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Eye on Psi Chi: Winter 2014

Make the Most of
Your New Psi Chi Website

Martha S. Zlokovich, PhD, Psi Chi Executive Director

Are you taking advantage of all the new features on Psi Chi’s recently redesigned website? We hope you’ve had some time to explore the new website, which debuted on Psi Chi’s 84th anniversary September 4, 2013. Although more features and capabilities will come online over the next year, there are already some exciting new things you
can do.

Chapter Officers. Did you know that when you sign in with your personal username and password you will be able to see some options that are for officers only? As long as your advisor has updated your chapter’s officers, you are able to do more than other members. Just go to Admin/Chapter after you sign in to see a variety of icons for chapter options.

  • Calendar allows you to enter chapter meetings and activities for members to view.
  • E-mail allows you to e-mail all chapter members with an active e-mail address.
  • Blog gives you a place to express your ideas and opinions to your chapter members.
  • Photos provides you with a place to share images with fellow chapter members.
  • Reports allows you to submit your chapter’s activities report to the Central Office.

Chapter members may need to update their e-mail addresses to be sure they receive chapter notifications. That could be done at a chapter meeting if members bring their own computers or other devices and know their Psi Chi ID’s, which are printed on their membership cards. We recommend, however, that chapters don’t send too many messages, or they may risk having members cancel their subscriptions to chapter notices.

Remember, turning in quarterly activities reports to Eye on Psi Chi is a requirement for chapter and advisor awards. All chapter officers have access to the same options, which allows them to assist one another. It also means that if an officer is unavailable or graduates before critical deadlines, other officers can complete that person’s tasks as needed.

Faculty Advisors. Gone are the days of entering each new member’s name, address, e-mail, etc. We hope advisors have grown to appreciate the time-saving features of the website’s new member registration system which allows potential members to enter their personal information into a web form themselves. This creates a list of potential members who are shown as pending until you verify whether each person has met all eligibility requirements and paid the membership fee (please note that students should never be verifying eligibility or approving new members). If you have asked for officers to help you enter prospective member information in the past, that is no longer necessary and you should change your Chapter Administrator username and password immediately. After you have verified a prospective member’s eligibility, you just select approved from the drop down menu by that person’s name. Click the payment received by chapter box by each person who has paid. People who didn’t pay and/or do not meet eligibility requirements will not be included with that "batch” of new members.

You may register and pay for new members at any time throughout the year. We recommend approving and paying for new members at least twice a year, even if your chapter only has one induction ceremony. That will spread out your work of verifying eligibility and allow new members to apply for Psi Chi awards and grants as soon as possible. Check awards and grants deadlines as well as your regional convention’s submission and travel grant deadlines in order to plan the best timing for submitting new members. You can approve new members as often as you like; however, your chapter will be charged for shipping every time you submit and pay for a "batch” of new members. See our New Members Process Instructions on the Chapter Administration page under New Members at www.psichi.org/?page=admin_chapter.

All Members. Sign in to the Psi Chi website, click on Profile Home, and select your chapter on the left under Groups to see your chapter’s calendar, photos, and blog (if your officers are using the new features). Be sure to update your e-mail address so that you will receive e-mail from both your chapter’s officers, and Psi Chi’s Central Office. You can designate which e-mails you wish to receive by going to Member Administration and Subscriptions (www.psichi.org/?page=sub_bridge).

Graduating members. Don’t forget to update your contact information after you graduate and start your first job. Membership is lifetime, so students who complete their undergraduate degrees and are accepted into graduate school can apply for graduate student awards and grants right away—even if their graduate school does not have a Psi Chi chapter. In addition, Psi Chi is actively pursuing new benefits for all alumni members. If you keep your address and e-mail up-to-date, you won’t miss out on these opportunities as they become available.

Last, we hope you enjoy discovering and using all of the new features. If you have any problems using the website or suggestions for changes, contact us at www.psichi.org/general/?type=contact. We look forward to hearing from you!


A high school teacher in Pensacola, Florida, inspired Dr. Martha S. Potter Zlokovich to pursue psychology as a career. She completed her BA in psychology at UCLA, and MS and PhD in developmental psychology at the University of Florida.

Dr. Zlokovich joined Psi Chi in 2008 as its second Executive Director, leaving Southeast Missouri State University after teaching there for 17 years. This move, however, was not her first involvement with Psi Chi. She served as chapter advisor since 1993, as Midwestern Region Vice-President (1998-2000), and as National President of Psi Chi (2003-04). In 1996, Southeast’s chapter won the Ruth Hubbard Cousin’s National Chapter of the Year Award, and several chapter members have won Psi Chi Regional Research Awards at MPA and/or had their research published in Psi Chi's Journal.

At Southeast, Dr. Zlokovich taught Child Development, Adolescent Development, Lifespan Development, Advanced Child Psychology, and Introductory Psychology for Majors. She also served as chair of the department. Her research interests have focused on student study habits, study beliefs, and persistence to graduation as well as adolescent and young adult contraception and sexuality.

Dr. Zlokovich and her husband Neil have two sons and a daughter-in-law. Aaron (Truman State University, 2010) and Stephanie live in Lexington, KY and Matthew is a senior civil engineering major at the University of Alabama. 

Copyright 2014 (Volume 18, Issue 2) by Psi Chi, the International Honor Society in Psychology

 

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