Monthly Archives: January 2012

Where Are They Now? Stacia Loftin and Elaine Willerton

One of the things we’d like to do with this blog is provide updates on our former students. Two former students wrote to me last week on what they’ve done and are doing in their post-Texas Tech lives. Here are their summaries:

Stacia (Loftin) Coleman. “I got my MS – majoring in HDFS from TTU in 2005. Dr. [Yvonne] Caldera was my advisor (and I worked for her on the childcare grant from 2002-2005). … I am now the Director of the Child Development Center/Lab (which is very similar to [TTU’s] CDRC) at Howard College, in Big Spring Texas. I am so honored and very excited to have a career in my field!”

Elaine Willerton. “After graduating from TTU [with a Master’s in August 2002], I moved to West Lafayette, IN to complete my PhD in Marriage and Family Therapy from Purdue University. I have focused my work on health and families. I am currently a Senior Research Scientist for the Military Family Research Institute (MFRI) at Purdue. I designed and run a longitudinal study on the family adaptation of veterans with a service connected disability. I also have a private family therapy practice in Lafayette, IN. My husband recently graduated with his PhD in Materials Engineering and got a job with GE Aviation. I am now a brand new resident of Cincinnati, OH where I will be pursuing new employment opportunities while I continue to work remotely for MFRI.”

Webmaster’s note: Elaine a few months ago had a publication in the prestigious Journal of Family Psychology.

To all other HDFS alums (grad and undergrad) out there, keep the updates coming!
Categories: Graduate-Degree Alumni

Welcome to Our News Blog and a New Semester!

Welcome, HDFS Students, Staff, and Faculty, to the Spring 2012 Semester!

I want to extend a big welcome to everyone, including all returning students, new admits, and transfer students. I hope the winter break provided everyone with “down time,” a change of scenery, good times with friends and family, travel, and/or time to reflect on goals for the New Year.

As the students move quickly into coursework, I would like to remind you that there are many resources on campus designed specifically for you (and paid for through your fees). If you have a question about where to find the assistance you need, you may visit or call:

  • The Human Development & Family Studies office, 507 Human Sciences Bldg, phone (806) 742-3000, or
  • The College of Human Sciences, Student Services Office, where Mr. Jeffrey Taylor, Director, can direct you to the unit on campus that can best provide help. His office is located in 154 Human Sciences, or he may be contacted at 742-3031 ext. 271. The Student Services Office has many valuable resources on its webpage.

Here on our newly created “news blog,” we will cover announcements, developments, and accomplishments of the HDFS Department.

I wish all students well in your studies this semester. Please know that your academic success is our priority! I also wish all faculty and staff a pleasant and productive semester.

Jean Pearson Scott
Professor and Chair

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