Psi Beta at APA 2017 – Photos!

Psi Beta events at APA 2017 included a student research poster session, a panel on unique service learning projects underway at three chapters, a lecture on the importance of community college psychology to the field of psychology, and an awards and social hour. Selected photos of these events are shown below.

National President Kathleen Hughes (right) awarding a plaque commemorating Dr. Katherine Wickes (left) for her many years of service and dedication to Psi Beta. Dr. Wickes was Psi Beta’s National President 2014-2015.

William Mo presenting his award winning research he conducted at Mt. San Antonio College. William won first place in Psi Beta’s research competition and won a scholarship to attend the APA conference.

Becca Corona (left) and Emily Castro presenting their award winning research study. Becca and Emily represented Irvine Valley College. Their paper won second place overall. They also shared a conference scholarship.

Paul Whitcomb from Blinn College presenting his excellent third place tying research. Paul also won an Anastasi conference scholarship.

Elise Ulwelling presenting her 3rd place (tie) research during the Psi Beta poster session. Elise is from Irvine Valley College.

Poster presenters from around the nation!


Psi Beta National President Jennifer O’Loughlin-Brooks presenting her talk on fostering partnerships between high schools, 2-year colleges and universities through collaboration at professional conferences.

Dr. Bryan Gerber, Psi Beta’s Midwestern VP, describing his chapter’s strategies for student engagement and professional development.
Psi Beta’s Southwestern Regional VP showing the winning Psi Beta t-shirt. Professor Todd Allen Joseph also presented a talk about his chapter’s service project in conjunction with the Center for the History of Psychology in Ohio.
Dr. Kimberley Duff, Psi Beta’s Western Regional VP and President-Elect introducing Dr. Jerry Rudmann, who gave this year’s Ruth Hubbard Cousins distinguished lecture.

Psi Beta Eastern Regional Vice President Michael Colbert. On right is chapter advisor and professor Jerina Wainwright from Anne Arundel Community.

Psi Beta & CABE Awards and Social Hour!























TOP NEWS: New Scholarship Giving Campaign – Help Us!


We are planning many exciting programs and opportunities for students in the upcoming academic year. To this end, we have created the Jerry Rudmann Endowed Scholarship Fund to recognize students who exemplify Psi Beta’s mission:

To encourage professional development and psychological literacy of all students at two-year colleges through promotion and recognition of excellence in scholarship, leadership, research and community service.

Scholarships from the Endowed Scholarship Fund will be awarded to help pay educational expenses of exemplary students. We hope that you will join us in our mission to recognize outstanding undergraduate students. Your entire donation (100%) will go directly to students.

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The Golden Scholarship Club is a special donation category limited to the first one hundred contributors who agree to donate $100 per year for three consecutive years. This fund will produce a self-sustaining annual $500 “Golden Scholarship” beginning in 2018. Golden Scholarship Club members will receive special recognition on the Psi Beta website and an attractive Psi Beta desktop paperweight commemorating Psi Beta’s 35th Anniversary.

Thank you for your generous donation

Psi Beta at APA 2016


Dr. Kimberley Duff (left) at Psi Beta poster session. Dr. Duff is Psi Beta’s Western and Rocky Mt. regional Vice-President. She co-advises a Psi Beta chapter at Cerritos College.


Kristie Soto and Todd Allen Joseph, Psi Beta’s Southeastern Regional Vice-President during social and awards event.


Dr. Bryan Gerber, Psi Beta’s Midwest Regional Vice-President, with Mt. San Antonio College Psi Beta student Beverly Thai.


During the Psi Beta / CABE social hour at APA.


The big blue bear, a sculpture commissioned by APA. The bear is looking into the window of the Denver’s Convention Center, location of APA 2016.


Dr. Noland White delivering Psi Beta’s Ruth Hubbard Cousins Distinguished Lecture. His talk was titled Using assessment data to improve student engagement and learning in undergraduate psychology. Dr. White gave an outstanding presentation.


Robin Hailstorks, APA’s Associate Executive Director of Precollege and Undergraduate Education and former National President of Psi Beta.

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Students who participated in the Psi Beta poster session during APA. A record number of students presented. The largest contingent of students traveled from Mt. San Antonio College in Walnut, California.


