40 years of history at Toowoomba university
USQ Psychology has celebrated its 40 year history by bringing together many current and former staff and students at USQ Toowoomba last week.
Former Heads of School/Department (including Mr Terry Carter, Professor Gerry Fogarty, Professor Grace Pretty and Professor Peter Terry) shared their personal reflections during a panel discussion, as classmates from years gone by reunited.
Dr June Henry, a graduate of the inaugural behavioural science (psychology) class at USQ, was the guest of honour.
"When I read Professor Machin's invitation to talk on memories of being a student of DDIAE (1976-1978), a spontaneous smile of appreciation lit up my face," Dr Henry said.
"With the smile came the thought of how much I appreciated being able to study here in the early years. I believe there were about 26 students in the first-year class.
"My fondest memories include how fortunate I, and my classmates, were to have Dr Geoff Ord as the Head of the Behavioural Science program at that time. I found his vision of a pathway to professional practice gave me direction through undergraduate to postgraduate studies, to registration as a psychologist, and then to professional practice as a psychologist.
"You can 'do it all' at USQ."
When asked about how her experience differed from students currently enrolled at USQ, Dr Henry spoke of technological advancements.
"The ease of access to technology that students have today - what a luxury when I recall feeding statistical results into a computer on a ribbon," she said.
Dr Henry said USQ had come far since it's humble but ambitious beginnings.
"What a track record! Thank you USQ for the opportunity you gave me, and I am sure, you have given to many others."
Professor Tony Machin, USQ Head of School (Psychology and Counselling), said it was an honour to acknowledge the important anniversary with an evening of celebrating past achievements and positive future."
"The School of Psychology and Counselling is very highly regarded and has three key priorities: to maintain our relevance, increase our collective impact and build connectedness," he said.
"The next 10 years promise to be a very exciting time for this School. Later this year, we will host the Inaugural Australian Psychology Learning and Teaching Conference at Ipswich."
Learn more about studying psychology at USQ by visiting www.usq.edu.au/psychology.