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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

can enjoy.

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

me at

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

Factors Laboratories.

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