A cake commemorating Psi Beta’s 35th anniversary. Psi Beta was founded in October, 1981.


Dr. Kathleen Hughes, Psi Beta National President, following installation of Psi Beta’s newest Vice-Presidents. On the left is regional Vice-President Michael Colbert from Camden County College in New Jersey. On the right is Todd Allen Joseph, Southeastern Regional Vice-President from Hillsborough Community College in Tampa, Florida.


Dr. Jane Halonen (right), co-chair of CABE, and Dr. Robin Hailstorks of APA.


Jaye Van Kirk, former Psi Beta National President and chapter advisor at San Diego Mesa College. Jaye is examining a medal awarded to her to commemorate her many contributions to thousands of students, Psi Beta, and the discipline of psychology.


Anastasi Research Paper Winners at APA


Anastasi research paper winner Lindi J. Lawson (on right) presenting her poster on Grit, social media, and academic achievement within the community college sample. On Lawson’s left is Dr. Katherine Wickes, chapter advisor at Blinn college and member of the Psi Beta National Council.


Winner of the Anastasi research paper competition, Mirna Sabbagh, shown presenting her paper at the Psi Beta poster session during the APA conference. Sabbagh’s paper was Perceptions, knowledge, and opinions of the transgender community in college. She is a member of the Lehigh Carbon Community College Psi Beta chapter.


Kristie Soto, Glendale College Psi Beta student, presenting her Anastasi award winning poster at the APA conference in Denver. Her study was titled Will a Long-Evans rat help his cagemate or choose food instead?


Co-authors of the forth best Anastasi research paper: Estrella (Star) Serrato (on left) and Sunrae Taloma (on right). Not shown is third author Nicole Joy Ledina. Serrato and Taloma had just received certificates commemorating their participation in APA’s Psi Beta poster session. Their paper was titled The influence of staring, illumination, and dissociative states. The three authors are members of the Psi Beta chapter at Irvine Valley College.

Anastasi Scholarship Recipients – 2016

Winners of the prestigious Anne Anastasi scholarships! From left to right: Mirna Sabbagh (Lehigh Carbon Community College), Kristie Soto (Glendale Community College), and Lindi J. Lawson (Blinn College). Each winner received funding to attend the annual conference of the American Psychological Association held in Denver. Each winner also received an engraved Anastasi medal.


Psi Beta Awards – 2015-16 – Congratulations!!!

Ann G. Robinson College Life Award – Spartanburg Methodist College, advisors are Mary Jane Farmer and Sue Onken

Carol Tracy Chapter Community Service Award – Western Virginia Community College, Advisor is Lora Vasiliauskas

Johnson / Cousins Building Bonds Award – San Diego City College, advisor is Kim Sweeney & Psi Chi chapter at San Diego State University, advisor is Allison Vaughn

Virginia Staudt Sexton Faculty Advisor Award – Dr. Lesley Schimanski, Glendale, AZ

Chapter Excellence Awards – 2015-16

  • American River College (Lori Hokerson)
  • Blinn College (Katherine Wickes)
  • Carroll College (Laura Bittner)
  • Cerritos College (Kimberley Duff)
  • Collin College (Jennifer O’Loughlin-Brooks)
  • Irvine Valley College (Kari Tucker-McCorkhill)
  • Lehigh Carbon Community College (Robin Musselman)
  • Lone Star College – University Campus (Cherry Sawyerr)
  • Mount San Antonio College (Stacy Bacigalupi)
  • San Diego City College (Kim Sweeney)
  • San Diego Mesa College (Jaye Van Kirk)
  • Spartanburg Methodist College (Mary Jane Farmer)
  • Stark State Community College (Bryan Gerber)
  • Virginia Western Community College (Lora Vasiliauskas)

Anne Anastasi Research Paper Awards – 2016

Gold Level

  • 1st Mirna Sabbagh, Perceptions, knowledge, and opinions of the transgender community in college, Lehigh Carbon CC
  • 2nd Alara Blofield, Vagal tone predicting psychophysiological function under conditions of fear, Irvine Valley College
  • 3rd Kristie Soto, Will a Long-Evans rat help his cagemate or choose food instead, Glendale Community College (AZ)

