2005 to 2010Page address: http://sbs.mnsu.edu/iopsych/yearsinreview/2005to2010.html
February 2010 -- Madison Lake, MN, Broomball Game
The I/O Program celebrated Superbowl Sunday with a round of Broomball on Madison Lake followed by a selection of homemade chilis, snacks and a football game. The first years, also known as the Ice Dragons, and the second year students battled it out on the ice; the game came down to Sudden Death. The second years, the Punching Donkeys, were victorious. All of the students had a great time playing the game. A team picture of the Ice Dragons is featured below.
Novemeber 2009 - Kids Against Hunger Volunteering, Mankato, MN
Students and faculty from the I/O program and fellow clinical psychology students volunteered in packaging meals for Kids Against Hunger. The program is dedicated to serving the community, and enjoyed their time volunteering during the holiday season. Kids Against Hunger is an organization that works towards ending world hunger.
October 2009 - Halloween Celebration
Students, faculty and friends of the I/O Program gathered to celebrate Halloween.
September 2009 - Fall Conference, Pequot Lakes, MN
Students and faculty traveled North to celebrate a new academic year and new classmates with team building exerices. Students spent time getting to know each other and enjoying the lake, games and food. This is a tradition of the program.
April 2008 -- SIOP New Orleans, LA
Students and faculty traveled to New Orleans, LA for the annual SIOP conference. Students volunteered stuffing bags to be given to conference attendees. The students enjoyed the rich culture of the city had to offer, such as live jazz music, beignets and cafe au lait at Cafe Du Monde, and the city's nightlife. Students also volunteered with past alumni and friends at a local school that had been affected by Hurricane Katrina.
March 2009 -- Owatonna, MN
Students traveled to Owatonna, Minnesota for the 4th annual Midwestern Conference on Professional Psychology (MCPP). Students attended presentations given by experts in the fields of I/O, school, and clinical psychology including Dave Engler from the Air Force Office of Special Investigations. Second year students also presented their thesis research.
February 2009 -- IOOB Chicago, IL
The second-year students traveled to Chicago, IL for the annual IOOB conference. Students presented their master's thesis research to their peers. The students also enjoyed the city's night life and tourist spots.
November 2008 - Gallup, Inc. in Omaha, NE
Students and faculty traveled to Omaha, NE for the Graduate Student Showcase at the headquarters of Gallup, Inc. Students were given the opportunity to learn about the Gallup Poll and the cutting edge research being done. Jim Harter spoke with the students and faculty about their customer engagment model. Tom Rath later spoke with the students and faculty about their new strengths-based approach to leadership.
November 2008 - Kids Against Hunger Volunteering
Students and faculty volunteered with fellow clinical psychology students and faculty at Kids Against Hunger. Our program is committed to giving back to our community and our world. Kids Against Hunger works towards eliminating world hunger.
September 2008 - Fall Conference at Pequot Lakes, MN
Students and faculty traveled to Pequot Lakes, MN for the annual fall conference. Students and faculty kicked-off the year by getting to know each other through outings on the boat, games in yard, campfires, and semi-polar plunges into the lake. Second-year students presented their internship experiences and ideas for their theses. Faculty introduced students the happenings of the year. First year students were paired with second year mentors (thesis buddies) for the year.
May 2008 -- South Africa
Students and faculty in the I/O Psychology Program traveled to Karatara, South Africa to help build a new college called Eden Campus. Eden Campus is the first free rural eco-business school in South Africa. The Eden Campus students learn the basics of business so they can return to their villages and start small companies. During the trip, the students helped with campus construction and program development. Students also visited Buffelsdrift Game Lodge and Cape Town during the trip.
April 2008 -- Consulting Challenge Hosted By Cargill
First year students had the opportunity to work with Cargill in the annual "Consulting Challenge" . Cargill was an excellent host company and provided students an interesting challenge. Students from various I/O programs worked together to research, interpret, and present results based on actual Cargill data. The students had the opportunity to present their results at one of Cargill's extraordinary meeting rooms and were able to converse with various employee's at Cargill. Minnesota State I/O alum and Cargill employee Pari Becker was the point of contact for the students and was a valuable resource in completing the project. The group consisting of Ashley Johnson, John Keenan, and Kasha Lashley won the 2008 Consulting Challenge out of a group of very good presentations.
