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Eye on Psi Chi: Fall 2008

New Opportunities
Lisa Mantooth, Psi Chi Executive Officer

As you get settled into a new academic year, I hope that Psi Chi will become an important part of your routine. Psi Chi is much more than an honor society; it is an opportunity for you to grow academically, professionally, and socially. Academic growth is provided through the opportunity to have your research published in the Journal of Undergraduate Research or to earn a Psi Chi award or grant. Professional growth is provided through the networking and exciting leadership training available at the 2009 National Leadership Conference. At the chapter and national level, social growth is obtained through attendance at chapter events and participation in service projects.

I am very excited about the second Psi Chi National Leadership Conference in Nashville, Tennessee January 2–4, 2009. Please take a few minutes to review the information on page 8. This is an excellent opportunity for chapter presidents and faculty advisors to attend and benefit from the knowledge of the Psi Chi National Council (past and present), National Office staff members, and other participants. The program is focused on leadership and is designed to give participants hands-on opportunities through group problem solving, leadership building, and great networking opportunities. The NLC is only open to one faculty advisor and one chapter president per chapter. Space is very limited, so it is important to register early. The registration fee is $220 and covers all training materials and meals during the conference. There are also a limited number of travel grants available for participants who are traveling to Nashville from outside of the metropolitan area. Registration will begin on Wednesday, September 17, 2008, at 12 noon EST and applications will only be accepted online. If you do not have your login information, please email psichi@psichi.org to request that it be emailed to your faculty advisor.

Finally, I hope that you will consider your service projects for the upcoming year. I feel it is not only the responsibility of the members, but also the National Office to give back to our community. In the photograph above, I am at a Habitat for Humanity key presentation ceremony for the Blackwell family in Cleveland, TN. Habitat for Humanity is an important organization, and one that I have been involved with for many years, preceding my involvement with Psi Chi. In my opinion, service projects—whether volunteering at a shelter, collecting canned food items, or raising funds for AHAP—are something that I would like to see every member participate in this year. Volunteering or service projects do not have to involve funds; it could involve your time, your talents, or your labor. Remember the value of volunteering and giving back to your community!!!


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 13, Issue 1) by Psi Chi, the International Honor Society in Psychology



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