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Moments from the afternoon ceremony for our Spring 2021 graduates in the YSU Beeghly College of Liberal Arts, Social Sciences, and Education and Youngstown State Bitonte College of Health and Human Services
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The banner exhibit on the Polish Anders Army in WWII is on display! We're hosting a free lecture by Andrew Badja on Thursday (3/7) at 5:30. He will bring his father, who is a veteran of the Anders Army.
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Great job CLASS team in the YSU softball tourney. Great job!
Fantastic 8 - 12-week project for a local Boardman company. Ideal for students or teachers on break. For more details, please check out the flyer and contact Staff Right Services today!
Building our Sukkot. An event sponsored by the Center for Judaic and Holocaust Studies and its new director Jacob Labendz.
Hey everyone!! We have a softball team forming for a YSU tournament on august 16th and 17th! We will be playing other units across campus. We are looking for players!!! Let us know if you're interested. No experience necessary!!
Fantastic opportunity for any students looking for full-time summer work (that would be flexible to go to part-time with your regular course work). In-bound only call-center working with government and utility organizations - $11/hr. starting rate with opportunities to earn bonuses and performance-based raises! Please click on the picture for more details on how you can apply.

The College of Liberal Arts and Social Sciences at Youngstown State University provides students wit

The Beeghly College of Liberal Arts, Social Sciences, and Education (BCLASSE) at Youngstown State University consists of many academic departments offering many different academic majors. We also have the capability of designing a degree program to meet the unique and/or individual needs of students. Graduates of the Beeghly College of Liberal Arts, Social Sciences, and Education are extremely suc

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It's a beautiful day downtown - and a great time to stop and see the sights of BCLASSE! We don't like to brag, but our education building, Beeghly, is certainly easy on the eyes! And it's even better on the inside!

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Meet faculty member Dr. Amanda Fehlbaum!
Dr. Fehlbaum received her Ph.D. in Sociology from the University of Oklahoma in 2014 and joined the Youngstown State University faculty in the Fall of 2014 as an Assistant Professor in the Department of Humanities & Social Sciences (formerly Department of Sociology, Anthropology, and Gerontology). She is currently the Director of the Women's and Gender Studies program. She was a contributor to the Sociology in Focus blog. Dr. Fehlbaum achieved tenure and promotion to Associate Professor as of Fall of 2020. In 2022, she was awarded the YSU Distinguished Professor in Service Award.
Outside of the classroom, Dr. Fehlbaum is a proud member of several professional groups, including the American Sociological Association, Sociologists for Women in Society, and the Ohio Alliance to End Sexual Violence. Her most notable areas of research include gender and s*xuality, bodies and embodiment, s*x education, culture and media, feminism, the family, and qualitative methods.
Trailblazers like Dr. Fehlbaum are faculty members we hold near and dear. Without them, we wouldn't be on the progressive path we are today. We are forever fortunate to have such intelligent and passionate folks paving the way for future generations of Penguins to come. 🐧❤️

Sabrina Jones '07 YSU Alumni Spotlight Video 05/31/2022

We love our Alumni! Congratulations Sabrina on all of your accomplishments 👏👏

Sabrina Jones '07 YSU Alumni Spotlight Video Sabrina Jones, a 2007 graduate with a Bachelor of Science in Education, now serves as Superintendent of the Academy for Urban Scholars. She talks about her Y...

