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April 2010

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**Special Conference Edition**

Celebrating 25 Years of the SIOP Annual Conference

SIOP’s 25th Anniversary Conference will celebrate a quarter century of the Society’s annual culminating event—including special activities, events, and SIOP merchandise to commemorate this special anniversary.  

Following the closing plenary with speaker David Ulrich (University of Michigan), SIOP will host its 25th Anniversary Closing Reception. Featuring very special entertainment, delicious appetizers, a champagne toast, a silent auction (with unique treasures), and great ambience, you won’t want to miss this celebration. If you haven't already, register for the conference today!

For some of the history on how the SIOP conference came to be what it is today, continue reading SIOP Fellow Paul Levy’s interview with first Conference chair and SIOP Member Stan Silverman.
Levy, along with SIOP Member Julie Olson-Buchanan, will also be organizing a history of SIOP in the SIOP History Lounge, located in the exhibit hall at the 25th annual conference.

By Paul E. Levy, University of Akron

The 25th Anniversary of the SIOP conference is in Atlanta in 2010. As the chair of the History Committee, it seemed only fitting that I provide some context and historical look at how this conference, which has become such an important part of our professional activities, was launched. I thought it best to go right to the source, Stan Silverman, who was the first Conference chair– perhaps I also went to Stan because we were due to have lunch, and his office is about a 10 minute walk from mine. Oh well, here goes… to continue reading, click here.

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Take a Piece of SIOP History Home

In celebration of our 25th Anniversary Conference, SIOP is proudly offering commemorative merchandise

The official 25th anniversary memento, this individually hand-blown glass art piece contains 70% pre-consumer recycled glass, featuring a special SIOP etching. This makes for an excellent addition to your desk décor and will help you remember your SIOP 2010 experience for years to come. Each glass piece comes in a gift box and, only a limited quantity will be available. (4" high) $25. Available for purchase at the registration desk.

This year’s t-shirt is black with silver, teal, and white imprint accents, celebrating our special anniversary year. Shirts are 100% cotton and available in sizes S, M, L, XL and XXL. Buy one for yourself and one for a colleague! $15.00 (free to Fun Run participants)
T-shirts can be ordered during your initial conference registration process or added to your existing registration via the
Attendee Service Center. T-shirts and glass mementos will also be available for purchase on-site at the conference.

Order your items today!

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 Start SIOP Early With Pre-conference Workshops  

Fifteen workshops will be offered Wednesday, April 7, the day before the regular program of SIOP’s 25th Annual Conference begins. These engaging workshops add an extra value to the conference, and they fill up fast, so register today to ensure you get the workshops of your choice! The fastest way to register is by using SIOP’s online registration system. Please see the SIOP Web site for online workshop registration instructions.

Register for the preconference workshops here.

For five reasons you should plan on attending the pre-conference workshops, click here! For more information on the preconference workshops, please visit the SIOP workshop Web page here.

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Inaugural SIOP Practitioner Speed-Mentoring Event

Need Mentoring? Come to the Inaugural SIOP Practitioner Speed-Mentoring Event!

SIOP welcomes all interested practitioners to join an accomplished panel of mentors at the first speed-mentoring event, to be held at SIOP’s 25th Annual Conference. The speed mentoring will take place Friday, April 9, 2010, from 5 – 6 p.m. in room 406/407 of the Hilton Atlanta.

At the speed-mentoring event, practitioners will have the opportunity to participate in two separate 20-minute roundtable discussions with one or two seasoned professionals on predetermined topics of interest. This event is a terrific opportunity for practitioners to seek guidance, knowledge, and wisdom from mentors who have “been there and done that.”

To learn more about the topic to be discussed and the mentors who will lead the discussions, click here

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Research Incubator Forums

The research incubator forum encourages individuals with mutual interests within a given research paradigm to combine efforts to expand cross-cultural research. Two research incubators will be held at the SIOP annual conference this year. The goal of both sessions is to connect individuals, both practitioners and researchers, interested in cross-cultural research involving HR strategies. Come get involved in the following two forums:

A Cross-Cultural Strategic Performance
Management Research Incubator

Friday, April 9, 2010

8 a.m. in Room 204

An Applicant Reactions Research Incubator:
Expanding the Cross-Cultural Frontier

Saturday, April 10, 2010
8 a.m. in Room 203

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...And Don't Forget the Rest!

This year’s SIOP annual conference offers so many activities and opportunities, in addition to the hundreds of outstanding sessions, everyone will find something to enjoy. When you are planning your schedule, don’t forget to include some of these activities:

• Community of Interests Sessions
Informal sessions throughout the conference based on a particular topic. 
Friday Seminars
Provides an in-depth look at a particular area or issue. CE credits are offered.
Thursday Theme Track / Saturday Theme Track
This new feature allows for a deep dive into critical topics that affect a broad range of SIOP members.
Doctoral, Master’s, and Junior Faculty consortia will all be held at the conference.
Extracurricular Conference Activities
This year attendees can enjoy the SIOPen, Fun Run, and a post-conference volunteer activity in addition to the other conference-related events.
SIOP Night At Turner Field
Attendees of the SIOP conference can enjoy a night out at Turner Field and watch the Braves take on the Chicago Cubs Thursday, April 8 at 7 p.m. For more information contact and mention the SIOP conference.
Keep in mind that many of these sessions also earn you continuing education credits! Visit the SIOP conference page for more information.
Make sure you don’t miss any of your favorite activities by taking advantage of the Conference Searchable Program and Personal Scheduler. First view the conference program; then choose the sessions you want to attend.  Print out your schedule and take it with you to Atlanta as your personal conference itinerary!

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Volunteer for a SIOP Committee

One of the best ways to get more involved in SIOP is through serving on a committee.  When you volunteer for a SIOP committee, you are taking an active role in furthering the initiatives of your professional association and advancing the field of industrial-organizational psychology in general.

The annual SIOP committee-forming period will begin soon, and we now invite you to submit your volunteer application via the online SIOP Committee Volunteer System (CVS). Committee chairs will use the CVS to locate potential volunteers in the coming months, with a June deadline to submit committee rosters.  Please act today and submit your volunteer application to ensure you are properly considered for membership on the committees that most interest you.  A list of SIOP committees can be found here.

Volunteer here!

For technical assistance when using the CVS online program, please contact Larry Nader at or 419-353-0032.  For questions about volunteering, please contact

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