Friday, April 5, 2013

Psych in action

Roosevelt University’s Psych in Action club at the Schaumburg Campus is a new student organization looking to help students find volunteer opportunities. The club acts almost like an online dating website for volunteer and internship opportunities, finding the most applicable match for what you specifically want.

“Our organization was started to provide students with a monthly sampling of different populations,” said Psych in Action President Tiana Sapienza. “It allows students to become more involved in evaluating their interests and get them more involved in the community with volunteer and internship opportunities.”

“We are working side by side with Psi Chi. They offer the academic portion to get you prepared for the real world, while we try to help find students volunteer placement,” said vice president of Psych in Action, Melissa Palmer.

The new organization also holds activities and promotes a new idea each month.

“Every month we will be raising awareness for different topics,” said Sapienza. “So far we had depression awareness in February. For that we did a ‘words of encouragement’ board for the troops to help lift their spirits. In March we did a mind-body connection event to raise awareness on substance abuse. We had someone come in and talk about the 12-step program.”

For the month of April, the organization will be holding a self defense seminar as well as a dine ‘n share fundraising social. They will also be sponsoring a booth at the Spring Fling Carnival on April 20.

The club also holds monthly coffee hours where both students and staff are invited.

“We’re doing coffee hours every month to provide social events for students and faculty,” said Sapienza. “They can discuss community involvement and get acquainted with one another, just to get a more friendly environment at Roosevelt.”

“Anybody can join or come to the events,” said Sapienza. “We already have ideas for the fall semester and are looking for more.”

“The greatest part about being a new student organization is that we are all working together,” said Palmer.

“A lot of people don’t know what or who they’d like to work with,” said Sapienza. “Our organization gives them that chance to figure it out.”

All students are welcome to join and can contact Sapienza at tsapienza@mail.roosevelt.edu. Those interested can also visit their website at rupsychologyinaction.webs.com/.

Article reprinted from the Roosevelt University Torch, April 1, 2013.