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Meet Dr. Paul Yarab!
Dr. Paul Yarab began his journey with Youngstown State University with his Bachelor's in Psychology, graduating in 1993. Throughout his enrollment, he had to opportunity to form strong relationships with his professors, opening up a plethora of new doors in his career. He conducted research alongside Psychology professors on campus, which ultimately resulted in impressive conference presentations! Following his Bachelor's, Yarab attended Bowling Green State University and earned both his M.A. and Ph.D. in 1999 in the field of Social Psychology. While enrolled, Yarab conducted numerous research studies on jealousy and infidelity. At the time, he never saw himself as becoming a professor - he had a terrible fear of public speaking! But alas, after teaching a few classes here and there, he realized that being an educator was the career for him! Before heading back to YSU, Yarab stayed at Bowling Green for a few years, as well as Mercy College of Ohio in Toledo for 18 years. In his time at Mercy, Dr. Yarab developed a variety of psychology courses that investigate people and behavior in many different contexts. Here are some word of wisdom, courtesy of Dr. Paul Yarab:
"I talk to everyone, or should I say they talk to me; I have invisible writing on my forehead that says, 'Talk to me and tell me everything about your life – even if I don’t know you.' I just love psychology - I'm not exactly sure why! I guess people in general just interest me. It was [odd] coming back to YSU as a professor, especially since there are professors still here that I had as an undergraduate. [I] love it here. [We have] a great work environment in the Psych Department. The one thing I was a little worried about teaching here was that I thought I’d totally lose getting to know my students as YSU is a bigger campus. But, I am now seeing that I am getting to know the students as I have had many of you more than once. I have now worked with quite a few students on Honors projects and I am looking to start doing research again with undergraduates. I am also looking at ways to work along side students who do not want to go to graduate school to see what other options are out there. You guys are really what makes this job so much fun - and I mean that. Sometimes you give me a gray hair or two, but I just think back to when I was here."

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Meet Molly Burdette!
Molly's history with Youngstown State started in 1989 when she entered the university as a transfer student. Molly graduated with her undergrad in Psychology, while raising two children of her own, then went straight on for her Masters' degree. In 2000, she graduated with MSEd in Community Counseling and a fourth baby on the way. Molly became a part-time faculty member in 2001, starting her journey in education, teaching Psychology. A few years later in 2007, she moved on to teaching Communication. Throughout her time at YSU, Molly has earned a Graduate certificate in Instructional Communication. Molly started her current position, Program Coordinator/Academic Advisor for General Studies in October 2005. The program was expected to see only a few students graduate each semester, but has expanded to graduate around 100 students per year! This ranks it as one of the top 5 majors for highest number of graduates each semester within the last decade!
Here are a few words of wisdom from Molly herself:
"As I prepare to leave my position as Academic Advisor of General Studies located in DeBartolo Hall, I’m thinking back over my long history at YSU. I started here as a transfer student [myself]. I love going to graduation each semester and see all of my students cross the stage and earn their degree, knowing how hard they worked and the sacrifices they made in order to reach their goal of graduating. Every student has a story. I've been involved in many committees and groups during my time on campus, getting to know faculty, staff and students in so many different areas on campus. YSU has been a second home to me for so much of my life. I'm so excited to be staying on campus and taking on a new role as Assistant Director, Degree Completion, and Credentialing Facilitator!"

We’re so lucky to have advisors like Molly who care so much about her students! 🐧❤️


Congratulations to the Class of 2022! 👏

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On April 26, 2022, BCLASSE's Dean's Dozen hosted their annual Honors Convocation for Education students and faculty members. Awardees were recognized for their accomplishments and successes. Congratulations!

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Congratulations to all of our grads! We're beyond proud of our BCLASSE family and can't wait to see what you have in store!

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The students, staff, and community of Lowellville are in our thoughts during this difficult time.

With love and deep sympathy,
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On Wednesday, April 27th Dean Charles Howell and BCLASSE's Dean's Dozen welcomed scholarship and award recipients into Debartolo for their annual Honors Convocation. This evening, students and faculty from the Liberal Arts, Social Sciences, and Psychological Sciences / Counseling Departments were rightfully recognized for all of the amazing work they do here at YSU. Congratulations and thank you for all you do! 🐧❤️🤍🖤

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We deeply miss the beautiful weather we had here in Y-Town last week. But hey! You know what they say - April showers bring May flowers!


