Club Feature: Psychology Club

Category:  News
Thursday, April 14th, 2016 at 11:14 AM

The Edinboro University Psychology Club is an organization that complements the academic learning in the classroom with educational, social and service events designed to increase knowledge about the field of psychology and to increase friendships and support among those students interested in psychology.

The club has a very long history. Professor of psychology Dr. Cynthia Legin-Bucell was the president of the Psychology Club in the mid-1970’s. Additionally, former chairperson Dr. Jack Culbertson said that the club was around when he came to Edinboro in 1969.

Psychology Club has a wide range of activities from educational events to fun events, and even events that target awareness of serious issues.

 “Last semester we had the Erie branch of National Alliance of Mental Illness (NAMI) do a panel discussion on the stigma of mental illness.  We also went to the corn maze at the Edinboro Buffalo farm as something fun,” said club President Halley Kottwitz.

On March 30, the club showed the film “Salam Neighbor” to raise funds and awareness for the Syrian refugee crisis. Half of the donations were given to the International Rescue Committee and the other half went to the Mayan Families nonprofit organization so that the club could help their sponsor child, David.

“I transferred to Edinboro as a junior, and one of the first pieces of advice my advisor had for me was to join Psychology club,” Kottwitz said. “We do a lot of fun events, but we also are engaging in events that are bigger than the Edinboro Psychology department.”

“Every year, in the fall, we have a mini-golf tournament called Compton Cup where students and faculty compete for bragging rights.  The last two years, a faculty member has won.  We are in need of students who are good mini-golf players.” Kottwitz said.

Kottwitz said that when she didn’t know anyone after transferring to Edinboro, Psychology Club gave her something to do on Wednesday nights and gave her an opportunity to meet new people.

 “College can be a time of self-focus, but Psychology club can bring one into awareness that there is more to life than one’s self,” Kottwitz said.

The club is open to students of all majors. There is no cost to join, but the club holds occasional fundraisers that students may choose to donate to. Meetings are held at 6 p.m. every other Wednesday in Compton 114.

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