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Name: Drew C. Appleby

Drew C. Appleby received his BA in psychology from Simpson College in 1969 and his Ph.D. in experimental psychology from Iowa State University in 1972. After teaching at Marian College for 27 years—and chairing its Psychology Department for the last 21 of those years—he assumed the position of Director of Undergraduate Studies in the Indiana University-Purdue University Indianapolis (IUPUI) Psychology Department in 1999 where he holds the rank of Professor of Psychology.

He is the author of The Savvy Psychology Major, has numerous publications in professional journals, and has made over 250 presentations to a wide variety of professional and nonprofessional audiences. He also the consulting author of the instructor’s manuals that accompany Professional Cooking and Professional Baking, which are textbooks used in professional culinary arts programs throughout the world.

He was elected to Fellow status of Division Two of the American Psychological Association (The Society for the Teaching of Psychology [STP]) in 1992 and to Division One (The Society for General Psychology) in 2002. He received STP’s Outstanding Psychology Teacher Award in a Four-Year College or University, Marian College's Award for Teaching Excellence in 1993, IUPUI’s Chancellor’s Award for Excellence in Teaching in 2003, and was chosen by APA to present its G. Stanley Hall Teaching Lecture in 1998. He was recognized for his advising skills by the National Academic Advising Association when he received the Outstanding Adviser Award of its Great Lakes Region in 1988, by the IUPUI School of Science when he received their Advisor of the Year Award in 2002, and by the IUPUI Psychology Department when he received their Advisor of the Year Award in 2002 and 2003. He was recognized for his mentoring skills by being the charter recipient of Marian's Mentor of the Year Award in 1996 and IUPUI’s Psychology Department’s Mentor of the Year in 2000. He directs STP’s Mentoring Service, created STP's Project Syllabus, and has served as a consultant to other psychology departments.

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Name: Brooke Aukes

Email Address: peasoupba@yahoo.com

I graduated from Iowa State with my BS degree in Psychology in May of 2003. I really enjoyed my time at ISU, and I feel I received a great education.

Before I graduated, I had decided to pursue a career in school counseling. In August of 2003 I began graduate school at the University of Iowa (yes...I'm still a Cyclone!!) I enrolled full-time and graduated last month (May 2005). Recently, I received employment as an elementary school counselor in Greensboro, North Carolina. I am excited about the move and the start of my career. I feel that my psychology background was an asset in my graduate program and I think it will be an asset in my career as well.

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Name: Beverly Best

BS'83. From August 2003 to December 2004 I served as Interim Chair of Psychology at The University of Alabama. In January 2005 I returned to being Associate Professor of Psychology at Alabama. While at Iowa State I was a late-comer to psychology, having switched majors in my junior year. At ISU I worked with Drs. Gary Phye, Ronald Peters, and Sarah

Nixon. Dr. Norman Scott was my advisor. I had many good experiences at ISU. My graduate training was in cognitive psychology (PhD'89, Indiana University), and my current research area is visuo-spatial cognition. I am pleased to add that in January 2005 my husband David (BS'83 ISU, speech comm; MA'84 Northern Iowa, speech comm; PhD'90 Indiana, speech comm and social psychology) joined the Department of Psychology at Alabama. Our two boys (ages 8, 11) are growing up too fast.

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Name: Richard L. Burns

Email: rlb105@Juno.com

Having just read your excellent article on Dave Campbell, I was moved to write. Dave and I were classmates for both our BS and MS degrees at ISU and I remember well our classes together and our out of class actives.

After I left ISU, I served as Director of Men's Residence Halls at Iowa State Teachers College (now University of Northern Iowa). In 1960, I moved to Purdue University and got my PH.D. in Counseling in Jan. of 1963. I was married in July of 1961 to Rose Marie Dolan, an Assistant Professor at "TC" whom I had met there. While at Purdue, I served as an Assistant Director of Admissions and worked half time on a College Entrance Examination Board study in Indiana, called the Indiana Prediction Study. In the fall of 1964, I took a job with the Educational Testing Service as an Assistant Program Director. I went to ETS thinking I would stay a couple of years and then go back to higher education in some area of student personnel work.

