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Rocky Mountain Regional Convention
 
2015 RMPA Convention
April 9–11, 2015 | Grove Hotel | Boise, ID

Psi Chi Distinguished Lecture

Thirty Years of Terror Management Theory: From Genesis to Revelation

Human awareness of the inevitability of death plays an important role in diverse aspects of life by fueling the human needs for meaning, self-esteem, and interpersonal connections. This talk will present our current assessment of the "state of the theory,” the still growing body of research assessing it’s propositions, and recent applications to diverse social phenomena.

Tom Pyszczynski, PhD
University of CO at CO Springs

Find out more about Dr. Pyszczynski


Psi Chi Rocky Mountain Regional Convention Program


THURSDAY, APRIL 9, 2015

Psi Chi Workshop
Beyond Survival: Making the Most of Your Conference Experience

1:00–1:55 p.m., Whitewater
Bethany Fleck and Chrislyn E. Randell (Metropolitan State University, Denver); Rona McCall (Regis University); and Susan E. Becker (Psi Chi Rocky Mountain Regional Vice-President; Colorado Mesa University)
Conference attendance can be a valuable student experience toward reaching future academic and career goals. This student-oriented session will help students focus on setting goals for their conference experience, prioritizing and organizing attendance at talks and presentations, convention protocol, and building relationships. Student attendees will receive conference survival kits.

Psi Chi Workshop
Finding and Affording the Right Graduate Program for You

2:00–2:55 p.m., Whitewater
Eddy Ameen (American Psychological Association)
There are many choices to make when looking at graduate programs in psychology. This workshop will discuss (a) masters and doctorates, (b) types of degrees and subfields, (c) ways to evaluate programs on objective and subjective data, and (d) how you can afford and repay graduate school. A time for Q&A will follow.

Psi Chi Workshop
Career Options and Strategies for the Psychology Major

3:00–3:55 p.m., Whitewater
R. Eric Landrum (Boise State University) and Susan E. Becker (Psi Chi Rocky Mountain Regional Vice-President; Colorado Mesa University)
Explore your career options with your undergraduate degree. Presentation will include discussion about the job skills employers look for, how to test your interests and develop your skills, and career paths that reflect the interest and skills of psychology majors.

Psi Chi Workshop
Effective Mentorship: Making the Most of Undergraduate Research

4:00–4:55 p.m., Whitewater
Maria J. Lavooy (Psi Chi Past-President; Florida Institute of Technology); Roxanne Sullivan (Bellevue University); and Susan E. Becker (Colorado Mesa University)
The working relationship between you and your research mentor has a large impact on your success in research, later employment and graduate school, and general well-being during your research experience. Topics to be discussed include your preparation for research, how to nurture the working relationship, and how to structure your time and effort.

FRIDAY, APRIL 10, 2015

Psi Chi Welcome Coffee (Students and Faculty Welcome)
7:30–9:00 a.m., Whitewater
Hosts: Susan E. Becker (Psi Chi Rocky Mountain Regional Vice-President; Colorado Mesa University) and Steven McKinley (Colorado Mesa University)
Special Guest: Dr. Eddy Ameen (American Psychological Association)
Sponsored by GEICO®


Psi Chi Distinguished Lecturer
Thirty Years of Terror Management Theory: From Genesis to Revelation

9:10–10:10 a.m., Aspen
Thomas Pyszczynski, PhD (University of Colorado, Colorado Springs)

Psi Chi Conversation Hour With Dr. Pyszczynski
10:20–11:20 a.m., Aspen
Moderators: Krista Bridgemon (Colorado State University, Pueblo) and Elizabeth List (Northwest Nazarene University)

Making the Leap:
How Graduate School Is Different From Being an Undergraduate

1:00–1:55 p.m., Whitewater
Eddy Ameen (American Psychological Association); Doug Coleman, Stephanie Kaplan, and Barbara Woods Roberts (Idaho State University); and Sarah Lyter (Boise State University, ID)
When students first arrive at graduate school, culture shock can set in as expectations and norms for learning are starkly different from the undergraduate experience. A panel of individuals will reflect on lessons they've learned, and will share best practices for making the leap to graduate school. You will learn to not only survive, but thrive.

