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Omega Chi Epsilon Newsletter
Volume XXXIII, Number 1
April 2009

Omega Chi Epsilon Business Meeting Minutes and Newsletter
Monday November 17, 2008
Meeting Room 102-A
Pennsylvania Convention Center
Philadelphia, PA

Agenda

  1. Call to Order and Welcome – G. Glenn Lipscomb
  2. Attendees were introduced. An attendance sheet was circulated.
  3. 2007 Meeting Minutes were approved.
  4. President’s Report: G. G. Lipscomb
    • Domain names were acquired for OmegaChiEpsilon.org, com, net, etc were secured.
    • Officer elections. Ballots were given to attendees. Chapters were reminded to vote on the OXE web site.
    • Chapter advisors reported that they are not receiving the national mailings. The national officers are working to improve communication with the chapters. Currently all mailings go to chapter advisors due to issues of continuity with students.
    • A web based career service that matches up students with internships and permanent positions, Experience, has offered its services to OXE at no cost or obligation. The service targets honor societies. Several societies are presently using the service without complaint. We agreed to use the service on a trial basis of two years.
  5. Executive Secretary Report: R. A. Davis
    • The 2008 annual report was reviewed. Chapters were encouraged to use the OXE services, including stationary, envelopes, membership cards, brochures, and the OXE award, all of which is provided to the chapters annually at no cost. The chapters are interested in learning more about the various criteria used for giving the award. Glenn Lipscomb will tabulate the reasons given by the chapters on the request form.
    • The chapters were also reminded about the stoles, honor chords, and jewelry that are available to recognize student membership and graduation.
  6. Treasurer’s Report: W. P. Walawender
    • The finances of the organization, as listed in the annual report, were reviewed.
  7. ACHS Representative Report: A. J. Perna
    • The new IRS rules for non-profit organizations were discussed. The rules apply to organizations with greater than $25,000 income annually. Chapters with tax-id numbers should respond to IRS mailings. Chapters need not do anything if they have not heard from the IRS.
  8. Discussion Topics – G. Glenn Lipscomb
    • New Chapters (TAMU-Qatar, FIT, Maine, Hampton, National University of Mexico which was ABET accredited)
    • Angie cautioned us to be careful when considering international chapters because of the difficulty in maintaining the academic standards.
    • OXE does not currently own the Copyright/trademark on the name of the society. Glenn will investigate the process and cost of obtaining the copyright.
    • AIChE Award Sponsorship –
      • We decided that our sponsorship include a statement that awards are given subject to awardees meeting a minimum standard reflective of the standards of OXE.
      • It was agreed to increase the sponsorship of the student design award to $300 per team member. This makes the award in line with the average award amount for the individual competitions.
  9. Other Business
    • Walter Walawender made stated, “We have no paid officers, staff, and no physical buildings or offices.”
    • Walter will prepare this statement in writing.
  10. The meeting was adjourned at 12:15 pm.

Summary of Action Items

  • Improve communication by checking accuracy of the advisor contact information (Richard and Walter)
  • Agree to use Experience web career service on 2-year trial basis (Glenn)
  • Tabulate reasons provided by chapters for selected OXE Award winners (Glenn)
  • Investigate process and cost of copyrighting OXE name (Glenn)
  • Increase team design award amount to $300/team member (Glenn and Walter)
  • Written statement that OXE has no paid staff or office space (Walter)

Respectfully submitted by Richard Davis, OXE Executive Secretary
Thursday, December 11, 2008


Omega Chi Epsilon Newsletter
Volume XXXII, Number 1
April 2008

Omega Chi Epsilon Business Meeting Minutes and Newsletter
Monday November 5, 2007
Salt Lake City, UT

  1. The meeting was called to order at 11:15 AM.
  2. Meeting attendees were introduced.
  3. 2006 Meeting Minutes were approved.
  4. President’ Report
    • The OXE domain name expires 1/3/2008. Glenn will renew the omegachiepsilon.com domain name with Go Daddy and transfer all files to that server.
    • It was noted that the OXE initiation ceremony is available on-line. Other items for conducting chapter business are available, including order forms for materials.
    • Walter noted that there is no replica of the key in the online ceremony. He will get that information to Glenn to post on the OXE web site.
    • Glenn reminded chapters to vote on the petition for a new chapter at WPI. Chapters can vote on-line, by mail, or during the business meeting.
  5. Secretary’s Report
    • Richard reported the membership statistics from the past year. The information is in the annual report.
    • Only 18 chapters ordered and OXE award. Glenn demonstrated the web site for ordering the OXE award plaque and other on line items. Angie explained that the criteria for ordering the plaques are up to each individual chapter.
  6. Treasurer’s Report
    • Walter presented the revenue and expenses from the annual report.
    • We had over 300 in attendance at our Diamond Jubilee reception in San Francisco. A diamond Jubilee plaque was mailed to each chapter. The cost of the Diamond Jubilee plaques and reception resulted in deficit spending for last year.
    • Stoles are not selling. Walter recommends we discontinue placing orders for an advanced stock. Chapters can still buy stoles and chords on demand.
  7. Past President/ACHS Representative Report
    • Angie reported on ACHS activities. He explained that ACHS maintains the standards of honor societies. This gives OXE official recognition. For example, the Fed Gov gives employees one additional step if they were inducted into an honor society.
  8. New Business
    • Glenn enquired about student interest in OXE swag. Students expressed interest in t-shirts. The web site queensboro.com charges a one-time fee of $50 to upload the OXE logo. Chapters can place orders for swag at this site for as little as 4 items at a time. Walter will look into other options including our current vendor for stoles and chords.
    • Walter is talking to the OXE accountants regarding the new IRS rules for filing 990-N electronic reporting. He will provide us with a report.
    • Several students at the student banquet or awards ceremony expressed interest in starting new chapters of OXE at their schools.
    • There was discussion on how chapters can avoid overloading students by cooperation with other clubs and societies. Walter reminded us that OXE is about recognition of academic achievement - which AIChE does not do, for example. Angie pointed out that the students cannot be divided into different student groups because many of our students are also involved in AIChE. OXE typically meets less frequently than AIChE.
  9. The meeting adjourned for lunch at 12 pm.

Respectfully submitted by Richard Davis, OXE Executive Secretary.


Omega Chi Epsilon Newsletter
Volume XXXI, Number 1
April 2007

Omega Chi Epsilon Business Meeting Minutes and Newsletter
11:15 AM, November 13, 2006
San Francisco, CA

2005 Meeting Minutes were approved.

  1. President’ Report
    • Angie reported that the Otto York honorary membership process is complete. The voting information can be removed from the OXE web site.
    • Glenn pointed out that chapters can vote for the national officers at http://www.che.utoledo.edu/oxe/nationalvote.cfm.
    • Another letter to request votes either electronically or by paper ballot was suggested.
    • There was a request to list chapter OXE awardees on the national web site.
    • It was further suggested that a web page be created to provide training for chapter officers.

     
  2. Secretary’s Report
    • Richard reported the statistics from the past year. The information is in the annual report.

     
  3. Treasurer’s Report
    • Walter noted that Northeastern University has not been reporting information about new initiates.
    • Walter displayed an example of the Diamond Jubilee plaque. One plaque will be mailed to each chapter.

     
  4. ACHS Representative's Report
    • Angie reported on ACHS activities. Ethics is the main focus of ACHS. It is the feeling of ACHS that upholding strong ethical values is a defining characteristic of honor societies. OXE was recognized for their 75th anniversary. Contacts with vendors were strengthened at the ACHS meeting.

