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Pi Sigma Alpha

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Pi Sigma Alpha - Iota Epsilon Chapter

Pi Sigma Alpha was founded in 1920 at the University of Texas for the purpose of bringing together students and faculty interested in the study of government and politics. Professor C. Perry Patterson was an early leader of the first chapter and served as national president of Pi Sigma Alpha from 1920 until 1932. The success of the honor society at the University of Texas prompted other institutions to apply for chapters, with the Universities of Oklahoma and Kansas establishing chapters by 1922. In March of that year the society held its first national convention at the University of Oklahoma.

Growth in the honor society was gradual throughout the 'twenties and 'thirties and accelerated after the Second World War; today there are over 460 chapters throughout the country. There is at least one college or university with a Pi Sigma Alpha chapter in every state and the District of Columbia and, as of 1995, the U. S. territory of Guam.

The Iota Epsilon Chapter at Stephen F. Austin State University was founded in 1978.

Officers

2012-2013 Officers

Faculty Advisor -

Membership

Pi Sigma Alpha membership is open to anyone who meets the following requirements:

If you meet these qualifications and are interested in becoming a member of Pi Sigma Alpha, please contact Dr. Yowell by email or in room LA 137.

Constitution

ARTICLE I - IDENTIFICATION

The name of this organization shall be Iota Epsilon Chapter of Pi Sigma Alpha.

ARTICLE II - PURPOSE

The purpose of this organization shall be to stimulate productive scholarship and intelligent interest in the subject of political science among students at Stephen F. Austin State University.

ARTICLE III - MEMBERSHIP AND ELIGIBILITY

SECTION 1.

Members of this chapter currently enrolled as students at Stephen F. Austin State University shall be designated as student members, with the following minimum qualifications for membership:

  1. Junior, senior or graduate student classification;
  2. Twelve (12) semester hours of work in political science or public administration completed, of which six (6) semester hours must be completed at Stephen F. Austin State University;
  3. Overall grade point average of 3.2;
  4. Grade point average of 3.2 or higher in political science and public administration courses.
SECTION 2.

Members of this chapter who are on the faculty of the Department of Political Science at Stephen F. Austin State University shall be designated as faculty members.

SECTION 3.

Members of this chapter who are neither students nor faculty members, but who are persons of recognized ability and achievement in the field of political science, may be elected as honorary members.

SECTION 4.

Each member shall pay such initiation fees and annual dues as may be prescribed by a majority of those members present and voting and/or by proxy. Dues may be paid to the Secretary/Treasurer or to the Faculty Advisor.

ARTICLE IV - OFFICERS

The chapter officers shall be: President, Vice-President, Secretary/Treasurer and Faculty Advisor(s).

ARTICLE V - DUTIES OF OFFICERS

SECTION 1.

The President shall have general executive control of the chapter, preside at all meetings, and perform such other duties as usually pertain to this office.

SECTION 2.

The Vice-President shall aid the President in the performance of his or her duties and shall preside at all meetings in the absence of the President.

SECTION 3.

The Secretary/Treasurer shall conduct such chapter correspondence as may be necessary; upon the request of the President or Faculty Advisor, shall keep an accurate record of proceedings; upon the request of the President or Faculty Advisor, shall send notices to members of unpaid dues and other fees adopted by chapter membership.

SECTION 4.

The Faculty Advisor(s) shall confer with the officers in determining the policies of the organization.

ARTICLE VI - ELECTION OF OFFICERS

SECTION 1.

Election of the President shall be conducted at the last meeting of each spring semester and election of other officers shall be conducted at the first meeting of each fall semester; officers shall be elected by a majority of those members present and voting and/or by proxy.

SECTION 2.

The chapter, by majority vote of chapter members present and voting and/or by proxy, shall have the power to remove an officer for continued absence or failure to administer the duties of the office properly.

SECTION 3.

In the event of the resignation or removal of the President, the Vice-President shall assume the duties of President, and a special election shall be held to fill the vacancy of Vice-President. In the event of a resignation or removal of the Vice-President or Secretary/Treasurer, a special election shall be held to fill these vacancies.

SECTION 4.

Faculty Advisor(s) shall be selected by a majority vote of those chapter members present and voting and/or by proxy.

ARTICLE VII - MEETINGS

Meetings shall be held as determined by the President.

ARTICLE VIII - AMENDMENT

The constitution may be amended by a 2/3 majority vote of members present and voting and/or by proxy at a duly called meeting. Proposed amendments shall be presented at least one regular meeting prior to voting on them.

Revised November 1999

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