An Exemplary Chapter Report from Lone Star College-Montgomery

Our chapter started the year with a meeting to plan activities and set goals for the year for our officers and members in September 2017.  There were many ideas!

2016-17 Officers:

President Carissa Baker
Vice President Amber Saleem
Secretary Marlen Salinas
Treasurer Brittney Chapa
Chapter Delegate Diarra Raymond
Co-Advisors Karen Buckman, Ph.D. and Michael Green, Ph.D.


Psi Beta had a table at the Student Activities Fair in September and in January to promote membership.

Our service project for the year was to continue volunteering for the Lone Star College-Montgomery Food Pantry. Karen Buckman is President of the Board of Directors for the Pantry, Mike Green is on the Board, David Hok serves as Inventory Coordinator and Brittney Chapa, David Hok, Amber Saleem and many other members serve as volunteers.

Our first program of the year was Special Agent Jeremiah George of the FBI on Oct. 19. We served pizza and over 100 students attended this fascinating program. He discussed how he uses psychology in his work. He also discussed the requirements to be an agent for the FBI.

Jeremiah George, FBI Agent, discusses psychological issues with Psychology Club and Psi Beta.

In February we had another meeting to confirm details about future programs, installation and SWPA convention.

On Feb. 7 we were honored to have Dr. Kelley Slack of NASA come to discuss her work. Her speech was titled: “Deeper Space: Behavioral Risks on Mars and Asteroid Missions.” She is an industrial/organizational psychologist who specializes in space. She discussed her work with many missions in space. Over 150 students and faculty attended the presentation.

Come and hear Dr. Kelley Slack, NASA-JSC, “Deeper Space: Behavioral Risks on Mars Asteroid Missions,”

    Tuesday, Feb. 7 at 1:00-1:50 in G102

Dr. Slack is on the team to select the astronauts for the mission to Mars! Everyone is welcome

Our next program was William Mitchell who presented a stage show in hypnosis. Mr. Mitchell has four hypnosis clinics in Illinois and hypnotized about 25 students. After the show he stayed to answer questions at a reception.

In April Co-Advisor Mike Green and officers Carissa Baker, Amber Saleem and Brittney Chapa attended the South West Psychological Association convention in San Antonio. They heard many outstanding speakers and met Psi Beta members from other clubs.

Our last program was a BIG one! We were honored with a visit from two time World Heavyweight Champion and Olympic Gold Medalist and Entrepreneur George Foreman! His motivational speech was called: “To Fall, to Fight, To Grill and become once again a Champion.” On April 3 over 350 people attended our program which we co-sponsored with Psychology Club, Lyceum and Mavericks of Color. Mr. Foreman stayed and signed autographs and took selfies with faculty, staff, and students for about one hour! It was a thrill for us all!

Two-time heavyweight champion, Olympic Gold Medalist, ordained minister, entrepreneur and philanthropist George Foreman visited Lone Star College – Montgomery on Monday to speak about his up’s and down’s. Students, faculty and staff packed into the campus’ Mainstage Theatre to hear words of wisdom from the 68-year-old.

The speech was sponsored by the college’s Lyceum club, Psychology Club, Psi Beta and Mavericks in Color. Foreman’s daughter, Natalie Foreman, is an assistant education professor at LSC – Montgomery part of Mavericks in Color.

Psychology professor Karen Buckman helped organize Foreman’s talk at the university. Foreman’s speech on campus has been in the works for years, said Buckman, but it wasn’t until recently that Foreman’s arrival was confirmed.

“We like him because he talks about succeeding, failing and coming back,” Buckman said. “For students, this is important concept … I think he’s inspiring to our students.” The Houston native lived in the Fifth Ward for many years, where he said he didn’t enjoy school and began stealing and mugging people when he was a teenager. Foreman shared stories of being told multiple times that he “wouldn’t be anything” in life, but it wasn’t until a close encounter with police that he vowed to never steal again.


On April 10 the Psi Beta chapter installed ten new members. Carol Girocco, a nursing professor, gave the keynote address. Family and friends joined us for cake and punch.

It has been a great year for Psi Beta at Lone Star College-Montgomery!

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