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Spring 2023

The calendar is constantly updated. Please check regularly! All events on the calendar count for PSY98 and 99 credits; please follow the instructions in Canvas to document your attendance and involvement in the events/workshops that you choose to attend.

Microaggression Virtual Workshop

This workshop can be completed remotely on your own at any time and counts as an event for PSY9x advising courses; the reflection component must be uploaded to Canvas before the end of the course.

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Feb 1, 11:00am, BIO 209: American Medical Students Association meeting. Learn more about the process of opening a file with our Medical Careers Advisory Committee (MCAC) and preparing to apply to medical school. Please email Mrs. Helen Kull, administrative staff for the MCAC, for more information (

Feb 7, 12:00pm, ED 212: African American Studies 3rd Annual Teach-In: Improving Black Health. Dr. Debeka Bennett will present the themes she’s found in her counseling and then talk about starting the Black Women’s Support Group and other strategies for meeting students’ needs. Dr. Yolanda Nelson will present on the challenges Black students face in graduating from Nursing and then present on “Moving Forward Together,” the mentorship program she has created to address and improve these outcomes. Dr. Natasha Patterson will present on the horrendous problems in Black Maternal Health and the Doula Training program she’s started to bring doulas (trained this summer in an innovative new program) to underserved areas. RSVP here.

Feb 8, 11-11:50am, SSB 105: Animal Assisted Interventions: Canine and Equine Applications. Dr. Jean Kirnan will provide an overview of the growing practice of Animal Assisted Interventions (AAI) along with examples from her community research and volunteer work with her certified therapy dogs. Tabitha Hilliard, MA, CTRI, will co-present and share her experiences in providing equine-assisted services (EAS) to individuals with disabilities. Cali, Dr. Kirnan’s certified therapy dog will be in attendance as well.

Feb 13, 11:00-11:50am, ED 212: You are More than Your Career: Increasing Work/Life Balance & Quality of Life. This session focuses on preventing/managing burnout and building work/life balance in the early career.

Feb 13, 12-12:50pm, ED 212: Navigating Inter-generational Communication. This workshop focuses on age-related differences in the workplace.

Feb 13, 1-1:50pm, ED 212: First Jobs. This session focuses on the realities of first jobs and how to jump toward better opportunities in the future.

Feb 14, 10-10:50am, ED 212: 10 Things You can do Now to Support Your Career Success. Workshop focused on helpful career prep strategies to undertake during college.

Feb 14, 12-12:50pm, ED 212: Making an Impact at your Internship. Workshop focused on getting the most from an internship experience and (hopefully) translating an internship into a full-time job.

Feb 14, 1-1:50pm, REMOTE: Speech-Language Pathology and Audiology Post Undergraduate Degrees. Learn about graduate options in this area and certification directions for future practice. Register here.

Feb 14, 1-1:50pm, ED 212: How to Say NO. Career workshop with space for discussions about creating a balanced lifestyle and learning to prioritize your own needs on the job.

Feb 14, 6-6:50pm, REMOTE: Alumni Panel on Transitioning to Work. Hear TCNJ alumni discuss their challenges and lessons about the transition from college to their first full-time job. Register here.

Feb 15, 10-10:50am, BSC 100W: Exit Strategy Series: Virtual Interviewing. Learn tips to get better at increasingly-common virtual job interviews.

Feb 15, 12-12:50pm, BSC 100W: Retirement, Debt, and Savings: What I Wish I Knew in my 20s. Workshop focused on early-career financial literacy and smart decisions with money.

Feb 15, 1-3pm, ED 212: Prepare for the Career Fair. Join the Career Center and employers for resume reviews, practice your intro pitch, review employers in attendance and create a strategy and more. Register here.

Feb 15, 2-2:50pm, BSC 100W: Cover Letters. Workshop focused on practical skills for writing good cover letters to apply for jobs.

Feb 15, 2-3pm, ED 115 or REMOTE: Back on Track: Strategies to Get Organized, Set Priorities, and Make a Master Plan for the Semester. Tips for smoothly transitioning back from winter break, starting a new semester, and adjusting to a new schedule. Addressing things like how your time management might have to look different than previous semesters, creating a study plan, visiting new campus resources like Tutoring or CSS, meeting with faculty advisors early in the semester, making sure you understand expectations from your classes and finding time for yourself, etc. Register here.

