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1996 Psi Chi Award

From the Article Published in the Summer 1996 PSI CHI Newsletter (Volume 22, No. 3)

Southeast Missouri State University Wins
1996 Cousins National Chapter Award

CONGRATULATIONS TO THE PSI CHI CHAPTER AT SOUTHEAST MISSOURI STATE UNIVERSITY (SEMO) for winning the 1996 Psi Chi/Ruth Hubbard Cousins National Chapter Award. This award-winning chapter will receive a $2,000 check to further the programs of the chapter, in addition to receiving travel expenses for a chapter officer to attend the 1996 Psi Chi/APA National Convention in Toronto, Ontario, Canada, where the award will be presented. Psi Chi would especially like to recognize and congratulate the Psi Chi officers and faculty advisor at SMSU who were responsible for the chapter's winning submission: Chapter President Jeff Hewes, Chapter Secretary Susan Burt, and Faculty Advisor Martha Zlokovich. This award recognizes the one chapter that best achieves the purpose of Psi Chi, which is to encourage, stimulate, and maintain excellence in scholarship of the individual members in all fields, particularly in psychology, and to advance the science of psychology. The award was established to honor Psi Chi's former executive director, Ruth Hubbard Cousins, for her 33 years of dedicated service to Psi Chi.

The SMSU Psi Chi Chapter was chosen as the winning chapter because of the outstanding accomplishments and activities of its members during the past three academic years. The award is granted to a chapter that excels in the following areas: effective programming of chapter activities, effective membership practices, and participation in national and regional activities.

     The following narrative account of the SMSU's chapter activities was submitted with the 1996 award winning entry for the Cousins Award. It is hoped that Psi Chi chapter members reading this account will gather ideas and inspiration on how they might help their chapter strive toward becoming a future award-winning Psi Chi chapter. The 1995-1996 calendar of events for the winning chapter follows the activities account. This calendar should serve as an outstanding example for other Psi Chi officers and members to use in planning a winning 1996-1997 year. The chapter's essay on "How to Become a Successful Psi Chi Chapter" will be presented by a SMSU chapter officer at the 1996 Psi Chi/APA Convention in August. A copy of this essay will be published in Psi Chi's Fall 1996 newsletter, along with the chapter's proposal for how it will use the award money. Watch for this essay to glean valuable insights and helpful tips on how you can strengthen your own chapter. You are then encouraged to send in your chapter's submission for the 1997 National Chapter Award by the February 1 deadline. Your chapter could be the next recipient of the $2,000 award and a trip to the 1997 Psi Chi/APA National Convention!


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