As the beginning of this new school year approaches, Psi Chi anticipates yet another banner year for the national organization and its chapters, officers, and faculty advisors. During the 2004-05 year, Psi Chi once again inducted over 20,000 new members. This marks the fourth year in a row that Psi Chi has had such high membership totals.
As our honor society continues to grow and thrive, we take this opportunity to thank all of you actively involved members, both student and faculty, for making Psi Chi the outstanding honor society that it is. This Summer Orientation Issue of Eye on Psi Chi is devoted to helping you get your chapter off to a great start and to make the most of your Psi Chi membership. Chapter leaders are encouraged to take the time to examine the enclosed materials and to set chapter goals to make this 2005-06 year the best one yet. Materials for operating an efficient chapter are included here, so keep this issue handy for finding Psi Chi information. Familiarize yourselves with the Chapter Handbook (page 30) which tells you everything you need to know about chapter operations, recruitment, and activities. Remember too that this and all Psi Chi information may be easily accessed through the Psi Chi website at www.psichi.org.
Psi Chi congratulates the newly elected Psi Chi national leaders who were chosen to lead us into this 2005-06 year. Under the leadership of these outstanding Psi Chi faculty advisors and professors, Psi Chi anticipates yet another great year.
John M. Davis, PhD, Texas State University-San Marcos was elected by the chapters to serve as Psi Chi's President-Elect for 2005-06. Psi Chi looks forward to Dr. Davis's years of leadership. The other newly elected Council members are Melanie Domenech Rodríguez, PhD, Utah State University, as the Rocky Mountain Vice-President, Deana L. Julka, PhD, University of Portland, as the Western Vice-President and Vincent Prohaska, PhD, of Lehman College of the City University of New York, as the Eastern Vice-President. Dr. Prohaska was reelected to serve a second two-year term. These Council members will be installed during the Psi Chi National Business Meeting held in Washington, DC, in August 2005. A complete biographical outline of their accomplishments may be found below.
In addition to these newly elected National Council members, Robert Youth, PhD, Dowling College, will be installed as National President for the 2005-06 year. Dr. Youth has served as the Psi Chi President-Elect for the past 2004-05 year, and Psi Chi looks forward to entering this new year under his capable leadership. Dr. Christopher Koch, George Fox University, who served during the 2004-05 year as the Psi Chi National President, will continue to serve on the Council as Past-President for the next year. The remaining 2005-06 Council members are Scott W. VanderStoep, PhD, Hope College, Midwestern VP; Michael H. Newlin, PhD, University of Central Florida at Cocoa, Southeastern VP; Richard A. Kasschau, PhD, University of Houston, Southwestern VP; Virginia Andreoli Mathie, PhD, Executive Director; and Paula Miller, Executive Officer/Chief Operations Officer, Psi Chi National Office.
Psi Chi sends thanks to those Council members leaving this year for their many hours of dedicated service to Psi Chi. Martha S. Zlokovich, PhD, Southeast Missouri State University, most recently served as Past-President following her years as President, President-Elect, and Midwestern Vice-President. Carla Reyes, PhD, University of Utah, leaves after serving four years as the Rocky Mountain Vice-President, and Michael D. Hall, PhD, James Madison University, leaves after serving two years as the Western Vice-President.
One of Psi Chi's most valuable resources is the outstanding leadership provided by its governing body, the Psi Chi National Council, whose members are listed on page 2 of each issue of Eye on Psi Chi. As Psi Chi members (both student and faculty) you are encouraged to provide Council members with any comments or concerns you may have about Psi Chi. It is through input from you the members that Psi Chi is able to determine national policies and procedures and to continue to expand its member benefits. Psi Chi seeks input from members on national policies and programs at each of the regional conventions so that our future plans may coincide with the desires of our members.
New National Council Members
John M. Davis, PhD, was born in 1943 in McAllen, Texas where his father served in the military. After the war, his parents moved to a farm in Oklahoma. There, Dr. Davis learned the importance of hard work and the pleasures of learning about nature while exploring the woods and rivers with his four younger brothers and sisters. His parents emphasized religion and education in a loving family atmosphere and hosted frequent visits from foreign missionary families and from international students at nearby Oklahoma State University. These experiences, as well as interaction with American Indians of the area, stimulated Dr. Davis's fascination with languages and diverse cultures.
Science, agriculture, and music were Dr. Davis's favorite subjects at public school in the small town of Yale, Oklahoma. He graduated with honors and a scholarship to Oklahoma City University (OCU) where he majored in physics. However, as a sophomore he took a psychology course, found it fascinating, took another, and changed his major to psychology. After earning a BA in psychology, he remained at OCU for a MA in teaching with emphasis on psychology and began learning German.
