Winter 2018 Newsletter | Catching Up with Psi Chi

This year’s theme for Psi Chi is “Rebuilding Together.” At the end of the Spring 2017 semester, we bid farewell to our longtime faculty advisor, Dr. Susan Whitbourne, and our graduating Executive Board members. With open arms, we welcomed our two new faculty advisors, Dr. Rebecca Stowe and Dr. Heather Richardson, as well as three new Executive Board members. Together, we are taking one step at a time to rebuild our chapter. Our goals for this year are to build membership, form new relationships with the community, start new fundraising projects, and create new traditions.

Current Executive Board members: From left to right, Kimberly Whitney (Secretary), Jenny Guo (Treasurer), Elise Commons (Co-President), David Benford (Co-President).


  • Our Co-President David Benford returned from a semester abroad in Italy.
  • Our Secretary Maya Silvia is spending her spring semester in the Dominican Republic. We wish her luck and safe travels!
  • We welcomed our new Secretary Kimberly Whitney to the team!


This past spring, we raised over $800 for the American Foundation for Suicide Prevention through the Out of the Darkness Campus Walk. Thanks to our wonderful members, we were the 2nd highest fundraising team on campus. We hope to keep the tradition going and do the same this year. We also held bake sales in the 4th floor lobby of Tobin to raise money for future club endeavors. This past week, we welcomed 23 new members into our chapter. Congratulations!


We are planning to participate in this year’s Out of Darkness Campus Walk to raise awareness for suicide prevention and mental health. We also hope to volunteer more at local organizations in the area. Additionally, we are looking forward to collaborating more with other campus organizations to hold bigger and better events and fundraisers. We have plans for designing a UMass Psychology t-shirt in the works as well. Keep an eye out for them!