Silver Level

  • 1st   Lindi J. Lawson, Grit, social media, and academic achievement within the community college sample, Blinn College
  • 2nd Estrella Serrato, Sunrae Taloma, & Nicole Joy Ledina, The influence of staring, illumination, and dissociative states, Irvine Valley College
  • 3rd Kayla L. Feinour, The effects of music on memory, Lehigh Carbon CC

Anne Anastasi APA Conference Scholarship Winners

  • Mirna Sabbagh, Lehigh Carbon Community College
  • Alara Blofield, Irvine Valley College
  • Kristie Soto, Glendale Community College (AZ)
  • Lindi J. Lawson, Blinn College



Psi Beta at APA Convention, August 3 – 6, 2017!!!

Washington DC Convention Center – August 3 – 6, 2017

Event Day Time Location
Psi Beta Student Research Poster Session Saturday, Aug 5 9 – 9:50 am Convention Center /Halls D and E
Psi Beta Symposium: Unique and engaging experiential learning strategies that students love

  • Service learning as as student engagement and professional development strategy – Dr. Bryan Gerber
  • Experiential learning: a cross-country trip to the Center for the History of Psychology – Professor Todd J. Allen
  • Bridging the gap for success: fostering partnerships between high schools and 2-year colleges and universities though conference participation – Professor Jennifer O’Loughlin-Brooks
Saturday, Aug 5 11– 11:50 am Convention Center / East Salon D
Psi Beta’s Ruth Hubbard Cousins Distinguished Lecture by Dr. Jerry Rudmann: How community college teachers of psychology play an invaluable role in promoting our field and increasing psychological literacy.


Saturday, Aug 5 12 – 12:50 pm Convention Center Room 148
Psi Beta and CABE Awards Ceremony and Reception Saturday, Aug 5 5:00 – 6:50 pm Marriott Marquis Washington DC Hotel, Mount Vernon Square Room
It is too late to apply to present a poster. Psi Beta posters will appear in spaces H-1 to J-5.
NOTE name badges (you get one when you register for the conference) are required to gain access to the poster session. So plan to register if you will be attending the poster session or other conference events.
Information on the convention can be found at: Convention Registration and Information

NEW! The Anne Anastasi APA Conference Travel Scholarship!

ANNOUNCEMENT…Psi Beta Advisors – Please inform your Psi Beta members of two exciting opportunities. The first opportunity is the student research paper contest, and the second is a scholarship to attend this year’s American Psychological Association Conference (APA) in Washington DC, August 3-6, 2017!

Background: Up to 4 (four) authors of winning research papers will, in addition to their winning paper cash award, be awarded $2000 to attend the APA conference in DC, August 3-6, 2017. The Anastasi scholarship monies are expected to cover registration, travel, lodging, and meal expenses needed to attend the APA convention. While attending the conference, winners are required to present their research paper at the Psi Beta student research poster session, attend all Psi Beta sponsored sessions, and receive a certificate of recognition and cash award for their winning paper. Winners must pay for travel, lodging, registration, and meals in advance, but will be awarded a check for their winning paper and a $2,000 scholarship check to reimburse all conference expenses not exceeding $2000 at the Psi Beta Awards and Social Hour on Saturday, August 6th at the conference.
Please note that the research paper competition is separate from the conference scholarship competition, but research paper winners who are interested in attending the conference are automatically eligible for the conference scholarship competition. Scholarship judging will give extra consideration to novel research and regional representation of the winning authors. While individual chapters may have more than one winner in the student research paper competition, a chapter is limited to 1 (one) APA conference travel scholarship award. In the event that multiple individuals from one chapter are ranked among the top six papers, the highest scoring paper from that chapter will be chosen for the APA conference travel scholarship.

Details about applying

Anne Anastasi Scholarship Competition

Anne Anastasi Research Paper Scholarship Competition

Psi Beta’s National Council  is pleased to announce the Anne Anastasi scholarships. Anne Anastasi (1908-2001) is a major figure in the history of psychology. Because of her continuing prominence in the area of psychological measurement, and the critical role that measurement plays in psychological research, it is fitting that Psi Beta awards six student research paper scholarships in Anne Anastasi’s name.
For more information on the Anne Anastasi research scholarship, please see awards.

