Overview on the 5th Annual National Psychology Synergy Conference
By Maria Ragusa
Psi Beta President, Community College of Denver
The Psi Beta chapter at Community College of Denver and the Psi Chi chapter at Metro State College hosted the 5th annual national Psychology Synergy Conference on October 29th and 30th, 2010. This year’s theme was “Positive Psychology and Student Success.” We’ve seen a growing interest in the United States on the effects of positive psychology and choosing to be happy. Some very interesting, even shocking studies have shown how the power of happiness affects individual health.
Following Friday night’s dinner, the conference started with student-led roundtable discussions on leadership, service, research, networking, and fundraising. An expert on each topic was available for consultation after the student brain-storming sessions on each topic. Many bright ideas were generated and students got to know each other during this event.
Saturday’s schedule included keynote speaker Dr. Sonja Lyubomirsky, author of “The How of Happiness” and professor at the University of California, Riverside. There were also workshops by Dr. Richard Straub on health and positive psychology and Dr. Peter Grossenbacher on the neuroscience and application of mindfulness and mediation. Saturday afternoon’s schedule included student and expert led panels on topics related to student success and student organization success. The chapter from Oklahoma City, Kansas skillfully served as roundtable facilitators and panelists.
It was an honor and valuable experience to be selected as the host chapter for the National Synergy Conference! We made some great bonds with other chapters and look forward to collaborating on future events. We had a lot fun sharing our unique and beautiful Auraria campus and really enjoyed meeting and networking with students, faculty and professionals from across the United States.