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Eye on Psi Chi: Summer 2004

New Leaders for Psi Chi!
Paula J. Miller, Psi Chi Chief Operations Officer
Editor of Eye on Psi Chi

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 2003-04 year, Psi Chi hired a new Chief Executive Officer, Dr. Virginia Andreoli Mathie. Dr. Mathie will begin as Psi Chi's new CEO in July. Her objective as CEO will be to increase Psi Chi's scientific and educational stature, visibility, and prestige. Dr. Mathie plans to accomplish this by formulating and developing the means to implement new initiatives aimed toward advancing Psi Chi's purpose and mission. Everyone is pleased to welcome Dr. Mathie to the Psi Chi family. A complete biography of Dr. Mathie can be found on page 5.

Also during the past year, Psi Chi began initiating events to celebrate the past 75 years of Psi Chi. Activities were planned at all regional and national conferences. Receptions, complete with birthday cakes, were held at several of the regional conventions. A dinner event at Second City Comedy Club and a tour of the Shedd Aquarium were held at the American Psychological Society meeting in Chicago, Illinois. During the American Psychological Association's annual meeting in Honolulu, Hawaii, a reception and a dinner cruise down the Waikiki coastline helped celebrate the 75th anniversary of Psi Chi. Other 75th anniversary activities included a special history of Psi Chi DVD and the adoption of the National Archives as a service project. In addition, an article on the last 75 years of Psi Chi was written by Dr. Michael Wertheimer.

Psi Chi also presented the first ever Albert Bandura Graduate Research Award and the first ever SuperLab Grant. The Psi Chi National Council voted to provide permanent support of Psi Chi at the annual New EnglandPsychology Association conference--complete with panels, symposiums and a Distinguished Lecturer. Psi Chi ended the 2003-04 year with an 22,280 increase in new members making the total number of Psi Chi members to be 467,641.

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 for making this 2004-05 year the best one yet. Materials for operating an efficient chapter are included, so keep this issue handy for finding Psi Chi information. Familiarize yourselves with the Chapter Handbook (page 9) which tells you everything you need to know about chapter operations, recruitment, and activities. In addition, remember that this and all Psi Chi information may be easily accessed through the Psi Chi website at


Psi Chi congratulates the newly elected Psi Chi national leaders who were chosen to lead us into this 2004-05 year. Under the leadership of these outstanding Psi Chi faculty advisors and professors, Psi Chi anticipates yet another great year.

Robert A. Youth, PhD, Dowling College (NY) was elected by the chapters to serve as Psi Chi's President-Elect for 2004-05. Psi Chi is proud to have a leader of the caliber of Dr. Youth and looks forward to his years of leadership. The other newly elected Council members are Michael H. Newlin, PhD, University of Central Florida-Brevard Campus, as the Southeastern Vice-President and Richard A. Kasschau, PhD, University of Houston, as the Southwestern Vice-President. In addition, one Council member was reelected to serve a second two-year term. It is Midwestern Vice-President Scott W. VanderStoep, PhD, of Hope College (MI). These Council members were installed during the Psi Chi National Business Meeting held in Honolulu, Hawaii, in July 2004. A complete biographical outline of their accomplishments may be found below.

In addition to these newly elected National Council members, Christopher Koch, PhD, George Fox University (OR), was installed as National President for the 2004-05 year. Dr. Koch has served as the Psi Chi President-Elect for the past 2003-04 year, and Psi Chi looks forward to entering this new year under his capable leadership. Dr. Martha S. Potter Zlokovich, Southeast Missouri State University, who served during the 2003-04 year as the Psi Chi National President, was presented a plaque in thanks of her past year's service as President. She will continue to serve on the Council as Past-President for the next year. The remaining 2004-05 Council members are Dr. Vincent Prohaska, Lehman College, CUNY, Eastern VP; Dr. Carla Reyes, University of Utah, Rocky Mountain VP; Dr. Michael D. Hall, James Madison University (VA), Western VP, Dr. Virginia Andreoli Mathie, Chief Executive Officer, and Paula Miller, Chief Operations Officer, Psi Chi National Office.

Psi Chi sends thanks to those Council members leaving the Council this year for their many hours of dedicated service to Psi Chi. Dr. Elizabeth Yost Hammer, Loyola University, New Orleans (LA) most recently served as Past-President following her years as President, President-Elect, and South-eastern Vice-President. Dr. Alvin Y. Wang, University of Central Florida, leaves after serving four years as the Southeastern Vice-President and Dr. John M. Davis, Texas State University-San Marcos, leaves after serving four years as the Southwestern 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.

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.

