Students and faculty gathered in the Mary Sue Cushman Room at noon on Wednesday, April 25, to reflect on the accomplishments of the academic year.
Associate Professor and Chair Helen Bateman welcomed everyone to the luncheon, particularly the 33 newly declared majors in the class of 2014. She also recognized our new faculty member, Assistant Professor Jessica Siegel, who was greeted with spontaneous applause.
Dr. Bateman then pointed with pride to the work of many students that has led to papers and posters, both in journals and at meetings.
Associate Professor Karen Yu spoke of activities beyond the Domain: internships, summer activities, post-graduation plans. She described 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). She reminded those in the class of 2012 that we are interested in their work after Sewanee . . . because we are interested in the individuals we have come to know, because we find it useful to pass along possibilities to future students, because –as part of our commitment to the liberal arts– we take pride in the wide variety of the pursuits of our majors.
Professor Charles Peyser noted that the Comprehensive Examinations this year took a new format: an essay that integrated research and theories from three different areas of psychology to answer a question. Two full-time faculty members independently evaluated each essay . . . with the essay quality of five deemed Distinction.
Associate Professor Al Bardi, with the assistance of several current members, inducted ten new members of the Sewanee chapter of Psi Chi—the National Honor Society for Psychology. He announced that Dr. Siegel will become the Psi Chi advisor next year.
Dr. Bateman closed the luncheon with the announcement of the six members of the class of 2012 who will receive their degrees with Honors in Psychology.
Pictures of those attending were taken by Dr. Bardi.