Academy of Leaders for Excellence
Dr. Thomas J. Sweeney
Dr. Don C. Locke (1943-2016)
Nu Sigma Chi Chapter
North Carolina State University
Dr. Edwin L. Herr (1933-2016)
Rho Alpha Mu Chapter
Pennsylvania State University
Interview with Ed Herr
Position Paper on Leadership
Dr. Jane E. Myers (1948-2014)
Upsilon Nu Chi Chapter
University of North Carolina-Greensboro
Excellence PaperAdvocacy Interview
Dr. Thelma J. Vriend (1929-2011)
Passing of a Friend & Scholar Dr. Thelma Jones Vriend, one of only a few who have had the privilege of being designated a CSI Scholar, a retired counselor, counselor supervisor, and counselor educator has died. Her loss to those who knew and loved her is enormous. Her legacy lives on, however, through her many services to those she loved - which broadly speaking is also enormous. She was a one of kind, hands on advocate for social justice before it became a passion for other counselors. She "walked the walk and talked the talk” with forthright integrity, courage, and determination. One of Thelma’s edited books was of poetry for a dying friend and counselor, Chocolate Mama Talkin' 'Bout Life. This and more is discussed in Dr. Connie Fox Moore’s interview of her for The Exemplar, Fall, 2000 issue: "I am a woman of age, wisdom, and power. I am a seeker and a learner. I am healthy. I think my spirit is young. In fact, my spirit gets me in trouble with my body." This is how Thelma described herself. Read and enjoy the interview with Thelma Jones Vriend, an amazing woman who has been an important leader in shaping the counseling profession and who has been a faithful friend and servant to Chi Sigma Iota members. She is missed but gratefully her spirit lives on.
Dr. Mary Thomas Burke (1929-2002)
Dr. Mary Thomas Burke had a legacy of service to those in need and the promotion of the spiritual values she honored throughout her life. As a counselor educator and nun in the Sisters of Mercy, Mary Thomas believed in the essential role the spiritual dimension played at the core of individual lives. Her life was dedicated to promoting these values in through her professional work in ACA, ASERVIC, and the many organizations she supported in Charlotte, NC. On a personal level, Mary Thomas upheld, throughout her life, the importance of being honorable, a person of integrity, available to others, generous, and true to herself. The real meaning of counseling and spirituality are inextricably entwined as witnessed by Dr. Burke’s untiring efforts on behalf of all peoples everywhere.
Dr. Nicholas Vacc (1939-2002)
Dr. Nicholas Vacc was the Joe Rosenthal Excellence Professor and past chairman of the Department of Counseling and Educational Development at the University of North Carolina at Greensboro. During his tenure as chair, the department was selected as the Outstanding Counselor Education Program in 1991 and 1994. He served as president of the Association for Assessment in Counseling, editor of the "Measurement and Evaluation in Counseling and Development" journal, and president of Chi Sigma Iota International, the international counseling honor society.
He had served as a member of numerous technical and policy advisory boards and working groups concerned with assessment in counseling and mental health, including the Joint Committee on Testing Practices, the Test-Takers' Rights and Responsibilities Working Group, the Counselor Examination for Licensure and Certification, the American Counseling Association President's Advisory Committee and the Guilford County Mental Health Board. Nicholas had more than 120 scholarly publications including 11 books or monographs, eight book chapters, and 70 referred articles. He made presentations at numerous national and international conferences and had been project director, coordinator or investigator for several externally funded grants. Recognition of Nicholas' work by his colleagues included the David K. Brooks Jr. Distinguished Mentor Award and the Arthur A. Hitchcock Award for Distinguished Professional Service, both by the American Counseling Association; the Distinguished Mentor Award by the Association for Counselor Education and Supervision, the Meritorious Service Award by the Association for Measurement and Evaluation in Counseling and Development, the Ella Stephens Barrett Leadership Award by the North Carolina Association for Counseling and Development and being a nominee for the North Carolina Board of Governor's Award for Excellence.