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PEANUT BUTTER DRIVE –
Southeastern Louisiana University psychology professor Paula Varnado-Sullivan,
advisor for the student honor society Psi Chi, left, and Psi Chi president
Melissa Roy of Luling, put up a poster advertising the chapter’s campaign
to collect peanut butter for the Tangi Food Pantry. Donations can be placed
in a collection bin in White Hall during the week of March 21 or brought
to the War Memorial Student Union from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. on March 24-25.
STUDENT ORGANIZATION PLANS PEANUT
BUTTER DRIVE FOR FOOD BANK
HAMMOND -- A Southeastern Louisiana
University student honor society, Psi Chi, is putting a new spin on a common
community service project – the food drive.
Members of the small, but active
organization for psychology students will marshal their members during
the week of March 21 to collect peanut butter, a key staple for the Tangi
Psi Chi will man a table in the
War Memorial Student Union from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. March 24 and 25 and will
also have a collection bin at the psychology department office in White
Hall, said the organization’s president, Melissa Roy, a senior from Luling.
When the idea of a food
drive was proposed as a Psi Chi service project, Roy said members tweaked
“Peanut butter is something the
food pantry needs to have; it’s nutritious, but it’s durable. It’s great
for families with young children,” Roy said. Also, the members chose to
stage the drive in March because, “Everyone donates food during the
holidays,” she said, “but food pantries don’t get as many donations this
time of year.”
The Tangi Food Pantry, she said,
“is excited about the idea.”
Psi Chi is a national honor society
for psychology majors and non-majors with at least 18 hours of psychology
credit. Members must maintain a 3.0 grade point average overall and in
their psychology courses, said advisor Paula Varnado-Sullivan, an assistant
professor of psychology.
Psi Chi has recently undergone
a renaissance in membership and activity, Varnado-Sullivan said. The organization
takes on two service projects a year, most recently collecting cellular
phones for Alltel’s national “Donate a Phone” campaign against domestic
violence. The phones, programed for emergency calls, become a crucial lifeline
for women in potentially dangerous domestic situations.
Psi Chi collected more than 100
cellular phones and plan to repeat the service project next year, Roy said.
In addition to Roy, Psi Chi officers
are Tabita Karan, Bogalusa, vice president; Mary Melancon, LaPlace, secretary;
and Chris Kidwell, Mandeville, treasurer.
Combining service projects with
course works, “Gives you a greater sense of purpose,” Melancon said. “You’re
not just here in class – and it’s fun!”
Varnado-Sullivan said that in
addition to community-related service projects, Psi Chi members also help
man departmental information booths and support other department projects.
“It’s great for building organizational skills,” she said, “and helps students
feel more involved.”
For additional information about
Psi Chi, students can contact Varnado-Sullivan at 985-549-5535 or firstname.lastname@example.org.