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May 2018

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Dr. Diane Blau at Gala

President Blau was pleased to announce that she, along with MSP, had been named for the Charlotte and Karl Buhler Award for 2019 from the Society for Humanistic Psychology, Division 32 of the American Psychological Association (APA).

In her blog, President Blau wrote that receiving this award inspired her to research more about the extraordinary private and public life of Charlotte Buhler; she described the kinship she felt with Buhler who also struggled to find balance as a working mother.

President Blau wrote: “Charlotte Buhler inspires me as I reflect on my own journey. While also being dedicated to my profession and my family, when I began, society admonished mothers desiring professional careers. I was shamed for leaving my children in others’ care and pursuing advanced education and professional work.”

Amanda, Denene, and Fran hold a blanket.
One of the many blankets we made!


MSP celebrated Spirit Week May 14-18 with a variety of fun, community building activities.  In addition to delicious sandwiches (from Hero or Villain Deli), a “Mug for a Mug” contest, and a giant “Before I Leave MSP I Want To…” bulletin board, our community came together as usual to support a good cause.

This year, we joined forces to support Vista Maria, a local Wayne County nonprofit that helps vulnerable women and girls in need.  Together, we made 18 fleece blankets and donated over $250 to benefit the Vista Maria READS program.

Group photo of psi chi inductees
This year’s Psi Chi Inductees with the Psi Chi Officers.

Psi Chi held the annual Induction Ceremony and General Meeting on May 7 to welcome new members and begin the leadership selection process for the next academic year.

Other News

A free weekly peer-led EPPP Workshop series designed to provide support to MSP students and alums who are preparing for the EPPP began on May 3.

Psi Chi hosted a Community Clean-up on May 9.  Students, faculty, and staff worked together to pick up trash on and around campus before enjoying lunch together.

Psi Chi also presented a free workshop on the topic of suicidality on May 10. Jennifer MacQuarrie (PsyD 3) discussed tips and tricks based on common site protocols and her own 9 years of experience as a crisis counselor.

Student Engagement hosted a “Healthy Challenge” May 14-28 in support of physical self-care month at MSP.  Students, staff, and faculty were encouraged to register a personal healthy challenge on our website and then practice the challenge on a daily basis.  Those participants who succeeded in completing the daily challenge received a gift bag of MSP swag.

In Blogs

Cynthia Ransley, MSP Communications Coordinator wrote about Grieving Without Beliefs after the death of her father, Ashley Craft (MA) offered her survival strategies in the latest How I Make It Work blog feature, Dr. Hamilton was featured in the Faculty Spotlight, we celebrated this year’s Psi Chi Academic Conference Award Winners, and celebrated the many Research & Publications completed by our faculty and students during second semester.