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May 2020

It’s time for our annual Year in Review! As we look back on each month of the academic year, the MSP community can reflect on the changes and growth we have experienced since September, both individually and as a community. The COVID-19 pandemic changed life – on and off campus – completely. 

On May 14, we were delighted to announce that construction had resumed on our new building that will soon be the new home of the Michigan School Psychological Clinic!

Other May highlights:

On May 8, President Brown announced to students we would not be returning to campus for the remainder of 3rd semester.

On May 11, President Brown hosted a Virtual conversation on the “Mental Health Impact of COVID-19.”

On May 20, President Fran Brown announced that the MSP had been awarded a grant from the Farmington & Farmington Hills Foundation for Youth & Families to purchase of iPads that will be used to provide Applied Behavior Analysis (ABA) services in the Michigan School Psychological Clinic.

We hosted a virtual seminar on Natural Environment Training (NET), an instructional method that incorporates learning opportunities by capturing a child’s motivation through child-led activities in a natural setting on May 21.

(Virtual) Career Services Month

The Student Engagement team transitioned nearly all of the usual seminars and opportunities online for virtual access.

Beginning on May 18, students had the opportunity to send Carrie Pyeatt, Coordinator of Admissions & Student Engagement a resume for review or to schedule a Mock Interview.

We hosted all of the usual seminars via Zoom: Job Hunting with a TLLP/Studying for the EPPP on May 28, Starting a Private Practice and Social Media & Networking on May 29.

Blogs: We celebrated this year’s Student Scholarship Winners, Carrie Pyeatt encouraged students to get involved with Career Services events, MSP Academic Librarians shared library support for students during COVID-19, and Michelle Justice (PsyD 3), Psi Chi President, shared an update for the Psi Chi COVID-19 Response Relief Fund.

Racism Pandemic

At the end of May, our community was rocked again by the murder of George Floyd. President Fran Brown wrote to the community on May 28 about the pandemic of racism.

“We are battling two pandemics at the same time and we must win both for the sake of humankind,” she wrote. “We must each ask ourselves: What more can we do in our lives — through our actions, our votes, and even our financial resources — that demonstrates we are actively anti-racist?”