In 1967, he moved to Germany to continue his study of the language and, through a series of serendipitous events, was offered a faculty position teaching psychology at Germany's Schiller International University. He also enrolled at the University of Heidelberg, and later at the University of Erlangen-Nurenberg, for advanced study in psychology and German language and literature. Returning to the United States, Dr. Davis entered the doctoral program at the University of Oklahoma in 1970. In 1974, he completed the PhD in experimental social/personality psychology with a second emphasis in quantitative/measurement/methodology. He then accepted a position at Texas State University-San Marcos where he is now graduate professor of psychology and director of the Center for International Psychology. At the undergraduate level, he regularly teaches social psychology and statistics. He recently developed and is teaching a course in international psychology, possibly the first in the nation. At the graduate level, he teaches advanced statistics, industrial-social psychology, and health promotion and wellness. He has produced more than 160 scholarly works including journal articles, book chapters, funded grants, and convention presentations, many coauthored with students and colleagues. During a sabbatical leave in 1980-81, Dr. Davis conducted research with Vietnamese refugees in United Nations camps in Hong Kong. While there, he met his wife Carol, who shares his interests in travel and international issues, and his love of the outdoors.
Dr. Davis is a past president of the Southwestern Psychological Association, a Scientific Associate of the Texas/ World Health Organization Collaborating Center, and president elect of the Council of Teachers of Undergraduate Psychology. For many years a commitment to Psi Chi has been central to his professional work. He is proud of the Texas State chapter and continues to enjoy working with its members as coadvisr with Dr. Randall Osborne. He has served two terms as Psi Chi Vice-President, Southwestern Region, and feels honored to have the opportunity for further service to Psi Chi as National President-Elect.
Melanie Domenech Rodríguez, PhD, is an assistant professor in the Department of Psychology at Utah State University (USU). She has been the faculty mentor for the USU Psi Chapter since 2002, and a RMPA Steering Committee member since 2003. As a faculty advisor, Dr. Domenech Rodriguez has sought to assist the chapter and its members in achieving excellence. Since her involvement, USU Psi Chi Chapter members have applied for four Undergraduate Research Grants at USU and secured three of those. These grants have focused on students' cheating, Psi Chi membership, and campus racial climate. Members have also applied for two Psi Chi National Research Grants and obtained both. Consistent with this research focus, in 2003 the USU Chapter held the First Psi Chi Psychology Undergraduate Research Conference to showcase Psi Chi-sponsored research as well as other students' research. The conference is now an annual event. Since her tenure as faculty advisor, the USU Chapter has risen to the level of Model Chapter. Dr. Domenech Rodriguez is an avid researcher and is currently examining the impact of a preventive intervention for Spanish-speaking parents of young children with challenging behaviors through an NIMH K01 award.
Deana Julka, PhD, began her undergraduate education at Purdue University, then transferred to Carroll College where she added a major in French, and studied abroad in Caen, France, thus beginning a lifelong love of travel and exploration of different cultures. She completed her BA degree with majors in French and psychology, graduating magna cum laude. She earned her MA and PhD in social psychology at the University of Notre Dame under the direction of an amazing advisor, Dr. Kerry Marsh, who actively illustrated just how essential an advisor is for graduate success. As a graduate student, Dr. Julka was elected to serve as an American Psychological Society Student Caucus National officer, and received both internal and external grants for her research. Her initial research was in the area of attitudes and persuasion, specifically focused on health issues such as organ donation. More recently, she has been investigating moral development cross-culturally, and has begun research in the area of law and psychology.
Dr. Julka is currently a tenured associate professor at the University of Portland (OR), where she has served as the Psi Chi faculty advisor for eight years, has been an advisor to the University's social sciences club, and has served as a Society for Personality and Social Psychology (SPSP) Faculty Mentor. She has worked diligently to increase student involvement in research, and has presented research with over a dozen of her students at regional and national conferences. She has increased student enrollment in Psi Chi and has focused on elevating active participation. Dr. Julka has served as a Steering Committee member for 3 years, helping review numerous research award submissions, and presenting at the WPA Psi Chi sessions.
As a regional Vice-President, Dr. Julka looks forward to increasing research opportunities for students, elevating faculty involvement in Psi Chi, and helping students take advantage of the many services that Psi Chi already offers. She is also interested in promoting international involvement in Psi Chi, and investigating ways to utilize connections with international universities. She welcomes email from regional Psi Chi members who have ideas or suggestions for activities at upcoming conventions or other Psi Chi concerns. (Julka@up.edu)