     
  5. New Business
    • It was decided not to continue with the OXE reception following the AIChE reception. At future events, the banner will be used to increase the visibility of OXE.

Omega Chi Epsilon Newsletter
Volume XXX, Number 1
April 2006

Omega Chi Epsilon Business Meeting Minutes and Newsletter
10:30 AM, October 31, 2005
Room 204, Cincinnati Convention Center
Cincinnati, OH

Announcements and Introductions

  • A motion was made to pass last year’s minutes. The motion was seconded and passed unanimously.

President’s Report

  • Our domain name registration with Go Daddy was renewed so we can retain the www.omegachiepsilon.org URL.
  • The initiation ceremony was put on the website.
  • The President reminded members to vote on the York Honorary membership.

Treasurer’s Report

  • For the 2004/2005 fiscal year, Omega Chi Epsilon received approximately $20,500 in receipts and had approximately $15,000 in expenditures leaving a total account balance of $94,000.
  • 20 of 71 active charters have not reported this year.
  • The Chemical Engineering Department at the University of Detroit-Mercy has closed their department and will no longer be reporting students.
  • Washington University (St. Louis, MO) mentioned that enrollment is very low.
  • Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute was presented a new charter and became the βΩ chapter of Omega Chi Epsilon.
  • The treasurer reminded members that one “Omega Chi Epsilon Award” plaque is available to all chapters at no cost. The plaques cost $20 each.
  • OXE spent between $4,600 and $4,700 on AIChE competitions this year including the ChemE car, student poster, and student design competitions.
  • The Treasurer’s report was accepted.

Executive Secretary’s Report

  • The Executive Secretary processes all supplies requests, Omega Chi Epsilon Award requests, and submissions of new officers. The secretary also maintains a membership log and tracks purchases of keys, tacs, stoles, and cords.
  • 770 new members were initiated this year compared to 814 members last year. Total membership is 23,933.
  • Omega Chi Epsilon sponsored 1st, 2nd, and 3rd place awards for the National Student Paper and Individual Design competitions.
  • Omega Chi Epsilon also sponsored the 1st place award for the Team Design competition.
  • The Student Paper and Design awards cost $4500 (including an additional $100 for a 2nd place tie in the paper competition).
  • 25 gold-plate keys and tacs were sold – 100% increase over the previous year.
  • 247 cords and 166 stoles were sold.
  • 15 OXE awards were given.

Discussion

  • Angie Perna reported on the national meeting of the Association of College Honor Societies (ACHS). Omega Chi Epsilon is an active member of ACHS.
  • The President suggested a “Longevity” award/plaque/banner to recognize chapters that have been active for the longest period of time.
    • Some members commented that it would be better to recognize all chapters.
    • Alternatively, attendees suggested giving a commemorative coin for each year that could be attached to a chapter plaque. The OXE symbol could be put on the coin or a casting could be used in lieu of a coin.
  • The President initiated the idea of the 75th Anniversary Scholarship Competition
    • Deadline for submission is June 1.
    • Each chapter will do something special to recognize the 75th anniversary.
    • Participating chapters will send in email, pictures, or videos.
    • Judges will be solicited from departments without participating chapters and offer $500 for their service.
    • Advertisements will be submitted via a letter to individual department chairs.
    • Winners will be announced at the 2006 Chapters Brunch.
    • Honorable mentions will be given to the sixth through tenth place.
  • The President suggested creating an annual OXE Service/Outstanding Student chapter award in the amount of $500 to $1,000.
  • A member noted that the Omega Chi Epsilon Business meeting should be included in the Student Program book.
  • A motioned was made, seconded and passed to put the University of Detroit-Mercy on the inactive chapters list.
  • Members were reminded that they should use the banner during ceremonies.  Banners may be purchased through the OXE web site (http://www.omegachiepsilon.org) for $45.
  • The banner should be displayed during student paper, poster, and design competitions to remind students that OXE sponsors these events.
  • It was recommended that an OXE poster be placed near the registration booths to help in recruiting new chapters.

Omega Chi Epsilon Newsletter
Volume XXIX, Number 1
April 2005

Omega Chi Epsilon Business Meeting Minutes and Newsletter
6 PM, November 8, 2004
Mezzanine Room 8 (Level 2 South), Austin Convention Center
Austin, TX

Attendees:
Angie Perna, Advisor, New Jersey Institute of Technology, ACHS Representative
Glenn Lipscomb, Advisor, University of Toledo, National President
Richard Davis, Advisor, University of Minnesota, Duluth, National Executive Secretary
Walter Walawender, Advisor, Kansas State University, National Treasurer
Monica Lamm, Advisor, Iowa State University
Christi Patton, Advisor, University of Tulsa
Jim Smith, Advisor, University of Alabama at Huntsville
Nada Arid, Manhattan College
Sarah Gladding, University of Cincinnati
Britton Eyles, Mississippi State University

Lipscomb called the meeting to order.

Several corrections were requested in the 2003 Annual Meeting minutes: 1) change “Patten” to “Patton” in both locations that it appears, 2) change “Atulkumar” to “Atul Kumar” in the one location that it appears, 3) change “… increased from $80 to $100 …” to “… increased to $100 …”, and 4) change “… fee to $100.” to “… fee to $150.”. With these modifications the minutes were approved.

Davis reported on membership and chapters. 814 new memberships were reported – an increase of ~40% over the previous year. The University of Arizona and University of Tulsa were chartered as new chapters. A new chapter has been approved for RPI but they have not received their charter. 18 chapters did not report new members. 13 jewelry items were sold (all gold-plate key and tacs). 19 Omega Chi Epsilon Award plaques were provided to chapters.

Walawender reported on the financial status for year end May 31, 2004. Revenues exceeded expenses by $1,707, but this is a significant drop from net income for year end May 31, 2003. The current balance is $88,743. Award expenses, for the AIChE national student design and paper competitions, were $4,908.

Perna, Omega Chi Epsilon’s representative to the American College Honor Society (ACHS), re-iterated the importance of being associated with ACHS.

Lipscomb reported The Society for Leadership of Change (www.theslc.org) was interested in contacting our members. It was decided not to act on this request.

Lipscomb recommended that future chapters add a dissolution article to their bylaws and proposed language for it. The recommendation was approved and the article has been added to the model by-laws for new chapters (http://www.omegachiepsilon.org/new.htm).

Lipscomb asked if a membership database should be made available to the public. Walawender retains paper copies of the membership lists and Davis maintains a database. It was decided not to make this information available through the web site.

Some chapters report not receiving membership certificates. This was attributed to advisors not distributing the certificates when they receive them.

The meeting was adjourned at 7:00 PM.


Omega Chi Epsilon Newsletter
Volume XXVIII, Number 1
April 2004

Omega Chi Epsilon Business Meeting Minutes and Newsletter
5:45 PM, November 17, 2003
Union Square 19, San Francisco Hilton
San Francisco, CA

Attendees:
Duane Johnson, Advisor, University of Alabama, Tuscaloosa
Angie Perna, Advisor, New Jersey Institute of Technology, ACHS Representative
Glenn Lipscomb, Advisor, University of Toledo, National President
Richard Davis, Advisor, University of Minnesota, Duluth, National Executive Secretary
Toby Eubank, Advisor, Texas A&M University, National Past President
Walter Walawender, Advisor, Kansas State University, National Treasurer
Julie Jessop, Advisor, University of Iowa
Douglas Ludlow, Advisor, University of Missouri-Rolla
Hing Pang, Advisor, California State Polytechnic University, Pomona, National VP
Frank King, Advisor, North Carolina A&T University
James Henry, University of Tennessee, Chattanooga
Christi Patton, Advisor, University of Tulsa
Chintan Menta, University of Tulsa
Atul Kumar, University of Tulsa

Lipscomb called the meeting to order.