Psi Chi Award Winners Paper Session
4:00–5:30 p.m., Whitewater
Moderators: Krista Bridgemon (Colorado State University, Pueblo) and Elizabeth List (Northwest Nazarene University)

Diversity Session
A Quiet World: The Psychology of Hearing and Hearing Loss
4:30–5:30 p.m., Aspen
David Myers, PhD (Hope College)
Drawing on personal experience and psychological science, Dr. Myers will explore the biology and psychology of hearing and hearing loss. He will also explore user-friendly assistive technologies that reflect "the human factor," and will describe efforts to double the functionality of hearing aids and cochlear implants.
David Myers, PhD, is a social psychologist who regularly communicates psychological science to college students and the general public. His talk is sponsored by RMPA's Diversity Council, Psi Chi, and Worth Publishers.

Psi Chi Award Reception
6:00–7:00 p.m., Whitewater
Hosts: Susan E. Becker (Psi Chi Rocky Mountain Regional Vice-President; Colorado Mesa University); Steven McKinley (Colorado Mesa University); and Maria J. Lavooy (Psi Chi Past-President; Florida Institute of Technology)
All students welcome to come congratulate the award winners. Come in person to see if you win something special from Psi Chi.

SATURDAY, APRIL 11

Psi Chi Faculty Morning Coffee Break
8:00–9:00 a.m., Whitewater

Psi Chi Leadership Session
Transitions in Chapter and Club Leadership

10:20–11:20 a.m., Whitewater
Susan E. Becker (Psi Chi Rocky Mountain Vice-President; Colorado Mesa University) and Maria J. Lavooy (Psi Chi Past-President; Florida Institute of Technology)
Every academic year brings changes and challenges to Psi Chi chapters and affiliate clubs. Changes in student leadership presents challenges to faculty, and changes to faculty adviser-ship presents challenges to the student leaders. We will present best practices in student leadership development, and guidance for how to smooth the leadership transitions. Model Chapter requirements will be discussed.

Psi Chi Chapter Exchange
Innovative Philanthropy Idea Exchange

1:00–2:00 p.m., Whitewater
Robyn Aguero, Victoria Gibson, and Lauren Parsons (Colorado State University, Pueblo); Jennifer Seiders and Luke Merrill (Northwest Nazarene University)
Moderators: Krista Bridgmon (Colorado State University, Pueblo) and Elizabeth List (Northwest Nazarene University)

All members of Psi Chi and Psychology Club organizations are invited to join in group idea exchange involving chapter philanthropy. The session is informal and designed for utmost interaction among those in attendance. You will leave with innovative ideas of how your chapter can give back or pay forward.

Psi Chi Chapter Exchange
Improving Your Chapter's Fund-Raising Prowess

2:10–3:10 p.m., Whitewater
Lindsey Wheeler, Christina Rudzinskas, Corey Engle, Lisa Brown, and Maria Jose Ytterberg (Metropolitan State University of Denver); Roger Claeys, Mike Clark, Hannah Liss, and Steven McKinley (Colorado Mesa University)
Moderator: Aaron Richmond (Metropolitan State University of Denver)

Gather with fellow chapters to discuss the challenges of fundraising and glean new and innovative ideas to improve your chapter’s fundraising in the future. Time tested methods of fundraising will be presented by officers from two of the region’s most successful chapters.



 
 
Susan Becker, PhD
Colorado Mesa University
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ROCKY MOUNTAIN REGION
Arizona, Colorado, Idaho, Montana, New Mexico, Utah, Wyoming, West Indies

STEERING COMMITTEE
Krista Bridgmon, PhD

Colorado State University–Pueblo

Elizabeth List, PhD
Northwest Nazarene
University (ID)

Steven McKinley
Colorado Mesa University


 








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