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Doctorate students kick off Fall ’23 in style with Ph.D. social

Dr. Rob Stupnisky addresses CEHD doctorate students and faculty. Credit: Kenya Zarns.

Students from all five of CEHD’s doctoral programs gathered at the Memorial Union on Aug. 16 to kick off the new Fall 2023 semester with a bang. Associate Dean of Research and Faculty Development Dr. Rob Stupnisky organized the event, which included refreshments and a social hour that allowed students to network and get to know others in their program of study.

Dr. Cheryl Hunter, Interim Dean of CEHD, addressed the students warmly, offering words of encouragement for the days ahead: “We believe in your success. We believe in your excellence.” Other faculty members briefly addressed the students as well, including:

  • Dr. Bonni Gourneau, chair of the department of Teaching, Leadership, and Professional Practice;
  • Dr. Woei Hung, Professor and Graduate Director of Instructional Design & Technology;
  • Dr. Josh Hunter, Associate Professor and Program Director of OLEE (Outdoor Leadership and Environmental Education);
  • Dr. Rachel Navarro, Training Director and Professor of Counseling Psychology

Dr. Stupnisky shared slides on the college’s leadership structure as well as where to find important resources online, including how to apply for graduate assistantships or obtain research conference or dissertation funding. Afterwards, Kenya Zarns, CEHD’s Director of Communications, Outreach, and Recruitment, engaged the crowd in a competitive game of trivia. The Readers, a team made up entirely of doctoral students, beat out other students and faculty to win the top prize.

Based on live feedback, students generally found the event to be highly engaging and informative. Photos from the Ph.D. Social can be found here.

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