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Southwestern Regional Spring Letter
Dear Psi Chi Members in the Southwest Region,

I hope that 2018 is off to a great start for you and your chapters! The Southwest Region Steering Committee has been hard at work putting together an excellent program for the SWPA convention in April. Below are some details about the Psi Chi programming at SWPA, the region, and other items of potential interest.

Before I get to the announcement, I strongly encourage you and your chapters to participate in the Psi Chi Chapter Challenge. This is a great way to generate some funds for your chapter, while supporting Psi Chi’s annual giving campaign. Psi Chi already does so much for its members, but with your help and that of your chapter, we can do even more!

Psi Chi events at the 2018 SWPA meeting:

  • The 2018 SWPA program is April 13–15 in Houston, TX. If you are planning to attend, please reserve a room in the convention hotel—the beautiful Hilton Americas—as soon as possible.
  • We have a full slate of research talks, workshops, panel discussions, and other events planned for the convention. Get a preview of the 2018 SWPA Psi Chi programming.
  • Our Distinguished Lecturer for the convention is Anthony Biglan of the Oregon Research Institute. Dr. Biglan will be speaking on “The Nurture Effect: How the Science of Human Behavior Can Improve Our Lives and Our World.” Learn more about Dr. Biglan’s work at
  • We have three events designed to support Dr. Landrum’s Presidential Initiative, #Help_HelpedMe. On Friday, April 13, at 8:00 a.m., Psi Chi and Psi Beta are presenting a workshop on Help Helped Me! Supporting Help-Seeking Behavior in Others. Also on Friday, the National Alliance on Mental Illness (NAMI) is presenting In Our Own Voices – Understanding Stigma from 3:30 to 4:30 p.m. Lastly, NAMI is presenting a workshop on Supporting and Advocating for Mental Health Services on Saturday, April 14, from 3:30 to 4:30 p.m.
  • If you are a faculty advisor planning to attend the convention, we invite you to join us for the advisor breakfast on Sunday, April 15 in the hotel restaurant, 1600 Bar+Grille. You will receive a formal invitation from Psi Chi soon for this event.
  • On Saturday, April 14, at noon, we will host a pizza luncheon and awards recognition for Psi Chi members in the Psi Chi room at the convention (Lanier Grand Ballroom K). If you have chapter members who received Psi Chi grants, awards, or scholarships this past year, I invite you to e-mail me ( a PowerPoint slide with the information (and a picture or two of the award winners would be great!) that we can display during the luncheon.
  • We are hosting a roundtable discussion on fund-raising during the convention (Saturday, April 14, 1:00–2:00 p.m.). In preparation for this event, we invite chapter officers to submit details of recent fund-raising efforts (successful or not). You can use this survey to submit the details:
  • Our regional steering committee student representative, Elizabeth Ruiz, is hosting a special workshop on Sunday, April 15, titled “You Never Get a Second Chance to Make a First Impression.” This event focuses on networking during formal and informal dinners/luncheons. Attendees will receive a copy of Elizabeth’s book on this same topic.
  • Finally, we are looking for additional volunteers to help with our events. If you are interested in being involved with Psi Chi programming, please e-mail me at by Monday, April 2.

In addition to the events at the convention, please be aware of the following:

A huge thank you to the members of our regional steering committee: Blythe Duell (Southeastern Oklahoma State University), Sandy Parsons (Rice University), Seungyeon Lee (University of Arkansas, Monticello), and Elizabeth Ruiz (University of Houston–Downtown). This group has worked extremely hard to prepare our SWPA programming. This has been an exceptional group to work with.

Have a great semester and spring! See you in Houston (I hope!).

Shawn R. Charlton, PhD
Southwestern Regional Vice-President
Associate Professor of Psychology
University of Central Arkansas


Shawn R. Charlton, PhD
University of Central Arkansas
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