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Chapter Activities

Anne Arundel Community College (MD)

Psi Beta had a very productive year. Besides the discussions on important and popular topics that members engaged in at weekly meetings, they organized some major activities for the college. In the fall semester the chapter organized a college-wide “Halloween Event” which consisted of a panel of faculty members. Each gave a presentation on topics about fears and phobias, hypnosis, and the paranormal. Members dressed in costumes representing a specific fear or phobia and members also prepared a DVD of several movie vignettes for the audience. The semester ended with a clothes drive for a local charity. For the chapter’s most recent event, members attended the Eastern Psychological Association (EPA) meeting in Pittsburgh, PA . Energized from the knowledge gained and the shared group bonding, they are looking forward to upcoming activities.

Canyons, College of the (CA)

The Psi Beta Chapter at College of the Canyons is committed to the Psi Beta mission. Many members have outstanding grade point averages, are involved with other campus clubs, are committed to community service, and hold part time jobs. About ten Psi Beta members will be attending the WPA Convention in Portland, Oregon. The chapter raised almost $3,000 last semester from bake sales, garage sales, restaurant nights, and from attending Audiences Unlimited shows. Some Psi Beta members attended a Posttraumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD)* seminar, advocated Psi Beta at Club Rush and Club Showcase, participated in the Body-Mind and Wellness Challenge, and led school meditation and stress relief sessions. A few guest speakers attended chapter meetings. They included Dr. Patty Robinson, who is the Dean of Social Sciences at College of the Canyons; Dr. Mehgen Delaney, who is a professor at College of the Canyons; and a graduate student attending CSUN. They talked about their research interests, graduate school challenges, and their passion for psychology and education. College of the Canyons Psi Beta members are dedicated to leadership, academic excellence, community service, professional development, and truly have a passion for psychology.

Spring 2008 Psi Beta Induction, Lisa Cronk, Kendall Wirtz, Heather Levy, (now retired) Professor Mark Rafter, Lauren Heath, Marci Fay, Christopher Schamber, Tyler Garrett

* DID YOU KNOW? (In the DSM-IV, which is considered authoritative, the spelling “posttraumatic stress disorder” is used. Elsewhere, “posttraumatic” is often rendered as two words — “post-traumatic stress disorder” or “post traumatic stress disorder” — especially in less formal writing on the subject.)

Carroll Community College (MD)

Since last fall, the Psi Beta chapter has been very busy and productive. Members attended the American Psychological Association (APA) convention in Boston, 2008, where they received the Wadsworth Publishers Outstanding Chapter of the Year Award. In October, the chapter was co-host of the 3rd Annual National Synergy Conference, along with the Psi Chi chapter from McDaniel College. Members attended the Eastern Psychological Association (EPA) Conference in Pittsburgh. The chapter hosted an invited speaker series to raise funds. Topics included Dissociative Identity Disorder, Depression, and Posttraumatic Stress Disorder as a result of Sexual Child Abuse and Neglect (co-hosted with the McDaniel College chapter of Psi Chi), Living as a Transgendered Adult, Suffering with Obsessive – Compulsive Disorder, and NAMI – In Our Own Voice – Living With Mental Illness. Basket Bingo was another fundraiser that raised $4000! Also, the chapter held four bake sales. Community service projects included Adopt-a-Family (2 families) during the holiday, collecting Teddy bears to benefit Carroll Hospice Center and a local fire department, and a team participation in the NAMI Walk to benefit the National Alliance for Mental Illness.

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Sharing a meal in Pittsburgh at EPA

Cerritos College (CA)

Psi Beta has coordinated many activities during the past semesters. Last fall Psi Beta held five lectures. Dr. David Young, a Psychology Counselor at Cerritos College, lectured on “The Meaning of Happiness.” Viola Gaffaney, director of a mental facility, spoke on “The Abnormal Side of Abnormal Psychology.” Jacquelyn Troup, a Sociologist from Cerritos College, lectured on “The Types of Serial Homicides.” Dr. Amy Holzgang, a Sociologist from Cerritos College, spoke on “Women in the Priesthood.” Michelle Lewellen, a Biopsychologist from Cerritos College, lectured on “The Awareness of Drugs and Behaviors.” Because the recent presidential election was very controversial, Psi Beta decided to hold a political forum in November. Dr. Diane Keenan, an instructor of Economics, participated with Dr. Bryan Reece, a professor of Political Science, along with Dennis Falcon, who also is a professor of Political Science at Cerritos College. Together they discussed and gave their expert opinions on various issues. The club also held bake sales to fund the registration fees of the new Psi Beta inductees of the semester. Psi Beta members also volunteered in the annual AIDS Walk of Los Angeles and visited the Metropolitan Mental Hospital of Norwalk. Numerous field trips were taken to the California Institute of Technology in Pasadena, where they hold Skeptic Society meetings and give lectures on many educational topics. Psi Beta also sponsors a scholarship each semester. This is funded through the bake sales and workshops. The past workshop was conducted by an instructor of Sociology, Dianne Pirtle, and was on the misconceptions of sex. The scholarship is given to an inductee who is chosen by the advisors. It covers the cost of the cords and medallion, plus a dinner which is held at the end of the semester to welcome the new Psi Beta members.

