Psychology students inducted into Psi Chi

By Cheryl Tranchitella
April 11, 2002

One of the largest groups of Cabrini College students was inducted into the national honors society in psychology on Wednesday, March 20 in the Mansion dining room. To be inducted the student must have a grade point average of a 3.0 overall and in psychology, to take four courses in psychology, major or minor in psychology.

The national honor society in psychology, also known as Psi Chi, was started at Cabrini College by a student in the mid 1980s. That student asked Dr. M.L. Corbin Sicoli, professor of psychology and present Psi Chi advisor, if she would be the facilitator. She accepted the position and has been the facilitator ever since.

“I am very proud of the students in their accomplishments,” Sicoli said. “Being inducted in to Psi Chi will help the students get admitted into graduate school since they are now nationally recognized.”

The purpose of Psi Chi is to encourage, stimulate and maintain excellence in scholarship of the individual members in all fields, particularly in psychology, and to advance the science of psychology.

Each inductee was given a certificate and a membership card to be recognized nationally. They also signed a book that Cabrini holds for each year since Psi Chi first started.

The students inducted into Psi Chi were very pleased with their accomplishments. Rose Leahy, a junior, was one of the inductees. “I am very happy that I was able to accomplish such a thing, and honored to be in such a society,” Leahy said.

Linda Cylc, a junior, was also an inductee. “It is definitely an honor. It brings you into the national community of psychology. It gives you a chance to be in touch with the psychology community outside of Cabrini,” Cylc said.

The guest speaker, Dr. John Cook, was a 1990 Cabrini College graduate. Cook is a professor at the University of Pennsylvania. Her speech was titled “Cabrini Psychology Graduates Succeeding in a Larger World.”

The ceremony was open to friends and family. Afterwards, there were refreshments and fruit for everyone.

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