April 2008 -- SIOP San Francisco, CA
Students and faculty traveled to San Francisco, CA for the annual SIOP conference. Students volunteered stuffing bags to be given to conference attendees. Students and faculty were able to attend the many workshops and presentations offered regarding currrent practices and the future of I/O psychology. The students enjoyed the rich culture of the city and the many tourist sites.
March 2008 -- Owatonna, MN
Students traveled to Owatonna, Minnesota for the 3rd annual Midwestern Conference on Professional Psychology (MCPP). Students attended presentations given by experts in the fields of I/O, school, and clinical psychology. Second year students also presented their thesis research.
February 2008 -- IOOB Denver, CO
The second-year students traveled to Denver, CO for the annual IOOB conference. Students presented their master's thesis research to their peers. The students also enjoyed the city's night life and tourist spots.
2006 - 2007
May 2007 -- Vietnam
Students and faculty traveled to Vietnam and Hong Kong for their international trip May 14 - 28.
April 2007 -- SIOP New York, NY
Students and faculty traveled to New York, NY for the annual SIOP conference. The students enjoyed the visiting the tourist sites and engaging in the city's nightlife. Students and faculty also participated in presenting and attending the conference workshops, discussions, and presentations.
February 2007 -- 28th Annual IOOB Graduate Student Conference
Indiana University-Purdue University Indianapolis (IUPUI) hosted the 28th Annual IOOB graduate student conference. The Industrial Organizational and Organizational Behavior (IOOB) conference is an annual celebration of graduate student research that provides attendees with an opportunity to share research interests, ideas, and results through symposia and poster presentations. These experiences aid in the development of presentation skills and offer insight into peer research being conducted by other programs. In addition to contact with fellow students, attendees can interact with researchers and professional practitioners through networking socials, career development workshops, and keynote presentations.
November 2006 -- Trip to Kohler
The I-O program traveled to Kohler, WI in November to visit representatives of the Kohler Co. On Thursday afternoon, students participated in a three-hour team building exercise moderated by a training specialist from Kohler. On Friday, students learned about Organization Development at Kohler from alumni Andy Preissner, (2001) an Organization Development Specialist, and Lisa McLaughlin the Manager of Organization Development for Kohler. Andy and Lisa also gave the students tips on finding jobs, building professional networks, and being successful in their careers. Students also toured the Kohler museum and the Kohler Design Center.
September 2006 -- MSU I/O 6th Annual Fall Conference
This year we stayed just down the road from The Sunset Knoll Resort at the Clamshell Beach Resort. It is an excellent place for the second year class and faculty to get to know the first year class. Alumni, Marissa Loch and Lance Andrews, were our guests and gave presentations on their current jobs. Second year students presented on their internship experiences, and everyone had a great time playing games and engaging in outdoor activities.
2005 - 2006
May 2006 -- 21st Annual Society of Industrial/Organizational Psychology
This year's conference was held in Dallas, Texas. Once again, the entire program flew to the conference location for a weekend of fascinating presentations given by leaders in the field.
April 2006 -- Consulting Challenge -- Hosted by Medtronic
The annual Consulting Challenge provides teams of graduate students with an opportunity to develop a consulting project proposal in a real-life situation. Students from St. Cloud State University were a welcome addition to the students from the usual participating universities, MSU & University of Northern Iowa. During the three-day contest, students participate on two- or three-person teams (4 to 5 teams total). The teams are given a packet of information containing: a description of an organization, a description of a problem that the organization is experiencing, and raw data from a survey. After meeting with representatives of the company and analyzing the data, teams prepare a three to five page written proposal including a budget and detailed plan for an intervention in response to the fictitious Request For Proposals (RFP). The teams also make a presentation to a panel of faculty and company representatives who rate the proposals. The winning team gets bragging rights and their names on a perpetual plaque. Consulting Challenge 2006 Winning Team was: Michael Durando, Josh Ingalls, and Sangeeta Shrestha.
February 2006 -- 27th Annual IOOB Graduate Student Conference
September 2005 -- Team Building
A day of outdoor activities & fun, mixed with discussions of the graduate program's group dynamics.
September 2005 -- MSU I/O 5th Annual Fall Conference
The Sunset Knoll Resort is an excellent place for the second year class and faculty to get to know the first year class, which is why we keep returning there! Second year students presented on their internship experiences, and everyone had a great time playing games and engaging in outdoor activities.