January 3, 2006
Dr. Larry Sensenig, professor of psychology and chair of the department at Morningside College, received the Midwest Regional Faculty Advisor Award from the Psi Chi National Council in Chattanooga, Tenn. Psi Chi is the national honor society in psychology. The award will be presented at the Psi Chi Midwest Regional Convention to be held May 4-6, in Chicago, Ill.
In addition, the Morningside College chapter of Psi Chi received a Midwest Regional Chapter Award. The Midwest Region includes Illinois, Indiana, Iowa, Kansas, Michigan, Minnesota, Missouri, Nebraska, North Dakota, Ohio, South Dakota, and Wisconsin.
The Regional Faculty Advisor Award is presented annually to one Psi Chi faculty advisor from each of six different regions in the United States who best achieves Psi Chi's purpose. The award recognizes and rewards actively involved chapter advisors. The winning faculty advisor from each region receives a check for $500 and a plaque commemorating the award.
The Regional Chapter Awards provide annual recognition for up to two chapters in each region that best achieve Psi Chi's purpose. Each winning chapter receives a check for $500 and a certificate suitable for framing. The awards are intended to perpetuate the chapters, to identify chapters as role models for others, and to promote the purposes of Psi Chi. Morningside's chapter of Psi Chi received the award in the category for schools with a full time enrollment of less than 5,000 students.
Chapters competing for the awards were required to submit an application that included a description of the chapter’s membership application and induction procedures and description of effective chapter activities for the past three years, among other things. Officers of Morningside’s chapter of Psi Chi who were responsible for the application process included Crickett Phelps, president, Annie Cory, vice president, and Mariah Laver, secretary.
Psi Chi was founded in 1929 for the purposes of encouraging, stimulating, and maintaining excellence in scholarship and advancing the science of psychology. Membership is awarded to graduate and undergraduate men and women who are making the study of psychology one of their major interests and who meet the qualifications. Psi Chi is a member of the American Psychological Association (APA) and the American Psychological Society (APS) and includes more than 975 chapters located at college and university campuses throughout the United States.