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2017 SWPA (Southwestern Psychological Association) The Gritty Team: Passion, Purpose and Success

By Jennifer O’Loughlin-Brooks
Psi Beta’s National President-Elect

The Southwestern Psychological Association (SWPA) conference was held in San Antonio, Texas from March 31st to April 2nd, 2017. Over 1,200 psychology enthusiasts were in attendance, and the invited speakers were exceptional. Kip Williams, PhD, Holly Arrow, PhD, Joel Shenker, PhD, Paul Piff, PhD and others spoke on topics as varied as: Ostracism: Consequences and Coping, Valuing and Devaluing lives in Peace and War, Broken Social Brains and What is Social about Social Class?

Students from the Collin College Chapter of Psi Beta National Honor Society collaborated on a panel with Psi Chi National Honor Society members from the University of Central Arkansas and Texas Woman’s University. The Psi Chi/Psi Beta Chapter and Officer Exchange was titled: The Gritty Team: Passion, Purpose and Success. This popular annual session continues to facilitate networking opportunities for students and advisors from across the Southwest Region.

















Psychologist Angela Duckworth (2007) defined GRIT as “perseverance and passion towards long-term goals.” The Psi Chi/Psi Beta officers based this year’s panel on her work and applied theory of grit to organizational effectiveness. In the session, participants were actively involved in discovering their own “grit” score, discussing how to apply Duckworth’s research to their honor societies, and contemplating how the legacy of their investment might look to future members of Psi Chi/Psi Beta.

Martha S. Zlokovich, PhD, Executive Director of Psi Chi National Honor Society, Jon Grahe PhD, Psi Chi National President, Shawn Charlton, PhD, Southwestern Vice President of Psi Chi and Liza Veliz, Vice President of Psi Beta National Honor Society all attended and partook with students in the session. Collaboration amongst chapters and advisors serves to strengthen the bond between the sister honor societies. The benefit ensues as many of our Psi Beta members will be entering university to eventually become members of Psi Chi National Honor Society.

Collin Psi Beta members also presented a poster at SWPA titled: Academic Self-Regulation: A Correlative Study. Their study analyzed survey data from eight different community colleges across the country to determine the extent to which today’s two-year college freshmen students demonstrate academic self-regulation. The research also sought to determine if there were any correlations between academic self-regulation and the factors of goal orientation, mindset, subjective happiness, and satisfaction with life. As hypothesized, the study found statistically significant positive correlations between academic self-regulation and the factors of mindset, subjective happiness, and satisfaction with life.



















Alongside student presentations, Collin College Psi Beta Advisors (Patricia Coble, Joshua Arduengo and Jennifer O’Loughlin-Brooks) teamed up with Psi Beta Advisors from Blinn College and Psi Chi Advisors from the University of Central Arkansas and Southeastern Oklahoma State University to discuss Mentoring Undergraduate Students: Best Practices. The panel provided strategies for faculty advisors, engaged novel ideas, and elicited suggestions from attendees regarding mentoring practices.





















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