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Psychology Major and Minor luncheon

a luncheon
to celebrate the achievements of all psychology students,
to wish graduating seniors continued success,
and to wish Dr. Timothy Keith-Lucas a happy retirement

Students and faculty gathered in the Mary Sue Cushman Room at noon on Wednesday, May 4, to reflect on the accomplishments of the academic year.

Associate Professor Al Bardi, advisor to the Psychology Club, recognized the 2010-11 officers for the wide variety of activities this year … “Faculty Meet and Greet” reception at Family Weekend … “Graduate School” by a speaker from Argosy University–Nashville … movie night with Ron Howard’s A Beautiful Mind … co-sponsor of the education documentary Race to Nowhere … “a Day in the Life of a Psychotherapist” with Betty Phillips, M.A., of Stillpoint

  • President – Lauren Croasdaile’11
  • Vice-President – Lindsay Wilburn ’11
  • Secretary – Lindsay Maxwell ’11
  • Treasurer – Kathryn Cochran ’11

The officers for 2011-12 have a challenge ahead of them to develop a comparable set of Club activities:  President, Chris Daniell ’14 … Vice-President Alex Diaz ’12 … Secretary Shelby Bartlett ’12 … Treasurer Collier Williams ’12.

He then inducted eleven new members of the Sewanee chapter of Psi Chi—the National Honor Society for Psychology.

Research Associate Professor Sherry Hamby recognized the many students who have conducted research projects that led to papers and posters, both in journals and at meetings.

Associate Professor Karen Yu spoke of the value of internships … those at a variety of locations as well as at the Yale Child Study Center (thanks to the continued support of Linda Mayes, M.D., C ’73).

Associate Professor and Chair Helen Bateman then read portions of the Resolution of Appreciation On the Occasion of the Retirement of Timothy Keith-Lucas she would offer later that afternoon at the Faculty Meeting of the College of Arts and Sciences.  Jay Hill ’11 briefly described some of his student experiences with “TKL”.  Annie B. Snowden Professor of Geology Bran Potter, who along with Tim Keith-Lucas was a founding faculty member in the program, spoke about the early days of The Island Ecology Program … which celebrated its 25th summer in 2010.  Dr. Bateman then presented the gift of a marine compass.  Professor Keith-Lucas responded with brief remarks.

Professor Charles Peyser stated that the criterion for Distinction on the 2011 Comprehensive Examinations was that at least four of the five essays were judged as of high quality.  The nine students performing at this level were then recognized.  He noted that, partly in response to the Outside Review of the Department’s curriculum, the comprehensive examinations for the class of 2012 will be markedly different … consisting of a paper that integrates three areas of psychology in responding to a question;  details will be announced late in the fall semester.
He then spoke briefly about the success of the search for our new faculty member.  We were able to recruit the first choice of everyone who met the three candidates … student and faculty alike.  Behavioral neuroscientist Jessica Siegel brings a breadth of experience –from olfactory learning in bumblebees to the effects of methamphetamine on infant and adolescent mice, along with honors of her own … Phi Beta Kappa, first author of five papers prior to completing the Ph.D.

Dr. Bateman closed the luncheon with the announcement of the nine members of the class of 2011 who will receive their degrees with Honors in Psychology.