10:13 PM

Faculty in the News—Jan. 18th edition

Last week, President Trump signed an executive order to provide mental health care for veterans transitioning to civilian life. Jacob Hyde, faculty director of the Sturm specialty in military psychology at the Graduate School of Professional Psychology, spoke with KUSA about what this action means. “This is a relatively non-partisan move that I think everybody across Congress and across the nation can celebrate,” Hyde says. “This sort of executive order will capitalize on [public-private partnerships]. It will cost the VA some money and staff, and I think they’ll be able to bring in some other partners like universities and academic medical centers to help offset the influx of veterans.”

Galena Rhoades, research associate professor of psychology, talked with the Associated Press about how technology both complicates and helps those in long-distance relationships. Rhoades offers a few tips for better communication. “If you’ll be making occasional visits to see each other in person, don’t just stay in weekend vacation mode,” she says. “Make sure you see your partner in various settings, like at work and with new friends, to know more about their daily life.” Overall, Rhoades says, be patient. “The beauty of writing letters was that people took time to synthesize and summarize their experiences, and found carefully chosen words. Long-distance couples who grant themselves that same time may find that they say more, with more meaning, than they do in a constant stream of dashed-off commentary.”

The IRS recently released new guidance on tax withholding for employers to use. Sharon Lassar, professor and director of the School of Accountancy at the Daniels College of Business, tells KDVR that the change shouldn’t make things too difficult for individuals. “Don’t get nervous, it’s something that we should all be doing,” she says. “Do be a little more conscientious this year than what you may have done in the past. Most people just forget that they had to go through this calculation. And don’t be afraid of going online—there’s a lot of help out there.”