Student Profile

Kathy Mitchell

Kathy Mitchell is earning her graduate certificate in Theoretical and Applied Ethics at UCF. After receiving her BA in Psychology from UCF, and her MS in Psychology and her BA in Accounting from Florida State University, Mitchell returned to UCF as an employee in University Audit, working closely with the newly established Compliance and Ethics Office. “I’m studying this field to gain a better understanding of the ethical challenges facing university employees and students,” Mitchell says.

As a student at UCF, she enjoyed the knowledgeable and engaging instruction of Travis Rodgers, PhD and Nancy Stanlick, PhD as she began the program, and the benefits of studying at UCF. “I enjoy being part of a large, vibrant, and engaged community of students and scholars, and at the same time benefitting from the individual attention of the small classes in my graduate program,” she says. Mitchell’s former supervisor, Amy Voelker, remains a constant source of inspiration for Mitchell. She says of Voelker, “despite tremendous loss…she lives with grace, dignity, and compassion.”

Mitchell has served on the Student Conduct Board and currently serves on the Housing Appeals Board. She plans to graduate in Spring 2014.

Stephen Oldham

Stephen Oldham is currently pursuing his Juris Doctor at Wake Forest University School of Law while obtaining a Theoretical and Applied Ethics Graduate Certificate at UCF. He previously earned his AA from Seminole Community College and BA in Philosophy with Honors and BA in Political with Honors and graduated cum laude at UCF. The ethics certificate satisfies Oldham’s need to address inquiry and propels him into new opportunities for learning. He has assisted a professor with a book on the subject of ethics and conducted his own research of two major ethical theories.

Oldham strives to achieve the same level of confidence in his knowledge as Michael Strawser, PhD, who “never let a teaching moment go unused” and the devotion and production-level of Nancy Stanlick, PhD, who has been Oldham’s mentor, professor, and friend.  A research grant recipient, the 2011 National Ethics Bowl Champion and nominee for both the Founders Award and Order of Pegasus, Oldham serves as the Vice President of the UCF Philosophical Society, Office of Student Conduct Hearing Officer, a student committee member for the Teaching Incentive Program, and committee member for Grade Appeal.

Oldham anticipates graduating with his ethics certificate in Fall 2014 and from Wake Forest University in 2016.

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