Monthly Archives: October 2012

Election 2012: The women running for Congress

“Is it possible that Congress would get more done if there were more women in Congress?… I think it’s fair to say: That is almost guaranteed.” -President Obama

Obama isn’t the only one to think so.  Women currently in office and groups that advocate for female candidates have argued that more women in Congress could result in a focus on the protection of reproductive rights and contraception access, as well as more aggressive attempts to bring about pay equality, providing paid parental leave and create legislation that serves families better. Though the only way to find out for sure is to get more women into office. (more…)


Counseling/social services position available




Those who live in Pasco/Hernando area and are looking for a position in the counseling/social services field should take a look at a job opportunity with Goodwill Industries-Suncoast, Inc.

The position is an In-School Youth Specialist:




Responsible for the education, career planning and management for Career Central WIA in-school youth customers and for the coordination and/or provision of direct services to enrolled youth and youth seeking to enroll into program services.  Additionally responsible for ensuring the quality of customer progress and work performed by the youth, as well as maintaining excellent working relations with other program staff and staff serving youth in other community-based programs.  Monitors progress of all assigned youth in goal attainment, individualize career plans and employment, resolving difficulties and tracking plan progress at least monthly.  The In-School Youth Specialist is immediately accountable to the Functional Team Lead regarding the discharge of duties, but must work cooperatively with the Mentorship Specialist, WIA Youth Specialists and Region’s District School Boards, Business Services, Core Services, as well as all project staff and key personnel of agency partners in order to ensure effective communications/relations.

For more information, please visit the job posting at Saint Leo’s Job and Internship site.

Election 2012: Political over-load & amendments

A magical event occurs every four years that causes a great change in our country.  We, as a population, go from sane, reasonable adults to cut-throat political pundits.  Or maybe that’s the just my Facebook news feed.  As someone who is generally politically active and opinionated, even I find myself avoiding social media in last few weeks of an election in order to keep my sanity (and remain friends with people who feel the need to broadcast every political thought they have).


Modified Class Schedule at University Campus on Thurs. 11/1



tCOACH session reminder

tCOACH Sessions 

Travis Rathbone:

10/30 7:00 – 8:00 PM ET
10/31 12:00 – 1:00 PM ET

Anella Garness:

11/1 8:00 – 9:00 PM ET

The following link will allow you to log into the session at the scheduled time:

These tCOACH sessions are geared toward building proficiency in the subject matter discussed in the webinar.

We’re here to help you!

We look forward to seeing you in a tCOACH session ~ Anella & Travis!!


Please help Senior Joshua Levos collect data for his study on the fear of the dark. Follow this link to take his survey:

Picture: Survey

eCOACH Webinar with Special Guest Dr. Tammy Zacchilli on 11/1, 1-2pm ET: Advanced Writing Article Reviews. Register Today!

eCOACH Online Learning
“Student Focused. Success Driven!”
 Dr. Shannon Farris

eCOACH Online Learning presents :

November 1, 1:00-2:00pm ET “(Advanced) Writing Article Reviews” with special guest Dr. Tammy Zacchilli.  Register no later than 7:00 a.m. ET, Thursday, November 1.

Participants will now be offered one to two (or more) hours of support with a tCOACH!

Dr. Tammy Zacchilli
eCOACH Special Guest


“Bullying And Mental Health: Study Links Anxiety, Hyperactivity In Kids To Bullying”

“Much research probing the link between bullying and mental health has focused on how being bullied contributes to the development of issues like anxiety anddepression. But a new study suggests the relationship goes both ways, finding that boys and girls with mental health disorders are three times more likely to be the bully.”


Developmental Psychology

Dr. Zacchilli challenges her developmental psychology studies to be “Theorists for a Day”

Erik Erikson developed psychosocial theory of development that identifies conflicts experienced at each stage of development.  Specifically, Erikson identified conflicts that occur during eight stages of development.  These stages include: infancy, toddlerhood, early childhood, middle childhood, adolescence, early adulthood, middle adulthood, and late adulthood.   Recently, developmental psychologists have realized that the early adulthood stage which typically ranges from 18-40 may be too broad.  Thus, a new stage, emerging adulthood, has been examined (Berk, 2011).  This new stage occurs approximately between the ages of 18 and 25.

On October 24th, Dr. Tammy Zacchilli challenged her students to develop a revised psychosocial theory of development that captured the new stage.  Students were told that they could add a new “conflict” for the emerging adulthood stage or that they could revise the current adolescent and early adulthood stage.  The students developed some excellent ideas that can be viewed below!


This is your brain on drugs, an artist’s rendering.

Bryan Lewis Saunders is an artist who specialty is making self-portraits while on a variety of drugs. One of his more recent drawings is gaining attention as it was while he took bath salts.
Bath salts are synthetic drugs that have gained national attention from recent reports of violent crimes committed while on the drug. According to the news reports, the easily accessible substance contributes to violent and sometimes fatal outbursts.
After using bath salts in his recent self-portrait, Saunders attributes all the stories of bath salts attacks up to psychos going psycho. “It’s not going to turn the user into a face-biter”, Saunders says, “unless that person is predisposed to face-biting.”

So what does doing bath salts feel like? Saunders claimed it was the worst drug experience he had ever had.
“It made me angry, ornery, just gave me a real vicious angst,” he said. “It’s like a dark cloud of doom settling on your shoulders. Your brain gets really clogged. You just want it to end — I’d never ever do it again.”

Here is a quick slide show of the Saunder’s other drug related self-portraits.

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