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Eye on Psi Chi: Spring 2005

Looking to the Future:
New Programs and Partnerships

Virginia Andreoli Mathie, PhD, Psi Chi Executive Director
Associate Editor of Eye on Psi Chi

For many people, spring is a time of hope—a time of renewal and rebirth. Even in the face of tragedies such as the tsunami that devastated Southeast Asia in December 2004, spring brings a sense of optimism and eager anticipation for new beginnings. In the academic world, even as we anticipate the completion of one academic year, we begin to look forward to and plan for the next year. So it is with Psi Chi. At its annual January meeting, the Psi Chi National Council approved several new initiatives that will begin in the next fiscal year. These programs address two of the major goals the National Council had established for this year. The programs establish new Psi Chi partnerships or expand existing ones and they provide new benefits for Psi Chi members. The National Council is still working out the details of these programs and will publish more information about each program in future issues of the Eye on Psi Chi and on the Psi Chi website. It is with great pleasure that I introduce them to you in this column.
In the 2005-06 fiscal year, Psi Chi will initiate two grant programs to fund new internship opportunities for members. The grant for the FBI National Center for the Analysis of Violent Crime (NCAVC) Internship will provide funding for two Psi Chi members each year who have been selected as interns at the NCAVC. The NCAVC internships are 14-week unpaid research experiences at the FBI's NCAVC located near Quantico, Virginia. Interns conduct empirical research on factors involved in violent crime. The grant for the American Psychological Association (APA) Science Directorate Internship will provide funding for one Psi Chi member selected to serve in the 10-week paid summer internship in the APA Science Directorate in Washington, DC. Interns in the Science Directorate engage in a variety of activities related to the administration of psychological science. Both grant programs will be designed to help students pay for their living expenses while they are working at the internship site. Undergraduate and graduate student members of Psi Chi will be eligible for the grants. Look for information regarding the application procedures and deadlines in future issues of the Eye on Psi Chi and on the Psi Chi website.
Psi Chi will be adding to its awards program in 2006 with the creation of the National Convention Graduate Research Awards for the best graduate research presentations at the annual conventions of the American Psychological Association (APA) and the American Psychological Society (APS). In addition to the current national convention awards for undergraduates, up to four $500 awards will be presented to graduate students at each convention. The Call for Proposals and guidelines for these awards are posted on the Psi Chi website.
Psi Chi will expand the professional benefits available to Psi Chi members in 2005. APA has agreed to provide a free copy of the Publication Manual of the American Psychological Association to Psi Chi student or faculty members who join APA as new student members in 2005. You will find the application form for this special membership offer on page 56 of this issue of Eye on Psi Chi. This offer compliments the reduced student membership fee that the APA has offered Psi Chi members in 2005. The application form for the APS offer is also posted on the Psi Chi website HERE.
The Psi Chi National Council also encourages chapters to participate in new service opportunities. Psi Chi will expand its national service project dealing with food drives by encouraging chapters to participate in the Psi Chi Food Drive Network. The Network will explore partnerships with other organizations in an effort to increase the food and monetary contributions to our national food drive effort. We will post information about this initiative on the Psi Chi website as more details become available. The Association of College Honor Societies (ACHS) is sponsoring a three-year national project, A Matter of Ethics, to promote the development of high ethical standards and behaviors in young adults. The ACHS provides on its website (www.achsnatl.org/ethics/index.asp) a list of potential projects that chapters could implement individually or with other honor societies on campus. The Psi Chi National Council encourages chapters to conduct at least one project in the coming year. If you get excited about the possibility of sharing your interest in psychology with students in middle school and high school, consider participating in APA's Exploring Behavior Week program. APA developed lecture notes and a multimedia presentation that you could use for this project. You will find instructions about how to get involved in this initiative on page 19.
As you look ahead to next year, I hope that you will take advantage of the many opportunities and programs Psi Chi has made available to you. Best wishes for a rewarding end to this academic year and a successful beginning to the next one.

Ever since her childhood in Toronto, Canada, Virginia (Ginny) Andreoli Mathie, PhD wanted to be a teacher. As the eldest of five daughters born to Thomas and Julia Andreoli, Ginny spent many summer days playing "teacher" in a make-believe classroom, with her sisters Dolores, Frances, Marion, and Donna playing the role of students. During high school Ginny wanted to be a mathematics teacher so in 1967 she entered the mathematics and computer science program at the University of Waterloo in Ontario. She soon became hooked on psychology as well and after completing her BMath and BA in Psychology degrees, she entered the social psychology program at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill where she completed her MA and PhD degrees under the mentorship of John Thibaut.

In 1975, Ginny joined the psychology faculty at what is now James Madison University (JMU) in Virginia. During her 29 years at JMU she taught a variety of courses including introductory psychology, social psychology, research methods, and statistics. Given her love of teaching, she was honored to receive the 1981 JMU Distinguished Teacher Award and to be named the 2000 American Psychological Association (APA) Harry Kirke Wolfe Lecturer. Ginny's research with students and colleagues investigated topics such as factors related to family violence, differences between acknowledged and unacknowledged rape victims, and the effectiveness of instructional technology. Her publications and presentations address these topics as well as issues related to teaching and professional service. Ginny served eight years as coordinator of the JMU undergraduate program and the general psychology master's program and four years as department head. A very special highlight of her JMU career was her recent induction into the JMU Psi Chi chapter!

Among the many leadership positions she has held in professional organizations, Ginny served as a member of the Virginia Psychological Association (VPA) Board of Directors, as the VPA Secretary, and as founding president of the VPA's Virginia Academy of Academic Psychologists. She served on the Society for the Teaching of Psychology (STP; APA Division 2) Executive Committee for several years, was the 1995-1996 STP President, and currently represents STP on the APA Council of Represent-atives. Ginny was awarded APA Fellow status in STP in 1996. She also served on the APA Board of Educational Affairs (BEA) from 1997 through 2000 and chaired the BEA Technology Working Group, the 1999 and 2000 BEA convention programs on technology and education, and the APA Education Leadership Conference Technology Group. She was a member of the BEA Executive Committee, the BEA Education and Training Awards Committee, the APA Board of Directors Technology Applications Advisory Group, and the APA Com-mittee for Teachers of Psychology in Secondary Schools (TOPSS). One of the highlights of her career was chairing the Psychology Partnerships Project: Academic Partnerships to Meet the Teaching and Learning Needs of the 21st Century (P3), a five-year BEA project conceived by Ginny, Randy Ernst, a former chair of TOPSS, and Jill Reich, the former Executive Director of the APA Education Directorate. P3 produced many new partnerships between psychology teachers in high schools, community colleges, four-year colleges and universities, and research universities as well as a variety of new resources to enhance psychology education. In recognition of her work on P3, Ginny received the APA 2002 Distinguished Contributions to Applications of Psychology to Education and Training Award.

In addition to her professional life, Ginny enjoys the special times she spends with her husband Jim, daughters Jennifer, Shannon, and Allison, son-in-law Ingmar, and grandchildren Mi Mi, Marieke, and Kees.

Copyright 2005 (Volume 9, Issue 3) by Psi Chi, the International Honor Society in Psychology



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