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Rocky Mountain Regional Convention
2016 RMPA Convention
April 14–16, 2016 | Renaissance Hotel | Denver, CO

Psi Chi Distinguished Lecture

Meaningful Coincidences:
An Early Career Retrospective

Stories stimulate us to revisit our own narratives and imagine how we might navigate difficult situations in the future. Dr. Kilmartin has been teaching psychology for 27 years and is about to retire. This presentation is a retrospective from his early career, which seemed to be a series of meaningful coincidences that shaped his occupational journey. Listeners will respond by revisiting their own stories and anticipating the pathways that might reveal themselves in their careers.

Christopher Kilmartin, PhD

University of Mary Washington


Preconference Psi Chi Service Project at CHARG Denver
9:0010:30 a.m., 709 E. 12th Ave., Denver, CO 80203
This project will involve (weather permitting) helping the CHARG Resource Center in Denver "spruce up" after the winter with tasks such as raking, pruning, and cleaning up the grounds. Please RSVP to no later than March 31 to let us know approximately how many students from your chapter will be attending. Meet in hotel lobby at 8:30 a.m. to drive together.

Psi Chi Workshop
Beyond Survival: Making the Most of Your Conference Experience
1:00–1:55 p.m., Cherry Creek Room
Bethany Fleck, Chrislyn E. Randell, and Aaron Richmond (Metropolitan State University, of Denver); Rona McCall (Regis University); and Susan Becker (Colorado Mesa University)
Conference attendance can be a valuable student experience toward reaching future academic and career goals. This student-oriented session will help students focus on setting goals for their conference experience, prioritizing and organizing attendance at talks and presentations, convention protocol, and building relationships.

Psi Chi Workshop
Finding and Affording the Right Graduate Program for You
3:003:55 p.m., Cherry Creek Room
Eddy Ameen (American Psychological Association of Graduate Students)
There are many choices to make when looking at graduate programs in psychology. This workshop will discuss (a) masters and doctorates, (b) types of degrees and subfields, (c) ways to evaluate programs on objective and subjective data, and (d) how you can afford and repay graduate school. A time for Q&A will follow.

Psi Chi Workshop
Self-Care for Students: Strategies for Managing
School-Life Balance

4:00–4:55 p.m., Cherry Creek Room
Leslie Cramblet Alvarez (Adams State University) and Krista Bridgmon (Colorado State UniversityPueblo)
This interactive workshop will explore undergraduate and graduate students’ sources of stress in managing balance among the demands of school, work, and life. The dangers of stress, physical and educational consequences of stress, and practical strategies for managing stress drawing from stress coping and mindfulness literature will be considered.

FRIDAY, APRIL 15, 2016

Psi Chi Welcome Breakfast (Students and Faculty Welcome)
7:309:00 a.m., Cherry Creek Room
Hosts: Matthew Genuchi (Psi Chi Rocky Mountain Regional Vice-President; Boise State University) and Bardha Vrapi (Boise State University)

Overcoming Barriers to Finishing Your Dissertation or Thesis
10:2011:20 a.m., Cherry Creek Room
Maria T. Riva, June Ashley, Marisa Kostiuk, Paul Grimsley, Ludwig Marcello Martinez (University of Denver)
Moderator: Eddy Ameen (American Psychological Association of Graduate Students)
Do you talk more about working on your major writing project than actually writing it? Have no shame. In this session, you will hear from a panel of people who have been in your shoes as they discuss different strategies to write more—less painfully—while on an academic deadline. You will also have time to complete one step of your dissertation or thesis in session!

Psi Chi Chapter Exchange
Innovative Philanthropy Idea Exchange
1:002:00 p.m., Cherry Creek Room
Robyn Aguero, Victoria Gibson, and Lauren Parsons (Colorado State UniversityPueblo); and Jennifer Seiders and Luke Merrill (Northwest Nazarene University)
Moderators: Krista Bridgmon (Colorado State UniversityPueblo); and Elizabeth List (Northwest Nazarene University)
All members of Psi Chi and Psychology Club organizations are invited to join in group idea exchange involving chapter philanthropy. The session is informal and designed for utmost interaction among those in attendance. You will leave with innovative ideas of how your chapter can give back or pay forward.

Psi Chi Award Winners Paper Session
2:103:40 p.m., Cherry Creek Room
Moderators: Krista Bridgmon (Colorado State UniversityPueblo) and Elizabeth List (Northwest Nazarene University)

Psi Chi Awards Reception and Prize Raffle
6:007:00 p.m., Cherry Creek Room
Hosts: Matthew C. Genuchi (Psi Chi Rocky Mountain Regional Vice-President; Boise State University) and Jon Grahe (Psi Chi President-Elect; Pacific Lutheran University)
All students are welcome to come congratulate the award winners and enjoy the reception. Come in person to join in the raffle competition to see if you win something special from Psi Chi.


Psi Chi Faculty and Student Morning Coffee Break
8:009:00 a.m., Cherry Creek Room

The Prospective Graduate Student Survival Guide
10:2011:20 a.m., Cherry Creek Room
Sherry Sadighim (University of Denver); Barry L. Motter (University of Northern Colorado); Jessica Kenny and Lacy Clement (University of Colorado Denver); and Erin Bracey (University of Northern Colorado)
Moderator: Kiersten Eberle (University of Northern Colorado)
Cosponsor: Colorado Psychological Association of Graduate Students
Current psychology graduate students from MA, PsyD, and PhD programs with diverse specializations share their experiences for potential new graduate students. Topics that will be covered include choosing a program, the application process, research, classes, and practice. Time will be allowed for questions from the audience.

Psi Chi Distinguished Lecture
Meaningful Coincidences: An Early Career Retrospective
1:002:00 p.m., Ballroom C
Speaker: Christopher Kilmartin (University of Mary Washington)

Matthew Genuchi, PhD
Boise State University
Biographical Information

Arizona, Colorado, Idaho, Montana, New Mexico, Utah, Wyoming, West Indies

Krista Bridgmon, PhD

Colorado State University–Pueblo

Elizabeth List, PhD
Northwest Nazarene
University (ID)

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