What do you think of when you reflect on Psi Chi? Your faculty advisor? Your induction date? Wearing your honor cord on your graduation day? In this, our 90th anniversary year, we want to reflect on 90 Years of Excellence. And we also want to look forward to the next 90 years and beyond. As your Psi Chi membership is a lifetime one, let’s collectively look forward to what your membership with Psi Chi can mean over the span of your career.
We wanted to do something unique for our 90th anniversary year. Hence, Psi Chi A–Z. Via this platform, we hope to celebrate, in 26 unique ways, the people and concepts that make Psi Chi a truly special Honor Society. To reflect on our past successes, we want to highlight:
- In 1929 during the Ninth International Congress of Psychology hosted by APA, representatives from 11 colleges and universities signed the charter creating the new Honor Society.
- In 2009, Psi Chi made the transition from a National Honor Society to an International Honor Society. Also, Psi Chi inducted its 600,000th member.
- In 2017, Psi Chi proudly awarded its first graduate student scholarships. The first-ever annual Give Back to Psi Chi campaign raised funds for all member programs.
- Now in 2019, Psi Chi celebrates over 800,000 lifetime members and 90 Years of Excellence in psychology.
Along with taking the time to reflect, we choose to look forward. We choose to look forward by offering more benefits to our members, engaging more meaningfully with our members, and finding ways to make the lifetime Psi Chi membership of greater value. So why Psi Chi A–Z?
There are so many individuals who make up the Psi Chi community. From Distinguished Members like Drs. Florence Denmark, Albert Bandura, and Elizabeth Loftus, all the way to our student members who are just now embarking on their futures in psychology. There are also Psi Chi members who choose other professions like law, medicine, or any myriad of professions that a psychology degree qualifies one for.
Through our fundraising efforts, Psi Chi also looks forward to developing other possibilities for growth and what that can mean for our members. This year, Psi Chi A–Z celebrates many ways Psi Chi has already made a mark on the science as well as the many ways in which we will continue to be a force in the psychology field. We hope that as you go on the Psi Chi A–Z journey with us, you will be inspired to Give Back to Psi Chi with a financial gift.
What you can look forward to with our A-Z campaign: each of the 26 A-Z letters will be announced throughout the academic year ahead as we celebrate 90 years of recognizing and promoting excellence in the science and application of psychology. Today, I am delighted to share the first three letters below.
A: Inspirational message from Psi Chi’s first psychologist Executive Director, Dr. Virginia Andreoli Mathie (see https://psichi.com/90thAnniversary).
B: A unique partnership Psi Chi has forged with the Born This Way Foundation (https://psichi.com/BeKind), founded by Lady Gaga and her mother, Cynthia Germanotta.
C: Our Chapter Challenge fundraising campaign (https://psichi.com/chapterchallenge) and how past Psi Chi student participants chose to fundraise on behalf of Psi Chi and why.
Psi Chi is not resting on our 90 years’ worth of laurels, but instead we are working harder than ever to bring benefits to members and to connect members with what they need in order to be successful. Whether that’s nurturing a lifelong mentor relationship or awarding a scholarship that helps a Psi Chi member graduate, we work hard to serve our members.
Join us this year as we celebrate 26 people and concepts that make Psi Chi special. Join us as we embrace our past and look toward to the future. Psi Chi A–Z runs the gamut of what Psi Chi has been and will be. You are the driving force of our focus on building sustainability. Via donations and other types of support, Psi Chi moves into its 90th anniversary year stronger and with a clearer vision. Help us grow. Help us serve more members. And help us bring psychology to everyone.
Donations can be easily and securely made at donate.psichi.org. Or, you can mail your check to:
Psi Chi attn.: Give Back to Psi Chi
651 East 4th Street, Ste 600
Chattanooga, TN 37403
If you have questions about Psi Chi's fundraising efforts, please contact Cynthia Wilson, MPa, CFRE, Director of Membership & Development, firstname.lastname@example.org
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