Some thirty-five years later, I retired from ETS. It seemed that every time I got a little bored they found another challenging job for me. During my ETS years, I did an Executive Degree program at the Columbia University Business School, receiving a Masters degree there in 1980. While at ETS, I served as a program director for several programs, an Executive Director, a team leader on a major reengineering effort, and, for 12 years, as an officer of the corporation.

Over the years, Rose and I have traveled a great deal, both in this country and abroad. I think we have now visited in the neighborhood of 55 or more countries. I stay busy now with travel, pro bono consulting with non-profit organizations, as a member of several not-for profit organizations, and working to feed the poor in Trenton. I also review local restaurants for a weekly paper in our area. We have one daughter who teaches special education in Indianapolis, Indiana.

I was at ISU before it was allowed to give a Ph.D. One of the results, as others who were there at the same time will remember, was that we needed a thesis, a pass grade on a foreign language, and lots of statistics. I had enough statistics at ISU that when I went to Purdue they waived the statistics requirement (though I audited several stat courses). It was an excellent program and prepared me well for my career.

Thanks for starting the Newsletter. I am sure other alumni enjoy it as well.

Dick Burns, '55, '59

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Name: Jerald Catron

Email: jeraldcatron@qwest.net

News: Very glad to read Psychology News, Vol. 1, No. 1, and the editorial letter by Professor Gibbons. I think having the newsletter and the e-connection via the Psychology Department website are splendid ideas.

To the surprise of my major prof, Norm, I am not selling waterbeds but continue in the practice of psychology, based in Des Moines (only Norm will get this, unless Dave Edwards, whose nickname for me was Chief Broom, also reads this--he'll get it and laugh, too). I am continually grateful for Norm's stewardship and mentoring of my experience as a graduate student in the counseling program. He is a peach. I'm glad that he continues to serve in what he must have been born to do. Now I'm married for decades to a woman I met during internship, which was an unexpected perk, and have 3 children and 3 grandchildren. Happy in my work. Hope you are, as well.

Looking forward to hearing about other graduates--and especially oldsters from the 1970+ era.

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Christopher G. Choukalas, MD, MS

Resident Physician, Anesthesia and Critical Care

University of Chicago Hospitals

Email: cchoukal@hotmail.com

Since you don't get very many profiles from graduates who chose professions outside mainstream psychology, I thought I'd write in about my experience. I was in the doctoral program in counseling starting in 1997, but knew pretty quickly my interests where more aligned with the biological than psychological. I decided to complete coursework toward admission to medical school while I finished my MS with the department; Professor Epperson was kind enough to let me stay on as a TA with the department and RA with the Institute for Social and Behavioral Research under Jan Melby. The stars were all aligned as I had my choice of medical schools on the first try. In fact, I graduated just this spring and will be pursuing residency training in the department of Anesthesia and Critical Care at the University of Chicago.

I feel extremely fortunate that my career path started out in psychology at ISU. The faculty were extremely supportive, both with regard to my initial career in psychology, and, more importantly, with my exploring other careers. William Hoyt (now at Madison), Doug Epperson, and Norm Scott were particularly good mentors. The counseling training I received in my first two years at ISU were of enormous benefit in medical school; when it came time to see patients, I felt very comfortable. I look back at my time in Ames with a great deal of fondness, and I know my education in psychology at ISU has made me a more effective and compassionate physician.

I'd be happy to have you include my email in any profile you publish, but please use cchoukal@hotmail.com instead of the address from which this message originates.

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Name: Tami Eggleston

Email: tegglest@mckendree.edu

Since receiving my Ph.D. from Iowa State in 1996 I have taught at McKendree College. McKendree is a liberal arts college in Lebanon, Illinois near St. Louis, Missouri. The teaching and research training that I received at Iowa State prepared me well for my career. In particular, Rick Gibbons and Meg Gerrard taught me about grant writing at HBRP and I have been fortunate enough to have received several small grants. In addition, I have been able to apply my social psychology theory to auto racing and have carved out an interesting applied niche for myself. The years at ISU were often times difficult, but I met wonderful people and feel very well prepared in my current teaching position. I still collaborate and present with my colleague and friend from graduate school, Gabie Smith.

