The following is the letter from the chair that appeared in the Summer 2003 edition of Psychology Now
Letter from the Chair
Greetings to all our friends! The department has been very busy since our last newsletter and I'm beginning to think the world is moving on "fast forward."
To add to our usual hubbub, this year UW departments were expected to write their academic plans, which outline their visions for the next five years. We spent many a faculty meeting talking about our plans for the future. Our number one priority is to get bright new faculty to replace those who have retired or resigned. In 1999, the department had 16 faculty and this year we're down to 11. The loss of faculty is normal at any university but the pace of replacement is very slow at UW. If we're lucky, we get permission to replace one person per year. On the bright side though, the administration is very supportive of the Psychology Department, so we'll eventually get our department back to full strength soon.
We'll be losing one more faculty this year - Karen Nicholas is retiring from the department after 27 years at UW. She has plans to do a lot of gardening, to spend time with her daughter and two grandchildren in Colorado, and finish up on a variety of research and writing projects. We thank Karen for her many years of service to the department and hope she enjoys the slower pace of retirement.
Some of you may remember last year's Spotlight on Psi Chi featured Alice Cherbeneau, our first Psi Chi president and former student of June Etta Downey. After reading the article, some of Dr. Downey's relatives contacted Mrs. Cherbeneau and they were able to get together for lunch in California. Reports are that the families had a wonderful time trading memories of Dr. Downey. One family member reported that they sang the UW alma mater during lunch. I'm sure the other restaurant patrons were wondering what was going on. (For those of you who don't know, Dr. Downey wrote the UW alma mater).
One final note. I want to draw your attention to an event that we are planning for former graduate students in the department. At the end of August, we will be holding a "Graduate Student Class Reunion." The celebration is to commemorate the 30th anniversary of the graduate program in clinical psychology. Lots of festivities are planned for the weekend and we invite our former graduate students to attend.
As always, I wish you and your families the best. And keep those letters coming to us. We love to hear from you.
Dr. Narina L. Nunez
Professor and Chair