Biography and Additional Information on Anne Anastasi
by Elissa Rodkey (2010)

Anne Anastasi was the only child born into an Italian immigrant family who lived in the Bronx, in New York City. Her father died when she was a year old, leaving her mother, maternal grandmother, and uncle to raise her. Her mother taught herself bookkeeping and successfully supported the family, even opening a piano factory at one point. The whole family had a lively interest in the humanities, and Anastasi’s grandmother and a hired schoolteacher tutored her at home until age nine. This upbringing gave Anastasi a natural intellectual curiosity and left her unaware of traditional sex role stereotypes. When Anastasi did enter public school, her experience was not entirely favorable. After being moved ahead several grades, Anastasi eventually dropped out of high school, upset with the overcrowding and low academic standards.  Anastasi found that Barnard College, the women’s college at Columbia University, did not require a high school diploma, and so gained admission to college at age fifteen.
Anastasi entered college convinced that she would major in mathematics, but a psychology class with Harry Hollingworth and an article by Charles Spearman changed her mind. Hollingworth’s lectures introduced her to the promise of the young discipline, and Spearman’s paper on correlation coefficients convinced her that she could pursue mathematics within psychology. After graduating from Barnard in 1928, Anastasi began graduate work at Columbia University, and completed the program in only two years, at age 21. Anastasi enjoyed graduate school immensely, but three events in the summer of 1929 made that year particularly memorable. The first was a research assistantship working for Charles B. Davenport, at the Carnegie Institution, creating “culture-free” tests. Secondly, she was able to take courses with Clark Hull and R. M. Elliot, both of whom became life-long friends.  Finally, she was able to attend the International Congress of Psychology at Yale University in New Haven, Connecticut, where she saw such luminaries as Spearman and Russian physiologist Ivan Pavlov.
Anne Anastasi was offered her first job in the spring of 1930 when she happened to run into Harry Hollingsworth, chair of the psychology department at Barnard, while crossing the street. He asked if she had plans for the fall. Anastasi taught at Barnard until 1946, and then spent the rest of her career at Fordham University in New York City. In 1933, Anastasi married John Porter Foley Jr., a fellow psychology Ph.D. whom she had met at Columbia. Foley’s interests in psychology complemented hers and they frequently collaborated and published together. Just a year into marriage, Anastasi was diagnosed with cervical cancer and the treatment left her sterile. Anastasi believed this fact contributed to her professional success, since it freed her from the complications of motherhood without a difficult decision that might have left her conflicted.
Anastasi had written her dissertation on psychological traits and, early in her career, she engaged the prominent psychometrician L. L. Thurstone in a debate on the subject.  Anastasi’s research centered on the nature and measurement of psychological traits, specifically the role of experience in trait formation. Whereas many trait theorists posited a strongly hereditary explanation for traits, Anastasi emphasized interaction of experience and culture with heredity. Her 1958 paper, Heredity, Environment and the Question “How?” challenged the psychological community to drop the nature vs. nurture debate and to instead ask how (do they interact)?  While the field had long been known as “individual differences”, Anastasi dubbed it “differential psychology,” a name she felt was more accurate.
Anastasi’s growing expertise with tests led her to publish a textbook called Psychological Testing, which introduced students to popular tests and the process of test construction and interpretation. This text was widely acclaimed, translated into many languages, and is still in print today. Anastasi also contributed significantly to the series Mental Measurement Yearbooks, a collection of current psychological tests, and prided herself on the fact that she was the only reviewer to make it into all of the eight original yearbooks.
Anastasi was by no means blind to the limitations of tests; her interest in traits reflected her concern that tests match real phenomena as closely as possible, and she was particularly impatient with the imprecise use of already questionable testing terms such as “intelligence” or, even worse, “IQ.” Anastasi worked to combat the misuse of tests, from basic methodological problems, to test misinterpretation. One such misinterpretation was the common understanding of “culture-free tests”-Anastasi believed it was impossible to write a culturally unbiased test; the best one could do was tailor it to the target culture. Anastasi’s own research reflected her interest in the cultural influence on traits: in the 1930s, she and Foley, who shared her interest in art, studied the cultural differences in art by looking at drawings by Native American children, and in the 1950s Anastasi did research on the language development of Black and Puerto Rican children.
In 1972 Anastasi was recognized for her accomplishments and elected president of the American Psychological Association, only the third female president in the organization’s history, and the first in over 50 years. In 1987, Anastasi was awarded the National Medal of Science and was named the most prominent living woman in psychology in the English-speaking world. She was uncomfortable with the later designation, insisting that she was simply a psychologist, not a “woman-psychologist.”
Despite her considerable achievements, Anastasi remained modest, asking for only a calculator and a dictionary as retirement gifts. She maintained that throughout her career she had simply followed her interests where they led.

