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Eye on Psi Chi: Summer 2008

New Beginnings
Lisa Mantooth, Executive Officer and Chief Operations Officer

I want to begin this issue by congratulating all of the Psi Chi members that have been inducted this spring. I also want to congratulate the many Psi Chi members who are graduating and wish you continued success! It is always an honor for me to meet you at each of the regional conferences, and I am always impressed with the research that has been completed by Psi Chi members. Congratulations to each of you!

As you know, congratulations are also in order for our newly elected National Council Members. Alvin Wang, PhD, National President-Elect; Betsy L. Morgan, PhD, Midwestern Regional Vice-President; Maria Lavooy, PhD, Southeastern Regional Vice- President; and Randall Osborne, PhD, Southwestern Regional Vice-President, have all been elected to the 2008-09 Psi Chi National Council. The Psi Chi National Council would also like to announce the hiring of Martha Zlokovich, PhD, as the incoming Executive Director. Dr. Zlokovich will begin her position on July 1, 2008. The National Office would like to welcome Martha to her new position.

In this issue of Eye on Psi Chi, you will find an introduction to the newly elected National Council members (page 8–9), an article on writing award and grant proposals (page 28, written by Dr. Mathie and Melissa Strickland, Director of Finance/Awards) and a tribute (page 10–11) to Dr. Virginia Andreoli Mathie, retiring Executive Director of Psi Chi.

This is a bittersweet time for the Psi Chi National Office as we say goodbye and happy retirement to Virginia Andreoli Mathie, PhD— Psi Chi’s Executive Director since 2004. Bittersweet because we know she is looking forward to spending more time with her family and traveling the world. Ginny, as she is known by friends and colleagues, has brought the highest level of professionalism, dedication and a love for psychology to the position of Executive Director.

Ginny will be missed by the National Office, National Council, and by many of you who have had the opportunity to interact with her. I wish Ginny happy travels, lots of light reading, and a Diet Coke for the road. Ginny, we will all miss you!

Enjoy your summer!

Lisa Mantooth

Retirement Poem
Come, my friends,
'Tis not too late to seek a newer world.
Push off, and sitting well in order smite
The sounding furrows; for my purpose holds
To sail beyond the sunset, and the baths
Of all the western stars, until I die.
It may be that the gulfs will wash us down:
It may be we shall touch the Happy Isles,
And see the great Achilles, whom we knew.
Tho' much is taken, much abides; and tho'
We are not now that strength which in old days
Moved the earth and heaven; that which we are, we are;
One equal temper of heroic hearts,
Made weak by time and fate, but strong in will
To strive, to seek, to find, and not to yield.

- From Ulysses by Alfred Tennyson

Lisa Mantooth is a veteran of nonprofit management leaving a position as executive director of the American Red Cross—Hiwassee Chapter to join the Psi Chi National Office. She is very excited about her future with Psi Chi stating, "I feel that my entire career has led up to the responsibility of this position. I look forward to my future here, but I am also very cognizant of the history and the women, such as Ruth Cousins, who have left their invaluable mark on Psi Chi.”

Lisa received her bachelor of science degree from Tusculum College (TN) in organizational management and has an MBA from Regis University (CO). Aside from her professional life, she is married to Chris Mantooth and they have two active sons—Byron and Spencer.

Very community minded, Mrs. Mantooth is President-Elect of Bradley Sunrise Rotary Club where Habitat for Humanity and Angel Flight are the service projects. She feels that the Rotary motto, "Service above Self,” epitomizes her professional and personal life.


Copyright 2008 (Volume 12, Issue 4) by Psi Chi, the International Honor Society in Psychology



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