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2011 Award Winners!

The following individuals and chapters are recognized as the 2011 Psi Beta award winners. Congratulations!


Carol Tracy Individual Community Service Award
Nate Small – Union County College,
Advisor: Professor Albert Bramante

Carol Tracy Chapter Community Service Award

Community College of Denver
Advisor: Professor Diana Joy 
Professor Jaye Van Kirk
San Diego Mesa College


Virginia Staudt Sexton Faculty Advisor Award
     Professor Jaye Van Kirk
San Diego Mesa College    

Psi Beta/Ann Robinson College Life Award

Collin College (TX)
Advisor: Jennifer O’Loughlin-Brooks


Chapter Excellence Awards
Carroll Community College (MD)
Cerritos College (CA)
Collin College (TX)
Community College of Denver (CO)
Irvine Valley College (CA)
Palm Beach St. College-Eissey (FL)
Pasco-Hernando Community College – North Campus (FL)
Suffolk County Community College (NY)
Union County College (NJ)


Pearson / Psi Beta Research Paper Awards

    • First Place

Kristina Rowden, Glendale Community College (AZ), Will you be my friend? Attractiveness and Facebook friend acceptance.


    • Second Place

Julie Cenci, Lehigh Carbon Community College (PA), Waiting on happiness.


Julie Cenci

Julie graduated with her associates from Lehigh Carbon Community College where she served as the President of the Psychology Club.  She received recognition for her leadership abilities in the Psychology Club. She is a member of Psi Beta and Phi Theta Kappa.  She graduated magna cum laude and was bestowed the Professor Elizabeth (Bette) Hummer Memorial Award. Julie is an All-Pennsylvania Academic Team member.  She is the recipient of a PASSHE tuition scholarship and will be attending Kutztown University in the fall.  Aside from her academic success, she has a wonderful husband and two children, her daughter is a junior in college and her son is in 6th grade.  She plans to enter a graduate program upon completion of her bachelor’s degree.


    • Third Place

Theresa L. Lavery, Irvine Valley College (CA), The appreciative personality: relating appreciation to the Big Five traits of extroversion, openness, and conscientiousness.


Theresa Lavery

Theresa was a dedicated member of Psi Beta at Irvine Valley College where she recently completed her transfer curriculum with honors.  She is now a third-year undergraduate at the University of California at Irvine, pursuing a degree in Psychology and Social Behavior. Her interests in psychology vary widely but she is particularly interested in studying memory processes in both infants and adults. In addition to her studies, Theresa is currently assisting with research in the UCI Memory & Development Lab and plans to pursue a graduate degree.  During her free time, she enjoys relaxing with family and friends, reading, traveling, and gardening. She and her husband are proud of the three children they have raised and cherish most the time spent with them.

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