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Rocky Mountain Regional Convention
2017 RMPA Convention
April 6–8, 2017 | Radisson Hotel Downtown | Salt Lake City, UT

Psi Chi Distinguished Lecture

Meaning in Life:
What's It All About?

Many of us like to think about meaning in life (MIL): to figure out where we have been, if what we are doing is worthy, and what our goals are in life. In this talk, Dr. Hill will provide a definition of MIL and describe a new measure she and her colleagues have developed to assess MIL. She will also talk about sources of MIL, theories about working with MIL, and empirical evidence about the effectiveness of working with MIL.

Clara E. Hill, PhD
University of Maryland

Preconference Psi Chi Service Project
at Central Compassion Center

9:00–10:30 a.m., 1099 West 800 South, Salt Lake City, UT
Elizabeth List (Northwest Nazarene University)
Meet in the lobby of the Radisson at 8:30 a.m. to carpool together to Central Compassion Center, a local homeless resource center. We will be assisting with a range of needs associated with their center, weather permitting.

Psi Chi Workshop
We Enter to Learn, Leave to Achieve: Student Success at RMPA
1:00–1:50 p.m., Cottonwood 1 & 2
Bethany Fleck Dillen and Aaron S. Richmond (Metropolitan State University Denver)
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 planning attendance at talks and presentations, convention protocol, and building relationships.

Psi Chi Workshop
From Anticipation to Application to Acceptance: Navigating the Three Stages of Grad School Grief
3:00–3:50 p.m., Cottonwood 1 & 2
Leslie D. Cramblet Alvarez (Adams State University), Krista D. Bridgmon (Colorado State University–Pueblo), and Courtney Allen (Adams State University)
Getting ready for graduate study begins as early as your first year in college. This session will consider the preparation for graduate school as a process of three stages. The Anticipation stage involves what students should be considering early in their undergraduate career to be competitive in the next stage. Application involves successfully presenting your best self and navigating the application process. Acceptance refers to preparing for the next step—how do you make yourself "grad school ready" if you've been accepted? What's your plan "B" if you haven't? Participants will be invited to engage in interactive small groups based upon their “stage” of graduate school development and consider next steps for progressing toward their goals.

Psi Chi Workshop
Leveling Up: Metacognitive Strategies to Enhance Learning
4:00–4:50 p.m., Cottonwood 1 & 2
Regan A. R. Gurung (University of Wisconsin–Green Bay)
Most of what the average person knows about studying is wrong. The average student spends too much time using studying techniques that are not the best for learning. I will provide a range of pragmatic tips to help students learn capitalizing on the most recent psychological science.


Psi Chi Welcome Breakfast and Coffee
(Students and Faculty Welcome)

8:00–9:00 a.m., Parleys 2
Hosts: Matthew C. Genuchi (Psi Chi Rocky Mountain Regional Vice-President; Boise State University) and Bardha Vrapi (Boise State University)

Psi Chi Distinguished Lecture
Meaning in Life: What's It All About?
10:20–11:20 a.m., Wasatch 3 & 4
Moderator: Matthew C. Genuchi (Psi Chi Rocky Mountain Regional Vice-President; Boise State University)
Speaker: Clara E. Hill, PhD (University of Maryland)

Student Q&A With Psi Chi Distinguished Lecturer Clara E. Hill. PhD
2:10–3:10 p.m., Parleys 2
Moderator: Matthew C. Genuchi (Psi Chi Rocky Mountain Regional Vice-President; Boise State University)
Both undergraduate and graduate students are welcome to attend this intimate question and answer session with Dr. Hill. Please bring your follow-up questions about her lecture and broader work for further exploration.

Psi Chi Award Winners Paper Session
3:20–5:00 p.m., Parleys 2
Moderators: Krista Bridgmon (Colorado State University–Pueblo) and Elizabeth List (Northwest Nazarene University)
Psi Chi Award Winners will receive their awards during the Psi Chi awards reception and raffle drawing at 6:00 p.m.

Psi Chi Award Reception and Prize Raffle
6:00–7:00 p.m., Parleys 2
Hosts: Matthew C. Genuchi (Psi Chi Rocky Mountain Regional Vice-President; Boise State University) and Daniel P. Corts (Psi Chi Past-President; Augustana College)
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.


Intuition: The Success of Student Journals
10:20–11:20 a.m., Parleys 2
Harold Miller, Chaz Rich, and Brynne Jackson (Brigham Young University)
We will describe the journal’s founding and subsequent history, including editorial policy, succession, and training. We will also present issues related to manuscript solicitation, management of the editorial and publication processes, budget, website, and faculty reviewers.  We anticipate leaving ample time for conversation with audience members.

Faculty Advisor Q&A Session
1:00–2:00 p.m., Parleys 2
Daniel P. Corts (Psi Chi Past-President; Augustana College), Krista Bridgmon (Colorado State University–Pueblo), and Elizabeth List (Northwest Nazarene University)
Psi Chi faculty advisors are welcome to attend this question and answer session with a panel of experienced Psi Chi advisors and leaders. Please bring your questions about any issues or concerns associated with Psi Chi advising.

Entering the Academic Marketplace: Advice From Experts
2:10–3:10 p.m., Parleys 2
Chris Chapman (Weber State University), Jake Jones and Jenny Peil (Colorado Mesa University), and Megan Wrona (Ft. Lewis College) Moderator: Susan Becker (Colorado Mesa University)
What is the “right” academic job, and what does it take to land it? This workshop is for aspiring academics who are currently graduate students and postdocs. Panelists will discuss such things as career focus, landing an academic job, work-life balance and the rewards and challenges of an academic career.

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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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