Chi Sigma Phi Chapter of Chi Sigma Iota,
International Counseling Honor Society

Promoting Excellence in the Profession of Counseling

From the desk of Celeste M. Naik, ΧΣΦ President-elect,

Dear Counseling, Special Education, and Rehabilitation Department's current and prospective counseling students, Chi Sigma Phi chapter members and alumni:

Please welcome the new officers of our Counseling Honor Society,
Chi Sigma Phi chapter of Chi Sigma Iota:

Oscar Barragan (MFT/PPS): Executive Vice President
Kristen Madson (MFT): Vice President, Finance (Treasurer)
Christopher Kelm (MFT): Vice President, Membership
Aziza Shammaa (MFT/PPS): Secretary
Melissa Watkins (Higher Ed): Vice President, Community Service
Mandy Greaves (MFT): Vice President, Event Planning
Michele Fiester (MFT): Vice President, Fund Raising
Tara Peterson (MFT): Vice President, Research

Sarah Thompson, Representative, Marriage and Family Therapy
Melissa Watkins, Representative, Student Services – Higher Education
Tressa Martinez, Representative, Student Services – K-12
Danielle Martin, Representative, Rehabilitation Counseling
Oscar Barragan, Representative, Pupil Personnel Services Credential

We are excited for the diversity and breadth of each of our officer's educational and career experience! We look forward to being able to serve you in the best way that we can through networking/socializing, offering trainings/workshops, serving our community, providing you with information on statewide counselor education trainings and workshops for every option, placement and internship possibilities in the valley, and any important information that will be beneficial to you!

Please check out our board in the Kremen School of Education and Human Development building for additional updates and information as well as your e-mail to stay in touch with what is happening!

Well, that's all for now, for prospective students be aware of the member
requirements:

---9 graduate units or more taken so far in the counselor education graduate program.
---3.5 or better grade point average in the counselor education graduate program.

For any questions regarding membership and events for Chi Sigma Phi chapter of Chi Sigma Iota, please contact me at cmnaik@comcast.net

Ciao!

Celeste M. Naik
Chi Sigma Phi President
MS Counseling MFT
California State University Fresno,
5005 N. Maple Avenue Mailstop ED 3
Fresno, CA 93740-8025

 

Introducing your 2011-2012 officers!

 

Celeste NaikCeleste M. Naik, President, is currently in her second year of the Marriage and Family Therapy program. Celeste graduated from CSU Fresno with a B.A. in Psychology in 2010 and works in the Psychology Department’s Advising Office. She is originally from Virginia, but spent the vast majority of her life in the San Joaquin Valley. She is married to Amer Naik, an undergraduate Pre-Med student at CSU Fresno and has a six-year old son named Jolen. Celeste’s main career and research interests lie in working with young, un-wed mothers, substance abuse, and the South Asian American community in the San Joaquin Valley.

As president of Chi Sigma Phi chapter of Chi Sigma Iota, Celeste hopes that the organization will become a significant presence on campus, interacting with other campus organizations and the community at large to promote mental health awareness and professional excellence in the field of counseling.

Please feel free to submit ideas to any officer about possible workshops, guest speakers, or social gatherings.

Oscar Barragan JrOscar Barragan Jr is the current Executive Vice President of Chi Sigma Phi chapter of Chi Sigma Iota. Oscar’s hopes of becoming a counselor began early on in his High School Education at Dinuba High School. With help from the great Advisors/Mentors at Dinuba High School, Oscar’s dreams became more visible the closer he got to where he wanted to be. After earning a Bachelor’s Degree in Liberal Studies from California State University-Fresno, Oscar began working on a Master’s Degree in Counseling Option Marriage and Family Therapy with a Pupil Personnel Services Credential. Currently Oscar is working on his Practicum hours and hopes to graduate in Spring of 2012.

As Executive Vice President, Oscar hopes to make great strides for Chi Sigma Phi chapter of Chi Sigma Iota by working collaboratively with all the officers in an effort to grow the organization and become more visible in the community while also making great friends with similar professional goals. Oscar is also the Representative of the Pupil Personnel Services Credential and is dedicated to being the voice for PPS.

Kristen MadsonKristen Madson is the Vice President of Finance and Treasurer for Chi Sigma Phi chapter of Chi Sigma Iota. She has her B.S. in Psychology from California State University, Fresno and is currently in her second year in the Marriage and Family Therapy Counselor Education program. Kristen is happily married and has an adorable dog named Bear.

As Vice President of Finance, Kristen hopes to utilize her skills to ensure all financial and administrative details are taken care of in order to ensure a smooth year for the Society.

