Broad View: May 2014

By: Michael Ranney, MPA, OPA Executive Director

Michael_ROPA has been selected to partner with the OSU Fisher College of Business/Fisher Board Fellows program. We’ve been matched with an MBA candidate in the Class of 2015, Philip Chang. Philip has already completed his law degree and is very interested in working with us on our strategies for marketing psychology. Dr. Jim Broyles, chair of our Marketing Task Force and I have met with Philip and we are excited about working with him. Officially, we start this project in the fall but Philip is planning on connecting with us some over the summer.

The marketing of psychology is an underlying goal in our strategic plan. It drives many of our goals relating to supporting our members and growing the association and its influence. If you are interested in working on the Marketing Task Force please contact me. We meet as needed by conference call.

I attended a fabulous conference at Wright State that was conducted by the Ohio Psychological Association of Graduate Students (OPAGS). It is easy to see why they have been recognized nationally two times as the best psychology graduate student program. The focus of the conference was on the internship process, including ways to be competitive and how to manage the stress associated with the process. There were about 60 participants. I was particularly impressed with the large contingent from Bowling Green! What a great job putting this together!

We find ourselves saluting OPAGS quite often. Their fall workshop was a huge success as well. Last year they far exceeded their student membership goals so we raised the goal this year and they have already exceeded it! I was glad to hear internship directors say that one of the ways to be more competitive in the internship process is to get involved in advocacy and become active in the association. We do look darn good on a student’s vitae and I know our leadership development and advocacy training benefits our students in so many ways. OPAGS is finishing up work on its slate of officers for next year now. If you are interested or know of students who are looking for these kinds of opportunities, please let me know.

At the beginning of April we had an extremely productive Board meeting. Members of our Governance Task Force led small group discussions of the fourteen principles that have been developed to guide consideration of changes in governance structure. These included:

  • meet more often
  • use technology
  • enhance communication and increase meaningful discussion
  • increase speed of decision making
  • expand leadership pipeline
  • maintain positive relationship with staff
  • smaller board
  • larger executive committee

The discussion was quite lively!

We also had an informative report from the Professional Practice Committee on the salary survey they recently conducted, a report from the Bullying Task Force and a great discussion of a strategic plan goal that relates to non-dues income streams for the association.

Minutes from our Board meetings are posted online here and the link is in each month’s e-newsletter. You can always tell when a new set of minutes has been posted because the President-elect will post a summary on the listserv with a link to the complete minutes. It usually takes 2-3 weeks to complete minutes from first to final draft.

The big news on the staff front is the arrival of Matilda Lucille Sulzer on April 10. Congratulations to Jim Sulzer, our Director of Finance and Operations and his wife!

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