Divisions shared “Aloha Spirit” in Honolulu

Division marketing at the APA convention offered many opportunities for member engagement.

APA division leaders took advantage of the convention to share information with members and potential members in Honolulu. Thank you to all the division volunteers who participated in one way or another before, during and after the convention. And congratulations to the winners of our two raffle prizes, for those who already belonged to a division or joined a division at convention. Angela Izmirian, a student affiliate in Divs. 17, 35 and 52 and a graduate student at the University of Memphis, won the iPad mini. Steve Thoma, a member of Div. 15 and professor at The University of Alabama-Tuscaloosa, won the drawing for an iPad.

Angela Izmirian, a Student Affiliate in Divisions 17, 35, and 52 and a graduate student at the University of Memphis, won the iPad mini. Steve Thoma, a member of Division 15 and professor at The University of Alabama — Tuscaloosa, won the drawing for an iPad
Pictured left: Angela Izmirian (right) receives her iPad mini from Division Services Office staffer Keith Cooke. 
Pictured right: Steve Thoma (left) receives his iPad from Division Services Office staffer Christine Chambers.

Easy-to-find programming:
Division leaders sent their programs, suite schedules and more for sharing on the APA site. In early July, emails were sent out to attendees, letting them know about these division-specific programs. 

Target students, early career psychologists and members: Divisions contributed text geared to these three specific groups. Booklets were created and available in the division booth and at events geared to first-time convention attendees. They are also posted on the division activities page on the APA site.

Talk with an expert: Volunteers from many divisions signed up for times in the Division Services booth. A poster in the booth showed times when these divisions representatives were available.  

Information: The booth had a wealth of division information available, including division-specific membership brochures, online access to division programs and suite schedules, and a poster of hospitality suite locations.  

Giveaways: In the booth we also gave away stressball-type tropical fish and division ribbons — to encourage everyone to display their division pride on their nametag. These were a big hit for the second year in a row.

Sessions on member engagement: Two sessions were offered this year, “Finding a Professional Home in APA Divisions: Early Career Psychologists and Graduate Students” and “Engagement in APA and Its Affiliated Organizations: What Can We Learn From Social Sciences Research?”

Division-manager meetings: Account managers in the Division Services Office met with division leaders and attended board meetings to talk about services available through DSO and share ideas about how divisions handle certain issues. If you’re unsure of who your DSO account manager is, contact us or visit the webpage.

Division winners in the Monitor: Division award winners from the 2013 convention will be listed in the September issue of the Monitor on Psychology.

Share convention highlights with members: Be sure to send an email to members to recap your division’s activities at convention (and include photographic proof where possible). It’s a great reminder for those who were there and a great way to share with those who couldn’t attend.