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Eye on Psi Chi: Summer 2006

New Leaders for Psi Chi
Paula Miller, Psi Chi Executive Officer/Chief Operations Officer
Editor of Eye on Psi

Psi Chi congratulates the newly elected Psi Chi national leaders who were chosen to lead us into the 2006-07 year. Under the leadership of these outstanding Psi Chi faculty advisors and professors, Psi Chi anticipates yet another great year.
Vincent Prohaska, PhD, Lehman College, City University of New York, was elected by the chapters to serve as Psi Chi's President-Elect for the 2006-07 year. Psi Chi looks forward to Dr. Prohaska's years of leadership. The other newly elected Council members are Betsy L. Morgan, PhD, University of Wisconsin-LaCrosse, as the Midwestern Vice-President; Richard A. Kasschau, PhD, University of Houston (TX), as the Southwestern Vice-President; and Michael H. Newlin, PhD, University of Central Florida at Cocoa, as the Southeastern Vice-President. Dr. Kasschau and Dr. Newlin were both reelected to serve a second two-year term. These Council members will be installed during the Psi Chi National Business Meeting held in New Orleans, LA, in August 2006. A complete biographical outline of their accomplishments can be found on page 31.
In addition to these newly elected National Council members, John M. Davis, PhD, Texas State University-San Marcos, will be installed as National President for the 2006-07 year. Dr. Davis served as the Psi Chi President-Elect for the past 2005-06 year, and Psi Chi looks forward to entering this new year under his capable leadership.
Dr. Robert A. Youth, PhD, Dowling College (NY), who served during the 2005-06 year as the Psi Chi National President, will continue to serve on the Council as Past-President for the next year. The remaining 2006-07 Council members are Melanie Domenech Rodríguez, PhD, Utah State University, Rocky Mountain VP; Deana L. Julka, PhD, University of Portland (OR), Western 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. Christopher Koch, PhD, George Fox University (OR), most recently served as Past-President following his years as President, President-Elect, and Western Vice-President; and Scott W. VanderStoep, PhD, Hope College (MI), leaves after serving four years as the Midwestern 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
Vincent Prohaska, PhD, has been the faculty advisor to the Lehman College Chapter since 1991. During that time, his chapter has grown in size and activity, and received a Regional Chapter Award in 2000 and the Cousins National Chapter Award in 2001. After serving on the Eastern Regional Steering Committee under two different Vice-Presidents, Dr. Prohaska was elected twice as Eastern Regional Vice-President, 2003-2007. He chaired a workshop entitled "Recognizing Faculty Excellence" at the first Psi Chi Miniconvention in 1995. Dr. Prohaska and his students have contributed several workshops and panels to Psi Chi regional and national convention programs. He has served as a reviewer for the Psi Chi Journal of Undergraduate Research and the Psi Chi/Allyn & Bacon Psychology Awards, and has contributed two articles for Eye on Psi Chi. Dr. Prohaska received a Regional Faculty Advisor Award in 2000, and the Florence Denmark National Faculty Advisor Award in 2001. His research interests center on memory and teaching pedagogies. He is active in the Society for the Teaching of Psychology and the Council on Undergraduate Research.
Betsy L. Morgan, PhD, is currently a full professor of psychology at the University of Wisconsin-La Crosse (UW-L). She received her bachelor's degree in psychology and women's studies from the University of California, Santa Cruz in 1985 and her doctorate in social ecology (an interdisciplinary applied social science program) from the University of California, Irvine in 1994. Dr. Morgan has served as the faculty advisor for the UW-L Psi Chi Chapter since 1995. Her undergraduate institution did not have a Psi Chi chapter until 1989, so she was inducted the year she became the faculty advisor for UW-L. She coordinates the psychology honors program at UW-L which involves approximately 12 students a year in designing their own independent research projects, submitting a grant, and submitting abstracts for presentation at the Psi Chi portion of the Midwestern Psychological Association (MPA) meeting. Over 70 UW-L students have presented at MPA over the last 10 years, and two projects have resulted in publications in the Psi Chi Journal of Undergraduate Research. Dr. Morgan is a coauthor of the book Majoring in Psych: Career Options for Psychology Undergraduates (3rd edition) and has given many career talks at MPA and APA conferences.
Michael H. Newlin, PhD, received his undergraduate degree from the University of California at Berkeley and his graduate degree in Industrial/ Organizational Psychology from Purdue University. Upon graduation, he taught for Auburn University and has now been with the University of Central Florida (UCF) for the last eleven years. He was the charter advisor for the UCF at Cocoa Psi Chi Chapter and has been the coadvisor for the last ten years. Additionally, Dr. Newlin has been the Southeastern Regional Vice-President for Psi Chi for the last two years and previously a member of the Psi Chi Southeastern Regional Steering Committee for four years. He is a frequent Psi Chi speaker in Florida and at the Southeastern Psychological Association (SEPA) annual conference. His teaching responsibilities include Research Methodology, Social Psychology, and Industrial/ Organizational Psychology. His research addresses the evaluation of web-based instruction effectiveness. Dr. Newlin resides in Cape Canaveral Florida with Nola, his Maine Coon cat.
As a founding member of the University of Houston's Undergraduate Council, Richard A. Kasschau, PhD, has won the school's Teaching Excellence Award twice. He has been honored as student-elected chapter advisor every year (except during leaves at Stanford and Missouri) since 1974, and now serves as Psi Chi Southwestern Regional Vice-President. Celebrating its 47th anniversary, the University of Houston Chapter continues to run smoothly, inducting 80-85 new members each year at a formal dinner. The chapter continues to diversify its different service and educational programs including several popular annual workshops [CV/Vita, Senior Honors Thesis, Getting-ln (graduate school), Ethics], speaker series (Psychology/Law, Graduate Forum, Applied), tutoring undergraduates, conducting a Hallway Advisement/Recruitment service, and monthly faculty-led discussions of films. The chapter's decade-old Permanent Endowment Fund has grown to $11,000 to support chapter activities and programs. As chapter advisor, Dr. Kasschau systematically tries to stay out of the way and keeps learning and growing while leading.


Copyright 2006 (Volume 10, Issue 4) by Psi Chi, the International Honor Society in Psychology


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