Holly (Nemiroff ‘73) Jacobs+
“Be open to serendipity; one never can know what opportunities might await.” – Holly (Nemiroff ’73) Jacobs
Currently, Jacobs is a mental health counselor (L.P.C.) and adjunct faculty instructor in the graduate counseling program at Rider University. Jacobs did not start her own graduate education until 23 years after graduating from Gettysburg College. In fact, she took the GREs at the same time her eldest child was taking the SATs.
Jacobs appreciates her experiences and educational opportunities that arose from attending Gettysburg College. “Every personal experience has contributed to the person I am today. I had many years ‘post graduate’ and I believe that my formal education from Gettysburg has been a sturdy platform on which much scaffolding has been built,” Jacobs said. “Academic demands for excellence were important at Gettysburg, and I have held on to this notion ever since.”
Jacobs’ advice to current Gettysburg College students? “Be open to serendipity; one never can know what opportunities might await. You should work hard and maintain a constructive and positive attitude, even when it’s difficult. Go the extra mile and smile.”
Thomas Judd '71+
Psychology major Thomas Judd ’71 is an associate professor of behavioral sciences and leadership and the assistant dean of academic assessment at the United States Military Academy in West Point, New York. He expresses the impact of his Psychology major on his military and teaching career in these words:
“Attending Gettysburg College gave me a good start to get into the programs that let me complete my MA and Ed.D. at Columbia University, Teachers College. The undergrad work I did in memory under Dr. D’Agostino gave me a good foundation for the grant I worked for at the Research and Demonstration Center for the education of handicapped children.”
Regina (Richardson '91) Michel+
“Take advantage of the opportunities and talk to your professors” – Regina (Richardson ’91) Michel
While attending Gettysburg College, Michel was a psychology major and an education minor. “I chose Gettysburg College because of the low staff to student ratio, beautiful campus, great academic reputation and the high quality of education,” said Michel said.
After graduating from Gettysburg College, Michel was immediately hired by Carroll County Public Schools in Maryland. Currently, Michel is a fifth grade STEM teacher at Hampstead Elementary, and has held this teaching position for the past 23 years. “Attending Gettysburg College and being a psychology major and an education minor helped me to continue challenging myself and grow in the field of education,” Michel said.
Michel has received the Middle Childhood Generalist endorsement and has been nominated as Carroll County Teacher of the Year multiple times. Additionally, Michel is a member of the National Board of Professional Teaching Standards (NBPTS). The NBPTS is a nonprofit organization dedicated to promoting excellence in education.
Ryan Rosiello ‘11+
“Psychology has influenced everything I have done so far in my career” – Ryan Rosiello ‘11
Ryan Rosiello ’11 visited Gettysburg College when he was a sophomore in high school and absolutely fell in love with it. “I thought the campus was absolutely beautiful and it just felt like home,” Rosiello said. Furthermore, Rosiello commented on the sense of community on campus and how he had the chance to make friends that would last a lifetime.
Currently, Rosiello is a Ph.D student at Hofstra University studying Applied Organizational Psychology. He is also a teaching assistant for the masters program and does some recruiting for the Ph.D program.
“The high quality of education at Gettysburg College has helped shape my research interests throughout both of my graduate programs,” Rosiello said. “Psychology has influenced everything I have done so far in my career. The research knowledge and skills I learned in my major has influenced and enhanced both my graduate and internship experiences.”
Rosiello’s advice for current Gettysburg College students? “Be patient, find the subject you truly love and find meaning in it. Once you find that subject, all the rest will fall into place.”
In 2012, Rosiello received the Hofstra University Provost Scholarship. In 2013, he graduated from the Hofstra University Masters in Industrial/Organizational Psychology Program with distinction. He has recently been published in the Corporate Reputation Review journal. The article is entitled, “Examining How Corporations Use Online Job Ads to Communicate Employer Brand Image Information.”