Walawender moved to accept the 2002 Annual Meeting minutes. Pang seconded and the minutes were passed by all present.

Davis reported that membership was maintained at 507 in 2002. There were no new chapters and 21 non-reporting chapters.

Walawender reported on the year 2002 financial status. Income exceeded expenses by $3500. However, our net income is decreasing every year. It was noted that some money is tied up in inventory, such as banners. The current balance is $87,500.

The Society provided most of the prizes for the AIChE-sponsored national student design and paper competitions, a total of $4,500. The society also provided stationary and a supply of banners, stoles and chords for the chapters.

Walawender recommended that the new chapter fee be increased to $100 plus $50 for a banner. Johnson moved to increase the new chapter initiation fee to $150. Perna seconded and the motion was passed by all present.

Walawender also noted that AIChE did not supply a booth this year. He reminded members that all supplies can be ordered on-line through the national website.

Eubank announced that the next national officer election will be held in April 2004. Additionally, we will have two new chapters: University of Tulsa and University of Arizona.

Perna, Omega Chi Epsilon’s representative to the American College Honor Society (ACHS), re-iterated the importance of being associated with ACHS.

Patton asked where the society’s income comes from. Walawender responded that the primary source is new member’s fees.

King asked why the new member fee was raised. Walawender responded that due to declining membership it was necessary to raise the fee to operate without a deficit.

Perna asked whether the society’s website was linked to that of AIChE. Lipscomb responded that there was no direct link, but one could be established.

Perna suggested that alumni could be approached for donations. Jessop pointed out that we do not have a record of alumni’s addresses.

Perna moved to adjourn the meeting. Pang seconded. The meeting was adjourned at 7:00 PM.


Omega Chi Epsilon Newsletter
Volume XXVII, Number 1
April 2003

Omega Chi Epsilon Business Meeting Minutes and Newsletter
5:30 PM, November 4, 2002
Grand Canyon A, Hyatt Regency
Indianapolis, IN

Attendees:
Duane Johnson, Advisor, University of Alabama, Tuscaloosa
Laura Dong, Student President, Mississippi State University
John Reed, Student Vice President, Mississippi State University
Gordon Youngquist, Advisor, Iowa State University
Angie Perna, Advisor, New Jersey Institute of Technology, ACHS Representative
Glenn Lipscomb, Advisor, University of Toledo, National President
Richard Davis, Advisor, University of Minnesota, Duluth, National Executive Secretary
Toby Eubank, Advisor, Texas A&M University, National Past President
Walter Walawender, Advisor, Kansas State University, National Treasurer
Julie Jessop, Advisor, University of Iowa
Douglas Ludlow, Advisor, University of Missouri-Rolla
Hing Pang, Advisor, California State Polytechnic University, Pomona, National VP

Lipscomb called the meeting to order.

Walawender moved to accept the 2001 Annual Meeting minutes. Johnson seconded, and the motion passed unanimously.

Davis reported 665 new memberships in 2001, slightly higher than the 645 in 2000. There were two new chapters and 19 non-reporting chapters. 21 out of 65 chapters ordered outstanding student awards. Some chapters presented awards to outstanding faculty members or advisors. He reminded everyone to encourage chapters to order awards. Individual chapters define the criteria for the awards.

Walawender reported on the year 2001 financial status.

  • Receipt - $20,200 including credits for sales of cords and stoles
  • Payout - $15,100 including purchase of cords and stoles
  • Balance - $82,500
Walawender reminded the audience that the Executive Committee approved an increase in the one-time membership fee from $15 to $20.

Eubank praised the current president for his good work this past year, especially on the national website. He also reported that at Texas A&M all student organizations, including Omega Chi Epsilon, were under scrutiny by the university’s administration. The Chapter’s by-laws might have to be modified to satisfy the administration’s specific requirements. The university also wanted students to wear the university’s designated honors stoles instead of Omega Chi Epsilon stoles during the graduation ceremony.

Walawender re-emphasized the importance of maintaining an association with ACHS which maintains standards and polices membership for honor societies.

Other Discussion Topics:

  • Finances - Lipscomb reported that with student membership going down, the $5 increase in membership fee would help to pay for rising expenses.
  • New Chapters - Lipscomb will contact Taft, RPI and Vanderbilt which showed interest in starting new chapters. Pang will contact USC which has been inactive for many years and University of California at Riverside and California State University at Long Beach. Other schools showing interest are Florida State, Worcester, UCLA, and Oregon State.
  • Chapter Supplies - Walawender showed a sample of the new banner available in January 2003 for new and existing chapters. The fee per banner has not been set but will likely be $50. Chapters can order them from the website. The banner will be used for new chapters in their initiation ceremony, and the fee for the banner will be included in the initiation fee.
  • National Web Page - Advisors can request their password from Lipscomb to access protected portions of the website.
  • Initiation Ceremony - Jessop asked whether the initiation ceremony had been updated recently. Lipscomb said the national society’s suggested ceremony had not been changed for many years. He reminded everyone that individual chapters could change the format of the ceremony to suit their own needs. Dong said Mississippi State followed a different format. The ceremony included a keynote speaker and the dinner was less formal than suggested. Walawender said in Kansas State the ceremony was conducted in a chapel. Lipscomb said Ohio University conducted their ceremony in a barn. Walawender asked everyone to send suggestions to Lipscomb who would put together a revised version of the ceremony.

The following discussion on how to increase membership was recorded:

  • Pang suggested that the President write to advisors of non-reporting chapters in an attempt to re-activate them. The Alpha chapter of University of Illinois will be reactivated formally in December 2002.
  • Reed asked why membership went down. Walawender said the main reason was that chemical engineering enrollment went down. Reed suggested that perhaps awarding undergraduate research scholarships would help.

Walawender moved to adjourn the meeting, Eubank seconded and the meeting adjourned at 7:00 PM.


Omega Chi Epsilon Newsletter
Volume XXVI, Number 1
April 2002

Omega Chi Epsilon Business Meeting Minutes and Newsletter
5:30 PM, November 5, 2001
Sierra 1 Room, Reno Hilton
Reno, NV

Attendees: Hing Pang, Duane Johnson, Brian Kienietz, Gordon Youngquist, Angie Perna, Glenn Lipscomb, Richard Davis, Toby Eubank, Walter Walawender, Benny Freeman

Lipscomb called the meeting to order.

Walawender moved to accept the 2000 Annual Meeting minutes. Davis seconded and the motion was passed unanimously.

Davis reported that new memberships for 2000-2001 totaled 645, down from 826 in 1999-2000. Only 1/3 of the chapters ordered Omega Chi Epsilon Awards. Everyone should get the word out to encourage chapters to order awards. If a chapter wants an additional award it will cost $18/award. It takes about 3 weeks once an order is placed to receive the award. Davis suggested if the school name or the person’s name is wrong, it is easier to create a new plate locally and glue on the plaque instead of reordering it.

Davis further reported that 20 chapters were non-reporting. Of these chapters, 14 were inactive and 6 indicated willingness to continue.

There were two new chapters: Ohio University and University of Alabama at Huntsville. Two universities asked for information: RPI and McGill in Canada.

Walawender reported on the year 2000 financial status.