Happy Friday and a big congratulations to coaches Dr. Alan Tomhave, Dr. Mark Vopat, and YSU's Ethics Bowl Team on their quarterfinal placement in the 2022 APPE Intercollegiate Ethics Bowl! Our Penguins went face to face with around 150 teams, and placing as a quarterfinalist is such a remarkable achievement, folks - excellent job!

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24 days until graduation! Are you decorating your cap?! 🎓🐧🎉

Class of 2022, it's that time of year - the grad cap decorating contest! From now until Friday, April 22, you can enter your decorated grad cap for a chance to win a YSU prize 🎓 Once you’re finished decorating, submit a photo of the cap here: https://bit.ly/3vi1tXe 🐧

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Congratulations to Dr. Richard VanVoorhis and Dr. Kenneth Miller on the continuation of grant funding for their work with parents of children with low incidence disabilities! The grant - titled 'PROGRAM TO DEVELOP PRODUCTS & RESOURCES FOR USE BY OHIO SCHOOL PSYCHOLOGISTS IN IMPROVING LEARNING OUTCOMES FOR CHILDREN WITH THE MOST INTENSE LEARNING NEEDS' - allows for the expansion of professional training for individuals with families of children with significant needs.

Great job! 🐧

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Interested in YSU's History Program? You're in luck! Swing by Room 521 in Debartolo Hall April 11th @ 10:00AM and 2:00PM for an Applied History info session!

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Meet Jessica Basile! Jess has been a part of the penguin family for four years, serving as our American Sign Language (ASL) instructor. In addition to YSU, Jess has been teaching ASL at the high school level for the past 10 years - and she created the program at her school, too!

"It's my passion to bring awareness to the hearing world by reaching as many students as I can. We can easily learn to sign however Deaf people can never learn to hear. By providing access and awareness to them we can break communication barriers and make everyday struggles easier. Human connection in a phono-centric world is a privilege that we have, and I hope we can use that privilege to provide that same basic need to Deaf people."

Jess is actively pursuing her Ph.D from Gallaudet University, the world's only Deaf university, to help educate hearing people about providing access to natural language for Deaf children. Though Jess may be hearing, she has fully immersed herself in Deaf culture with passion, respect, and dedication in a way most individuals lack the courage to do.

We're beyond grateful for all of the work Jess has done here at YSU and off campus, as well as the impact she's left on so many students!

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Meet YSU Junior Jamie Knutti, our Social Media Representative here at BCLASSE! Jamie is a Psychology major with a minor in Sociology. Aside from running our social media pages, she is a member of Dean's Dozen, YSU's Hip Hop Team, and the Honors College.
"One of my favorite aspects of YSU is the community. No matter who you are, faculty members are here to help and I am forever grateful for that. I wouldn't have the success stories I do without my support system cheering me on. My professors genuinely love what they do - and that's had a major impact on my educational experience. I've easily come across some of the best educators here. Professors like Jess Basile that are extremely passionate and immersed in their subject have inspired me to never settle for a career that doesn't bring me authentic joy. I can't express how grateful I am for everything YSU has offered me."
Jamie hopes to graduate in the spring of 2023 with her Bachelors degree, followed by starting the lengthy journey of earning her PhD in Clinical Psychology.

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Join us Thursday, March 24th at 6:00pm to learn about Johnstown, PA and its parallels to Youngstown as author Pat Farabaugh visits the Youngstown Historical Center of Industry and Labor to talk about his new book, "Disastrous Floods and the Demise of Steel in Johnstown." This event is free and open to the public and will be live-streamed on Facebook!

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Meet Dean's Dozen! Members are selected by Dean Howell for their academic achievements, campus involvement, diverse background, and passion to help others. If you have any concerns you want voiced, these Penguins are here for you!

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There is no limit to creativity and QUEST is committed to accommodating all styles and forms of student innovation, creativity, and accomplishment!

