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GSAPP Alumni and Dean’s Office Celebration, May 8th, 2010

On the evening of Saturday, May 8th, students, faculty, staff and friends of GSAPP gathered to celebrate the achievements of colleagues past and present at the annual GSAPP Alumni Organization & Dean’s Office Award Celebration. The festivities began promptly at 7:30, with welcoming remarks from AO President Lucy Takagi, Psy.D. and GSAPP Dean Stanly Messer, Ph.D. Attendees then enjoyed dinner and drinks while listening to Primitive Soul, a band offering an eclectic mix including jazz and classic rock. Additional entertainment was provided by the critically acclaimed Cabaret singer and psychologist Dr. Lucille Carr-Kaffashan, who performed songs from the Beatles. Attendees mingled, danced, and toasted to the accomplishments of the award recipients. Three psychologists were honored during dessert.

Dr. Louis Kruger (School, 1986) received the 2009 Peterson Prize for his work as a school psychologist, including a tenured position at Northeastern University, where he developed a school psychology PhD program. Dr. Kruger has published numerous articles on the internet’s usage in psychological practice, co-edited a book on high stakes testing, and served as an advocate for more appropriate testing programs. The award was presented by GSAPP faculty member Dr. Charlie Maher.        Kruger
Hall Dr. Howard Hall (Clinical, 1982) was awarded the 2010 GSAPP Alumni Organization Award for Distinguished Career Achievement for his many accomplishments in the field. Dr. Hall has conducted international workshops on pediatric hypnosis, presented on rapid wound healing in Egypt and the U.S., and has been featured on National Geographic. In addition, Dr. Hall has taught at Penn State, Rutgers University, Princeton, and now at Case Western Reserve University School of Medicine. The award was presented by Dr. Paul Lehrer.

On behalf of fhe Alumni Organization, Dr. Lucy Takagi, presented Dr. Bonnie Markham (Clinical, 1986) the Grace K. Smith Award for Meritorious Services to the GSAPP Alumni Organization. Dr. Markham served as a board member for 15 years, holding the position of President from 2003 to 2006. Among other accomplishments, Dr. Markham chaired the committee which compiled an historical booklet, DVD and archive to commemorate the 30th anniversary of GSAPP and the 75th of the Psychological Clinic. Markham
At the end of the award presentations a group of 4th year GSAPP students gathered to present an award to Sylvia Krieger (GSAPP Student Services Coordinator). The students surprised Syliva with a gift certificate and a wonderful tribute to the person who was 'always there for them'.        Krieger

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Throughout the evening, current students of GSAPP assisted in selling raffle tickets for goody-filled baskets. The grand-prize winner of the 50/50 raffle generously donated her money back to the AO. Any profit made from the raffle will be utilized to help fund an incoming student via the Alumni Organization Scholarship.