  • Receipt- $15,400
  • Payout- $13,900
  • Bank account- $77,400
  • Receivable- $3600 mainly from stoles sold
  • Balance- $81,000
Walawender reminded the audience that the IRS requires individual chapters to have separate Tax ID’s if they establish a bank account.

Lipscomb reported that it was likely Alpha Chapter, University of Illinois, and Gamma Chapter, University of Minnesota, would be reactivated. Currently there are 69 chapters representing ~1/2 of the chemical engineering departments in the US. He also commented that our publicity table was placed in a good location at this meeting.

Perna reported on ACHS, the Association of College Honor Societies. He stated that it was important for us to be associated with ACHS; ACHS maintains high standards and polices membership which gives our organization credibility. He further emphasized that we should use GPA for membership qualification, not percentage (such as 20%) of student body.

Lipscomb warned that the current drop in enrollment in chemical engineering would certainly cause a drop in membership. With declining interest rates and rising expenses, we should consider increasing membership fees at some point. Perna suggested increasing fees now while Walawender noted that only two raises have occurred in the last 18 years. The executive committee must approve an increase in fees, and the approval process could be accomplished before the next academic year. It was suggested that we watch the financial situation this year and revisit our financial status in June 2002. Lipscomb will act to increase fees at that time if necessary.

The following discussions on admitting international schools were recorded:

  • Our constitution states that universities must be ABET accredited to qualify for a charter, so only US schools may join.
  • To accommodate Canadian school, the constitution must be amended.
  • Perna warned that we should consider the effect of admitting international schools on compliance with ACHS standards.
  • Lipscomb will explore a constitutional amendment and prepare a proposal to admit international schools through e-mail before the end of the year. He will further investigate how Canadian schools are accredited.

Johnson commented that the use of candles did not provide sufficient lighting during the initiation ceremony. Perna suggested that we reconsider the entire initiation ceremony. Perhaps it’s time to change the symbols and the cross on the banner and also the language in the ceremony. Walawender asked everyone to send suggested revisions to Glenn.

Miscellaneous items:

  • Lipscomb reported that our domain name has been renewed for two years.
  • Lipscomb has written a one-page Advisor’s manual and will send it to everyone for feedback.
  • Davis suggested creating a bulletin board on our web page so that individual chapters could post activities on it.
  • 25 brochures and 40 How to Start a New Chapter fact sheets placed on the publicity desk were taken during the conference.
  • Davis was re-appointed Executive Secretary.
  • Eubank will prepare for election of officers in 2002.

Johnson moved to adjourn the meeting at 7:00 PM. The motion passed unanimously.


Omega Chi Epsilon Newsletter
Volume XXV, Number 1
April 2001

The 2000 Annual Business meeting took place in Los Angeles during the AIChE Annual Conference with new President, Glenn Lipscomb presiding. Advisors and student representatives from eight chapters participated in the meeting.

Hing Pang, the new Vice President, reported on Cal Poly Pomona’s Upsilon chapter’s activities. The most significant was the outreach effort by the students to increase enrollment in the Chemical Engineering Department and the hosting of graduates and their families in a graduation luncheon.

Richard Davis, Executive Secretary, reported on activities at the University of Minnesota in Duluth that included new student orientation, maintaining a student lounge, tutoring freshmen and running demonstrations in junior high schools. He reported that two new OXE chapters were chartered in 1999-2000 and 826 new members initiated. However, one-third of the chapters did not report new members. The cumulative membership total is 20,457. Two new chapters will be chartered in 2001. He encouraged chapters to order jewelry and stoles early to avoid delays in delivery. He also encouraged chapters to nominate an outstanding member for the Omega Chi Epsilon Award; national will provide a plaque at no cost to honor the nominee. So far, only one-third of the chapters have applied for this award.

Walter Walawender, Treasurer, reported that the financial status of the organization is sound. A balance sheet was sent to each chapter. A certificate of deposit was taken out to increase income on the organization’s assets.

It was decided that to encourage more participation from students and advisors, the next business meeting will be held on Monday at 5.30 PM and the appreciation dinner (held historically on Tuesday evening) will be replaced by an appreciation luncheon on Tuesday. In addition to the chapter advisor, one representative from each chapter will be invited to the luncheon.

Omega Chi Epsilon sponsored several activities to increase visibility of the society at the LA meeting. These included sponsoring prizes in AIChE’s student paper and design competitions, recognition at the student awards luncheon, and staffing of a booth in the registration area.

Other discussion topics included the design of a standard banner, the use of stoles for initiation ceremonies and other ways to increase OXE’s exposure at future AIChE meetings.

NATIONAL OFFICERS

President
Dr. G. Glenn Lipscomb
Chemical and Environmental Engineering Department
University of Toledo
Toledo, OH 43606-3390
(419) 530-8088
glenn.lipscomb@utoledo.edu

Vice President
Dr. K. Hing Pang
Chemical Engineering Department
California State Polytechnic University
3801 West Temple Avenue
Pomona, CA 91768-4069
(909) 869-2628
khpang@csupomona.edu

Treasurer
Dr. Walter P. Walawender
Chemical Engineering Department
Kansas State University
Manhattan, KS 66506-5102
(785) 532-4318
walawen@cheme.ksu.edu

Executive Secretary
Dr. Richard A. Davis
Chemical Engineering Department
University of Minnesota Duluth
Duluth, MN 55812-2496
(218) 726-6162
rdavis@d.umn.edu

ACHS Representative
Dr. Angelo J. Perna
Past-President
Department of Chemical Engineering
New Jersey Institute of Technology
Newark, NJ 07102
(201) 596-3616
perna@tesla.njit.edu

Past President
Dr. P. Toby Eubank
Past President
Chemical Engineering Department
Texas A&M University
College Station, TX 77843-3122
(409) 845-3339
p-eubank@tamu.edu

The Society of Omega Chi Epsilon (OXE), order of chemical engineers, is the National Honor Society for students in chemical engineering. OXE was founded in 1931 to promote high scholarship, encourage original investigation in chemical engineering and to recognize the valuable traits of character, integrity and leadership. The current membership includes over 19,000 undergraduate and graduate students from 65 chapters.

The Omega Chi Epsilon NEWSLETTER is published on April 1 and November 1. Copy deadlines are March 15 and October 15. Chapters are encouraged to send news of their activities. Articles for the NEWSLETTER should be sent to Dr. Glenn Lipscomb at the above address.


Omega Chi Epsilon Newsletter
Volume XXIV, Number 2
November 1999

NEW CHAPTERS
We welcome University of Delaware and Tennessee Technological University to Omega Chi Epsilon as the 64th (Beta Pi) and 65th (Beta Rho) chapters respectively. The advisors and charter members of both chapters are to be congratulated. Best wishes in your future activities!

OXE AWARD
Do you know about the OXE Award? The award is available to all chapters at no charge. Although each chapter may establish their own selection criteria, the award usually is given in recognition of service to the department or outstanding scholarship. For example, some chapters use the award to recognize the junior with the highest academic ranking.

The award consists of a 4x6 walnut plaque that bears the insignia of the Society in silver on a black casting. The name of the recipient, the chapter name, and the date of the presentation are also engraved on the plaque.

Chapters typically present the award in April or May. Nominations should be sent to the Executive Secretary. The nomination form is available through the society web site. Please allow four (4) weeks for processing.

REGALIA AND JEWELERY
Are you aware of the academic regalia available for OXE members? Graduation stoles and honor cords are available. You can view them and obtain ordering information on our web site. Please allow four (4) weeks for delivery.

