In This Issue
Students Affairs Committee report
By Angela Legner, Jennifer Barry, and Kevin O'Leary
This year will be one of vitality and expansion. It is my hope as the new Student Affairs Committee (SAC) chair to continue the groundbreaking work that David Barry and Jennifer Barry started in 2014. Our success this past year would not have been possible were it not for the tireless efforts of Dave and Jenn. They are the true trail blazers of our committee. Please join me in congratulating them. Bravo Zulu on a job well done.
The SAC is off to a great start with several exciting initiatives currently underway to better assist us in supporting our student members. These initiatives are in keeping with our objectives to promote student awareness , competence , scholarship and community engagement in the military psychology community.
Along with my transition come some important changes to the SAC leadership team. First, Jennifer Barry is now serving as the past chair and will be responsible for overseeing the student awards program and serving as a senior leader for the SAC. Second, I would like to officially welcome Kevin O'Leary as our new chair-select. Kevin, who served as campus representative (CR) from Antioch University (New England) in 2014, joins our team and will be handling all communications functions for the SAC, including managing the student website, LinkedIn page, Twitter, Listserv and Gmail account. We are very excited to have Kevin aboard and know he will lead by example. Finally, in an effort to meet the growing needs of our membership, we added a position to the SAC and appointed Jeremy Jinkerson to serve as our new virtual projects officer (VPO). The SAC will truly benefit from Jeremy's professional background and experience as a seasoned campus representative from Fielding Graduate University. As VPO, Jeremy will be assisting us in developing Web-based student training presentations. Please join me in welcoming Jeremy aboard.
Student Chapter Network Changes
The SAC enjoyed tremendous growth this past year with the launch of CR and student chapter network. I am happy to report that our community continues to grow thanks to our very enthusiastic campus representatives. We currently have campus representatives at 35 separate graduate institutions across the country. Please join me in welcoming the newest additions to our CR community. In addition, I want to recognize the CRs currently serving as senior leaders, along with those individuals who have completed their terms. The SAC truly appreciates your dedicated efforts on behalf of the division.
Given the rapid growth of our CR and student chapter network across the country, one of our goals for this year was to develop a sustainable student leadership structure. I am pleased to report that the SAC has taken the next step in our strategic plan to organize our student chapter network into regions headed by regional representatives. In addition, we have selected two motivated individuals—Lynnea Vis from Adler University, to lead the central region student chapters, and our CR from Colorado State University, Nate Tenhundfeld, to lead the western region. Since the SAC chairs are collectively located on the East Coast, the eastern region will fall under the SAC's auspices and report to Chair-Select, Kevin O'Leary. The regional representatives will serve as central points of contact for the CRs and coordinate regional training, volunteer outreach, mentorship and social activities throughout the year. Lynnea and Nate, thank you for stepping up to serve as regional leaders.
SAC Vision for 2015
Another important goal for this year will be to continue to increase student involvement at the 2015 APA convention. Every year, the SAC strives to promote student attendance and involvement at the convention, but we also understand that some students may find traveling difficult and costly. To offset travel costs to the 2015 convention in Toronto, Canada, we are offering 12 awards, at $750 each, to undergraduate and graduate students presenting at the convention. The application deadline for the travel awards is April 1, 2015. In addition to our travel awards, graduate students may apply for our annual research grants. Last year, we awarded two research grants in the amount of $1,500 to Andrew Smith and Kathryn Feltman . Congratulations to both of you. To keep up with student research needs, this year we will be offering six research grants at $500 each, with the option of receiving an optional $750 for travel expenses. Please visit our website for application details.
For those students planning to attend the convention this year, we have some exciting news to share with you. We are collaborating with the Div. 19 Early Career Psychologist Committee to provide our student members with new student-oriented programming. We plan to offer professional networking events with the ECPs and other Div. 19 members, and an internship preparation presentation that will be included in our suite programming. In addition, we plan to offer interdivisional programming with student leaders from other divisions on various military psychology topics of interest. Of course, we are also planning several social activities this year, including a field trip to the beautiful CN Tower, among other popular tourist destinations in Toronto. Stay tuned for more information on 2015 convention programming and social activities via our Listserv and website updates.
In addition to promoting upcoming training opportunities offered by various military psychology organizations, the next step in our strategic plan for this year will be to launch a virtual presentation series for our students. The primary focus of these presentations will be to increase the number of qualified candidates for commissioned or civil service in the United States Armed Forces, the Department of Veterans Affairs and other governmental organizations. With the help of our VPO, Jeremy Jinkerson, and the ECP Committee, we will be developing a series of online presentations and panel discussions on various military psychology-related topics including internship preparation, among other topics of interest. By tapping into our existing network of subject matter experts in the military psychology community we will be able to provide students with professional training that is unprecedented and advances the practice of military psychology. Stay tuned for more information on this via our Listserv.
In closing, we heard from students and have been working around the clock to implement several exciting initiatives including changes to our leadership team, increased APA convention programming and virtual presentations. As we have been called upon by our student members to increase membership benefits in the division, we also ask students do their part and provide the SAC with feedback. Let us know how we may improve your experience. We hope to see you at the convention and virtually.
Best wishes for a successful year.