to provide Art Therapy and Counseling for people of the world who need help, it appeared that El Salvador was one of the best choices due to Ursuline College and Ursuline Sisters connection to El Salvador in providing service work and help over the last 30+ years.

Because we are Art Therapists, we also know that art has no barriers and a common language is not needed for the expressive healing of art making and art psychotherapy to be of benefit. As faculty and members of the department of Graduate Art Therapy and Counseling, we also wanted to find a way for our students to become global helpers and healers, and to be able to see the world in a more realistic light. This reality will help to create a mature and seasoned therapist in the world, wherever the student ultimately chooses to practice counseling and art therapy. To see and be seen are core needs in every human beings life, we are at the very least hoping to provide a lens of understanding and deep compassion for those in El Salvador who we work with by really “seeing” the essence of human suffering, courage, and resilience.

Art Therapy and Counseling Trip to El Salvador

We wish to serve the children in El Salvador who feel disenfranchised and unempowered. Those who have experienced loss, grief, trauma, stress, depression, hopelessness and despair are our target group; however, all are welcome to experience art therapy and counseling groups, sessions, and projects as Sr. Rose and Sr. Irma see fit. Those who are attending from the U.S. include students Mari Ballentine, Stephanie Ferenc, Diane Fleisch-Hughes, Rachel Lyman, Steve Macek, Emma Pitchford, Nema Saleem, Brittany Spaulding, Sharon Stupp, Ashley Tilberg, Nicole Topp, UC alum Areka Foster, and faculty Megan Seaman, Katherine Jackson and Sister Kathleen Burke.