Psych Week activities promote giving back

UNK Communications

KEARNEY – Kindness breeds more kindness, according to Krista Fritson, associate professor of psychology at the University of Nebraska at Kearney.

As part of Pysch Week activities Nov. 11-15, UNK students will collect hats, gloves and mittens, which will be donated to the S.A.F.E. Center, Kearney Jubilee Center and Crossroads Center Rescue Mission.

“It’s a way for the students to get a sense of giving back. We try to promote that to our students,” Fritson said. “A part of being positive community members is giving back.”

Psych Week, which aims to promote and celebrate psychology, kicks off with a Science Café at 5:30 p.m. Monday (Nov. 11) at Cunningham’s Journal.

UNK psychology professor Rick Miller and UNK associate professor of history Doug Biggs will present “Revolution: Historical and Psychological Perspectives.”

The event, sponsored by the Sigma Xi Chapter at UNK, is free and open to the public.

On Friday (Nov. 15), the Psychology Department will collect hats, gloves and mittens. Donation boxes will be in the Psychology Department office at Copeland Hall.

Other events taking place during Psych Week include a student/faculty game night, a Psychology Club meeting and a cookie decorating event.

Psych Week is organized by the UNK Psychology Club and Psi Chi, a national honor society in psychology.

“Our goal is to engage psychology students and other students who may be interested in psychology in activities that allow them to socialize,” Fritson said. “We also aim to promote service and promote community within the psychology department.

“The week is important because we want to have students engaged, focused and spending time together in a positive fashion.”

Events are open to students from any major.


Source: Krista Fritson, 308.865.8247,
Writer: Sara Giboney, 308.865.8529,

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