New Feature: Student News to Celebrate

One of the New Year’s resolutions of your newsletter editors is to include more news in the PF about all the great things our students are doing. Want to see your name or that of a friend in lights? (Okay, we admit the best we can do is italics.) Please let us know of good news we can share by using the electronic suggestion box or by sending an email to Drs. Martin or Vespia. This month, we have the following kudos, accolades, and jobs well done to share.

  • Several of our students will be headed to the American Psychological Association’s convention in Toronto, Canada this August. Katie Bruni had a poster presentation accepted to Division 8 (Social/Personality). In addition, she will be a discussant on a symposium concerning how students use textbooks. Jaimie Henschel was recently notified that her honors project on college student engagement was accepted for presentation. Finally, Trudi Arnold and Becky Miller are co-authors on a symposium with Dr. Vespia related to college student mental health services, and Jonathan Carlson will be joining them on that project. Congratulations to all of these students!
  • Stephanie Sabinash participated in “Dancing4Kids” last month, a charity event that paired volunteer dancers with professional instructors, much like the popular “Dancing With the Stars” TV show. Stephanie danced on behalf of Camp Lloyd ( was paired with Peter Blavit, and the two of them brought down the house at the SC Grand in De Pere with their swing number. Check it out on Way to go, Stephanie!
  • Mike Schachtner was recently named to ESPN The Magazine’s Academic All-District V First Team. This is the third consecutive year that Mike has been so honored, and this award makes him eligible to again receive Academic All-American honors. We’ll be pulling for you, Mike!
  • Kirstin Thompson has won the Association for Death Education and Counseling (ADEC) Student Initiative Conference Scholarship, which will allow her to attend the ADEC annual conference in Dallas, TX this April, to hear the newest thanatology research, and to network with students and “movers and shakers” in the field. The scholarship includes her registration fee, travel expenses, and a one-year ADEC student membership. Congratulations, Kirstin!
  • Katie Vonholzen has secured a prestigious summer internship at Dartmouth College (Hanover, NH). This eight-week Ivy League opportunity will pay her a stipend and travel funds and allow her to gain priceless experience working in a social neuroscience lab under the direct supervision of Todd Heatherton, a cutting-edge neuroscientist. Great job, Katie!