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Dr. Gregory Shelley

Chairperson, Department of Psychology

Difference Maker

Nominator: Alison Lance '09

Alison's Memories:

I would like to recognize Dr. Greg Shelley for the tremendous impact that he had on my life throughout my college career.

In 2006, my sophomore year, my dad was diagnosed with stage four lung cancer and was given only three months to live. When my family was provided with this news, I knew that we had a long road ahead of us. At this time, I was taking Human Behavior Statistics with Dr. Shelley. I was never good with math, having always struggled with it, but when I started to struggle even more and became disengaged, Dr. Shelley knew there was something wrong. He reached out and took the time to listen to what was distracting me.

A few months went by, and I approached Dr. Shelley and asked him if he would be the advisor for an on-campus group that I wanted to start. This group was called Kutztown University Ailing Mothers and Fathers, and it was to be a support group for students, like me, who were going through a life-changing event. Dr. Shelley didn't hesitate to say yes, and quickly got involved with this group, attending meetings and assisting with fundraisers. This also allowed him to get to know students on a deeper level and to understand the type of student and person I was.

Before graduation, Dr. Shelley wrote a wonderful letter of recommendation for me to provide to future employers and graduate schools. If it wasn't for him, I wouldn't have made it through undergrad, wouldn't have gotten in and graduated from graduate school, and I wouldn't have landed a career at Lehigh Valley Hospital.

I remember during my interview for admission into graduate school, the director of the program stated, "You did so poorly in Greg Shelley's class, but he wrote an exceptional letter of recommendation for you. Can you explain this?" My response was this: Greg Shelley is not only an exceptional educator, but an exceptional mentor. If it was not for him guiding me and believing in me, I truly would not have made it through my undergraduate education. Although I may not have done well in his class, Dr. Shelley got to know the leader that I am and realized that I am a person who can make a difference. Classroom grades do not define a person, and he made me realize that.

To this day, I continue to be grateful to have had such an inspirational professor and mentor. 



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