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Eye on Psi Chi: Spring 2011

What’s New at Psi Chi Conventions? Diversity and Leadership Programming
Martha S. Zlokovich, PhD, Psi Chi Executive Director

Exciting sessions appear this year and next at regional conventions, where diversity and leadership programming will be featured in the Psi Chi programs planned by each Vice-President. At the 2011 conventions, two regions will feature diversity and four regions will feature leadership in their Psi Chi programs.

The Psi Chi program will feature a session on successful leadership and meeting chapter leadership challenges presented by a graduate student Psi Chi member, an undergraduate chapter officer, and Psi Chi board members.

Mentoring and leadership development and how the two interrelate will be the topics of a presentation by Psi Chi President Michael Hall, and Executive Director Martha S. Zlokovich.

Officers from a regional Psi Chi chapter and a regional Psi Beta chapter will present two joint sessions, one on chapter vitality and chapter leadership, and one on fund-raising. The presenters will engage attending students and faculty in a conversation hour-type discussion of the topics, as well as the more general topic of building bridges between Psi Chi and Psi Beta.

Four panelists—a Psi Chi faculty advisor and a chapter president, and a Psi Beta faculty advisor and a chapter president—will conduct a leadership symposium.

By 2012, all six regional Psi Chi programs will feature sessions designed to enhance the leadership skills of Psi Chi members, chapter officers, new faculty advisors, and experienced faculty advisors. This leadership programming takes the place of the National Leadership Conferences held in 2007 and 2009 and will reach more chapter members, officers, and advisors than had been possible in the past conferences.

Psi Chi is pleased to announce very new developments in support of diversity. In January, the Board of Directors created the Diversity Director position and appointed Melanie M. Domenech Rodríguez, PhD, associate professor of psychology at Utah State University, to serve as our first Diversity Director. She will be responsible for promoting Psi Chi’s diversity initiatives by developing relationships with key people in relevant groups and organizations, and serving as a resource to the Board of Directors, Central Office staff, and Psi Chi members. Because she served on the Psi Chi Board from 2005 to 2009 as the Rocky Mountain Vice-President, Dr. Domenech Rodríguez will be an invaluable resource to all of the Vice-Presidents as they plan their programs. She will also be developing ideas for supporting member research on diversity issues. Two regions have scheduled diversity programming in 2011. In the future, check the regional association or Psi Chi website for continuing developments in diversity programming.

Dr. Sandra Mayo, director of the Center for Multicultural and Gender Studies at Texas State University–San Marcos, will talk about multicultural curriculum transformation and present information on how educators can most effectively teach a diverse student body, enhancing the learning of all students.

Psi Chi will cosponsor a speaker or event with the RMPA Diversity Council. Keep an eye on the website where details will be posted as they are available.

Psi Chi Regional Convention Information
You will be able to find the Psi Chi programs for each regional convention posted on Psi Chi’s website, appearing there as they are finalized. Go to HERE for Psi Chi program and distinguished speaker details.

2011 Regional Convention Locations and Websites
March 2-5, 2011 Hyatt Regency Jacksonville Riverfront in Jacksonville, FL

March 10-13, 2011 Hyatt Regency in Cambridge, MA

April 7-9, 2011 El Tropicano Hotel in San Antonio, TX

April 14-16, 2011 Radisson Hotel in Salt Lake City, UT

April 28-May 1, 2011 Wilshire Grand in Los Angeles, CA

May 5-7, 2011 Palmer House Hilton in Chicago, IL

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 2011 (Volume 15, Issue 3) by Psi Chi, the International Honor Society in Psychology


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