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!
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!
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.
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.
The Psychology and Human Development Club will be honored as the Most Improved Student Organization at the University Leadership Awards ceremony this Friday, May 13. Congratulations to all members of the organization for their wonderful work–and special kudos to Kaitlyn Florer (President), Emma Bretl (Vice-President), and Professor Ryan Martin (Faculty Advisor). For those of you who don’t already belong to this wonderful organization, you can learn more here!
Also announced in our last issue were the upcoming sabbatical leaves of Drs. Regan Gurung and Illene Noppe. Both will be pursuing exciting plans during their time away from campus.
Dr. Gurung hopes to spend most of the Fall writing in Green Bay while also concluding responsibilities as President of the Society for the Teaching of Psychology. He will then be leaving for New Zealand, where he has been invited to the University of Auckland to do workshops and share research on teaching and learning. He will take a short side trip to Australia, where he has another invitation to do work at the University of Melbourne. If all goes well, he will be able to do some cultural exploring in Fiji on the way home. The year away will allow him to complete some major writing projects, and he will have a wealth of information to share in the classroom when he returns!
Dr. Illene Noppe’s sabbatical plans for the Fall 2011 semester also have a decidedly international flair. Dr. Noppe is hoping to continue her research on college student bereavement at Nelson Mandela Metropolitan University in Port Elizabeth, South Africa (check it out!). She plans on spending about a month during the early Fall collecting and analyzing data that could be used to compare to the bereavement experiences of American college students (especially those here at UW-Green Bay). While she is in South Africa, Dr. Noppe also plans to offer workshops and/or short term courses in Dying, Death and Bereavement; travel around this beautiful country; and finalize plans to bring another group of students to South Africa for the Human Development in South Africa short-term travel course (most likely to take place in May 2012). In addition, Dr. Noppe will continue to prepare to assume the Presidency of the Association for Death Education and Counseling in 2012, finish up other pending projects and see what she is like with more than five hours of sleep a night (truly a scary thought!).
As usual, our students have been involved in many wonderful things in recent weeks and months. Here is just a sampling of the great news we have to share.
Academic Excellence Symposium
The following students presented research sponsored by Human Development or Psychology faculty members at the Academic Excellence Symposium this spring: Carleen Horner, Heather Flick, Stephanie Freis, Krystal VanHoff, Amy Weise, Brittaney Molina, Caitlin Gurlt, Stephanie Lynch, Kristin Nick, Kayla Worchel, Maria Foth, Erin Ehlers, Jessica Hopp, Rebecca McCabe, Alyssa Zingler, Craig Van Pay and Tonya Filz. Congratulations, everyone!
University Leadership Awards
Please accept our apologies if we are missing anyone, but the following HUM DEV and/or PSYCH majors are receiving Chancellor’s Medallions: Heather Close, Jessica Hopp and Samuel Seefeld. Even more will receive University Leadership Awards. They include: Casey Calhoun, Tonya Filz, Kaitlyn Florer, Ashley Herrell, Andrea Kindschuh and Angela Thomsen. We look forward to celebrating your achievements this Friday, May 13!
Fergus & Bonnie Hughes Scholarship
Congratulations also go to Stephanie Freis, recipient of the 2011-12 Fergus and Bonnie Hughes Scholarship that honors the Human Development or Psychology major who best exemplifies interdisciplinary academic achievements in and out of the classroom. We want to recognize Stephanie for her many accomplishments, and also thank the other students who took the time to apply. We had an excellent pool of candidates and a truly difficult time making a decision.
Thank you and congratulations on a job well done to the Students of AMF at UWGB for the outstanding work they did continuing the tradition of the campus memorial garden. The event on May 4th was well-attended and wonderfully done.
Although there are too many names to list here, the ultimate good student news is that we get to celebrate the graduation of so many of our wonderful Human Development and Psychology majors and minors this week. Congratulations, good luck, and know that we will miss you–so keep in touch!