Posted August 10, 2020
Leadership and psychology are passions for Katie Kyser and so it seemed a perfect fit for her to run for president of LCCC’s psychology honors society, Psi Beta.
Kyser, 22, began the fall semester of 2019 as the only officer in the chapter. All the previous officers graduated the spring before, leaving Kyser alone to build up the organization with the help of faculty advisors.
Psi Beta is a national honor society for students enrolled in two-year colleges who plan to major in psychology. To be offered membership, students must have at least a 3.25 GPA. New members are invited and inducted each fall.
When she became president of LCCC’s Psi Beta, Kyser was in her final year of her bachelor’s degree program in psychology through LCCC’s University Partnership with Cleveland State University. And while she had a lot on her plate, she was energized at the opportunity to make a positive impact on the club and the psychology community.
“I decided to take on the presidential role because I am familiar with Psi Beta’s mission, the advisors, and the roles that need to be filled in order to build and develop Psi Beta members,” Kyser said. “I love leading, mentoring, and giving insight to my peers in a way that will benefit them in their future.”
It’s been a year since she took over as president and with a large amount of dedication and enthusiasm, Kyser led the student organization through one of the most successful years to date. Throughout the academic year, the group participated in education field trips, hosted guest speakers, completed volunteer work on campus — all while conducting numerous psychology research projects.
The hard work paid off. The chapter recently received two national awards: the Psi Beta-Ann Garrett Robinson College Life Award and the Psi Beta Chapter Excellence Award.
The College Life Award is given to one Psi Beta chapter in the country each year that best promoted the quality of campus life at two-year colleges while advancing the discipline of psychology and the mission of Psi Beta. This is the first time the LCCC chapter has won the award. The Chapter Excellence Award is given to Psi Beta chapters across the country that exceed the standards of the organization. This is the fourth consecutive year that LCCC has received the award.
“When I first heard we won both awards, I was ecstatic for the chapter and everyone involved,” Kyser said. “I am proud of everything we have been able to accomplish this past school year and I am proud of everyone who has participated along the way.”
LCCC Psi Beta faculty advisors James Jordan and Michelle Foust said Kyser and the chapter are deserving of all the attention.
“Working with the Psi Beta students is motivating and inspiring. They take every opportunity to learn more about the science of psychology and advance their knowledge through experience. Their commitment to research, scholarship, leadership, and community service is commendable,” Foust said.
Kyser graduated with her bachelor’s degree in the spring and a new chapter president will soon take over Psi Beta. As she explores career opportunities, she said she is thankful for her time with Psi Beta and the friendships that developed.
“Joining Psi Beta was the best thing I have done,” she said. “It has not only strengthened my confidence, but has also made me a better presenter, speaker, and leader. I have made amazing friendships and connections throughout my time as a member and as president. I will forever be grateful for the experience it has provided me and I encourage everyone who qualifies to apply.”