As the new chair of the Department of Psychology, I am delighted to tell you about our Major Project course and the essential role that alumni like you play in it, providing students additional guidance from campus into the world of work. Directed by Dr. Caprice Niccoli-Waller, this capstone course for our 400 senior majors provides an opportunity for them to apply their skills to a project that has meaning for them individually.
The Major Project in Psychology class provides support to students writing their senior theses. Students may choose to build their theses from research they helped carry out in a faculty lab or work done through community internships at one of the University's partner organizations. The class is designed to help students reflect on the knowledge gained during their undergraduate studies, use that knowledge to research a psychological topic, and further refine their skills of communicating research findings to others.
The class provides an intimate setting (around 20 students per section) for three psychology alumni working in diverse fields to share their career paths and experiences. Students are able to ask questions and to begin building a network of professional contacts. It is our hope that these experiences help students see the tangible connection between their academic development and the next step in their personal journeys.
Thank you to all alumni that participated, and to all of our alumni for continuing to make our department's reputation one of the strongest in the world.
Psychology Department Chair
Ginger Bailey, Volunteer, Jeremiah Program
Pam Bednar, Marketing V.P./Manager, WomenVenture, Vision Share, Digital Technology, PDI
Laura Blomberg, HR Manager, Target
Tony Brown, Labor Relations Specialist, Metropolitan Commission
Bob Brunmeier, Founder and owner, OneNet USA
Peggy Caron, Probation Officer, Ramsey County
Amy Caucutt, Lobbyist, Olmsted County
Chris Cloud, Co-founder of MPLS TV
Peter Dinh, Rehabilitation Practitioner, Community University Health Care Center
Bob Eichinger, Founder, Lominger
Jay Elkerton, Director of Human-Centered Design, Emerson Process Management
Lambers Fisher, Clinical Supervisor, Nystrom & Associates
Darcy Futrell, Senior Associate, TEGRA Group
Jerrod Gershone, Owner and CEO, StoneArch Creative
Kurt Halva, Senior Sales Representative, IBM
Ella Haman, Consultant, Ameriprise Financial Services, Inc.
Beth Haney, Consultant in public policy and anti-poverty community efforts
Bill Hansen, President of Copenhagen Enterprises, Northwest Airline Pilot, NASCAR driver
Jonathan Hoistad, Founder and Clinical Psychologist, Natalis Psychology
Mike Huck, Management volunteer, United Way, 35 years as business executive
Gayle S Junnila, Metro Regional Manager, Explore Minnesota Tourism
Bridget Keller, Physician specializing in Obstetrics & Gynecology, Park Nicollet
Steve Klein, Founder and V.P., Enterprise Freight Systems
Tom Langseth, Senior Vice President, Allianz Life Financial Services
Cathy LaPoint, Vice President, Cherne Contracting
John Menke, Assistant Division Director- Community Corrections, Minnesota Department of Corrections
Katie Miller, Psychologist, Private Practice
Diane Nilsen, COO, Questar
Nancy Nordmeyer, Lawyer and founder of Shapiro and Nordmeyer
Kay Owen, Senior Talent Management Consultant, ATK
Cheryl Paullin, Program manager, HumRRO
Greg Rick, Owner, Cafe Cravings, Owner, Hearthstone Homes
Donna Shatava, Director of Human Resources, VMware
Toby Velte, Global Technology Strategist, Microsoft
John Wetzel, Vice President, Right Management Consultants