OXE also offers jewelry for its members. Order forms for keys and tacs are available through the web site. Please allow ten (10) weeks for delivery.

SUPPLIES AND MATERIALS
Did you know that OXE offers OXE letterhead, envelopes, membership cards, information brochures, and single copies of the initiation ceremony and national constitution (also available on the web) free of charge? Order forms are available on the web. Please limit your request to supplies for one academic year.

CHAPTER TREASURERS
Please make out checks for new initiates to "Omega Chi Epsilon" and send one check to cover initiation fees and jewelry costs for new initiates. Do not send individual checks for each initiate. Additionally, check your addition; this will reduce response time by avoiding requests for additional payments.

NATIONAL STUDENT AWARDS
OXE is the proud sponsor of the National Student Paper Competition of the American Institute of Chemical Engineers. This year’s winners, recognized at the Honors Luncheon of the AIChE National Meeting in Dallas are:

First Prize, The Edwin O. Eisen Award: Brigitte McNames, South Dakota State University
Second Prize: Timothy Denison, Ohio State University
Third Prize: Michael Oye, University of California at Santa Barbara

OXE also sponsors the third place prize in the Individual National Student Design Competition and the first place prize in the Group National Student Design Competition. The award winners this year are:

Third Prize, Individual: Patrick Hearn, University of Maryland
First Prize, Group, The William A. Cunningham Award: Jeffrey Burhenne, Daniel Gastaldo, & Robert Kasprzak, University of Toledo

NEWS FROM DALLAS NATIONAL MEETING
Once again, the Omega Chi Epsilon booth in the registration area was a success! We fielded over a dozen inquiries from students about establishing a chapter. The organization remains in good financial health which will permit continued award sponsorship. Based on suggestions offered at the meeting, we will pursue development of a large key for chapters to use in initiation ceremonies and web-based forms to report chapter activities and make requests for materials. Look for more information on these activities in future newsletters.

NATIONAL OFFICERS

President
Dr. P. Toby Eubank
Chemical Engineering Department
Texas A&M University
College Station, TX 77843-3122
(409) 845-3339
p-eubank@tamu.edu

Vice President
Dr. G. Glenn Lipscomb
Chemical and Environmental Engineering Department
University of Toledo
Toledo, OH 43606-3390
(419) 530-8088
glenn.lipscomb@utoledo.edu

Treasurer
Dr. Walter P. Walawender
Chemical Engineering Department
Kansas State University
Manhattan, KS 66506-5102
(785) 532-4318
walawen@cheme.ksu.edu

Executive Secretary
Dr. Richard A. Davis
Chemical Engineering Department
University of Minnesota Duluth
Duluth, MN 55812-2496
(218) 726-6162
rdavis@d.umn.edu

The Society of Omega Chi Epsilon (OXE), order of chemical engineers, is the National Honor Society for students in chemical engineering. OXE was founded in 1931 to promote high scholarship, encourage original investigation in chemical engineering and to recognize the valuable traits of character, integrity and leadership. The current membership includes over 19,000 undergraduate and graduate students from 65 chapters.

The Omega Chi Epsilon NEWSLETTER is published on April 1 and November 1. Copy deadlines are March 15 and October 15. Chapters are encouraged to send news of their activities. Articles for the NEWSLETTER should be sent to Dr. Glenn Lipscomb at the above address.


Omega Chi Epsilon Newsletter
Volume XXIV, Number 1
April 1999

CHECK OUT OUR WEB SITE
OXE has a Web site! Point your browsers to: http://oxe-nat.tamu.edu/
 
Our site has a wealth of useful information and related links for chapter officers and members. Check it out! Thanks to President Eubank for his efforts in creating and maintaining this site!

GRADUATION REGALIA ARE NOW AVAILABLE!
We have responded to your inquires. Graduation stoles, collars and honor cords are now available. You can view them and obtain ordering information on our web site at: http://oxe-nat.tamu.edu/Kal.%20Regalia.html

NEW CHAPTERS CHARTERED
Welcome to the newest chapter of OXE: North Carolina State University. Congratulations to your officers and advisors for all of your hard work and success! We look forward to hearing from you and reporting on your innovative chapter activities. There are several other chapters forming this year. We are encouraged by the continued interest and growth of OXE.

ASSOCIATE MEMBERS
Invite your Faculty and qualifying Chemical Engineers from your community to become associate members of OXE. Their one-time initiation fee is $15 and they will receive a diploma indicating their associate member status. Faculty who were elected members as students do not need to be reelected as associate members. Associate members are encouraged participate in chapter functions, such as initiations, projects, and banquets.

QUESTIONS ABOUT PRIOR ELECTIONS?
If their are questions concerning prior membership or elections, send the electee’s name, undergraduate institution, and year of graduation to the Executive Secretary for verification.
 
Jewelry may be replaced by ordering through your local chapter of OXE.

NATIONAL STUDENT PAPER COMPETITION
OXE was once again proud to sponsor the National Student Paper Competition of the American Institute of Chemical Engineers: Prize recipients for the 1997-98 competition were: First Prize - Sujata Bhatia, University of Delaware; Second Prize - Direak Tan, University of Washington; Third Prize - Matthew Freimuth, Worcester Polytechnical Institute. The recipients were recognized at the Honors Luncheon of the AIChE Annual meeting in Miami Beach, last November.

MATERIALS AND SUPPLIES AVAILABLE TO CHAPTERS
The following are available free of charge to chapters upon request: OXE letterhead, envelopes, membership cards, information brochures, single copies of the national constitution, and the initiation ceremony (also available on the web site). Order forms are mailed to the chapter advisors each fall. Forms may also be downloaded from our web site. Please limit your request to supplies for one academic year.

NEWS FROM MIAMI BEACH!
For the first time, OXE manned its own exhibit booth near the registration area at the national AIChE meeting in Miami Beach, Florida, last November. New chapter information and samples of the graduation stoles were on hand for viewing. We enjoyed meeting current members and received several inquiries from students interested in starting a chapter at their institution.

The annual meeting of the Society was held on Monday evening during the Annual AIChE Meeting. Minutes of this meeting are available from President Toby Eubank. A summary follows: (1) Glenn Lipscomb agreed to serve as Vice President next year; (2) Richard Davis agreed to serve as Executive Secretary; (3) The new graduation stoles were modeled by President Eubank.
 
An informal dinner for chapter advisors and guests was held on at The Crab House in honor of the fine work done by the advisors each year. It is our long custom to have this free dinner on Tuesday night of the Annual AIChE at a good restaurant near the meeting hotel. Chapter advisors are urged to reserve Tuesday night for us!
 
We look forward to meeting you all again in Dallas! Send your students to the business meeting. We enjoy their participation. Remember, this is Toby’s backyard. The advisors are in for a real Texas style treat!

FOR CHAPTER ADVISORS
Your national officers are all longtime chapter advisors, and we have experienced the highs and lows that chapters go through by changing student officers and members each year. The highs come with outstanding, active student officers being encouraged by the advisor. The advisor must become more active during low times to minimize inactivity and push the students to carry-out a few essential functions necessary to keep the chapter active: (1) Elect new members at least once during the school year(these will include your future officers), (2) Elect officers for the next year and (3) have a fun party. Special Chapter activities(see below) are great when the chapter is strong but don't attempt to force them upon unwilling student officers who may have taken on more than they can handle. We at national are pulling for your chapter to survive its low and stay active for a brighter tomorrow!

