SPIOP strikes again


Psychology club meeting scheduled Nov. 6 in Sugden 111

Students Promoting Industrial and Organizational Psychology (SPIOP) are also promoting attendance at their next meeting on Wednesday, Nov. 6 at 6 p.m. in Sugden 111.
93 students attended the first inaugural meeting on Oct. 2. The event almost hit the room’s 100-person capacity. Those present at the meeting were introduced to Hugh Clark from Barry University’s Masters and Social Work program as well as Mary Hart from Florida Gulf Coast University’s Masters and Social Work program.
The two speakers led a panel discussion about the field of social work and career opportunities. They also provided guidance to those who were interested in getting into a graduate-level social work program in the future.
Club president Josh Palmer said he was pleased with the information that students took away from the speakers.
“They mentioned how it’s a multi-disciplinary field,” Palmer said. “They want people that are psychology, business and management majors. They don’t just want social workers because they’re all interrelated.”
Palmer plans to have new themes for each monthly meeting, which will be held on the first Wednesday of every month from 6-8 p.m. The theme of this month’s meeting is bridging the gap between psychology and business professions.
This month’s guest speaker will be Gerald Schoenfeld from the Lutgert College of Business. He teaches human resource management and industrial organization (IO) at FGCU. He said he is going to inform students on how HR works and how people in businesses deal with people in HR. Schoenfeld will also talk about career opportunities and graduate school opportunities to anyone unsure about the next step to take in their future.
Diane Farrell, the assistant director of career development services, will also be speaking at the meeting. Because a lot of the graduate school and IO applications are due in December, she said she is going to go over the best steps to prepare personal statements and strong resumes.
“This is stuff that applies to people who aren’t just in psychology related fields,” Palmer said.  “But to anyone interested in grad school. They would still benefit from coming to this meeting. They’ll learn how to be better prepared for the future.”
The club currently has 41 members on their Facebook page (https://www.facebook.com/groups/spiop). They’re hoping to branch out to more students throughout the university.
“We’re inviting everyone in,” Palmer said. “We’re trying to cast the net broadly and pull people in, then keep bringing them back with good speakers. A lot of RSO’s just run meetings and get stuff done, they don’t try to program for their members.”
Surveys will be conducted at the end of each meeting to ensure that SPIOP is reaching their audience.