 Christopher KelmChristopher A. Kelm, Vice President of Membership for Chi Sigma Phi chapter of Chi Sigma Iota, is currently pursuing his M.S. in Counseling, Marriage and Family Therapy. He currently is gaining practicum hours at Fresno Family Counseling Center and working part-time on the CSU Fresno campus in the Lyles Center for Innovation and Entrepreneurship, where he is a Program Assistant for the Pathway program that teaches high school students and college students throughout the central valley how to start and run their own businesses one day. While obtaining a B.S. in Criminology, Victimology Option, at CSU Fresno, he focused his sights on working with at-risk youth and young adults and has been doing so for the past five years.

For the Chi Sigma Iota Counseling Honor Society, as Vice President of Membership, Christopher hopes to make the name known among all counseling students and aid the organization in becoming a presence in both the campus and city communities. Helping to assemble a strong leadership board, he hopes to also help increase membership and knowledge of the Society.

Aziza ShammaaAziza Shammaa is the current Secretary of the Chi Sigma Phi chapter of Chi Sigma Iota. She has her B.A. in Chemistry from California State University, Fresno. She is currently in her second year pursuing her Master’s Degree in Counseling, Marriage and Family Therapy option, and her Pupil Personnel Services Credential. She is excited to see the chapter grow, meet new people, and make a difference through community service. Aziza is also a teaching assistant on campus, which gives her an increased opportunity to serve students.

As Secretary, Aziza hopes to aid in all administrative work for the Society and help the Society to continue to be a resource for students.

Melissa WatkinsMelissa Watkins, Vice President of Community Service, is both a graduate student and staff member at California State University, Fresno. She is currently pursuing her M.S. in Counseling & Student Services with a specialization in Higher Education in hopes of continuing her work in student affairs. Her position within the Office of Student Involvement gives her the opportunity to work with the student programming and leadership boards.

As Vice President of Community Service, Melissa strongly believes that being involved on campus enhances the collegiate experience and enjoys connecting students with opportunities to do so and hopes aid the Society in becoming more involved with the community. Melissa is also the Representative of the Higher Education option and hopes to represent the option to the best of her abilities.

Mandy GreavesMandy Greaves is the current Vice President of Event Planning for Chi Sigma Phi chapter of Chi Sigma Iota. She received her B.A. in Women’s Studies at California State University, Fresno in 2010. She is currently in her second year of obtaining her M.S. in Counseling, Marriage and Family Therapy Option and is maintaining a 4.0 GPA. In addition to this, Mandy is also a teaching assistant for the counselor education program and is working on projects with some of the faculty from the program that will one day be published.

As Vice President of Event Planning, Mandy’s goals for this organization are to increase member involvement in community service activities and socials.

Michele FiesterMichele Fiester (formerly Michele Juarez - just got married on 9-10-11!) is the current Vice President of Fund Raising for Chi Sigma Phi chapter of Chi Sigma Iota. She is in her third semester of the Counselor Education Master's Program here at Fresno State, currently on the K-12 track. She graduated with her Bachelor's Degree in Psychology from Fresno State in May of 2010. For the past six years, Michele had the pleasure of working for the Fresno City College Upward Bound Program, which is where her passion for working with high school students really blossomed. In Michele’s free time, she enjoys reading, writing, swimming, hiking, playing with her two dogs and spending time with her husband and families.

As Vice President of Fund Raising, Michele hopes to bring in funds to the organization that will allow us to provide members with counselor education trainings and speakers, participate in community service events, and have meaningful networking socials.

Tara PetersonTara Peterson is the current Vice President of Research of Chi Sigma Phi chapter of Chi Sigma Iota. She is currently pursuing her education in Marriage and Family Therapy. Tara graduated from CSU, Fresno with her B.A. in Psychology in 2010. She also enjoys baking cupcakes and being outdoors!

As Vice President of Research, Tara is motivated to get information out to students on grants, scholarships and job opportunities related to the field of counseling.

Sarah ThompsonSarah Thompson is currently in the Marriage and Family Therapy option at California State University, Fresno. Having absorbed a vast amount of information, she was encouraged to add the Pupil Personnel Services Credential. Her undergraduate schooling was at San Diego State University, where she obtained her Bachelor’s degree in Psychology in Spring of 2009. Initially aiming toward becoming a Child-Psychologist, Sarah realized that she would like to broaden her spectrum of clientele and have the opportunity to work with individuals from all walks of life; hence, the transition to the MFT option. She enjoys working as a finance manager and has done volunteer work for the County of Tulare, as a Court Appointed Special Advocate. Additional things that keep her smiling include music, traveling, great food, capturing quotes, and she is working on becoming more spontaneous!

