Tarleton State University’s Department of Counseling celebrates 40 Years of Excellence Wednesday, Jan. 31, honoring those who helped jumpstart the program in the late 1970s as well as current and past faculty and staff.

A come-and-go reception takes place from 2 to 5 p.m. in Room 218 of the Tarleton Dining Hall, with a special program at 2:15. Everyone is invited.

“This is a momentous occasion and a testament to the vision of Dr. Richard Lampe and longtime professors Drs. Linda Duncan and Ann Albrecht,” said Tarleton President F. Dominic Dottavio. “Their passion, combined with the leadership of Dr. Julie Merriman and the dedication of current faculty and staff, are the catalysts for the department’s growth and innovative partnerships.”

Prior to becoming a stand-alone unit in 2015, the program was part of the Department of Psychology and Counseling in Tarleton’s College of Education. Today, counseling is one of four departments that make up the College of Health Sciences and Human Services.