From the College Director
What a glorious fall it has been! There are many accomplishments of faculty and students that are noted in this newsletter. My admiration for the work around me abounds. We have had over four million dollars in research grant proposals submitted in the past year; international and national presentations and publications; growing student enrollment; and we have raised more money in the past eighteen months than raised in the past ten years for all of Lewis College. Kudos and thanks to all of you for your help and unflagging support.
A few of the notable accomplishments of faculty include but are not limited to:
- Professor Glen Geist‹recipient of RSA grant for Ph.D. students in Rehabilitation Counselor Education
- Professor John Hilburger‹President, Great Lakes Chapter National Rehabilitation Counselors
- Professor Nancy Hansen‹Chair, Research Committee of the American Association of Spinal Cord Injury Psychologists and Social Workers
- Professor Joyce Hopkins‹President, Illinois Association for Infant Mental Health
- Professor Margaret Huyck‹appointed member of Governor Edgar's Commission on the status of Women in Illinois
- Professor Chow Lam‹ranked number ten in the nation in rehabilitation research productivity
- Professor Charles Merbitz‹elected Chair of the Outcomes Task Force, American Association of Spinal Cord Injury Psychologists and Social Workers
- Professor Nambury Raju‹Served on the National Academy of Sciences' Committee on the National Assessment of Educational Practice
- Professor Robert Schleser‹elected Chair, Academic section, Illinois Psychological Association
- Professor Tamara Sher‹Editor, Special Series in Clinical Psychology in Medical Settings
There have also been a number of noteworthy staff changes. Bruce Fisher, Ph.D., joined us in August as the Director of the Center for Research and Service. Bruce, a 1987 I/O alumnus, was formerly on staff at Organizational Psychologists. He has made remarkable progress on the implementation of the board-approved business plan for the center. The center is dedicated to advancing individual and organizational effectiveness through education, research, and consulting services. It supports clients through services that improve both individual and organizational performance. Elizabeth King comes to us from Arizona where she gained extensive expertise in office operations, budgeting, and oversight. She now heads the psychology office as Administrative Associate Director. We are most pleased to have her talents and professional skills to assist us with the diverse array of tasks we now undertake as a free-standing College. Michael Gravitt accepted the position as Administrative Associate Director of Undergraduate Admissions and has been helping us to structure and implement a plan to recruit undergraduates in psychology. Michael has extensive admissions and financial aid experience that is an asset in this endeavor. We have a new brochure that is being mailed to interested students, and we are hopeful of increased enrollment. Please spread the word about undergraduate psychology at IIT. If you wish to assist him in this marketing, recruitment, and retention effort, please feel free to call him at 312/567-8945. I am very pleased to announce that we have two new members on the Psychology Board of Overseers. Bridget Nowak (Rehabilitation 1986) and Stephen Steinhaus (I/O, 1987) have agreed to join the dedicated and talented group of people who comprise the psychology board and whose steady support has been a mainstay for me. Please join me in thanking and welcoming them in this capacity.
Finally, I have been most impressed by the commitment and dedication of our alumni volunteer group. These remarkable individuals have given time nights and weekends despite other full time jobs to help us with our fund raising effort. Please let me know if any of you would like to be part of the alumni volunteer group. We are especially interested in finding additional clinical alumni to participate in that effort.
M. Ellen Mitchell, Ph.D.