May 11, 2011; Volume 5, Issue 7

It’s finals week, and we’re short on time but long on news! Read on for all of the great end-of-the-semester news we have to share. And…good luck with those exams, and congratulations to all of our wonderful graduating seniors!

Our Thanks and Congratulations to Professor Lloyd Noppe

Breaking News: Gurung Wins Regents Teaching Award

More Breaking News: Welcome New Chair of Psychology

This Just In…P/HD Club Recognized as Most Improved Student Organization!

Sabbatical Plans for Professors Regan Gurung and Illene Noppe

Good Student News

Our Thanks and Congratulations to Professor Lloyd Noppe

It’s with mixed emotions that we at the PF write this particular story.

As formally announced in our last issue, Professor Lloyd Noppe will be retiring from UW-Green Bay this summer. Although we are very happy for him, we are very sad that we won’t see our valued colleague of so many years on a daily basis.

You all know Dr. Noppe as a wonderful educator, but you may not be aware of the many ways he has contributed to UW-Green Bay during his time here. He began his work on campus in 1980 and was promoted to the highest academic rank of “full professor” in 1997. He has taught courses ranging from Introduction to Human Development and the Human Development Senior Seminar (in fact, he was one of the creators of our old seminar series) to upper-level classes such as Tests and Measurements, Middle Childhood and Adolescence and Creative and Critical Thinking. He has authored or co-authored four textbooks and many more chapters, peer-reviewed journal articles, and book reviews. He served as Chair of Human Development for more than a decade (12 years in total!), and he also once worked as the Associate Dean of Liberal Arts and Sciences. In fact, he was honored by the University in 2001 for his outstanding service to the institution with the Founder’s Association Award for Excellence in Institutional Development.

Professor Noppe shared with us recently that he will “miss most the interactions with students who were truly interested in learning about human development, particularly their own.”

Please join us in wishing Dr. Noppe well in his retirement and take the opportunity when you see him this week to thank him for the many ways he has contributed to the lives of our students, his colleagues and UW-Green Bay!

Breaking News: Gurung Wins Regents Teaching Award

Of course, we already know what a wonderful teacher Professor Regan Gurung is, but it’s great to see that more and more people outside of UW-Green Bay are recognizing that, as well.

Dr. Gurung’s most recent teaching honor is as the recipient of the 2011 Regents Teaching Excellence Award. Congratulations, Professor Gurung! We should also share that after Dr. Gurung picks up his award in June, he will be headed to Nigeria in July, where he has been invited to speak on the scholarship of teaching and learning at a major conference.

More Breaking News: Welcome New Chair of Psychology

Fall 2011 will bring with it a new Chairperson for the Psychology department. Dr. Ryan Martin will assume the role from Dr. Georjeanna Wilson-Doenges, who has provided outstanding service as Psychology Chair for six years! Never fear–she is not leaving us. She will simply be turning her full attention to teaching, research and her numerous service responsibilities next year.

Please make Professor Martin welcome in his new role in the Fall (see how many course substitution forms you can throw his way in the first week of classes!).

Right now, though, please make sure to thank Professor Wilson-Doenges when you see her for all the wonderful things she has done for Psychology in her years as Chair. She has overseen major changes in the curriculum, the adoption of APA’s national standards as our department learning objectives, and much more! What you have seen most as students, though, is the amazing dedication and care she has put into every interaction with students, as well as her willingness to go far above and beyond the call of duty in providing advising to so many of our majors and minors. We here at the PF can only raise our pink feathers in awe of her great work.