Celebrating Psychology

August 26, 2010

Celebrate Psychology is an end-of-semester signature event that gives students and faculty an opportunity to celebrate their accomplishments. The Student Research Exhibition anchors this signature event. The purpose of this exhibition is for students to gain experience in presenting scientific and academic scholarship and to inspire them to present work at regional and national scientific conferences. The fall exhibition included 36 student-authored poster presentations, 27 of which were by students presenting in this format for the first time. At the spring exhibition, students new to this format presented 19 of the 32 student-authored presentations. Topics ranged from mathematical self-efficacy among males and females, strategies for managing ostracism experiences, green attitudes among beekeepers, and cortical reorganization associated with phantom limb pain.

Recognizing student excellence is essential to sustaining a culture that inspires students to maximize their opportunities while at Bradley. Despite increasing the standards for induction, Psi Chi inducted 19 new members during the 2009-2010 academic year: Stephanie Andel, Alexandra Bluell, Laura Breier, Colleen Breitenstein, Christina Carreno, Caitlin Cosme, Allison Douglas, Kara Gibson, Allen Goebl, Suzanne Hardesty, Justine Janis, Shannon Knoblauch, Ashley Miller, Sarah Miller, Anne Peters, Kimberly Pittenger, Adam Sondag, Natalie Schwend, and Michelle Viola. Tiffany Williams was recognized as Psychology Club Member of the Year, and Ashley Miller was recognized as Psi Chi Member of the Year. Congratulations to all.

At the spring Celebrate Psychology event, several of our most talented and hard-working seniors were recognized: Community Practicum Award, Jenny Nilsen; Carl E. Smith Memorial Award, Filka Andonova, Carson Cornelius, Hayley Skulborstad, and Rabia Zahid; and Outstanding Psychology Senior Award, Nina Tiberi.

The spring event was also a terrific time to reflect on the amazing achievements of our Psi Chi Executive Committee members, as Bradley’s chapter was recognized at the Midwestern Psychological Association Annual Meeting with the 2010 Regional Chapter Award. Our department has extraordinary student leadership and achievement. Many thanks to Nina Tiberi, Jade Peters, Hayley Skulborstad, Carson Cornelius, Marybeth Southard, Brett Buttliere, and Kaylynn Pfister for their exceptional service.

The 2010-2011 Psi Chi Executive Committee was installed at the spring event: Marybeth Southard, president; Allen Goebl, vice president for professional development; Brett Buttliere, vice president of service; Laura Weidner, secretary/treasurer; Anne Peters, membership manager; Stephanie Andel, compliance officer; Adam Sondag, public relations; and Whitney Fosco, educational outreach.

Celebrate Psychology is also an opportunity to provide professional enrichment experiences. At this year’s spring event, Dr. Tim Kasser from Knox College provided a keynote address, “A Revolution of Values: Psychological Research on Materialism and its Alternatives.” Kasser’s book, “The High Price of Materialism,” is available at amazon.com. The fall 2010 Celebrate Psychology Event will be held on December 3. At the event, the 2010 Psychology Department Distinguished Alumnus Awardee, Laura Kelly ’71, will be recognized.