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September 2018

Photo of Dr. Fran Brown, PsyD in front of green plants.
President Fran Brown
Photo of three students mingling in the atrium
New MA students at Orientation.
Two students posing at a table outside
Students mingle at the Welcome Week BBQ.
Photo of MSP students and staff at the out of darkness walk
Team MSP!

“I’m humbled by the opportunity to lead the very institution where my life was transformed. As a student, I chose The Michigan School because of its uniqueness: both in its academic premise and in the extraordinary individuals who founded it.”  MSP President Fran Brown

September 1 was the official start date for MSP’s new President Dr. Fran Brown

Although not (strictly speaking) in September, Student Orientation marks the beginning of a new academic year at MSP. 

As always, MSP faculty and staff took part in the experiential activities that promote community building and bonding in each cohort.

This year, new and returning students were greeted with updated classrooms, including a suite of smart boards designed to enhance the learning experience in each classroom.  President Fran Brown also officially announced that MiSPP is changing our name to MSP in a rebranding effort as part of our campus expansion plans.   

Student Engagement held MSP’s annual Welcome Week during the first week of classes.

Each day, students were invited to take some time to relax and engage with fellow students while enjoying a delicious treat, including custom ice cream sandwiches and coffee and donuts.  

On Thursday, students, faculty, and staff engaged in several lively rounds of Psychology Trivia (the winning team were awarded Starbucks gift cards).  And, to celebrate the end of the week, Jeff Cross, Director of IT & Campus Security, once again donned his apron for a campus wide BBQ on Friday.

On September 29, Team MSP donned new t-shirts as they walked in support of the American Foundation for Suicide Prevention during the Out of Darkness Metro Detroit Walk

During the week of September 24-28, the MSP community donated funds in support of our team.  The OOD walk fundraiser kicked off MSP’s community outreach and fundraising efforts for this academic year!

Other News:

MSP was thrilled to announce that Dr. Shannon Chávez-Korell accepted the position of Program Director at MSP.  Dr. Chávez-Korell joins President Fran Brown and Vice President Diane Zalapi on MSP’s Leadership Team.

Dr. Dustin Shepler presented Ethics: Avoiding, Entering, and Managing Multiple Relationships to kick off MSP’s Continuing Education Workshop series.

MSP welcomed back TEDx speaker Raj Mehta, MSW to speak with students as part of the 2018/19 Student Programming calendar based this year on clinical specializations.  

In Blogs:

Christopher Corbin (PsyD 1) offered an insight into his work/family/life balance in the latest How I Make It Work blog. Dr. Ruth Anan talks about her experience of the Mentorship phase in the Career of a Psychologist. Dr. Johanna Buzolits was in The Faculty Spotlight. And we celebrated progress in Phase I of our campus expansion.