Feb 15, 3:15-4pm, ED 204: Workplace Benefits Session. Learn what you need to know when you choose your benefits for your first full-time job.

Feb 15, 6:30pm, REMOTE: Career Exploration Series Session: Physical Sciences. Panel discussion with alumni working in careers related to the physical sciences, like geology. Register here. 

Feb 16, 11-11:50am, ED 212: Where Do I Go From Here? A workshop focused on the kinds of opportunities available to you after TCNJ with a goal of thinking broadly about possibilities for students who feel lost.

Feb 16, 12-12:50pm, REMOTE: LSAT Strategy Session.Learn all about the strategies that help students succeed on the LSAT in this information session. Register here. 

Feb 16, 1pm, Roscoe 102: Cookies n’ Career Fair Prep. Learn tips for prepare, practice your pitch, review employers attending AND eat cookies (including Girl Scout Cookies! Register here.

Feb 16, 1-1:50pm, REMOTE: MCAT Strategy Session. The Princeton Review’s strategy sessions are packed with information about the MCAT and the role it plays in graduate school admissions. An expert MCAT instructor will cover the content of the test, walk you through sample questions and share some examples of our proven
test-taking strategies. Register here.

Feb 16, 2-2:50pm, REMOTE: How to Rock your Interviews. Join Prudential as they cover top down all aspects of the interview process. From resume building and leveraging LinkedIn all to help find roles, to virtual interviewing tips and role analysis to help land them. Register here. 

Feb 16, 4-5pm, Library Auditorium: Graduate School Panel. Current graduate students will talk about what life is really like when pursuing a graduate degree.

Feb 20, 7pm, REMOTE:  TCNJ Skills Lab: Career Fair Prep. Register here.

Feb 20, 8pm, REMOTE: TCNJ Skills Lab: Career Fair Prep. Register here. 

Feb 21, 4pm, REMOTE: Medical Scribe Virtual Information Session. Robert W Johnson Barnabas Health is holding a Medical Scribe Virtual Information Session. You may register here. These are full and part-time positions most appropriate for a gap year.

Feb 21, 7pm, REMOTE: TCNJ Skills Lab: Career Fair Prep. Register here. 

Feb 22, 4pm, Business Building Lounge: February Business Leaders Talk.  Alumnus Bryan Kuderna ’09 will discuss personal finance and share insights from his new book, “What Should I Do with My Money?: Economic Insights to Build Wealth Amid Chaos.” Register here

Feb 22, 5-7pm, Library Auditorium: AAS Guest Lecture. As part of Black History Month, the Department of African American Studies is hosting a guest speaker, Dr. Joshua Myers from Howard University.


March 1, 1-2pm, EDU 115 or REMOTE: What to do When Feeling Overwhelmed. Will focus on ways to cope with feeling overwhelmed as you prepare for midterms before Spring Break. We will share tips for helping you identify and balance the demands of your academic, personal, and social life. Register here.

March 7, 12:30pm, SSB 223: Info session for TCNJ’s new Master’s of Public Policy grad program. Learn about the MPP degree, which can be a springboard to careers in government, policy research, public relations, and program management. Snacks will be served!

March 8, 2-3pm, Library Auditorium: Faculty panel on careers and grad school in Psychology. Join this event sponsored by Psych Club to learn more about careers and post-TCNJ opportunities from several Psych faculty members.

March 8, 3-4pm, Business 106: Society for Human Resource Management Meeting. Prof. Alberto Carbonilla will lead a workshop focused on advice relevant to the internship/job application process for students from all academic backgrounds.

