Xavier Alumna from Mendota Heights Awarded Psi Chi/Kay Wilson Leadership Award

July 28, 2010

The Psi Chi/Kay Wilson Leadership Award for Outstanding Chapter Presidents is presented annually to the one chapter president who demonstrates excellence in leadership of the local chapter “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.”

Mendota Heights, MN native and Xavier University alumna Elizabeth Fichtel is the winner of the 2009-10 Award. The daughter of Jeannie and Timothy Fichtel (55118), she will receive the award during the American Psychological Association/Psi Chi Society Convention in San Diego on August 12. She will receive travel expenses to attend the APA/Psi Chi Society Annual Convention to receive the award and to make a short presentation on factors he or she believes contribute to outstanding leadership. In addition, Fichtel will be presented with a $500 cash award and an engraved plaque commemorating the award. Her essay on what she learned about leadership will be published in the national “Eye on Psi Chi” newsletter.

Fichtel graduated cum laude in May from Xavier University in Cincinnati, OH with a Bachelor of Science in Psychology. She was president of Xavier’s chapter of Psi Chi and will begin graduate study this fall in Counseling Psychology at the University of St. Thomas in St. Paul, MN.

“Xavier University, in particular the Psychology department, provided me with numerous opportunities like Psi Chi to take initiative and to be a leader amongst my fellow classmates,” says Fichtel. “The psychology department faculty and staff at Xavier supported and encouraged me every step of the way and fostered a confidence in my abilities that I will take with me as I continue on in the field of psychology. Research and volunteer opportunities within the department were numerous and invaluable in helping me to realize my goal of earning my doctorate and becoming a mental healthcare provider.”

For more information on Xavier University’s psychology Bachelors, Masters and PsyD programs, please visit http://www.xavier.edu/psychology/

Psi Chi, the International Honor Society in Psychology, was founded in 1929. Membership is open to graduate and undergraduate students. The award honors Kay Wilson, Executive Officer of Psi Chi from 1991–2003, and her commitment to leadership.