Social science alumni
Bluffton social science graduates have taken many different career paths. Many alumni
continue to graduate school, including programs at The Ohio State University, Cleveland
State, Xavier, University of Indianapolis, Bowling Green State University, Wright
State, Ohio University, Elmhurst College and Argosy University.
Many of our students choose to enter the job field after undergraduate studies and find interesting careers. Some directly related to their field include working as a residential specialist in a half-way house for mentally ill adults or lay counseling as a pastoral assistant. Other students find careers outside their field.
What some of our graduates are doing:
Takayla Gadberry '20 accepted a position as behavior management specialist at The Villege Network in June 2021.
Jonah Eckert '19 started a graduate program in occupational therapy in fall of 2020 at Huntington University in Fort Wayne, Ind.
Destiny Grant '19 is currently a graduate student in mental health counseling at University of Akron.
Abbi McCormick '19 is currently a graduate student in clinical mental health counseling at Wright State University.
Melanie (LaRoche '19) Moon is employed by Adriel Foster Care, Family Preservation and Training Institute.
Tyler Showalter '19 employed by the Paulding County Sheriff's Office Melanie.
Benjamin Weaver '19 is currently a graduate student in clinical mental health counseling at Bowling Green State University.
Anna Cammarn '18 is working in the mental health profession at Adapt of Illinois and starting a master’s degree program in clinical mental health counseling at Youngstown State University in fall of 2020.
Antonio Cappasso '18 employed by the US Secret Service, Washington DC.
Olivia Depalma '18 employed at Crossroads Crisis Center.
Emma Eickholt '18 earned a master’s degree in speech language pathology from Ohio University in May 2020.
Paul Frey '18 employed by the Findlay (Ohio) Police Department Erick Benge '18, employed at Allen County Adult Probation.
Shannon McGowen '18 employed by TSA in Columbus Ohio.
Becca Starn '18 is working as a goal specialist for Noom, Inc.
Megan Croyle ’17 earned master’s degree in clinical mental health counseling from Ashland Theological Seminar in 2019 and is now working as a licensed professional counselor at Springhaven Counseling Center.
Alyssa Yoxtheimer '17 earned master’s degree in higher education administration from Grand Valley State University in 2019 and is working as a residence hall manager at Southwestern Michigan College.
Sam Miller-Eshleman ’16 is a doctoral student in the Psy.D. program at Xavier University.
Michaela Ionita '16 earned an MBA in business adminstration and management in 2018 from George Fox University and is working as a human resources professional for Marion County in Salem, Oregon.
Carly Schweier '16 was accepted to Psy.D. program in clinical psychology at Wright State University.
Dane Pitchford '16 earned master’s degree in school counseling from Heidelberg University in May 2020.
Marissa Radigan '16 earned master’s degree in college student personnel from Ohio University in 2018 and is now a program coordinator in campus life at the University of Cincinnati.
Kara Marang '14 is working as a case manager in Fort Collins, Colo., for the Larimer County Department of Human Services.
Dr. Nathan Bidlack '04
Clinical psychologist, Director of Veterans Transition and Empowerment Center, Chillicothe, Ohio
Criminal justice, psychology majors
Issues such as multiple deployments, prevalence of physical pain and the number of suicides in the military are added challenges in his job, "but we have a lot of people making great strides," Bidlack says. "I'm doing what I love to do."
Dr. Andrew Bixler '02
Psychologist, Indian River Juvenile Correctional Facility, Massillon, Ohio
Finding the right major proved elusive for Bixler. He wasn't inspired by his first choice but, through the general education program, "stumbled into" psychology readings he enjoyed in an Introduction to Social Science class.