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Southwestern Regional Spring Letter
Spring greetings to all Psi Chi members in the Southwestern Region!
The major event on the horizon is the upcoming meeting of the Southwestern Psychological Association (SWPA), April 3–5, at the Hyatt Regency Riverwalk Hotel in San Antonio. This convention is shaping up to be the best-attended SWPA meeting in years, if not ever! I hope that a large proportion of the attendees will be Psi Chi members—both current students and alumni—and future Psi Chi members, too. Take a look at the online program ( to see all the great Psi Chi sessions planned for students and advisors. You can peruse the entire program, or you can use the "Select sessions by organization” function to see just the Psi Chi sessions. We have tried to provide programming relevant to all members, officers, and faculty advisors.

At SWPA, our Distinguished Lecturer will be Dr. Rachel Herz of Brown University, an expert in the psychology of smell, and her lecture promises to be nostril-opening! In addition to her publications in journals, Dr. Herz has authored several popular books about the role of smell in our lives, served as a consultant for fragrance manufacturers, and been an expert witness in court cases where people have lost their sense of smell.

To stay abreast of Psi Chi news in the Southwestern Region, "like” our Facebook page ( Announcements, news, opportunities, deadlines, and reminders are posted there for you.

As we approach the end of another academic year, let me remind (a) graduating seniors to visit the Psi Chi store to order their graduation regalia as soon as possible (, (b) chapters to induct new members in this spring semester, (c) chapters to elect new officers and notify the Central Office of the new officers, and (d) officers or advisors to file the annual chapter activities and financial reports (by May 1). I encourage all Psi Chi members to visit and utilize the Psi Chi store for shirts, caps, and other items!

Finally, I want to remind members in the region of Psi Chi’s awards and grants programs. There are programs for undergraduate students, graduate students, advisors, and chapters. Several programs have summer or early fall deadlines. More information is available at

I want to thank the members of the Regional Steering Committee for their effort and dedication throughout this past year, especially as we have prepared for the upcoming SWPA meeting. I thank Shawn Charlton (University of Central Arkansas), Grant Benham (University of Texas–Pan American), and Sarah Stegall (University of Texas–Pan American). All the Steering Committee members will be very active at SWPA, so look for them and thank them for their work. Sarah’s term as the student member is expiring, so we will need to replace her on the Steering Committee. Interested students should contact me at

I welcome your comments, suggestions, ideas, and concerns about Psi Chi. If you have ideas for SWPA 2015, pass them along—as soon as one annual meeting ends, planning for the next one begins.

Best wishes to all for the successful completion of this semester, and to those graduating, I wish you the best of success with whatever you tackle next!

Hope to see you all in San Antonio!


Evan L. Zucker, PhD
Psi Chi Southwestern Regional Vice-President
Department of Psychological Sciences
Loyola University
New Orleans, LA 70118
Evan Zucker, PhD
Loyola University
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Arkansas, Louisiana, Oklahoma, Texas, Guatemala

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