Honor Society Reactivated;
Fifty-Eight Students Inducted into Psi Beta
Windsor, N.J. - Psi Beta, the national honor society in psychology
for community and junior colleges, is back in action at Mercer
County Community College. Fifty-eight MCCC students were recently
installed as members of the reactivated Mercer chapter.
Associate Psychology Professor Karen Bearce, who serves as
the chapter's advisor, began efforts to re-establish the group
last spring. (The chapter was last active at Mercer in 1999
under Professor Emeritus Angela McGlynn.) As the word spread
on campus, Bearce says it was clear that there was great interest
among students. Mercer's new inductees join more than 32,500
active members nationwide. With the mission of promoting the
professional development of psychology students and other
students interested in the field, the national organization
celebrated its 30th anniversary in 2011.
At the induction ceremony Nov. 10, Bearce addressed the students.
"It is an honor to have you as the first group to bring
Psi Beta back to life at Mercer. You come from various academic
disciplines and recognize that the field of psychology impacts
every field of study. I congratulate you on your achievements.
I am excited that you wish to incorporate psychology coursework
into your studies or to pursue it as a career."
at the Nov. 10 Psi Beta induction ceremony are, front row
from left, Carol Baillie, Stephanie Marraffa, Christina
Aponte, and Shane Wojeciechowski ; back row, from left,
Psi Beta faculty advisor Karen Bearce, and students Pamalli
Prather, Paul Jones, Ayodele Kanyako, Jared Albrecht, Michelle
Smith-Griffin, Katie Soto, Justine Nazarethian, and Selina
students took the pledge collectively and each came forward
to receive a certificate and share their future goals. Liberal
Arts student Katie Soto looks forward to Psi Beta's networking
opportunities. "This is a great way to meet others with
the same professional interests," said Soto, who aspires
to become a therapist. She plans to transfer next fall to
major in psychology.
student Carol Baillie, a member of the Coast Guard member
stationed at Fort Dix, plans to transfer to Rutgers University
this spring to study biochemistry. Fascinated by the interdisciplinary
nature of the psychology field, she sees its day-to-day relevance
as she trains fellow unit members in office operations. "Being
a part of this honor society is a wonderful feeling,"
Baillie said. "It motivates me to worker harder to be
successful in all that I do."
Psi Beta members automatically become student affiliates of
the American Psychological Association (APA) and the Association
for Psychological Science (APS) while pursuing their associate
degrees, four-year degrees and beyond. Membership also entitles
eligibility for national scholarship awards and participation
in local, national and regional programs.
Applicants must complete at least 12 credits and earn a cumulative
GPA of 3.0 or higher in course work and in college psychology
courses. For more information on Psi Beta is available here.
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