Outstanding Graduates

Each year, the department recognizes its outstanding graduates for the 2012-2013 academic year. The award winners are as follows:


Outstanding graduate student, Janet Koski

Janet received her bachelor's degree from NMU in computer information services, and completed her master’s degree in training, development and performance improvement in December 2012. While in the master’s program she earned a 3.92 GPA. Currently Janet is the equal employment opportunity/affirmative action specialist and human resources generalist in the Equal Opportunity and Human Resources Office at NMU. She began working at the university in October 2000 and has been in her current position since August 2008. Janet is married to Todd, and they have one son, Trevor, a sophomore at Marquette Senior High School.



Outstanding graduating senior, Casey Pernaski

Casey graduated in December with a degree in psychology and immediately entered the experimental psychology master’s program at NMU. Her first publication in psychology derived from her first graduate course, taken in fall 2012 while completing her bachelor's degree: she is co-author of an e-textbook, "Approaches to a History of Western Psychology," currently being used as the textbook for PY400. While an undergraduate at NMU, she participated in PSI CHI, psychology's international honor society, and on NMU's collegiate figure skating team. Casey volunteers for the Marquette Figure Skating Club and spent a summer volunteering for Great Lakes Recovery Center in Marquette. Her goal is to complete a doctorate in industrial-organization psychology.


Outstanding graduating senior, Tyler Perala

Tyler Perala Tyler is a psychology major with a 4.0 GPA and member of both Psi Chi, the International Honor Society in Psychology, and the Mortar Board Honors Society. Tyler was a presenter on OUTlook LGBTQ informational panels in classrooms and on “Breaking Boundaries,” a presentation series designed to illuminate the effects of stereotypes. He was a teaching apprentice for both the Introduction to Psychology labs and the Psychology of Gender course. He also wrote a history of the NMU AAUP Committee on Gender titled “Are We There Yet? Committee W Through the Years” and co-presented it for the Psychology Department colloquium series. The University of Michigan master of social work program has accepted him for early admission, and he is already employed by Great Lakes Recovery Centers.