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.

Sabbatical Plans for Professors Regan Gurung and Illene Noppe

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!).

Breaking News: Faculty Changes for 2011-12

Careful readers of the Fall 2011 Schedule of Classes will notice some familiar names missing from the “instructor” column. There’s a good reason for this. After more than 30 years of distinguished service at UW-Green Bay, Dr. Lloyd Noppe will retire this summer, and although we will miss him greatly, we are also very happy for him and will celebrate his career with an in-depth profile in our year-end issue of the PF. Students should also know that Dr. Illene Noppe will be on sabbatical in Fall 2011 but will return to full-time teaching in Spring 2012. Dr. Regan Gurung will be on sabbatical for Fall 2011 and Spring 2012 but will rejoin us in Fall 2012. Our next issue will feature more information about the exciting plans for their sabbaticals, which should both result in fabulous information and experiences to share with students in future semesters. Please congratulate all of these wonderful faculty members when you see them!

Human Development Abroad: A Travel Course to South Africa

On a cold evening on January 5, six gutsy Human Development and Psychology majors met Professor Illene Noppe at Austin Straubel Airport for the beginning of what turned out to be an amazing adventure in South Africa.

Twenty-two hours and four plane changes later, we arrived in Port Elizabeth, South Africa, to study human development in a country 9,000 miles away from Green Bay. Port Elizabeth is on the eastern coast (cape) of South Africa,  alongside the beautiful Indian Ocean. It is home to Nelson Mandela Metropolitan University, where we were treated to guest lectures from members of the History, Psychology, Nursing, and Social Work departments. We explored the entire life cycle, from pregnancy until death, in a society that had institutionalized racism (“Apartheid”) until 1994. We also toured many settings associated with our lectures, including a public hospital obstetrics ward for complicated pregnancies, orphanages, shelters for boys and teens, retirement homes, and cemeteries (to make Dr. Noppe happy). We saw a baby being born, line-danced with teens, interviewed middle-class adolescents, visited with elderly residents, and saw untold beauty and unbelievable poverty and the grief associated with a rampant HIV/AIDS crisis.

It was quite an intense learning experience, interspersed with many fun activities, such as participating in game drives, sunning ourselves at gorgeous beaches (it was South Africa’s summer), shopping at flea markets, ziplining, and eating great food. Most importantly, we met many, many gracious and giving people that were a source of inspiration to us all.

Please watch for our presentation of our experiences, to be held at a future Psi Chi event. Dr. Noppe hopes to run the travel course again in the future.

Thanks to Professor Noppe for filling us in on what sounds like an amazing trip! Here are a couple of pictures from the trip, including one that we at The Pink Flamingo find particularly relevant:


New Chair in Human Development

For those of you who wander down the MAC Hall C Wing from time to time, you may have noticed that Dr. Gurung is no longer in his old office.  Don’t worry, he hasn’t gone far – just down the hall – and his moving reflects the fact that Human Development has a new Chair, Dr. Vespia.

What this means to you is that you should bring your Chair-related concerns to Dr. Vespia rather than Dr. Gurung.  Of course, the first place you should start with any concerns or questions about your major or minor in Human Development is your advisor, as he or she can usually help you. 

In the meantime, we want to extend a hearty thanks to Dr. Gurung for serving us as Chair for the last three years and thank Dr. Vespia for taking on this important responsibility for the next three years. 

Two Honors for Dr. Gurung

Dr. Regan Gurung had a pretty amazing year by any standard – particularly by being named Wisconsin Professor of the Year and being elected President of the American Psychological Association’s Society for the Teaching of Psychology. Well, he’s at it again, having been honored with two more wonderful awards just since our last issue in the Spring. First, he was named the Midwestern Regional Faculty Advisor Award Winner for Psi Chi, the International Honor Society in Psychology. Second, he became the Ben J. and Joyce Rosenberg Professor of Human Development and Psychology at the fall convocation that opens the academic year at UW-Green Bay. A named professorship is a significant honor, and, perhaps best yet, it comes with a really cool medallion he’ll get to wear at each graduation ceremony (click here for photo and complete news release). In future issues, we’re thinking we might save space by instead listing the awards he has NOT won (e.g., we’re pretty sure he hasn’t earned the Nobel Peace Prize – yet!). Seriously…congratulations, Dr. Gurung!

From Dr. Von Dras: Gerontology Center Announces Website and Colloquia and Brown Bag Series

The Gerontology Center of the University of Wisconsin Green Bay proudly announces that its website is up and very navigable.  In keeping with the traditions of the University, the Gerontology Center’s foci are interdisciplinary and community oriented.  Thus the website is a forum to bring together faculty and students as well as professional and lay-members of our broader community.  The web-site features the Gerontology Center’s upcoming programs, book reviews, research opportunities, as well as local, state, and national resources. Please feel free to browse the site and let us know your reaction to the website of a center that has as its goal the promoting of education and knowledge of continuing adult development.

The Gerontology Center has also announced a series of colloquia and brown bag talks that are open to all. The brown bag discussions are listed on their website. Fall colloquia include:

  • “Economics of Health Care Reform” presented by Dr. Kumar Kangayappan, Professor of Urban and Regional Studies, Economics and Interdisciplinary Studies, 2 pm, October 5th, 2010. (University Union, Alumni Room B)
  • “Gender and Aging” presented by Dr. Christine Smith, Assistant Professor of Human Development, Psychology, and Women’s & Gender Studies, 2 pm, November, 11th, 2010. (University Union, Alumni Room B)

From Dr. Illene Noppe: Child Life Department Sponsors Art Show

The Child Life Department at St. Vincent Hospital is having an art show with paintings made by 28 kids with cancer and 2 children with other illnesses. There will be a total of 50 paintings. Kim, an art therapist, has been working hard with the kids to create the paintings, and they would love to see you there. All art will be on display for the month of September at The Art Garage. On September 30th all of kids, families, and friends will be invited to a reception at The Art Garage. It is open to the public. Paintings can be purchased anytime during the month of September and can be picked up on September 30th.

Congratulations to Dr. Regan Gurung, Wisconsin Professor of the Year

This may be old news to some, but we wanted you all to know that, last November, our very own Dr. Regan Gurung was named Wisconsin Professor of the Year by the Carnegie Foundation for the Advancement of Teaching.  It’s an incredible honor, and we are all very proud to work with him.  So proud, in fact, that a new flamingo has mysteriously emerged in Dr. Gurung’s likeness right outside his door in the C-Wing of MAC Hall. Donned in Dr. Gurung’s signature purple regalia, the bird showcases his many books and even includes a photo from the award ceremony.  While we never know who creates these beautifully decorated birds (click on the PF Legend link under Topics on right side of your screen to learn more), we want to thank the person/people responsible and encourage students to come take a look.

New Faculty Member: Please Welcome Dr. Schnurr

Those of you who have ventured up to the C Wing of MAC Hall have likely seen a new face roaming our hallways.  That’s right, we are excited to welcome our newest faculty member, Dr. Melissa Schnurr, who joined the Human Development faculty this year after completing her doctoral work in Human Development and Family Studies at Iowa State University. She’s teaching Middle Childhood and Adolescence and Infancy and Early Childhood while working on a research program in the area of romantic relationships and relationship violence. Please make sure to extend a warm welcome to Dr. Schnurr when you meet her and, if you would like to know more about her and all the faculty in the Human Development department, check us out at http://www.uwgb.edu/humdev/