Letter from the President


Greetings from Dr. Kathleen Hughes, Psi Beta President

As you read this, the 2015-2016 academic year is in full swing and we are gearing up to celebrate our 35th Anniversary of Psi Beta. Our Psi Beta chapters have been busy all across the country, holding planning meetings, coordinating campus events and inducting new members. Chapters are facilitating roundtable discussions on current topics in psychology, holding book discussions, hosting movie nights and attending conferences. You are making a difference— on campus and in your communities and your work is appreciated. We know that it is a challenge to manage your studies and personal responsibilities and are thankful that you make the choice to dedicate yourself to Psi Beta’s mission and focus on scholarship, leadership, research, and community service.

As a reminder, it is not too late to get involved with the Psi Beta National Research project on academic self-regulation. The study involves an establishment of an academic self-regulation baseline for first year freshmen community college students. The study will also explore the possible relationship between academic self-regulation, mindset, happiness, and satisfaction with life.

As the President of Psi Beta, I want to thank the chapter advisors for their leadership and support and congratulate our student members on a job well done. I have served in the role of the Southeastern Regional Vice-President for the last 5 years and have been very proud to represent my college and region on the National board. I have learned a great deal about the challenges facing students and advisors. I am thankful for the opportunity to serve in a leadership role this year as your President.

The National Council has been hard at work throughout the fall term, focusing on advisor support and recruitment, developing scholarship opportunities for students, and celebrating our 35th anniversary. We will be reaching out to advisors and students during the spring term asking for assistance and providing information about our various efforts. Please stay tuned as we will need your help! We also have several positions open for regional vice-presidents, so advisors, please consider this wonderful leadership opportunity.

I also want to encourage chapters to consider our various awards which honor and recognize students, advisors and chapters. The deadlines for the awards are usually May or June, which can be a challenge with the end of the spring term. Please take a look at the following award criteria and plan accordingly so that you can submit a nomination or enter a competition:

  • ANN E. GARRETT ROBINSON COLLEGE LIFE AWARD
  • CAROL TRACY COMMUNITY SERVICE AWARD
  • CHAPTER EXCELLENCE AWARD
  • JOHNSON/COUSINS BUILDING BONDS COLLABORATION AWARD
  • PSI BETA RESEARCH PAPER AWARDS
  • VIRGINIA STAUDT SEXTON FACULTY ADVISOR AWARD

It is the end of the Fall semester and final papers and exams are likely on your mind. We wish you the best as you finish the term! Happy holidays and New Year!

Kathleen Hughes, Ph.D.
President, Psi Beta National Council
hugheska@phsc.edu


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