Reference: Rodkey, E. (2010). Profile of Anne Anastasi. In A. Rutherford (Ed.), Psychology’s Feminist Voices Multimedia Internet Archive. Retrieved from

Selected Works by Anne Anastasi

  • Anastasi, A. (1937). Differential psychology. New York: Macmillan.
  • Anastasi, A. (1958). Heredity, environment and the question “how?” Psychological Review, 65, 197-208.
  • Anastasi, A. (1990). Psychological testing (6th ed.). Englewood Cliffs, NJ: Prentice Hall.

About Anne Anastasi

  • Anastasi, A. (1988). Anne Anastasi. In A.N. O’Connell & N. F. Russo (Eds.) Models of achievement: Reflections of eminent women in psychology ( Vol. II) (pp. 57-66). Hillsdale, NJ: Lawrence Erlbaum Associates.
  • Hogan, J. D. (2003). Anne Anastasi: Master of differential psychology and psychometrics. In G.A. Kimble, M. Werthheimer, & C.L. White (Eds), Portraits of pioneers in psychology. (pp.262-278). Hillsdale, NJ: Lawrence Erlbaum Associates.
  • Sexton, V.S., & Hogan, J. D. (1990). Anne Anastasi. In A.N. O’Connell & N. F. Russo (Eds.) Women of psychology: A bio-bibliographic sourcebook (pp. 3-11). Westport, CT: Greenwood Press.
  • MacKay, J. (2010). Profile of Bonnie Strickland. In A. Rutherford (Ed.), Psychology’s Feminist Voices Multimedia Internet Archive. Retrieved from

Informative links about Anne Anastasi’s life and contributions to psychology
About Anna Anastasi’s APA Presidency (1972)
Human Intelligence Web Site
New York Times Article on Anastasi’s Passing (2001)

National Research Project (2015-16)

Dear Psi Beta advisors, officers, and members…
Below are the instructions for participating in the national research project for 2015-16.

AREA OF INVESTIGATION – The study involves 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. This research will provide information needed for designing an academic self-regulation brief intervention experiment – the first large scale research experiment ever conducted by Psi Beta – being planned for the 2016-17 national study.

RESEARCH QUESTIONS – To what extent do today’s 2-year college freshmen students demonstrate academic self-regulation? Is self-regulation related to mindset, subjective happiness, or satisfaction with life? Do these factors (e.g., self-regulation, mindset, happiness, and life satisfaction) vary when sorted by geographic region, sex, age, or ethnic group?

• Students with a growth (incremental) mindset perspective concerning intelligence, compared to students with an entity (fixed) mindset perspective, will have a higher level of academic self-regulation.
• Academic self-regulation will be found to have a positive correlation with happiness and satisfaction with life.

TARGET POPULATION FOR PARTICIPATING PSI BETA CHAPTERS – Students enrolled in their first semester (or year) of community college. Participants should also be 18 years or older.

IRB SAFEGUARDS – The Psychology Department’s Institutional Review Board at Irvine Valley College has approved this study. The study satisfies the APA’s research ethical guidelines for proper and safe treatment of human participants.

• Apply – Each Psi Beta chapter’s primary advisor should email Psi Beta’s Executive Director ( and request to participate on or before January 30th, 2016.
• Minimum desired number of cases – Each chapter must submit complete data from at least 30 participants.
• Data collection time frame for Psi Beta – The data collection period is now until February 28, 2016.


Measures – The following measures are included in this year’s research study:
• Goal Orientation scale – Button, Mathieu, & Zajac (1996)
• Mindset scale – Flores, Lemons, & McTerman (2006)
• Satisfaction with Life scale – Diener, Emmons, Larsen, & Griffin (1985)
• Self-Efficacy for Self-Regulated Learning scale – Zimmerman, Bandura, & Martinez-Pons (1992)
• Subjective Happiness scale – Lyubomirsky & Lepper (1999)

References for the Measures

Button, S. B., Mathieu, J. E., & Zajac, D. M. (1996). Goal orientation in organizational research:
A conceptual and empirical foundation. Organizational Behavior and Human Decision
Processes, 67, 26-48.

