St. Mary’s College of Maryland news for December 8, 2019

Assistant Professor Freedman Published in Comprehensive Results in Social Psychology

Gili Freedman, assistant professor of psychology

Gili Freedman, assistant professor of psychology, has recently been published in Comprehensive Results in Social Psychology titled, “Does engaging in social rejection heighten or diminish social processing?”

According to the article, engaging in social rejection can lead to feeling both increased social power and decreased belongingness. Yet, social power is associated with diminished social sensitivity, whereas threatened belongingness can enhance social sensitivity.

In a registered report, Freedman and coauthors tested these competing hypotheses of how engaging in social rejection may affect social sensitivity. Contrary to the competing hypotheses tested, they did not find evidence that social rejection, compared to social acceptance, led to increased or decreased social sensitivity.

An exploratory analysis found that men who engaged in rejection showed decreased social sensitivity compared to men who did not engage in rejection.

The full article is now available online:  

St. Mary’s College of Maryland Ranked a Best College for Your Money by Money

St. Mary’s College of Maryland has been ranked among the “Best Colleges for Your Money” by Money. According to Money, “St. Mary’s College of Maryland is the state’s public honors college. But with a liberal arts focus, a low student-faculty ratio of 10 to 1, and a high graduation rate, it could easily be mistaken for a selective private school.”

In order to create the ranking, Money drew on “research and advice of dozens of the nation’s top experts on education quality, financing, and value to develop a new, uniquely practical analysis of more than 700 of the nation’s best-performing colleges.” St. Mary’s College ranks 169 out of 744 colleges on the list.

St. Mary’s College has recently received several accolades: Ranked fifth-best public liberal arts college in U.S. News & World Report’s “2020 Best Colleges,” ranked #1 in lowest average student loan debt among public institutions in the state of Maryland (class of 2018) by LendEDU, listed as a Hidden Gem by, included in The Princeton Review’s “Best 385 Colleges” Guide for 2020, 2020 Fiske Guide to Colleges, 2019 Best College Value by Kiplinger’s Personal Finance, 2019-20 College of Distinction, 2018 Tree Campus USA by the Arbor Day Foundation, a Top Green College in The Princeton Review’s Guide to Green Colleges 2019, and as an Individual Conference Champion in the 2018-19 College and University Green Power Challenge by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency.

College Archivist Kent Randell Publishes First in Series of Articles in Maryland Genealogical Society Journal

Kent Randell, college archivist of information science

Kent Randell, college archivist of information science, has published the first of four articles in a series about Maryland’s storied Susquehanna estate in the Maryland Genealogical Society Journal.

The first article titled “The Rousby Era of the Susquehanna Estate, Formerly of St. Mary’s County, Maryland (1669-1744)” focuses on the murder and attempts to claim the murdered Christopher Rousby’s fortune.  The second article in the series details the will which addresses coverture (rights of wives) and legal rights of mistresses and “outside” children.

The journal (Volume 60, Number 2, 2019) with Randell’s first article can be purchased here:  

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