|Update Your Chapter: We're International and So Are You!
|Martha S. Zlokovich, PhD, Psi Chi Executive Director
As everyone settles in for the start to a new academic year, your chapter may have new officers, or previous officers starting in new positions. In addition, most chapters are preparing for or have just had a fall induction of new members, and are encouraging current members to stay involved. Therefore, its a good time to make sure that your chapter has been keeping up with significant Society changes.
When Psi Chi chapters voted last year to make Psi Chi an international honor society, they also approved other wording changes that need to be updated in your chapter’s materials. Here is a checklist of changes that need to be made, if your chapter has not already completed them.
- All references to Psi Chi, the National Honor Society in Psychology, should be changed to Psi Chi, the International Honor Society in Psychology.
- Any reference to National activities or opportunities should be changed to Society activities or opportunities.
- The National Council is now called the Board of Directors.
- The National Office located in Chattanooga, TN, is now called the Central Office.
- The new Psi Chi seal can be accessed on the Forms/Downloads page at [link no longer exists] where you can scroll down to the very bottom, and click on the last option.
- Psi Chi colors are now navy and platinum rather than blue and gold. There is no requirement for chapters to change items they already own such as a banner, table cover, or registration book; however, blue and gold items will no longer be available for purchase once they have sold out.
Where might your chapter need to make changes? Appropriate changes should be made to your chapter’s:
- Email signatures
- Flyer and announcement templates
- PowerPoint presentation templates
- Facebook page
- Twitter account
- Registration of Psi Chi with your campus student organizations office
- T-shirts created by the chapter
- Invitation letter to potential members
- Induction ceremony rites
- Quarterly activities reports
- Annual report
- Annual financial report
The locations and materials listed in 1-6 are items that your chapter officers, or faculty advisor, can easily access and change. Items 1-15 are things you may be able to change if previous officers have stored copies. If not, you can go to the same Psi Chi website address listed earlier for updated information under Officer Materials, item 1. Officer Handbook.
Members should also be reminded that if they have listed their membership or officer positions on their resumes, they should update the name of the Society there too. When current faculty advisors list their service on their vitae, resume, or faculty website, they should refer to Psi Chi as international as well. You are now members of an international organization, not just a national organization!
Throughout this academic year you will begin to see more results of Psi Chi’s new international status. Faculty and students from universities in Australia, Canada, Cypress, Egypt, Guatemala, Japan, New Zealand, the Philippines, Turkey, Russia, and the West Indies have contacted us about applying for a chapter of Psi Chi. The Board of Directors and I are working on exciting opportunities for current chapters, as well as new international chapters as they come on board, to interact with one another in cross-cultural activities and research projects. Keep an eye on Psi Chi's Eye, as well as the Psi Chi website.
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.
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.
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.
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 2010 (Volume 15, Issue 1) by Psi Chi, the
International Honor Society in Psychology
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