Regional Chapter 1998-1999 Award Winners
Psi Chi congratulates the Pace University (NY) Chapter for winning the 1998-99 competition for the Regional Chapter Awards. Chapters that best achieve Psi Chi’s purpose–"to encourage, stimulate, and maintain excellence in scholarship of the individual members in all fields, particularly in psychology, and to advance the science of psychology"–are named as winners.
The winning Pace Chapter was presented a check for $300 and a certificate suitable for framing to display in the psychology department. The award is intended to perpetuate the chapters, to identify chapters as role models for others, and to promote the purpose of Psi Chi. The winner was selected based on the following criteria: evidence of effective chapter activities for the past three years, strict adherence to the application procedures, and creative and effective presentation of application materials.
Pace University Psi Chi Chapter has been active since its inception in 1969. Since that time, as the submission letter states, the chapter has established itself as one of the top organizations on campus, with dedicated members from all walks of life. They pride themselves on being role models in the Pace community as well as in their local communities. The chapter’s commitment to the needs of students in psychology and human relations has expanded the scope of what they are capable of accomplishing as a chapter. Every event or activity is significant to them and contributes to their educational and personal growth. In one semester the chapter raised almost $800 using innovative fundraisers, such as the Pace Leaders Auction and a Halloween Miniature Pumpkin Sale, and by entering and winning a number of Student Life contests, e.g., Best Activities Fair table. These funds are used for organizational development.
The chapter also annually sponsors an Undergraduate Psychology Conference, which is a student-led and Psi Chi–recognized event. This conference is open to participants from other colleges and universities and also has been field in conjunction with Pace’s Black Psychology Conference. At the conference this spring, a seminar titled “Multiculturalism in Psychology Today” will discuss diversity issues in the field. The chapter is asking psychology teachers from the city’s high schools to nominate two of their students who are seniors to attend the Undergraduate Conference, particularly the Multiculturalism Seminar. The chapter then plans to use the money from the Psi Chi Regional Chapter Award to create a scholarship competition, whereby students would submit an essay based on the Seminar. They would be asked the following question: “What do you feel is the role of multiculturalism in psychology today?” Chapter President Deborah Rivas complied and submitted the chapter activities and membership practices for this award-winning application.