NATIONAL OPERATION
Drs Glenn Lipscomb (University of Toledo) and Richard Davis (University of Minnesota Duluth) are now serving the National Organization of OXE as Vice President and Executive Secretary, respectively, to President Toby Eubank. Welcome aboard! We look forward to working closely with you and to an exciting future together!

FALL MAILING
A packet of information and supplies is mailed to each chapter advisor in the early Fall. This packet includes forms for the election of new officers, members, and jewelry order. Look for it in the mail.

NEW CHAPTER OFFICERS
Most chapters elect new officers near the end of the Spring semester. Sometimes through over-sight, these names are not sent to the Executive Secretary. It is the responsibility of the outgoing chapter secretary to report the names of the 1999-2000 after the election. Use the Election of Officers form, also available on our web site.

OMEGA CHI EPSILON AWARD
Chapters are reminded to make nominations for the OXE Award. Most chapters do this in April or May of each year. The award consists of a 4x6 inch walnut plaque bearing the insignia of the Society in silver on a black casting. The name of the recipient, the chapter name and the date of the presentation are also engraved on the plaque.
 
One award may be presented each year by each chapter at no charge to the chapter. Nominations should be made to the Executive Secretary. A letter describing the qualifications and a form for the nominations is sent to each chapter secretary or advisor at the beginning of the calendar year.

CHAPTER TREASURERS
Our national treasurer makes the following requests of chapter treasurers. First, please make out checks for new initiates to "Omega Chi Epsilon". Second, send one check to cover the initiation fees and jewelry costs for new initiates. Do not send individual checks for each initiate. Finally, be sure that your addition is correct. This saves us having to write refund checks or request additional payments.

NATIONAL OFFICERS

Dr. P. Toby Eubank, President
Department of Chemical Engineering
Texas A&M University
College Station, TX 77843-3122
(409) 845-3339 p-eubank@tamu.edu

Dr. G. Glenn Lipscomb, Vice President
Department of Chemical and Environmental Engineering
University of Toledo
Toledo, OH 43606-3390
(419) 530-8088 glenn.lipscomb@utoledo.edu

Dr. Walter P. Walawender, Treasurer
Department of Chemical Engineering
Kansas State University
Manhattan, KS 66506-5102
(785) 532-4318 walawen@cheme.ksu.edu

Dr. Richard A. Davis, Executive Secretary
Department of Chemical Engineering
University of Minnesota Duluth
Duluth, MN 55812-2496
(218) 726-6162 rdavis@d.umn.edu

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The Society of Omega Chi Epsilon (OXE), order of chemical engineers, is the National Honorary Society for students in chemical engineering, both graduate as well as mainly undergraduate. OXE was founded in 1931 to promote high scholarship, encourage original investigation in chemical engineering and to recognize the valuable traits of character, integrity and leadership. The current membership includes over 18,000 men and women from 63 chapters.
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The Omega Chi Epsilon NEWSLETTER is normally published on April 1 and November 1. Copy deadlines are March 15 and October 15. Chapters are encouraged to send news of their activities. Articles for the NEWSLETTER should be sent to Dr. Glenn Lipscomb at the above address.
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Omega Chi Epsilon Newsletter
Volume XXIII, Number 1
April 1996

NEW CHAPTERS CHARTERED
The Beta Theta Chapter was installed at the University of Michigan in December. The Beta Iota Chapter is scheduled to be chartered later this month at Prairie View A&M University. Also scheduled for charters this month or early May are the University of South Florida (Beta Kappa), Washington University in St. Louis (Beta Lambda) and Widener University (Beta Mu). This will bring the total number of chapters to sixty (two are inactive). We have received inquiries this academic year from six other institutions. Others interested in forming a chapter should contact Dr. Perna for information on how to get started. We now have documents entitled Procedures and Guidelines for Establishing a Chapter of OXE and Model Chapter By-Laws (1990).

NEW JEWELRY SUPPLIER
We now have a supplier for jewelry so your new members may order keys or tacs. Order forms are available from Dr. Walawender. The supplier has indicated a turn-around of about six weeks.

FALL MAILING
A packet of information and supplies is mailed to each Chapter Advisor by August 15. This packet includes membership brochures for 1996-1997. Most chapters include a copy of the membership brochure with their invitations to potential new members. Also included are membership cards, forms for the election of new members and an up-dated sheet for the initiation ceremony.

NEW CHAPTER OFFICERS
Most chapters elect new officers near the end of the Spring semester. Sometimes through over-sight, these names are not sent to the Executive Secretary. It is the responsibility of the outgoing chapter secretary to report the names of the 1995-1996 officers to Dr. Walawender immediately after the election. Use the Election of Officers form.

OMEGA CHI EPSILON AWARD
Chapters are reminded to nominate a member for the OXE Award. Most chapters do this in April or May of each year! The Award consists of a 4x6 inch walnut plaque bearing the insignia of the Society in silver on a black casting. The name of the recipient, the chapter name and the date of presentation are engraved on a black plate on the plaque.
 
One award may be presented each year by each chapter at no charge to the chapter. Nominations should be made to the Executive Secretary. A letter describing the qualifications and a form for nominations is sent to each chapter secretary in February of each year.

CHAPTER TREASURERS
Our national treasurer makes the following requests of chapter treasurers. First, please make out checks for new initiates to "Omega Chi Epsilon". Second, send one check to cover the initiation fees and jewelry costs for new initiates. Do not send individual checks for each initiate. Finally, be sure that your addition is correct. This saves us having to write refund checks or request additional payments.

FROM MIAMI BEACH
The annual meeting of Society was held on Monday evening during the Annual AIChE Meeting. Minutes of this meeting are available from Toby Eubank. A summary follows: (1) Gordon Youngquist agreed to be a candidate for Vice President next year; Angie Perna will become Past President and Toby Eubank will be a candidate for President, (2)Florida State, Dayton, Kansas and Delaware are also interested in forming chapters, (3) Discussion about OXE page in ChE Faculties Directory and the cut-off of our recent chapters due to exceeding one page. Not sure how to fix this problem. Also need to see if we can get space in the AIChE Directory, etc., (4) From Dr. Walawender: 796 new members this year; 16,000+total; 21 request for Senior Award, (5) $500 has been allocated to the Eisen Scholarship, and (6) From the Treasurer’s Report: Dr. Walawender is up-dating the computer lists. Also need to send letters to University Deans and Presidents extolling work of Advisors.
 
An informal dinner for chapter advisors and guests was held on November 14, 1995, at The Crab House in honor of the fine work done by the advisors each year. It is our long custom to have this free dinner on Tuesday night of the Annual AIChE at a good restaurant near the meeting hotel. Chapter advisors are urged to reserve Tuesday night for us.

OXE Patch
We have received an interesting query from the Epsilon Chapter at The University of Texas concerning the cost and demand for a patch showing the emblem of the Society. These are understood to be of cloth as often sewn onto a coat or jacket. Our supplier can provide them at $3-4 apiece. Please let Dr. Walawender know if your chapter is interested.

DONUT-MAKING MACHINE
The Beta-Beta chapter at the University of Missouri-Columbia did something unique, innovative, yet tangible to the community to illustrate Chemical Engineering. At the first meeting of the 1994-95 school year, Student President Ficke presented the idea of making a steady-state donut maker and it gained quick support of the committee and the Advisor, Dr. Viswanath. A committee of four(Jon Ficke, Chris Aldenderfer, Dana Klaas and Mitch Anthamatten) was formed to carry-out the project.
 
