College Psi Beta Chapter Wins National Award
Westminster, Md., Aug. 8, 2016—The Carroll Community College (Carroll)
chapter of Psi Beta has been selected as one of ten chapters in the nation to
achieve Chapter Excellence recognition for 2015-2016.
Psi Beta is the
community college national honor society in psychology. In addition, Psi Beta
is a member of the Association of College Honor Societies and is an affiliate
of the American Psychological Association.
chapter is composed of students from diverse areas of academic interests who
value the organization’s mission.
deserves a resounding congratulations for their national award,” said College
President Dr. James D. Ball. “They have a long-standing reputation as a high-achieving
honor society. I am pleased to support Psi Beta in their efforts to educate the
community, and to assist those who are vulnerable and in need.”
“The award is
open to all chapters that meet or exceed the standards of excellence criteria
on the application form,” said Associate Professor Laura Bittner, who is also the
Psi Beta faculty advisor. “Student members strive to complete activities that
reflect each component of Psi Beta’s mission--leadership, scholarship,
community service and research.”
demonstrate leadership by making decisions about chapter business, budgets, elections
of officers, and by organizing activities that include the chapter’s annual
induction ceremony for new members each spring.
Members of the
honor society demonstrate scholarship through hosting academic events that promote
the advancement of the field of psychology. Students help to fund member travel
to psychology conferences and offer the opportunity for students to apply for
the Psi Beta Transfer Scholarship.
perform community service through events such as clothing/supplies/food drives
that benefit local charities. They visit community centers to serve food and
deliver holiday gifts to underprivileged members of the community. Each year,
members participate in a fundraising walk to benefit the Carroll County chapter
of the National Alliance for Mental Illness.
The chapter supports
research by inviting speakers to campus who discuss their findings on significant
topics in psychology such as depression, suicide, and substance abuse. Members
who attend conferences can view and discuss research poster presentations, some
presented by Carroll Psi Beta alumni members.
“Psi Beta is a
wonderful organization and I am proud of our chapter,” said Bittner. “Our
member students have received recognition in various forms every year since 2007.
This award exemplifies the students’ dedication to the mission of Psi Beta. I
am honored to be the advisor and mentor for such a great group of students over
the past 18 years. It has been a privilege to help nurture their enthusiasm and
dedication, and to help them recognize their strengths and encourage their
chapter was founded in 1998.