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Southwestern Regional Fall Letter
Dear Southwest Psi Chi members,
Time sure flies. I have "As Time Goes By” from Casablanca reverberating in my head! Midterm is in the rear-view mirror, Thanksgiving and finals are approaching fast, and the excitement of the holidays and a new spring semester is just ahead. As we get ready to turn the page from fall and winter of 2014 to the spring of 2015, I want to welcome all the new Psi Chi members in the Southwest region, and also thank the current student members and alumni members for their continued interest in, and support of, Psi Chi. A special thanks goes out to chapter officers and advisors for helping Psi Chi achieve its goals.

To start, I want to introduce the Steering Committee for the Southwest region. Continuing as faculty members on this committee are Drs. Shawn Charlton (University of Central Arkansas) and Grant Benham (University of Texas–Pan American). Our new student member is Danielle Umland, a graduate student at the University of Central Arkansas. Welcome, Danielle!
The big event in our region is the annual meeting of the Southwestern Psychological Association. The 2015 meeting will be April 10 to 12 at the Hyatt Regency Hotel in Wichita, KS. The deadline for submitting proposals and abstracts for the convention is the end of the day Tuesday, December 2. All submissions to the Psi Chi program are eligible for Regional Research Awards, provided the work submitted reflects a completed study. Let me also remind you that submissions to the Psi Chi program must be empirical, data-based studies. The deadline to apply for a Psi Chi Travel Grant is Sunday, February 1, 2015.
The Psi Chi program at SWPA 2015 is taking shape. In addition to oral paper and poster sessions fueled by Psi Chi members, we have a number of sessions in the works. Our Distinguished Lecturer will be Dr. Pamela Keel, an expert on eating disorders from Florida State University. Dr. Keel’s research about social media and eating disorders has been featured on numerous TV, radio, and online news outlets.
The new Southwest representative to Psi Chi’s Diversity Advisory Committee is Dr. Julia Lechuga from the University of Texas at El Paso. Dr. Lechuga will be coming to SWPA, and will give a talk about her work in bringing healthcare and healthcare technologies to underserved populations. With so much attention currently on health and healthcare issues, this is sure to be a very informative and important presentation.
We are again planning to have a Graduate School Q&A session for students, a leadership session devoted to chapter advisors, and the second annual "Situation Room” to help chapter officers manage and solve chapter-related issues. Also in the planning stage is a session about the benefits of Psi Chi membership for members at all levels—including alumni. Remember that your Psi Chi membership is a lifetime membership!
There is a wealth of information on the Psi Chi website, so please visit it often. Check the website for awards and grants programs and deadlines, post your studies to recruit research participants, and remember that Psi Chi members can qualify for auto insurance discounts through GEICO®. You can read the quarterly Eye on Psi Chi magazine with each issue containing a wealth of information relevant to psychology students, and also read the Psi Chi Journal of Psychological Research. In fact, do not just read it, submit your research to the Journal. Let’s show the world the high quality research being done by Psi Chi members in the Southwest!
In February, voting will be underway for the next President-Elect, and a revised Psi Chi Constitution will also be up for approval, both requiring votes being cast by chapters. Other Psi Chi news and events are publicized by the Central Office via the biweekly e-mail Digests, and Psi Chi maintains an active presence on Facebook, Twitter, and LinkedIn. Participate! If you are not a member of the Southwest region Facebook page, I encourage you to join. Just "like” our page:
Hope to see many of you in Wichita in April!
Evan L. Zucker, PhD
Southwestern Vice-President
Department of Psychological Sciences
Loyola University
New Orleans, LA 70118
(504) 865-3255
Evan Zucker, PhD
Loyola University
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Arkansas, Louisiana, Oklahoma, Texas, Guatemala

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