Through a series of meetings, a general process flow diagram was generated. Mitch led the teach in designing a trough which contained oil, to move the oil and to carry the donut. Provision was made to flip the donut half-way through the cooking cycle. Chris contributed with an innovative cone-shaped plunging device to deliver the donut to the oil. Jon and Dana developed a batter that would slowly ooze through the plunging device which delivered perfect ring-shaped donuts to the oil. Throughout the project the team received help from Don Merrifield (Chemical Engineering Technician) who fabricated all parts from stainless steel. In addition, the Electronics work shop of the College helped design and install the electronics to control every operation of the donut machine. Dr. Dabir Viswanath was always available for consultation and advice.
 
Through a team effort, the donut machine was finished on March 3, 1995, and was presented the next day to the public at the annual Engineering Laboratory Exhibits during Engineers Week. The donut maker won first place in the contest. Our hats are off to the Beta Beta Chapter for their hard work and creativity.

ADDRESSES OF THE OFFICERS

Dr. Angelo J. Perna
President
Department of Chemical Engr.
New Jersey Institute of Tech.
Newark, NJ 07102
Phone: (201) 596-3616
FAX: (201) 596-8436
e-mail: PERNA@TESLA.NJIT.EDU

Dr. P. T.(Toby) Eubank
Vice-President
Department of Chemical Engr.
Texas A&M University
College Station, TX 77843-3122
Phone: (409) 845-3339
FAX: (409) 845-6446
e-mail: p-eubank@tamu.edu

Dr. Walter P. Walawender
Treasurer & Acting Executive Secretary
Department of Chemical Engr.
Durland Hall
Kansas State University
Manhattan, KS 66506-5102
Phone: (913) 532-4318
FAX: (913) 532-7372

CURRENT LIST OF CHAPTERS Omega Chi Epsilon
List of Chapters

ALPHA University of Illinois, 1931(inactive)
BETA Iowa State University, 1932, reactivated 1966
GAMMA University of Minnesota, 1934(inactive)
DELTA Clarkson University, 1941
EPSILON The University of Texas, 1941
ZETA Purdue University, 1943
ETA New Jersey Institute of Technology, 1957
THETA West Virginia University, 1958
IOTA University of Pittsburgh, 1959
KAPPA Polytechnic University(New York), 1964
LAMBDA City University of New York, 1964
MU Oklahoma State University, 1964
NU University of Detroit, 1965
XI Northeastern University, 1965
OMICRON Lamar University, 1967
PI Rose-Hulman Institute of Technology, 1969
RHO Texas A&M University, 1970
SIGMA University of Arkansas, 1970
TAU University of Alabama, 1971
UPSILON University of Kentucky, 1971
PHI Louisiana Tech University, 1971
CHI University of Maryland, 1973
PSI University of Southern California, 1974
OMEGA University of Missouri-Rolla, 1974
ALPHA ALPHA Auburn University, 1975
ALPHA BETA Northwestern University, 1975
ALPHA GAMMA University of Lowell, 1975
ALPHA DELTA University of Houston, 1975
ALPHA EPSILON Kansas State University, 1976
ALPHA ZETA Michigan State University, 1976
ALPHA ETA Mississippi State University, 1978
ALPHA THETA Youngstown State University, 1978
ALPHA IOTA Tulane University, 1978
ALPHA KAPPA University of South Carolina, 1979
ALPHA LAMBDA University of Southwestern Louisiana, 1979
ALPHA MU New Mexico State University, 1979
ALPHA NU Tri-State University, 1980
ALPHA XI University of Colorado, 1980
ALPHA OMICRON Texas Tech University, 1981
ALPHA PI Howard University, 1982
ALPHA RHO Georgia Institute of Technology, 1983
ALPHA SIGMA University of Connecticut, 1983
ALPHA TAU Colorado State University, 1984
ALPHA UPSILON California State Polytechnic University, 1984
ALPHA PHI University of Iowa, 1984
ALPHA CHI Virginia Polytechnic Inst. & State Univ., 1984
ALPHA PSI Manhattan College, 1985
ALPHA OMEGA Louisiana State University, 1988
BETA ALPHA Pennsylvania State University, 1988
BETA BETA University of Missouri-Columbia, 1991
BETA GAMMA North Carolina A&T State University, 1992
BETA DELTA Tuskegee University, 1992
BETA EPSILON University of Cincinnati, 1995
BETA ZETA University of Minnesota-Duluth, 1995
BETA ETA Texas A&M University-Kingsville, 1995
BETA THETA University of Michigan, 1995
BETA IOTA Prairie View A&M University, 1996
BETA KAPPA University of South Florida, 1996
BETA LAMBDA Washington University, 1996
BETA MU Widener University, 1996

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The Society of Omega Chi Epsilon (OXE), order of chemical engineers, is the National Honorary Society for students in chemical engineering, both graduate as well as mainly undergraduate. OXE was founded in 1931 to promote high schlarship, encourage original investigation in chemical engineering and to recognize the valuable traits of character, integrity and leadership. The current membership includes over 16,000 men and women from 56 chapters.
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The Omega Chi Epsilon NEWSLETTER is normally published on April 1 and October 15 of each year. Copy deadlines are March 15 & October 1. Chapters are encouraged to send news of their activities. Articles for the NEWSLETTER should be sent to Toby Eubank at the above address.


Omega Chi Epsilon Newsletter
Volume XXII, Number 2
October 1995

NEW CHAPTERS CHARTERED
Three new chapters of OXE were chartered in April: University of Minnesota-Duluth (Beta Epsilon), University of Cincinnati (Beta Zeta) and Texas A&M University-Kingsville (Beta Eta). TAMU-Kingsville, formerly Texas A&I University, became the 55th chapter of OXE. We have more recently received petitions for chapter charters from: Widener University, University of Michigan and Prairie View A&M University.

FALL MAILING
Others interested in forming a chapter should contact Dr. Perna for information on how to get started. We now have documents entitled Procedures and Guidelines for Establishing a Chapter of WCE and Model Chapter By-Laws(1990). A packet of information and supplies is mailed to each Chapter Advisor in August. This packet includes membership brochures for 1995-1996. Most chapters include a copy of the membership brochure with their invitations to potential new members. Also included are membership cards, forms for the election of new members and an up-date sheet for the initiation ceremony. We rely on the Chapter Advisor to distribute this packet to the new Chapter President and to check with the new Chapter Officers to make sure everyone is in place for the Fall Term. If you have not received this packet, please contact Dr. Walawender. Also double-check to make sure that he has been sent a copy of the Chapter Officers form; this should have been done last May by the outgoing Chapter Secretary following your elections but sometimes graduating Seniors think they have better things to do.
 
Remember also that the following supplies are available at any time free of charge to chapters upon request to Dr. Walawender: OXE letterhead, envelopes, membership cards and brochures. Also available are single copies of the National Constitution and the Initiation Ceremony(recently revised). Please use the Request Form sent to Chapter Advisors or contact Dr. Walawender directly.

STAY ACTIVE!
Several chapters failed to report new members last year. Your national officers are all longtime chapter advisors, and we have experienced the highs and lows that chapters go through by changing student officers and members each year. The highs come with outstanding, active students officers being encouraged by the advisor. The advisor must become more active during low times to minimize damage and push the students to carry-out a few essential functions necessary to keep the chapter active: (1) Elect new members at least once during the school year(these will include your future officers), (2) Elect officers for the next year and (3) have a fun party. Special Chapter activities(see below) are great when the chapter is strong but don't attempt to force them upon unwilling student officers who may have taken on more than they can handle. We at national are pulling for your chapter to survive its low and stay active for a brighter tomorrow.

