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Southwestern Regional Fall Letter
Dear Southwest Psi Chi members,
Whether you are a Psi Chi member, officer, advisor, faculty member, or alumnus, I sincerely hope all is going well for you! It is hard to believe that it is almost time to turn the calendar to 2014, and for those of you in academia (as student, faculty, or administrator), I hope your spring semester or quarter is the best semester ever! In this letter, I want to announce our new Southwestern Region Facebook page, inform you about the next SWPA convention and associated Psi Chi events, and mention some opportunities for members and chapters.

Regional Facebook Page:
The Southwestern Region now has its own Facebook page! Thanks to Dr. Grant Benham (University of Texas–Pan American) for getting this page launched. "Like” the page and you will receive new information and be able to comment on posted materials.

SWPA Convention: April 3–5, 2014, in San Antonio, TX
The 60th annual meeting of the Southwestern Psychological Association (SWPA) will be at the Hyatt Regency Hotel on the Riverwalk. The online submission process started October 1 and will continue through the evening of November 30. General instructions for submitting your work for presentation at SWPA can be found at Then follow the link to the guidelines for affiliate organizations, which is where you will find specific information for Psi Chi submissions at Remember that all accepted submissions to the Psi Chi program are automatically entered into the Psi Chi research competition. If you plan to submit your work to one of the SWPA Student Competitions, there are some special instructions for you to follow—you will need to submit both a long abstract (1500–2000 words) and short abstract (500 words, maximum).

SWPA 2014 Distinguished Lecturer Dr. Rachel Herz
I am pleased to announce that the Psi Chi Distinguished Lecturer this spring will be Dr. Rachel Herz of Brown University. Dr. Rachel Herz is an internationally known expert on olfaction and emotion, and recently has been exploring the psychology of disgust. Not only does she do research on olfaction, memory, and emotions from a variety of psychological perspectives, but often serves as an expert witness in court cases involving smell/olfaction and is a consultant to companies that manufacture and market scents. Following her presentation, she will be available for informal discussion with Psi Chi members.

Other SWPA Psi Chi Sessions
We have invited Dr. Maria del Pilar Grazioso of the Universidad del Valle de Guatemala to speak about psychology in Guatemala and to participate in a panel discussion about chapter collaborations, domestic and international. Psi Chi Executive Director Martha Zlokovich will also be on the panel, as will members of the Regional Steering Committee. Dr. Grazioso is the faculty advisor to the first international chapter in our region.

Current Psi Chi President Maria Lavooy and Past-President Jason Young will also attend our regional meeting and be incorporated into our program. We are planning a session, with Psi Beta, for chapter officers (and those interested in being officers) to address problem-solving at the chapter level as well as a session about leadership studies and graduate school in Q & A format. Of course, we will have poster and oral presentation sessions for you to present your research.

Steering Committee
I want to thank the Regional Steering Committee for their work over the past year, and thank them in advance for their work in the coming months. The committee for the present year is the same as last year: Dr. Shawn R. Charlton (University of Central Arkansas), Dr. Grant Benham (University of Texas–Pan American), and student member Sarah Stegall (University of Texas–Pan American).

Regional Travel Grants Available Until February 1, 2014
Psi Chi members are eligible to apply for Regional Travel Grants to attend SWPA ( Grant applications are made via ScholarSelect (

In addition to the Regional Travel Grants, there are Unrestricted Travel Grants to help defray travel costs for graduate and undergraduate students presenting their work at meetings other than the six regional conventions ( The Unrestricted Travel Grants program awards up to $1,500, with deadline dates of December 5, May 5, and September 5.

Other Chapter Opportunities

I hope to see many of you in San Antonio in April. Best wishes for a successful semester or quarter!

Evan L. Zucker, PhD
Southwestern Regional Vice-President
Department of Psychological Sciences
Loyola University New Orleans
(504) 865-3255 or 
Evan Zucker, PhD
Loyola University
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Arkansas, Louisiana, Oklahoma, Texas, Guatemala

Cameron University (OK)




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