Cottey College (MO)

During the fall semester, the Cottey College Psi Beta Chapter analyzed data collected in the previous spring as part of the pilot study of the national Psi Beta research study. Members wrote a paper based on the data and presented it at the annual conference for Southwest Teachers of Psychology in Ft. Worth, TX. The title was, “Connectedness at a Two-Year College Campus.” They also collected data for the actual national research study. In December, they collected several boxes of Christmas gifts for the local women’s shelter. At the February induction ceremony, which includes other honor societies, members presented the research paper again. For Valentine’s Day, they participated in the chocolate sale which benefits the local women’s shelter.ether they discussed and gave their expert opinions on various issues. The club also held bake sales to fund the registration fees of the new Psi Beta inductees of the semester. Psi Beta members also volunteered in the annual AIDS Walk of Los Angeles and visited the Metropolitan Mental Hospital of Norwalk. Numerous field trips were taken to the California Institute of Technology in Pasadena, where they hold Skeptic Society meetings and give lectures on many educational topics. Psi Beta also sponsors a scholarship each semester. This is funded through the bake sales and workshops. The past workshop was conducted by an instructor of Sociology, Dianne Pirtle, and was on the misconceptions of sex. The scholarship is given to an inductee who is chosen by the advisors. It covers the cost of the cords and medallion, plus a dinner which is held at the end of the semester to welcome the new Psi Beta members.

Cottey students at Southwest Teachers of Psychology annual conference

Cottey students at Southwest Teachers of Psychology annual conference

Denver, Community College of (CO)

Last fall was the chapter’s first full semester after receiving their Charter in the spring of 2008. Several charter members became alumni at the 2008 graduation, but fortunately the chapter gained 19 new members and held a large candlelight induction ceremony! During the fall semester chapter members organized and hosted an international film and discussion social, viewing “Moolade,” a film about Female Genital Mutilation (FGM). The discussion group included international students from regions that have practiced or do practice FGM. The event was open to the entire campus. In October, they organized and hosted a panel presentation on sex and sexuality that was open to the entire campus and well attended. The Halloween themed keynote on “Kinks, Costumes and Scary Sex” was an attention getter. Speakers included professors from CC of Denver (Diana Joy), Metropolitan State (Sandra Allen) and Aurora CC (Jennifer Dale). Lively discussion followed the presentations. Psi Beta members participated in the CCD Campus Resource Fair and fundraiser. Chapter President Erin Rogman and Advisor Diana Joy attended a state-wide leadership conference for student government and student organizations in Colorado Springs. Workshops on Robert’s Rules of Order, recruitment and retention, funding and leadership were excellent. Networking opportunities with clubs from across the state were beneficial as well. A trip to the Colorado Springs Zoo followed. “We were unsuccessful in finding new members at the zoo – we are always on the look out to increase diversity – but we did get much interest from the giraffes and meercats. Our inspirational President even got the attention of the shy and elusive pallas cat.” The CCD Psi Beta Chapter submitted the student engagement research data to National and continues to work on analyzing the data sets. This semester also saw the birth of the chapter’s signature project, Psi Beta Anti-Stress Ambassadors. This project is ongoing throughout all semesters. We developed a quick stress management intervention that also encourages students to form and test hypotheses about their stress using biodots and cards that Psi Beta members carry out onto campus and/or into the community. The project has been very popular. Spring semester sees the continuation of the Psi Beta Anti Stress Ambassador program. Biodots and stress management cards can be checked out in pouches that say “Psi Beta @ CCD Honor Society in Psychology Anti – Stress Ambassador.” Members receive a brief training and written directions for being an Ambassador. Members represented Psi Beta at the Resource Fair in February and raised funds with treats and a raffle. They received many compliments on their well-decorated table and friendly staff. Brownies were a huge hit!

Erin Rogman, President, at the Leadership Conference

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Everyone wants to participate in Psi Beta!

Hudson County Community College (NJ)

Last November, in conjunction with the psychology club, Psi Beta sponsored a workshop on Careers in Psychology, facilitated by Dr. Lillian McMaster. In December, the annual Gift Wrapping Social served as a Christmas party for Psi Beta and Psychology Club members and also for collecting gifts that go to Greystone Psychiatric Hospital in NJ. More than 50 gifts were donated and wrapped by members. Psi Beta fulfilled its community service requirement to the school by delivering part of the Thanksgiving Food Drive to a local Pantry.

