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2015 charter members of the Psi Chi psychology honor society at OVU are: (back row, from left) Dr. Jonathan P. Miller, Dr. J. Wesley Crum, Jacob Huck, Ethan Smith, Holly Martin, Dr. Michael Moss (induction official); (front row, from left) Madeline Mason, Kenleigh Ash, Amanda Jimenez, Arianna Randolph and April Kirk.

PSI Chi Psychology Honor Society Chartered at OVU 

VIENNA, WV (November 10, 2015) —Ohio Valley University is now home to a new campus chapter of Psi Chi, the International Honor Society in Psychology, OVU Vice President for Academic Affairs Dr. Joy Jones has announced. The chapter was officially installed during a formal ceremony on Tuesday, November 10, 2015.

Charter OVU students and faculty inducted into the OVU Psi Chi chapter were seniors Kenleigh Ash of Massillon, Ohio; Jacob Huck of Vienna, W.Va.; Holly Martin of Moses Lake, Wash., Madeline Mason of Vienna, W.Va., Arianna Randolph of Johnstown, New York; and Ethan Smith of Caldwell, Ohio. Junior student inductees were Amanda Jimenez of Germantown, Maryland, and April Kirk of Washington, W.Va.

The faculty advisors of the new Psi Chi chapter are Dr. Jonathan P. Miller and Dr. J. Wesley Crum. Miller serves as chair of Ohio Valley University’s School of Behavioral Sciences. Crum serves as an associate professor in the school.

“We are thrilled to establish the Psi Chi chapter on the OVU campus this year and congratulate all of our charter members on this achievement,” said Dr. Jonathan Miller. “This is an historic occasion on the campus of OVU. The chapter not only recognizes academic achievement by granting membership in the Society, but also sponsors programs and activities which augment and enhance the regular curriculum, offers an outlet for service to the campus and the community at large, and provides practical experience and fellowship,” Dr. Miller explained.

Psi Chi was founded on September 4, 1929 during the Ninth International Congress of Psychology held at Yale University in New Haven, Conn. The Honor Society’s stated purpose is to encourage, stimulate, and maintain excellence in scholarship, and to advance the science of psychology.

Many of the Society’s members have gone on to distinguished careers in psychology, including several presidents of the American Psychological Association (APA) and the American Psychological Society (APS), numerous national and international award winners, and various other renowned research psychologists, authors, professors, and practitioners.

Psi Chi is a member of the Association of College Honor Societies and is an affiliate of both the APA and APS.

Psi Chi has grown over the past 83 years into one of the largest and most successful honor societies in the world with over 1120 chapters located at college and university campuses throughout the U.S. as well as in Canada, Ireland, New Zealand, Barbados, Egypt, the U.S. Virgin Islands, and Puerto Rico.

The international organization bestows several regional and Society research awards, sponsors diverse programs at regional and national psychological association conventions (including lectures, workshops, panel discussions, and information exchanges), and publishes the Psi Chi Journal of Psychological Research (formerly the Psi Chi Journal of Undergraduate Research). In addition, Psi Chi’s Society service projects illustrate the Society’s commitment to its mission of “student excellence, reflected in scholarly and professional growth within psychology and the ability to impact society positively.”

Chartered in 1958, Ohio Valley University is a faith-based, residential, liberal arts college founded by members of the Church of Christ.Students of all faiths are accepted and encouraged to apply. The university offers a variety of baccalaureate and master’s degrees to students from 26 states and 25 nations. To learn more visit www.ovu.edu.