March 8, 4pm, Mayo Concert Hall: A Conversation with Clint Smith. Clint Smith is the author of the New York Times bestseller How the Word Is Passed: A Reckoning With the History of Slavery Across America. His poetry collection Counting Descent won the 2017 Literary Award for Best Poetry Book from the Black Caucus of the American Library Association. He was also an NAACP Image Award finalist. Read more about him and view/share the event poster here. Dr. Smith is the first of many nationally known scholars, artists, writers, scientists, political leaders, and other luminaries — with a wide range of important perspectives — whom we will host to engage our community in dialogue on key issues of the time. His selection as the inaugural distinguished visitor honors the 50th anniversary of the founding of TCNJ’s African American Studies program.

March 21, 12pm, REMOTE: Romantic Relationships in the 21st Century. Dr. Feiring and her senior student, Brooke Tindall, will talk about research from the Romantic Relationship Research Lab that includes healthy and unhealthy relationship behaviors and plans for developing relationship skill training for college students. Join here on Zoom.

March 22, 12-1pm, SSB Atrium: Psychology Lab Fair. Hosted by Psi Chi.

March 22, 6:30pm, REMOTE: Career Exploration Series Session: Education, Human Services, Not-Profits. Register here.

March 29, 11-11:50am, REMOTEThe Effects of Early Life Stress on Alcohol Drinking in Male & Female Rodents. Olivia Ortelli, an alumni of the Psychology department, is a second-year Neuroscience Ph.D. student at Wake Forest University School of Medicine. She will be speaking about the transition from undergraduate (TCNJ) studies to a doctoral program, broadly, and then talk about her lab’s research. Specifically, she will discuss her lab’s efforts to understand how and why early life stress may increase vulnerability to alcohol drinking by using rodent, preclinical models.

March 29, 5:30pm, Library Auditorium: Professor Meredith Broussard’s Talk. Meredith Broussard is an associate professor of journalism and research director of the Alliance for Public Interest Technology at New York University. Before entering academia, Broussard was a software developer for AT&T Bell Laboratories and the MIT Media Lab, and a features editor for the Philadelphia Inquirer. Her writings include her award-winning book, Artificial Unintelligence: How Computers Misunderstand the World (MIT Press, 2019) and her latest tome, More Than a Glitch: Confronting Race, Gender and Ability Bias in Tech (MIT Press, 2023). Cosmopolitan lists More Than a Glitch as one of the best new nonfiction books of 2023.


April 4, 10am-2pm: The Day to End Rape Culture. This will be an expo-style event with content surrounding rape culture, violence prevention, and resources. We will be spreading DERC programming across campus with content tables in most educational buildings and popular spaces like the Brower Student Center, Alumni Grove, and dining spaces.

*To earn PSY9X credits, there will be a stack of DERC sheets with instructions on them and a sign that briefly explains DERC at each table. For every table students attend, they will receive a sticker on their map from a table presenter. When students have visited their desired amount of tables they visit the prize table where they receive prizes based on the number of tables they visited. This is also where they would receive 09x credit. If at the prize table the student presents the tablers with their 09x form and has visited at least 10 tables, the prize tabler would sign their 09x form.

April 5, 3:00pm, REMOTE. Society for Human Resource Management (SHRM) meeting. Three TCNJ SHRM alumni will share their experiences transitioning from TCNJ into the workforce, their decision and experience pursuing graduate school, and provide advice to current students. Zoom.

April 5, 6:00pm, REMOTE: Fiona Kanagasingam, Vice President for Equity and Culture at the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation. For National Public Health Week 2023, TCNJ’s Master’s programs in Business Administration and Public Health are thrilled to co-host a webinar featuring Fiona Kanagasingam, Vice President for Equity and Culture at the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation. This event is open to all. Register here. Zoom webinar.

April 11, 12pm, Zoom: What Career Choice fit me best? Dr. Feiring will talk about strategies and resources to help you think through career possibilities. Zoom link.

April 14, 12:30-1:50pm, SSB 128 or REMOTE: Job and Internship workshop. Join Dr. Dahling to learn more about job and internship opportunities. This workshop will focus on details of improving your LinkedIn profile, resume, and interview question responses to help students whose applications aren’t resulting in hits.

April 15 & 16, REMOTE: Applying to Medical School 101. Warren Alpert Med School is hosting an informational event about applying to med school, especially for underrepresented students. The program involves two half-days of instructional material.