Robert A.Youth, PhD, is a New York State licensed psychologist, who has been affiliated with Psi Chi for over 37 years. Dr. Youth earned a BA in psychology from Queens College (City University of New York). He completed his MA in psychology from East Carolina University. And, he earned a PhD in psychology from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. Dr. Youth is currently a tenured Professor of Psychology at Dowling College in Oakdale, New York. He has completed 33 years of full-time teaching. During this time, his work has focused on performance assessment and performance management. Dr. Youth is also the Director of the Long Island Organizational Psychology Institute (LIOPI).

As a Psi Chi Regional Vice-President, Dr. Youth added innovations to the Psi Chi programs at the Eastern Psycholo-gical Association and the New England Psychological Association meetings. While on the National Council, Dr. Youth chaired the External Affairs Committee; he helped develop the then new Psi Chi website; he worked with the group that reviewed the development of the Psi Chi CD about career areas; he worked to establish food drives as a standing service area; he served on the Psi Chi Task Force that studied Chapter effectiveness; and, he worked on the 2002 External Evaluation of Psi Chi.

At a recent Psi Chi session at EPA in Washington, D.C., Dr. Youth outlined some of the goals that he has for 2004-2007 during which time he will serve on the Executive Committee and the Psi Chi Board as President-elect, President, and Past-President. Among the points that he made were: (a) the re-examination of the Psi Chi membership standards in light of recent American Association of College Honor Societies recommendations; (b) the development of a biennial Psi Chi Leadership Conference (as a stand alone event); (c) the improvement of the Psi Chi Website with respect to templates being available for Chapters to use to establish their own sites; (d) the development of resources to help Chapter officers (or other representatives) to attend Regional Conferences; (e) the use of the Eye on Psi Chi to include minutes of Psi Chi Board meetings; the results of elections; financial reports, etc.; (f) the development of an annual Psi Chi Thanksgiving Food Drive wherein 1,000+ Chapters could pool their efforts to help the needy (this effort being done in partnership with a targeted organization such as the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation); (g) greater use of the National Office site for Mid-Winter meetings, etc.; (h) the development of an Assembly of former Presidents of Psi Chi to use such a body as a resource for the organization (especially related to the Leadership Conference idea and special committees that are set up from time to time); (i) the clarification of Affiliate Chapter status in order to preserve the National character of Psi Chi; (j) the articulation of a clear policy related to resident sites of Psi Chi Chapters given the growth of cyber-technology and distance learning companies which do not have "brick and mortar" sites, plus, (k) the development of a Psi Chi "chat site" to facilitate intercommunication between Chapters.

Dr. Youth values having worked with both Ruth Cousins and Kay Wilson in the past. He also looks forward to renewing his acquaintance with Virginia Andreoli Mathie (Psi Chi's new CEO) since their time overlapped as graduate students at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. Lastly, Dr. Youth would like to acknowledge Dr. William Grossnickle (East Carolina University and a former Psi Chi VP) for starting him on his journey with the organization. According to Dr. Youth, when you devote your energies to building upon others achievements, it is always appropriate to recognize those who helped you along the way.

Dr. Michael Newlin received his undergraduate degree from the University of California at Berkeley. His graduate degree is in Industrial/ Organizational Psychology from Purdue University. Upon graduation, he taught for the Department of Psychology at Auburn University for two years, and has been with the Department of Psychology at the University of Central Florida (UCF) for the last nine years. He was the charter advisor for the UCF-Brevard Psi Chi chapter in 1996, and has been the coadvisor for the last eight years. Additionally, Dr. Newlin has been a member of the Southeastern Regional Steering Committee for the last four years. He is a frequent Psi Chi speaker in Central Florida and at the South-eastern Psychological Association (SEPA) annual conference. His primary teaching responsibilities include Research Methods in Psychology (traditional and web-based designs), Social Psychology, and Industrial/ Organizational Psychology. His research concentration is on evaluation of web-based instruction effectiveness and improving the pedagogy of web-based instruction. Dr. Newlin resides near the beach in Cape Canaveral, Florida, with Nola, his Maine Coon cat.

Since arriving at the University of Houston in 1974, Dr. Richard Kasschau has won the school's Teaching Excellence Award twice. He has been honored to be elected the chapter advisor every year (except when on leave at Stanford and Missouri). The chapter, celebrating its 45th anniversary, has grown into a smoothly running organization that inducts over 75 new members each year at a formal dinner. The chapter has different service and educational programs such as gathering toys, food for the needy, visiting retirement centers, creating an honor's thesis, practice GRE sessions, graduate school application help, linking students to research faculty, Career Day, and cosponsoring on- and off-campus speakers. The chapter also established a permanent chapter endowment fund eight years ago. The endowment fund (now over $8,000) is invested to generate funds to support chapter activities and programs. As advisor to the chapter, Dr. Kasschau reports, the time has always been a fascinating and educational growth experience.


Copyright 2004 (Volume 8, Issue 4) by Psi Chi, the International Honor Society in Psychology


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