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July 28, 2017

Counselor Education: Chi Sigma Iota

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This year, Longwood’s Counselor Education graduate program inducted new members into Chi Sigma Iota (CSI) and held an awards ceremony for outstanding members of the program. CSI is an international honor society for counseling that was founded in 1985 and has over 117,000 members. Longwood constitutes the Phi Chapter of the honor society and currently has around 40 members. CSI membership is by invitation only so students wishing to join must have a cumulative GPA of 3.5 or over and be recommended for membership by faculty.

On March 31st, 2017, the Counselor Education department hosted their induction ceremony to CSI. Twenty-two new members were accepted to CSI and twelve new members were inducted in person at the ceremony. The event was attended by counselor ed faculty, graduate studies’ Dean Jeannine Perry and Assistant Dean Kathy Charleston, College of Education and Human Services Dean Paul Chapman, as well as current Phi chapter members and Longwood Students. One highlight of the ceremony was an address to new members by Dr. Gerard Lawson. Lawson is a professor at Virginia Tech, former Longwood Masters student in the counseling department, Licensed Professional Counselor in Virginia, and the current President of the American Counseling Association (ACA). The ACA is the largest association in the world that represents counselors of various practices. His presence and address at the ceremony meant a lot to the entire counseling department.

The next big event that CSI hosted was the Chi Sigma Iota Officer Induction and Awards Ceremony. This event was held on April 30, 2017 and recognized outstanding faculty and students of the program.  Jessica Morris was inducted as the new President of CSI, Katie Horton was named as the new Secretary/Treasurer, Hailey Kitchen will serve as the School Counseling Member at Large, the Mental Health Counseling Member at Large will be Setera Stevens, and Brittany Bishop was named as the 2017-2018 Newsletter Editor. In addition to the induction of new CSI officers, eight individuals were awarded for service and achievement. The Outstanding Counselor Education Student Advocacy Award was won by Katherine Klipp, the Outstanding Counselor Education Student Leadership Award went to Joseph Siverd, Jessica Hamlett was recognized with the Outstanding Counselor Education Student Service Award, Brittany Bishop won the Outstanding First Year Counselor Education Student Award, the Outstanding Advance Counselor Education Student Award went to Christopher Barnes, Dr. Kathleen McCleskey was awarded the Outstanding Counselor Education Faculty Award, the Outstanding Counselor Education Adjunct Faculty Award was given to Dr. Maureen Walls-McKay, and Monique Bates won the Outstanding Leadership Award-Greater Longwood Community.

The Counselor Education department is very excited for all of the accomplishments of the CSI Phi chapter and the students and faculty of the department as a whole. They look forward to a productive and outstanding 2017-2018 year, the opportunity to initiate new members into CSI, and award the hard work of outstanding counselor ed members next spring.

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