Abstracts will continue to be accepted until Friday, April 15th - For more information visit www.ysu.edu/quest

Present your Scholarship on April 21st at QUEST 2022!

QUEST is a University sponsored forum for undergraduate and graduate students to present their scholarship to the University community. QUEST welcomes scholarship in all forms – scientific findings, musical scores, engineering designs and analyses, panel discussions, poetry readings, dance performances, honors and senior theses, study abroad experiences, and more!

Abstracts accepted until Friday, April 15th. For more information visit www.ysu.edu/quest

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Interested in working at the Leonard Kirtz Summer Camp? You're in luck!
Leonard Kirtz is hiring for multiple positions Classroom Assistants, Teachers, On-on-Ones and Nursing. Their program with students aged 5-22 with developmental disabilities runs the following dates:

June 27th-July 1st 2022 is staff training
July 11th-August 12th 2022

This is an excellent employment opportunity and a chance to get some work experience! Any help is appreciated!

Below is several job descriptions of positions available. If you have any questions or are interested, please do not hesitate to call Kim Covan at 330 797-2848.

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Looking to kickstart your career? Tarle Academy is hiring!
Tarle Academy is a brand-new private academy in West Akron committed to delivering excellence in education to inner-city scholars. Through a culture of high expectations for behavior and academics, they intend to do what many say can't be done.
If you are ready to lead, grow, and have a massive impact, join Tarle Academy in this fight! Please contact Ernie Tarle, our director at 330-810-1976 or email to [email protected] with any questions or concerns.


We'd like to take a moment and brag about our incredibly talented and intelligent students and faculty from our School Psychology Program! Keep reading!

Youngstown State University (YSU) and the University of Manchester (UoM) began an innovative collaboration in March 2020. Subsequently, the School Psychology Program published an article reflecting on student and faculty experiences of this initial collaboration in International School Psychology Association's ‘World Go Round.’ Despite the Covid-19 pandemic, the collaboration has continued to grow in exciting and innovative ways, including a collaborative presentation at the National Association of School Psychologists in Boston, Ma. in February of 2022. On March 25th, 2022 approximately 60 YSU and UoM faculty and students will reunite to participate in a virtual symposium to explore similarities and differences in school/educational psychologist practice in the area of girls and autism. This experience will provide a catalyst for students and faculty to reflect critically on this common practice area. Faculty and student presentations from both universities will be shared and discussion will be greatly encouraged.

We're so proud of the innovative folks we have here at YSU and are beyond lucky to have them represent BCLASSE and the university as a whole. Keep up the great work, Penguins! We can't wait to hear all about your experiences!

Welcome! You are invited to join a meeting: Reeder Lecture: Hilary N. Green. After registering, you will receive a confirmation email about joining the meeting. 03/17/2022

The history program at Youngstown State University is proud to host the 2022 Robert W. Reeder I Distinguished Lecture in Nineteenth Century History! This year’s lecture will be delivered by Dr. Hilary N. Green and will be held virtually on March 24, at 5:30 pm.

Each spring, the Reeder endowment brings a nationally-renowned scholar in the field of nineteenth-century American history to the YSU campus.

Dr. Green’s lecture is entitled “Remembering Gettysburg: Joseph Winters, Songs and Civil War Memory.” Focusing on a Black songwriter, this lecture explores how Joseph Winters contributed to African American memory of the American Civil War and the Gettysburg campaign through songwriting. By documenting the African American experience during the Gettysburg campaign, Green will show how Winters continued to draw on this local memory for securing Black men’s vote in the 1876, 1880 and 1912 Presidential campaigns.

Dr. Hilary N. Green is an Associate Professor in the Department of Gender and Race Studies at The University of Alabama. She earned her M.A. in History from Tufts University and her Ph.D. in History from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. She is the author of Educational Reconstruction: African American Schools in the Urban South, 1865-1890 (Fordham University Press, 2016) as well as numerous articles, book chapters and other scholarly publications.
This event is free and open to the public. Register here: https://bit.ly/3CPbA9l
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Welcome! You are invited to join a meeting: Reeder Lecture: Hilary N. Green. After registering, you will receive a confirmation email about joining the meeting. Welcome! You are invited to join a meeting: Reeder Lecture: Hilary N. Green. After registering, you will receive a confirmation email about joining the meeting.

