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Fall/Winter 2012 Newsletter

Welcome From The Chair

It seems I nearly always start my message by commenting on the view from my Carpenter Hall 4th Floor window. October and November provide such a colorful change of scenery for me. Now in December we are waiting for the first real blanket of snow. This all reminds me of God's goodness in giving us such a lovely spectrum of nature to observe as the seasons change. Since our spring newsletter, there has also been a significant addition to central campus—a beautiful clock tower now stands at the central campus crossroads by the Smith Science Center bridge.

Thanks to the generosity of a donor, this clock tower was erected to the glory of God and to honor former President William Crothers and his wife, Rilla. I remember the Crothers well. President Crothers offered me my first full-time job at RWC after I received my doctorate in Counseling Psychology. Indeed, my professional career began by serving as the College Counselor on the second floor of Carpenter Hall, in the area designated for Student Services. Under Dr. Crother's leadership, the campus would see remarkable changes--the building of the Voller Athletic Center, the Cultural Life Center, the Townhouses, Davison Hall, the Rinker Center, and the early planning for the Golisano Library to name a few. The College would also see the development of a number of graduate programs and Northeastern Seminary, under President Crother's leadership. How fitting that a Clock Tower now stands to honor the significant work of the Crothers! It really is a beautiful addition to central campus that must be seen to fully be appreciated.

The Psychology Department has had a wonderful fall semester, welcoming many new students. We continue to have an undergraduate enrollment of nearly 90 majors!  Our undergraduates come with a wide variety of interests—some desire to enter the workforce, others want preparation for master's degrees, and a few even aspire to doctoral degrees!    In addition, our graduate program continues to produce outstanding professionals for service in the schools.   Did you know that even in tough economic times with huge cutbacks to public education, most of our school psychology graduates are employed, with all but three working in positions using their school psychology credentials?    Our master's students enjoy a fine reputation in the local community and are also employed in several other states in the nation—competing successfully for jobs, sometimes even when other candidates have more experience.   If you have an interest in School Psychology or School Counseling, you really must take a look at our programs!

Please contact us if you would like more information on our undergraduate or graduate programs in Psychology or if you know of someone who would benefit from this information!    And, if you are an alum with some personal or professional updates, please send those to us, as well!   We'd love to hear from you.   God's richest blessings for 2013!

Julie Grimm

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Dr. Julie Pecnik Grimm
Chair, Department of Psychology

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