DEPARTMENT OF PSYCHOLOGY NEWSLETTER
From the Chair’s Desk…
Welcome to the inaugural issue of the Psychology Department
newsletter! To say I am remiss on producing newsletters is quite
an understatement. I have intended to put together a Psychology
Newsletter each year since I have been chair. Given that I
assumed the chair duties in 1991, I’m a bit behind schedule.
Better late than never, however, so I hope this issue is one you
In this issue, we have covered several interesting stories from
our alumni, students, and faculty, sometimes written by the
subject of the article. Hopefully, there will be something for
everyone to find interesting and worthwhile. I am intending to
make the Psychology Department newsletter an annual event, or
even sometimes publish two times per year. We always have a lot
going on in the department, so there will be plenty to talk about.
I am always fond of voicing my belief that USD is the best
place in the region to study psychology. I think that the stories in
this newsletter serve to illustrate why I think that we are the best.
We have interesting accomplishments, exciting research, and have
provided the foundation of rewarding careers. The stories are just
a sample, of course, of the many possible things we could have
covered. Future issues can add to the range.
I do want to add a few points, however, of news in the
department. Besides adding Dr. Sara Lowmaster to our faculty,
we have an additional search ongoing for another new professor.
The department will be adding a new clinical psychologist next
year to fill the opening created by the
retirement this May of Dr. Barbara
Yutrzenka. We will plan several events
in the upcoming months to honor Barb
and to show appreciation for all her
accomplishments and contributions to
our department and university and to the field. A story on Barb
will grace the next edition of the newsletter.
In another big recent change, Dr. Gemma Skillman has moved
her teaching efforts for USD from on-campus to online. Gemma
is teaching multiple sections of Developmental Psychology and
Abnormal Psychology for us. From the chair’s point of view, it is
very reassuring to know that there will be consistent high quality
in those online classes.
Being a novice at newsletters, I would greatly appreciate your
comments on this one. Any feedback, suggestions for future
stories, or other reactions would be most welcome. You can email
with your ideas. I extend to you
warm wishes for a fun and prosperous year and hope you will
keep in touch with us.
Randy Quevillon, Ph.D.
Professor and Chair
Department of Psychology
Heimstra Labs Celebrate
50th Anniversary with Alumni
On October 20 and 21, the USD Psychology Department and
the Heimstra Human Factors Laboratories celebrated the 50th
anniversary of their professional graduate training program in
human factors, human engineering and ergonomics.
activities, a dinner with current students and faculty members
as well as alumni, and an open house at the Heimstra Human
A few of the alumni who attended the Heimstra Labs anniversary include:
(back row, left to right): Dave Struckman-Johnson, Jack Feldhaus,
Sarah Swieringa, Marie Heimstra, Vern Ellingstad. Front row, left to right:
John Fechter, Cora Heimstra Lane; Cindy Struckman-Johnson