As I write this article, another year is coming to an end, and I am hearing that old familiar phrase: "Where did the year go!?” That is certainly how I feel about my year as President. In fact, all of my years serving on the Psi Chi Board of Directors have flown by. I wish I could say I’m glad they are almost over, but I can’t.
Although the position of President involves a great time commitment over three years, I cannot say I have found anything more valuable to do with my professional time. Organizing and attending conventions, planning Psi Chi policy and procedures, presenting at and attending workshops, representing Psi Chi at the International Science and Engineering Fair, meeting faculty and students from all over the world, and forging friendships have all contributed to some of the best years of my career. With that said, I don’t want to convey the notion that this message is all about how much the Board members give. Although the focus is often on how we, the Board, can change the lives of our members for their betterment, these positions change us for our benefit, too.
There have been great strides made on behalf of our members over the past few years. These have resulted in positive changes, which include a move to become an international organization. To date, our membership includes 15 international chapters. It also resulted in a completely overhauled website in terms of look and function. I am sure members and advisors, alike, appreciate the new online application process as well as a frequently updating display of our chapter member and alumni accomplishments. Our increase in travel grants has helped a number of our members travel to regional and national conventions and conferences. But, perhaps one of our most welcome and exciting additions to the many benefits we offer our members is our new scholarship program. This is the member benefit I am most proud to have associated with my term. Although still in the beginning stages of fund-raising, through forged partnerships and the generous donations of alumni, advisors, and Board members, we are off to a very strong start.
Your Board of Directors and the Central Office staff continually work to improve all aspects of Psi Chi membership, and I hope you find your association with Psi Chi as rewarding as I have found mine. My experience as a Board Member has been an amazing one, and I am loath to say goodbye to the many official positions I have held on behalf of Psi Chi. I have had the privilege and honor to work with some truly amazing people including Psi Chi Central Office staff and Board members, as well as the many incredible Psi Chi chapter advisors, officers, and members.
Although my official elected positions with Psi Chi are coming to an end, that doesn’t mean my tenure with Psi Chi is over. Psi Chi has been a part of my life at a number of levels for 36 years, and I know there are many ways I can stay connected with the Organization, the advisors, the students, and the many friends I have made over the years. So, rather than say good-bye, I am ready to welcome the next adventure in my Psi Chi journey.
I know too well how good-bye can steal more than just the future. —Talia Vance