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What is Chi Sigma Iota Upsilon Delta Chapter?

Chi Sigma Iota is the international honor society for students, professional counselors and counselor educators established at Ohio University in 1985. Our mission is to promote scholarship, research, professionalism, leadership and excellence in counseling, and to recognize high attainment in the pursuit of academic and clinical excellence in the profession of counseling. There are currently 251 chapters (including University of Dayton’s Upsilon Delta Chapter), 11,247 active members (including UD’s 133 active members), and 56,682 initiated members as of January 31, 2008. Upsilon Delta is University of Dayton’s chapter of Chi Sigma Iota.

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When was Upsilon Delta Chapter established, and why?

Upsilon Delta Chapter was established in October, 2007. The first Induction Ceremony of new members was held at the University of Dayton on February 23, 2008. Throughout the past year, several community and school counseling students expressed interest in building relationships with one another and faculty outside of the classroom. Therefore, a few students took the initiative to learn how to go about establishing a professional, academic organization for school and community counseling students, alumni, and area professionals and discovered Chi Sigma Iota. The application process for establishing a Chapter of this Society was extensive, and we are proud that University of Dayton was accepted.

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Who can become a member of Chi Sigma Iota Upsilon Delta Chapter?

Community and school counseling University of Dayton students who have earned at least a 3.5 GPA and completed six semester hours are eligible to join Chi Sigma Iota Upsilon Delta Chapter. In addition, professional school and clinical counselors in the Columbus and Dayton areas are invited to join the Upsilon Delta Chapter. However, membership is closed for 2008-09 but if you meet the above requirements and would like to participate as a non-active member, please contact a member of the executive committee. Invitation letters to officially join the Chapter will be sent to eligible students in January 2009.

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I attend University of Dayton at Capital or Dublin. How can I play an active role in Upsilon Delta?

There is a separate chapter of CSI for Columbus students attending the University of Dayton. It is called Upsilon Delta Chi. Dr. Scott Hall is the advisor for this chapter and Lisa Lowe is the president. Please, contact them for further information on how to become actively involved.  

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What are the benefits of joining Upsilon Delta?

The first and most obvious tangible benefit of being a member of Chi Sigma Iota is that it is an instant résumé booster. Also, building relationships with students, professionals, and faculty members outside of the classroom is not only fun but beneficial for our growth as professional counselors. A few ideas that we hope will come to fruition for Upsilon Delta members include: offering professional workshops (free to members), social events, mentoring opportunities, providing grant money for students to attend professional conferences and/or pursue research, and much more.

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How do I contact Upsilon Delta?

Executive Committee, Upsilon Delta Chapter of Chi Sigma Iota

Kelli Jo Arndt, Ph.D., PCC 
Faculty Advisor
Main Campus Chapter: Upsilon Delta 
karndt1@udayton.edu

Scott Hall, Ph.D., LPCC, NCC
Faculty Advisor
Columbus Chapter: Upsilon Delta Chi 
shall1@udayton.edu

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