Wheeling Jesuit University

Psychology Department Honors its Newest Members of Psi Chi Honor Society

WHEELING, WV, Sept. 30, 2008 - Seven new members were inducted into the national psychology honor society, Psi Chi, on Thursday, Sept. 26. The ceremony took place in Donahue Hall and also marked the 40th anniversary of the WJU Psi Chi chapter.

Juniors Megan Foutty of Vienna, W.Va. and Jonathon Kolks of Cincinnati, Ohio; seniors, Scott Bonette of Frostburg, Md., Jenna Derrico of Canonsburg, Pa., Laura Collins of Bethesda, Ohio, and Melissa Kahriman of Steubenville, Ohio were inducted. Additionally University President the Rev. Julio Giulietti, SJ was honored and inducted as a faculty member based upon his graduate degree in psychology, earned from St. Paul's University in Ottawa, marking the first time a WJU president has been a member of Psi Chi. Each new member received a Psi Chi pin, a certificate, and honors cords to be worn at graduation.

(From left, President Julio Giulietti, SJ, greets Psi Chi officers Bethany Kerwood (president) and Amanda Stover (vice president); and junior Andrew Groves (secretary) after receiving his Psi Chi cords, pin and certificate.)

The induction ceremony was performed by psychology professor and chairman of the psychology department, Dr. Debra Hull, assisted by club officers: seniors Bethany Kerwood (president) and Amanda Stover (vice president); and junior Andrew Groves (secretary). Faculty members Drs. Bryan Raudenbush, Julie Osland, and Michael Kirkpatrick assisted with the ceremony which was followed by a reception for new members and their families.

Over the past 40 years, 426 students at Wheeling Jesuit have been inducted into the society, representing about 35 percent of psychology majors and minors. Currently the department is home to about 100 majors and 20 minors in psychology.

Founded in 1929 for the purposes of encouraging, stimulating, and maintaining excellence in scholarship, and advancing the science of psychology, Psi Chi membership is open to graduate and undergraduate men and women who are making the study of psychology one of their major interests, and who meet the minimum qualifications.

Psi Chi is a member of the Association of College Honor Societies and is an affiliate of the American Psychological Association (APA) and the Association for Psychological Science (APS). Psi Chi's sister honor society is Psi Beta, the national honor society in psychology for community and junior colleges.

Psi Chi functions as a federation of chapters located at over 1,000 senior colleges and universities in the USA and Canada. The National Office is located in Chattanooga, Tennessee. Composed of psychologists who are Psi Chi members and are elected by the chapters, a national council guides the affairs of the organization and sets policy with the approval of the chapters.

The youngest of 28 Jesuit colleges and universities in the United States, Wheeling Jesuit University offers students a high-quality private education. Since 1995 U.S. News & World Report has ranked Wheeling Jesuit University among the top institutions in its “Best Master's Universities in the South” category. The campus is also home to the Robert C. Byrd National Technology Transfer Center, the Erma Ora Byrd Center for Educational Technologies®, the NASA-sponsored Classroom of the Future, a Challenger Learning Center® and the Clifford M. Lewis Appalachian Institute.

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