Diener, E., Emmons, R. A., Larsen, R. J., & Griffin, S. (1985). The Satisfaction with Life scale.
Journal of Personality Assessment, 49, 71-75.

Flores, D., Lemons, A., & McTerman, H. (2006). The correlation between student growth
mindset and conceptual development in physics. Unpublished research report: Arizona State

Lyubomirsky, S., & Lepper, H. S. (1999). A measure of subjective happiness: Preliminary
reliability and construct validation. Social Indicators Research, 46 (3), 137-155.

Zimmerman, B. J., Bandura, A., & Martinez-Pons, M. (1992) Self-motivation for academic
attainment: The role of self-efficacy beliefs and personal goal setting. American Educational
Research Journal, 29, 663-676.

Search and Read the Relevant Literature – Use the following as “seed” articles and books for locating additional articles on the variables and hypotheses being investigated. Suggest starting references are…

Cohen, M. T. (2012). The importance of self-regulation for college student learning. College
Student Journal, 46(4), 892-902.

Duckworth, A. L., Glenler, T. S., & Gross, J. J. Self-control in school-age children. Educational
Psychologist, 49(3), 199-217.

Dweck, C. S. (2006). Mindset the new psychology of success: How we can learn to fulfill our
potential. New York: Random House Inc.

Mischel, W. (2014). The marshmallow test: Mastering self-control. New York: Little, Brown and

Nist, S. L., Simpson, M. L., & Olejnik, S. (1991). The relation between self-selected study
processes and test performance. American Educational Research Journal, 28, 849-874.

Zimmerman, B. J., & Labuhn, A. S. (2012). Self-regulation of learning: Process approaches to
personal development, in K. R. Harris, S. Graham, & T. Urdan (Editors-in-Chief) APA
Educational Psychology Handbook: Vol. 1. Theories, Constructs, and Critical Issues.
American Psychological Association, Washington, DC.

Recruit Participants – You should sample the population of students 18 and older at your college. The data collection period for Psi Beta chapters will be until February 28, 2016.
Have Participants Access this Online Data Submission Portal – Have your participants use this link to log on to the Psi Beta research site and enter their responses. Note: If the link doesn’t work, instruct your participants to cut and paste the following URL into their browser’s URL window and hit the “Enter” key:–LRgqzx5h8ewLc/viewform?c=0&w=1

If Appropriate, Gather Participant Information – If you have arranged for your participants to earn an incentive for their participation (e.g., extra-credit, a chance in a drawing, etc.) be sure to devise a method to obtain their names and contact information so that you can pass this information on to the participants’ instructors. The online questionnaire purposely does not capture personal information such as names and email addresses.

Research Files – After March 5, 2016 the following files will be made available to participating Psi Beta chapters. Request these files from
• Excel File
• SPSS data file
• Preliminary analyses of the data file
• Annotated copy of the research questionnaire

Analyze the Data – Local chapters are expected to conduct their own data analysis. Analyze your data using procedures covered in introductory level statistics courses. Use appropriate statistics to determine response frequencies, averages, and standard deviations. Basic inferential statistics (e.g., correlations, t-tests, and ANOVA) can be used to test your hypotheses.

Write and Present the Findings – Follow the reporting guidelines as in the textbook of your college’s research methods course. If your psychology department doesn’t offer research methods, obtain a copy of a textbook written for an introductory psychology research methods course (e.g., Cozby, 2004). Use your research findings to prepare a research poster to present at a local, regional, or national psychology conference. The Western Psychological Association conference, for example, offers a Psi Beta poster session. The annual meeting of the American Psychological Association also offers a Psi Beta poster session. Psi Beta members can enter their research poster into the annual Psi Beta student research paper competition. Your chapter can also host a research mini-conference – invite a keynote speaker on psychological research (from your own teaching staff or from a local university), then have a student poster session, followed by refreshments.

Jerry Rudmann, Ph.D.
Executive Director
Psi Beta

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