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Happy World Social Work Day to all past, present, and future social workers! You are the backbone of society, working wonders behind the scenes of every success story.

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Meet Dr. Ying “Joy” Tang! Dr. Tang is an Associate Professor in Psychology here at YSU. Beyond teaching a variety of courses on campus, she helped create Psychology Program’s first study-abroad experience and took a group of students on a life-changing trip to China in 2019. Dr. Tang is a productive researcher: she has successfully completed work that is published by prestigious outlets such as the American Psychologist and Oxford University Press. Her wide-ranging interdisciplinary research collaboration with colleagues from diverse backgrounds has led to creative projects such a computer game ReWIND that incorporates principles from Cognitive-Behavioral Therapy to help individuals alleviate anxiety. Beyond her extensive service on campus, she has assumed various leadership roles locally, serving on the board of the YWCA Mahoning Valley. Nationally, Dr. Tang most notably served as the co-chair of the Committee on Academic Feminist Psychology in the American Psychological Association Division 35 from 2017-2021. Dr. Tang is devoted to the success of her students and empowering them to chase whatever career goals they desire. Her constant dedication to everyone she takes under her wing is admirable. Talented female leaders like Dr. Tang have paved the way for past, present, and future Penguins alike, making her the ultimate trailblazer. We're beyond grateful for Dr. Tang and everything she's done - and extremely lucky to have such talented educators here at YSU.

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Happy Spring Break, Guins!
We hope you have a safe and fun break! Remember to recharge and take care of yourself this week. We can't wait to see you all back on campus on March 14th!

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Happy Employee Appreciation Day to all our YSU workers! We're so thankful for all you do! We definitely have the best folks working here with us in BCLASSE. Keep making magic happen - without all of you, we wouldn't be where we are today.

What is Critical Race Theory? 02/24/2022

No issue is more critical to our national cohesion than understanding what we have in common, as well as how our life experiences differ, with regard to race. Here at YSU, we encourage all individuals to educate themselves on this matter.
On February 3rd, 2022 the Dale Ethics Center along with the Community Foundation of the the Mahoning Valley held a continuing legal education workshop led by Brant Lee and Marie Curry on the topic of critical race theory. The recording of the event can be found at the below.


What is Critical Race Theory? The Dr. James Dale Ethics Center, Youngstown State University in partnership with The Community Foundation of the Mahoning Valley sponsored a continuing lega...

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Interested in history and encouraging young minds? If so, consider becoming a judge for History Day! This contest / event showcases talented kids presenting projects surrounding the theme of Debate and Diplomacy in History. Middle school and high school students create trifold exhibits, websites, documentaries and even performance plays about historical people and events that illustrates the same theme.

When: April 2, 2022, 8:30 AM - 4:30 PM
Where: DeBartolo Hall/Beeghly Auditorium/Steel Museum (YHCIL)

Reach out to David Simonelli at [email protected] or Jessica Baloun at [email protected] for more information!

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Meet Dr. Victoria Kress, a Distinguished Professor in the counseling program at YSU! Kress has been elected to serve on the American Counseling Association's (ACA) Governing Council. Throughout her career, she has been the recipient of over 40 professional and community service awards, most of which for her professional and client advocacy efforts, along with her leadership, scholarship, community service, and mentorship initiatives. Additionally, Kress has also received awards for her work with people who have intellectual disabilities, for empowering girls in her community, for her s*xual assault prevention efforts, and for her child abuse advocacy work. We're proud to call Dr. Kress apart of the Penguin family and can't wait to see what other amazing things she'll do!

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