April 18, 12:30-1:50pm, ED 115: “The System is F***ed”: Colorism and Perceptions of Aspiring Criminal Justice Practitioners. The Department of Criminology welcomes Dr. Talisa J. Carter.

April 18, 12:30pm, ED 212: Excavating Campus Histories: Memory, Monuments, and Institutional Possibilities.  For this year’s Barbara Meyers Pelson ’59 Faculty-Student Engagement Annual Lecture, our speaker is Dr. Paul Farber, Director and Co-Founder of Monument Lab.

April 19, 6:30pm, REMOTE: Career Exploration Series Session: Arts, Multimedia & Communication. Register here.

April 20, 3:30pm, SSB 128: Alexis Boufarah’s Senior Capstone Experience. The impact of Bipolar disorder on introspection and relationships; Alexis Boufarah will discuss the independent research she has completed under the supervision of Dr. Bireta in her PSY493 senior capstone experience.

April 25, 8:45am, Bliss 146: Bryson Corbett’s, Lauren Dilloian’s, and Elizabeth Samuel’s Senior Capstone Experience. Senior Psychology and Biology students from the REACH Lab will present a Community-Based Participatory Research project where they developed and implemented a 6-week well-being course with high school youth leaders in Trenton’s Urban Promise after-school program. Bryson, Lauren, and Elizabeth will discuss the work they completed under the supervision of Dr. Chung in her PSY 492 senior capstone experience.

April 27, 11:00am, SSB 105: Alexandrea Birch’s Senior Capstone Experience. The influence of social media on eating disorders; Alex Birch will discuss the independent research she has completed under the supervision of Dr. Bireta in her PSY492 senior capstone experience.

April 27, 4:00pm, Rec Center 234: Overdose Reversal & Harm Reduction Training. This training will be in-person only, facilitated by NJ Harm Reduction Coalition and registration is necessary via email (

April 27, 5:30pm, SSB 103: Analily Bozanian’s Senior Capstone Experience. The Effects of Cognitive Impairment on One’s Activities of Daily Living and Strategies to Offset those Impairments, Analily Bozanian will discuss the independent research she has completed under the supervision of Dr. Bireta in her PSY493 senior capstone experience.

April 28, 1:00pm, SSB 105: Brianne Apostolico’s Senior Experience. The Psychology of Pretty Privilege: Brianne Apostolico will present the evidence as to why we are biased towards attractive people that she has found while studying with Dr. Bireta for her PSY492 Senior Experience.


May 1, 4:00-5:00pm, SSB 128. Senior Collaborative Research Presentations. Come learn more from your peers in Dr. Martinetti’s Alcohol Lab. Olivia Fraser will present on “Smartphone Interventions for Alcohol Use” and Owen Leynes will present on, “Set, Setting, and the Role of Subjective Experience in Psychedelic-Assisted Therapies.”

May 3, 12:00pm, SSB 128: Emerging Adult Romantic Relationship Education for Individuals: A Review of Evidence-Based Programs. Brooke Tindall will present her senior research reviewing and critiquing existing Romantic Relationship Education programs for emerging adults to help inform the development of future programs. 

May 3, 1:00pm, SSB 128: Kavya Thomas’ Senior Collaborative Research. How social loafing affects your capability to perform. Kavya Thomas will discuss the independent research she has completed under the supervision of Dr. Bireta in her PSY 492: Senior Collaborative Research.

May 5, 9:30am, SSB 326: Natasha Gantaram’s Senior Capstone Course. Intersectionality and race. Natasha Gantaram will discuss her literature review that she completed during her senior capstone course.

May 5, 1:00pm: Julian Valdes’ Senior Capstone Experience. The Effects of Alzheimer’s Disease on Speech; For his PSY493 senior capstone experience with Dr. Bireta, Julian Valdes will present his literature review on Alzheimer’s Disease, its impact on speech, and methods to improve speech in Alzheimer’s patients.

May 9, 10:00-11:00am, SSB 130. Independent Research Presentation. For his PSY493 Senior Independent Research, Andrew Velasquez will present on, “The Effects of Enrichment on Ethanol Consumption in Male Long-Evans Rats Using a Sipper Tube Model.”