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Psi Beta and Psychology Club Member Wrapping Gifts, for the Christmas Gift Wrapping Social

Lonestar College, Montgomery (TX)

The Lonestar College, Montgomery Chapter has been very busy in their first year! In August Psi Beta and Psychology Club members had a meeting to plan activities and projects for the year. In September the chapter sponsored William Mitchell, a professional hypnotist, on campus. Over 200 students attended the educational and entertaining program followed by a reception for members and their guests. In November Psi Beta members had a meeting and selected the March of Dimes for their service project. Also, the chapter had a joint meeting with the Psychology Club featuring Glen Killian who discussed, “Riding the Ups and Downs: Understanding Bi-Polar Disorder.” Over 150 students attended this informative program. Psi Beta sponsored a field trip to “Body Worlds 2” at the Houston Museum of Natural Science. Over 60 students rode the bus together and had a great time! It has been a great year!

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Psi Beta members sponsored a Field Trip to see “Body Worlds 2” in Houston.

Miami Dade College, InterAmerican Campus (FL)

This is a newly organized Psi Beta chapter at the InterAmerican campus of Miami Dade College. Members are trying to get the honor society off the ground with fundraisers. This spring they held a “Psi Beta Green Lunches” fundraiser to raise money for a trip to the Salvador Dali Museum in St. Petersburg, FL. They sold a vegetarian lunch of sandwiches, water, and fruits to promote healthy eating. Also, they have an ongoing sale of recyclable grocery bags with Psi Beta’s logo on them. In March, for Women’s History Month, members are working, along with another campus organization, on a maze dedicated to showcasing multiple women’s issues to different classes. They are focusing on human trafficking, domestic violence, and abusive/offensive language against women. Psi Beta set up different stations in a campus auditorium and had the students go through the maze, which is constrictive and a bit frightening, to experience what it is like to be a woman involved in the aforementioned situations. This annual event is a shocking experience, not for the weak of heart. They are very excited to have these Psi Beta activities going on, seeing as how in the past it has been difficult for their small member base to get organized and commit. “Finally, we are growing!” Soon a newly-formed chapter of Psi Beta at the Kendall campus of Miami Dade College will join this chapter to prepare more activities for all students.

Navarro College, Ellis County Campus (TX)

The new Psi Beta advisor started teaching in the fall and got the inactive chapter up and running again. Navarro now has five active members and everyone is an officer! They are fundraising to be able to buy ceremony equipment and start up some projects. Members are currently selling raffle tickets for a gift card. Also, they worked in a garage sale at the Salvation Army. Plans are to meet with the Psi Chi chapter at Southwestern Assemblies of God University and induct new members in April.

Quinsigamond Community College (MA)

Psi Beta members attended an event at the Community College of Rhode Island Psi Beta Chapter, where a local hypnotist spoke. Members sponsored a 5K Walk, Run, or Roll Event on the QCC campus track in November. Proceeds of $2,268 were donated to the American Cancer Society from this event. The chapter developed a “Leaf a Dollar for Camp Sunshine Event” and contributed $250 to their summer program for challenged children. They also created a “Positivity Day” which occurs twice a year (during finals) and involves passing out motivating statements mounted on magnets to students in need of a smile. Members visited the Warren Anatomical Museum at Harvard University to view Phineas Gage’s skull and other medical artifacts from the era. They donated time Christmas Day and collected money and goods over those holiday weeks for distribution through their local homeless shelter. Psi Beta members attended a joint meeting and event at Worcester State College with their Psi Chi chapter. The chapter’s last induction was held at Dave & Buster’s in Providence, RI. Some members were able to attend the APA Conference in Boston. The chapter created a Mystery Bag Fundraiser to donate money to the QCC Memorial Fund for a portrait to be made honoring one of their psychology professors, Francis Gardner, who passed away. Members toured Clark University. In return, a Post-Doctoral and a Doctoral Candidate from there visited QCC and discussed their current research. Various members attended the Harvest Festival, Spring Fling, QCC Club Fairs and donated time to the college as tour guides for high school visitors. Meetings were held every Thursday afternoon from 3-4 p.m. Speakers from different areas within psychology, since January, were Dr. Valarie Clemente, Community Counseling and Dr. Gene Butler, retired QCC faculty, who is a behaviorist and had an on-going relationship with B.F. Skinner. He brought multiple documents and pictures that he shared with the group. Additional speakers are scheduled for the semester.

Union County College (NJ)

In the Fall Semester, the Union County College Psi Beta Chapter inducted 50 new members. They also hosted a fundraiser for I-HUG. I-Hug is an organization that provides funding for children in a poverty stricken area in Uganda. Members held a week long bake sale and raised $2,440 for the organization, which sponsors six children for one year with health care and education costs. The chapter had a two-day bake sale and raised $700 for down syndrome research. Another bake sale was for Autism Awareness and yet another was a week long bake sale to honor their former department chair, who had passed away recently. This semester the week long bake sale raised money for the Center of Hope Hospice and American Cancer Society, specifically for Lung Cancer Research. The chapter’s next planned fundraising challenge will be a diversity dinner, which is going to be a campus wide event. They are partnering up with several of the cultural societies on campus to put together an evening of music, food, dancing, and education. Each group will showcase their culture and provide music, food, and dancing. Each group will sell tickets and proceeds will go to a charity of their choice.


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