We’re pleased to share some good news for faculty members as well. Dr. Noppe Cupit has started her term as president of Association of Death Education and Counseling (ADEC). Dr. Wilson-Doenges has won best student group adviser for her work with Zeta Omega Tau, a service-based sorority here on campus. Finally, many Psychology and Human Development faculty members were nominated for the Student Nominated Teaching Awards: Dr. Bartell, Dr. Holstead, Dr. Lorenz, Dr. Martin, Dr. Vespia, and Dr. VonDras. Three Psychology and Human Development faculty members are finalists for these awards. Dr. Zapf is a finalist for the early career award and Dr. Gurung and Dr. Wilson-Doenges are finalists for the experienced teaching award. The winners of these awards will be announced at the University Leadership Awards Program on May 11th. Here at The Pink Flamingo we’ll be crossing our feathers and hoping they win!
As you examine the schedule of classes both for fall and next spring, you will notice some familiar names missing and some returning to the line-up. We are excited to announce that Dr. Bartell will be on sabbatical for the entire 2012-2013 academic year, and Dr. Burns will be on sabbatical for the Spring 2013 semester. What is a sabbatical, anyway? As a student, you will notice that those professors do not teach classes when they’re on sabbatical, and they might even be in a far off place like New Zealand. Sabbaticals are a chance for faculty to work on projects like writing books or journal articles that they wouldn’t normally be able to complete during the semester while they’re busy teaching, researching, grading papers, etc. Stay tuned next time for more information on what Drs. Bartell and Burns will be working on during their sabbaticals. Meanwhile, we also look forward to welcoming back Dr. Regan Gurung, who will be returning from his full-year sabbatical this year, and we are pleased that Dr. Illene Noppe Cupit is already back with us after a Fall 2011 sabbatical. Both of them have at least one new book to show for their time away, and we will feature some of their exciting work in a future issue, as well.
For those who have not visited the UWGB homepage lately, please check out the front-page story about Dr. Gurung and his award-winning teaching. The photo also includes some of our wonderful students. We are so fortunate to work in a unit with such dedicated teachers and students. Congratulations again on your well-deserved teaching honor, Prof. Gurung!
Jenell Holstead, Ph.D., joins the Human Development faculty this fall as a new Assistant Professor. She attended the Pennsylvania State University, earning a Bachelor’s Degree in psychology. From there, she attended Indiana University, where she earned a Master’s in Educational Psychology and a Doctoral degree in School Psychology. Currently, she is teaching the Intro to Human Development and Middle Childhood and Adolescence courses. Dr. Holstead’s primary area of research is on the effectiveness of after school programming.
Although Dr. Holstead is not from Wisconsin, she has spent considerable time in Green Bay, as her husband’s family resides here. As such, she’s already a Packers’ fan! She is also the mother of a 5-month old daughter, Audrey, and two Yorkshire terriers, Bentley and Brea.