As the new Marriage and Family Therapy Representative for Chi Sigma Iota, within the Chi Sigma Phi chapter, Sarah is honored in taking on this position and hopes to be the voice for all who are in the program. Her goal is to make sure that the wants, needs, ideas, and concerns of her fellow cohort are expressed and acted upon, as we will only grow together by coming together. She looks forward to contributing what she can, while learning even more.

“Aim for success, not perfection. Never give up your right to be wrong, because then you will lose the ability to learn new things and move forward with your life. Remember that fear always lurks behind perfectionism,” Dr. David M. Burns.

Tressa MartinezTressa Martinez is currently pursuing her M.S. in Counseling, Student Services- K-12. She is a full-time student and spends her free time volunteering and participating in other organizations on campus. In the Spring of 2011 she obtained her Bachelors degree in Criminology with an emphasis in law enforcement at CSU, Fresno. Her goal is to become a Juvenile Correctional Counselor and help at-risk youth reach their full potential and keep a positive outlook on life. Tressa keeps education as her top priority but also enjoys dancing, baking, reading, and spending time with friends and family.

As the Student Services K-12 Representative for the Chi Sigma Phi chapter of Chi Sigma Iota, Tressa hopes to be the voice for those in the K-12 option so that the chapter maintains an equal balance and is beneficial to all Counseling students. Her goal is to make sure that the chapter stays proactive and increase member involvement.

  Awards and Accolades

Congratulations to Dr. Chris Lucey, Director of Fresno Family Counseling Center and Faculty member of California State Univerisity, Fresno’s Counseling Department, for be honored at the Spring 2011 Graduate Hooding Ceremony for his many accomplishments and contributions.
We also want to congratulate these members who participated in the Spring 2011 Graduate Hooding Ceremony:
Carmen J. Avila, MS Counseling, Higher Ed Option, With PPS
Christine Bentley, MS Counseling MFT Option
Cynthia Bhalla Hernandez, MS Counseling, MFT Option
Jessica Bloom, MS Counseling, MFT Option, With PPS
Holly Dutra, MS Counseling, MFT Option
Erica Embry, MS Counseling, Higher Ed Option
Tanja Fridolfs, MS Counseling, MFT Option
Adrienne Hegr, MS Counseling, MFT Option
Maira Hernandez, MS Counseling, MFT Option
Kindle Hew, MS Counseling, MFT Option
Karen Julian-Arax, MS Counseling, MFT Option, With Distinction
May K. Lee, MS Counseling, Higher Ed Option, With PPS
Gerardo Madrigal, MS Counseling MFT Option
Barbara McCarthy-Kerber, MS Counseling, MFT Option
Kelly M. McGee, MS Counseling, MFT Option
Veronica Miranda, MS Counseling, Higher Ed Option
Rick Montoya, MS Counseling, MFT Option, With PPS
Eleazar Ortega, MS Counseling, Higher Ed Option
Matthew G. Reed, MS Counseling, Higher Ed Option, With PPS
Jessica Joy Rodgers, MS Counseling, MFT Option
Angela Schott, MS Counseling, MFT Option
Fabiola Wallace, MS Counseling, MFT Option
Robin Whisenhunt
Chandra C. Woods, MS Counseling, Rehab Option
Soua Xiong

  Upcoming Events

Chi Sigma Iota Winter Social, Potluck
Saturday, February 18th
Time: TBA
Bring a side dish and a friend! Learn about Chi Sigma Iota!
Please RSVP to mandys@mail.fresnostate.edu
Prospective members welcome!

Chi Sigma Phi chapter of Chi Sigma Iota Meeting
Date and Time of Next Meeting: TBA
Please be on time to meetings and bring ideas to share!
Prospective members welcome!

  Frequently Asked Questions

What is Chi Sigma Phi?
Chi Sigma Phi is the Fresno State chapter of Chi Sigma Iota Counseling Honor Society. The mission of Chi Sigma Iota, the international honor society for professional counselors, counselor educators, and students 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.

How do I join?
1. Students must have completed at least one semester of full-time graduate coursework in a counselor education degree program (9 graduate units), AND
2. Have earned a grade point average of 3.5 or better. If you have met these qualifications, log on to the ΧΣΙ Website at http://www.csi-net.org/ to apply online. You must pay the $45.00 membership fee in order for your application to be processed for national dues for one year. (Local chapter dues will be requested per membership).

Contact any of the officers if you have any questions, or are interested in contributing to future newsletters or have ideas for fundraising/workshops. We look forward to a wonderful fall and spring semester!