Psi Chi International Honor Society

Students in Felician College’s Psychology Department recently were inducted into the very prestigious Psi Chi International Honor Society during a ceremony in the Library Lecture Hall on the College’s Lodi campus.

Psi Chi was founded in1929 for the purposes of encouraging, stimulating, and maintaining excellence in scholarship, and advancing the science of psychology. The Society boasts more than 500,000 members and functions as a federation of chapters located at about 1,100 senior colleges and universities in the U.S., Canada, the Caribbean, Ireland and New Zealand.

“Having a chapter of the Honor Society at Felician is a big milestone for the department,” said Ruvanee Vilhauer, PhD, Associate Professor and Chair of the Psychology Department at Felician College, adding that it took more than a year of work to get Felician’s chapter approved by Psi Chi. Felician joins Yale, NYU and Columbia University, among others, to have a Psi Chi chapter on campus.

The Felician students inducted were: Christie Calandrillo, Josephine Caristi, Kinjal Doshi, Erica Evans, Jeanette Freire, Lauren Hunter, Andrea Jensen, Thuy Kim, Rikka Libatique, Viet Nguyen, Ernest Serrano, Sydney Umana, Priju Vareghese, and Shuzhen Xie. Dr. Vilahuer is the chapter advisor.

Guest speaker and presenter of induction certificates and medals was Mercedes A. McCormick, PhD, LP, Eastern Regional Vice President of Psi Chi.

“Induction into Psi Chi says so much on your CV and resume for future training and future career opportunities,” Dr. McCormick told the students. “It signifies academic excellence as well as leadership skills.”

Dr. Vilahuer noted that in the past three years, Felician Psychology “students have been pretty successful in getting into good graduate programs, including Rutgers, NYU, Fordham, Columbia, Seton Hall, Hunter, Montclair State, William Paterson and Ohio State University.”

Sister Rosita Brennan, Felician’s Provost and Vice President of Academic Affairs, encouraged the students to remain dedicated to their field, their discipline because “you are the ones who will make a difference.”

“It is my hope that when you graduate from Felician, you will leave us having learned how to care for your fellow brothers and sisters in a way that those in other professions may not be able to,” Sister Rosita said. “I can’t say often enough how proud I am of all of you.”