MIAMI BEACH TIME!
The Annual AIChE meeting is Nov. 12 (Sunday) -17 in Miami Beach at the Fontainebleau and Eden Roc Hotels. Student activities occur mostly on Sunday and Monday (Student Technical Competitions). The Annual meeting of OXE will be held on Monday at 7 PM in Room 16C of the Fontainebleau. Faculty advisors, other members of the Society and student members are welcome to attend. The Annual Appreciation Dinner for Chapter Advisors will be held on Tuesday, Nov. 14, at 7PM at The Crab House, 1551 79th St. Causeway (305/868-7085). We will post a sign-up sheet at the Information Center (in AIChE Registration Area) in the Fontainebleau; we will try to find enough cars to carry everyone to the restaurant and back to the hotels. All faculty advisors (and a companion) are invited. Please sign-up by Monday evening so we can give the restaurant an estimate. If we do not hear from you we will assume that you are unable to attend. We expect about 20-35 people at the dinner, which is strictly informal. You as a faculty advisor are principally responsible for the success, prestige and current growth of our Society. We take this means to show our appreciation for the fine work you do with your chapter.

STUDENT AWARDS
In conjunction with the Annual AIChE meeting, OXE sponsors a number of awards including all three prizes for the National Student Paper Competition and the third-place prize in the National Student Design Competition. For the former competition, the first prize, designated the Edwin O. Eisen/Omega Chi Epsilon Award, is $500, the second prize is $300 and the third prize is $200. Our sponsorship is recognized at the Student Chapters Brunch(Sunday) before about 700 students representing numerous universities. Please encourage your chapter members to participate in the Regional Paper Contests and the National Design Competition. The Southwest Regional Award has been designated the Edwin O. Eisen Award; a traveling plaque moves annually to home department of the regional winner, presently the University of Houston.

SPECIAL CHAPTER ACTIVITIES
The recent petitions from the University of Michigan and from Prairie View A&M provide a number of innovative activities that we would like to share with the other chapters. At Michigan, the Chemical Engineering Honor Society has (1) held weekly tutorial sessions geared mainly towards ChE students but including other engineering students, (2) organized an exam file, (3) provided an information file on specific engineering graduate programs, and (4) traveled to a nearby nursing home to visit with patients. They are also working with their AIChE Student Chapter to go to area high schools and help educate students on future opportunities and also to create and distribute a ChE yearbook for the department.
 
At Prairie View, a Chemical Engineering Honor Society has existed since 1986. It's activities include: (1) solicitation of corporate donations for the club and department, (2) tutoring other students and high school students, (3) food & clothing drive for the less fortunate and (4) painting an elderly woman's home.

ALPHA CHI CHAPTER NEWS
The Virginia Polytechnic Institute Chapter has sent a summary of the winning essay for their OXE Award; we liked it so well that we would like to share it with you; it was written by Monique R. Jackson, Senior in Chemical Engineering:

This year is 1995 and though a decade has past since my high school graduation, this year I will finally be graduating with my B.S. degree. For some, to receive a four-year degree in a ten-year period may not seem like a big accomplishment. However, I an extremely proud of the success and accomplishments that I have achieved during this period.
 
I entered college in the fall of 1985 as a young and confused individual. Considering I had never been far from home before, it was difficult to adjust to a school almost 300 miles away, Virginia Tech. I made several new friends but I found that there were very few minority students to interact with. Being in an environment with less than 10% minorities was a major change from the racially integrated environment of my high school. Perhaps for this reason, I found myself returning home often, at times almost every weekend. This led to what I now see as the major reason why I did not do well during those first couple of years: time management. Trying to maintain two part-time jobs, an average social life, and a heavy class load in engineering was not an easy task. After the fall quarter of 1986, I decided that it would be best for financial, academic, and personal reasons to take a break from college. I went home to work full-time with the intention of returning in a quarter or two.
 
My plans were altered, however, with the addition of a new family member, my son. What was supposed to be a five or six month break turned into five or six years. My temporary full-time job developed into a high potential career opportunity. I rapidly advanced from a temporary receptionist to the Inventory Group Leader within a Fortune 500 company. I was recognized and awarded constantly for my outstanding performance. Though there was an opportunity for further growth within the company, it was obvious that the company could not offer me the mental stimulation that I craved. During the years that I worked and raised my child, my mother repeatedly urged me to return to school. Having become accustomed to a decent paycheck every two weeks, I saw school as a distant dream. However, with the scaling down of companies during the recession, I was given the chance to turn that dream into reality. I willingly accepted my severance check and began my path back to Virginia Tech.
 
I now had to prepare myself for the intense rigors of college studies, especially considering I would be raising a son at the same time. I enrolled as a full-time student in the fall of 1991 at Northern Virginia Community College, during which time I requested re-admission to Virginia Tech for the following spring. University officials suggested that I postpone re-enrollment until the following fall allowing a full year to improve my prior low grade average. I was, however, extremely confident of my abilities considering that the time that had passed helped me to mature and become more focused. At the community college that fall semester, I achieved a 4.0 grade point average. I was pleased to return to Virginia Tech as planned in the spring.
 
During the past two years at Virginia Tech, I have exceeded my own goals as well as the expectations of others. Needless to say, my time management skills have greatly improved. I am not only a full-time mother and a full-time student, but also a volunteer at my son's school and an active member in several student organizations. I have held two part-time work-study positions and have participated in undergraduate research on a continuous basis. I have increased my grade point average tremendously and have gained the trust and respect of the fellow students and faculty. Perhaps the hardest challenge for me was during the summer unit operations laboratory. Being a single mother, it was difficult to meet the stringent demands and deadlines required by this course. My hard work and dedication during that summer session in 1994 was rewarded when I was presented with the Richard E. Herror scholarship plaque for outstanding student performance in the unit operations laboratory. A few months ago, I was accepted into the graduate school at Virginia Tech in the doctoral program in chemical engineering. Most recently and perhaps my finest achievement, I was offered a National Science Foundation Minority Fellowship as well as the Charles E. Minor Minority Fellowship for my graduate studies. All considering, I cannot begin to express the pride and joy that I feel with regards to my current success and positive expectations for the future.

ADDRESSES OF THE OFFICERS

Dr. Angelo J. Perna
President
Department of Chemical Engr.
New Jersey Institute of Tech.
Newark, NJ 07102
Phone: (201) 596-3616
FAX: (201) 596-8436
e-mail: PERNA@TESLA.NJIT.EDU

Dr. P. T.(Toby) Eubank
Vice-President
Department of Chemical Engr.
Texas A&M University
College Station, TX77843-3122
Phone: (409) 845-3339
FAX: (409) 845-6446
e-mail: p-eubank@tamu.edu

Dr. Walter P. Walawender
Treasurer & Acting Executive Secretary
Department of Chemical Engr.
Durland Hall
Kansas State University
Manhattan, KS 66506-5102
Phone: (913) 532-4318
FAX: (913) 532-7372

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The Society of Omega Chi Epsilon(WCE), order of chemical engineers, is the National Honorary Society for students in chemical engineering, both graduate as well as mainly undergraduate. OXE was founded in 1931 to promote high schlarship, encourage original investigation in chemical engineering and to recognize the valuable traits of character, integrity and leadership. The current membership includes over 15,000 men and women from 55 chapters.
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The Omega Chi Epsilon NEWSLETTER is normally published on April 1 and October 15 of each year. Copy deadlines are March 15 & October 1.. Chapters are encouraged to send news of their activities. Articles for the NEWSLETTER should be sent to Toby Eubank at the above address.