When the Sterling College Psychology Department was honored last week for winning the second annual "Department of the Year" award, the reason for the choice was clear: Sterling's psychology professors recruit personally and form relationships with their prospective students even before they start classes at the College.
First-year student Elizabeth Curtis, who spoke at the award reception, is an example of this. Curtis, from California, was seriously considering the University of California, Santa Barbara, when Dr. Arn Froese, chair of Sterling's psychology department, began contacting her regularly. Andrea Mehringer was going to Missouri State when Froese asked her to reconsider and went out to dinner with her and her parents. "That dinner changed everything," she said. "It was nice to be personally sought after."
Dr. Froese accepted the award, which recognizes outstanding achievements in recruitment and retention along with improvements in an academic program, and the $1000 gift for his department that came with it. "We're delighted to receive this," Froese said. "Our prospective students responded to the kind of program we have and to the opportunities Sterling provides. We've pulled in a great class, and they're already sho