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Name: Kim Kazimour

Email: kkaz715@aol.com

I am currently living in Gainesville, Florida, having resided here since 1980. Over the years I have had a number of professional experiences including: working as a school psychologist for the public school system; working as the senior psychologist at a state institution for persons with profound mental challenges; serving as the director of a preschool program for at risk and developmentally delayed children with a local Association for Retarded Citizens; and working for the University of Florida, College of Medicine/Department of Pediatrics as a psychologist evaluating children birth to three years of age experiencing developmental delay. Concurrent with these experiences I have maintained a private practice doing both evaluations and therapy with children (licensed as both a school psychologist and mental health counselor) as well as hypnotherapy with adults (nationally certified hypnotherapist).

Outside of the work world, I have been very involved in athletic pursuits since the late 1980's. In addition to a numerous, shorter local road races and triathlons I have run eight marathons (including two qualified runs at the Boston Marathon), one 50K run, one 50 mile run and completed four Ironman triathlons. I'm planning to do Ironman number 5 in 2007 in celebration of my 50th birthday! I have also been singing with the Gainesville Civic Chorus since 1999 and enjoy participation in building homes with the local Habitat for Humanity organization. It keeps me off the streets!

I am lucky to a have had a wonderful "significant other" for the past decade who shares my triathlon and running adventures! Keith is an elementary school PE teacher and also has a private practice doing Active Release Technique therapy...sort of a combination between sports massage and chiropractic work. He's got quite a following in the area and is also in the process of writing a physical education text book, so he's a busy guy!

Am really looking forward to hearing what everyone else is up to!

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Name: Laura Morton

Thanks so much for the wonderful new psychology department newsletter. As a 1978 graduate, I'd like to add my accolades to the appreciation extended to Ron Peters upon his retirement. I took several physiological psychology courses from Ron. He was, for me, one of those few teachers who inspired lifelong affection, admiration, and gratitude.

I'll always remember the day of the first (I think) test in the first physiological psych class I took from him. He handed out the tests, sat down in the old swivel chair behind the desk at the front of the classroom, put his hands behind his head, and leaned back. He chortled about how, instead of having to studying the night before like us, he had gotten to watch some great ISU (I think) basketball game. Then he proceeded to tip over backwards! Thankfully he was unhurt, but he provided us with a great laugh.

His great forte was, of course, the human brain (at least when I was there) and he inspired in me an ongoing fascination with this subject, so much so that I'm greatly looking forward to starting a semester in neuroanatomy at California State University at Northridge tomorrow, in my second semester as a returning middle-aged student working toward a Master's degree in Physical Therapy. From Ron's discussions of monism vs. dualism to his lectures on the groundbreaking research on the discovery of opiate-like substances in the brain, he had the unique ability to translate profound ideas into concepts that undergraduates could grasp, and the fascination he inspired has remained fresh for over twenty-five years.

I'm sure he knows this, but I just wanted to take this opportunity to reiterate that Ron Peters has left a rich legacy to his students and colleagues. I wish him the best in his retirement.

P.S. I looked in vain for any word of one time (and long-time) faculty member Gary Phye, who was an exceedingly supportive advisor and mentor to me over many years. I hope you can mention him in an upcoming issue. I also remember Don Schuster fondly, who helped inspire in me a lifelong interest in meditation and the mind-body connection, and offer my belated condolences to his loved ones.

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Name: Kim J. Rost

Email: 102017.1027@compuserve.com

Hi! I enjoyed receiving the newsletter and wanted to say hi to all those (now Emeritus) that I know. I graduated with a baccalaureate degree in Psychology and minors in math and music in 1964. Don Charles was my advisor as I became the second School Psychology graduate in July of 1966. I worked as a school psychologist in Boone County, IA, until my husband Duane finished his Ph.D. in Electrical Engineering at ISU in 1970. We moved to the Youngstown, Ohio, area where I spend another 27 years in the school psych field. I added special education adminitration to my school psych chores for the last four years before I retired in 1998. I have moved back to Iowa (on Big Spirit Lake) and am currently writing a doctoral dissertation in the area of Educational Leadership.

My husband Duane and I have a daughter Kelley, who was born in Ames, and who is married and lives in the Wichita, KS, area. Our interests (still) include sports car racing and singing. We love living at the Lake and enjoy "camping" in our 34' Winnebago.