Dear Southwest Psi Chi Members,
Time sure flies—the Rolling Stones might have time on their side, but they might be the only ones who have it! Midterm is in the rear-view mirror, Thanksgiving and finals are approaching fast, and the excitement of the holidays and a new spring semester is just ahead. As we get ready to turn the page from fall and winter of 2015 to the spring of 2016, I want to welcome all the new Psi Chi members in the Southwest region, and also thank the current student members and alumni members for their continued interest in, and support of, Psi Chi. A special thanks goes out to chapter officers and advisors for helping Psi Chi achieve its goals.
To start, I want to thank Dr. Shawn Charlton (University of Central Arkansas) for his service over the past four years on the Steering Committee for the Southwest region. I would like to welcome Dr. Blythe Duell (Southeastern Oklahoma State University) to the Steering Committee, joining continuing members Dr. Grant Benham (University of Texas–Rio Grande Valley) and student member Danielle Umland (University of Central Arkansas).
The big event in our region is the annual meeting of the Southwestern Psychological Association. The 2016 meeting will be April 8 to 10 (Friday–Sunday) at the Omni Hotel in Dallas, TX. The deadline for submitting proposals and abstracts for the convention is the end of the day Wednesday, December 9. All submissions to the Psi Chi program are eligible for Regional Research Awards, provided the work submitted reflects a completed study. Let me also remind you that submissions to the Psi Chi program must be empirical, data-based studies. The deadline to apply for a Psi Chi Regional Travel Grant is Monday, February 1, 2016.
The Psi Chi program at SWPA 2016 is taking shape slowly. In addition to oral paper and poster sessions fueled by Psi Chi members, we have a number of sessions in the works. I cannot yet announce who our Distinguished Lecturer will be, but an invitation has been extended. Check the Region’s Facebook page for updates, as well as the Southwestern Psychological Association website (www.swpsych.org). Similarly, we have plans for diversity programming, but I cannot announce that just yet.
We are again planning to have a Graduate School Q&A session for students, a session for chapter advisors, and something for chapter officers (and those who aspire to be officers). We are also planning something for alumni members of Psi Chi—remember that your Psi Chi membership is a lifetime membership! Psi Chi will have a booth in the exhibit area, so stop by there to visit or ask any questions you might have about Psi Chi or your Psi Chi membership.
There is a wealth of information on the Psi Chi website, so please visit it often. Check the website for awards and grants programs and deadlines, post your studies to recruit participants, and remember that Psi Chi members can qualify for auto insurance discounts through GEICO®. You can read the quarterly Eye on Psi Chi magazine, with each issue containing an abundance of information relevant to psychology students, and also read the Psi Chi Journal of Psychological Research. In fact, do not just read it, submit your research to the Journal. Let’s show the world the high quality research being done by Psi Chi members in the Southwest!
Nominations are now open (through December 15) for the next Southwestern Vice-President, as my second term is coming to an end. Your chapter can also nominate a candidate for the position of President-Elect. In February, voting will be underway for both positions—every chapter gets one vote in these elections. Other Psi Chi news and events are publicized by the Central Office via the biweekly e-mail Digests, and Psi Chi maintains an active presence on Facebook, Twitter, and LinkedIn. Participate! If you are not a member of the Southwestern Regional Facebook page, I encourage you to join. Just “like” our page: https://www.facebook.com/PsiChiSW
Hope to see many of you in Dallas in April!
Evan L. Zucker, PhD
Department of Psychological Sciences
New Orleans, LA 70118