Student Orgs

Eta Sigma Phi

Student Organization Name
Eta Sigma Phi
Academic / Honorary
Statement Of Purpose/ Mission
An honor society of undergraduate students whose purposes are: to develop and promote interest in classical study among the students of colleges and universities; to promote closer relationships among students who are interested in classical study, including inter-campus relationships; and to engage generally in an effort to stimulate interest in classical study, and in the history, art, and literature of ancient Greece and Italy.
CONSTITUTION OF ETA SIGMA PHI (EPSILON XI CHAPTER) ARTICLE I: Name The name of this organization is Eta Sigma Phi (Epsilon Xi Chapter) ARTICLE II: PURPOSE Eta Sigma Phi is a Classics Honor Society with the purpose of bringing awareness and appreciation to Classics and classical studies, including ancient history of both Italy and Greece and their respective ancient languages. We also wish to bring together students and faculty with interests in these fields in order to strengthen relationships and dialogues with the classical community. ARTICLE III: MEMBERSHIP Section 1: Membership in this organization is created by the national committee. They state that a student must have completed three semesters of either Classics, Latin, or Greek courses with a 3.0GPA or higher average in these courses. They must also have some drive to become a minor or major in Classics. Section 2: All members are inducted into the society by consensus of the faculty of the department and having completed the abovementioned criteria. All categories of membership (whether regular member or officer) receive equal treatment except that only officers can make final decisions about society events and if there is a tie in voting for the new board members. Section 3: Members are accepted in their forth semester of CLA, LAT, or GRE courses through an induction ceremony held by the faculty and the current board of officers, and hold membership for the rest of their college career and graduate studies. Section 4: Members should exhibit a high interest and enthusiasm for the Classics, for the above purposes of this organization. Members are highly encouraged to attend all chapter meetings, and required to attend meetings deemed mandatory by the officers. Members unable to attend any mandatory meeting must inform an oficer to their absence prior to the meeting. ARTICLE IV: OFFICERS Section 1: The following officer positions shall exist in Eta Sigma Phi as stated in the national constitution, Article X, Section 4: Prytanis -President, Hyparchos -Vice President, Grammateus -Secretary, Chrysophylax -Treasurer, Pyloros -Sergeant at Arms. Gustavus Adolphus College has also deemed it mandatory to include a Risk Manager to this assembly; this position can be held by any of the above offices. All officers must be full-time students in good standing enrolled at Gustavus Adolphus College, and must play a strong role in the Classics community on campus. The only position that has additional requirements that must be met is the President. They must have been a member of the organization for at least one year before becoming President. If no qualified parties are interested, this requirement may be waived with the majority agreement of the membership present. Section 2: The duties of each office are described as follows: A. President 1. To organize and preside over meetings 2. To function as a spokesperson for the society to the national board 3. To facilitate communication between executive board members 4. To work with the advisor and other executive board members to create yearly goals for the organization 5. To facilitate monthly Executive Board meetings B. Vice President 1. To preside over meetings in the absence of the President 2. To exercise all the functions of the office of the President in the absence of the president 3. To assist the President in the organization of society events 4. To assist in the development of yearly organizational goals 5. To attend monthly Executive Board meetings C. Secretary 1. To keep a written record of what happened at all Eta Sigma Phi meetings 2. Be responsible for all correspondence between the society/faculty and the Executive Board 3. To keep club members informed of upcoming meetings and events 4. To assist in the development of yearly organization goals 5. To attend monthly Executive Board meetings D. Treasurer 1. To maintain the finances of Eta Sigma Phi and keep accurate records of all financial matters 2. To coordinate any fund raising efforts and travel plans 3. To assist in the development of yearly organizational goals 4. To attend monthly Executive Board meetings E. Sergeant at arms 1. To be responsible for recruitment of new members by spreading the word among new Classics students about future induction 2. To promote and publicize all events along with the Secretary 3. To assist in the development of yearly organizational goals 4. To attend monthly Executive Board meetings F. Risk Manager 1. To make sure that all activities planned by the Executive Board are safe and contribute to the overall goal of Eta Sigma Phi. 2. To assist in the development of yearly organizational goals 3. To attend monthly Executive Board meetings Section 3: Candidates for office must be nominated from the membership of Eta Sigma Phi prior to the induction of new members. New inductees may be elected as officers for the next year. The voting format (i.e. email, paper ballot, etc...) shall be determined by the discretion of the President. Voting is open to all current members and to inductees. Candidates will be elected into office if they receive a majority vote. Section 4: The term begins at the beginning of the new school year. It is urged that the Executive Board get in touch before the beginning of the fall semester to set up a meeting day in the early weeks of September. The term of office shall last for one calendar year. Any vacancies during the year shall be announced to the membership at the meeting following the vacancy. Nominations shall be taken and voting shall occur at the meeting. If no one is nominated, the President can appoint a member to that position. Section 5: The Gus Fan Club, by a two-thirds (2/3) vote of all members present, may remove on good cause, an executive board member from office. A request for removal from office will be brought to the Fan Club Advisor or President who will then bring the request before the membership at the next scheduled meeting. ARTICLE V: MEETINGS Section 1: Meetings will be held a minimum of once a month during the academic year. The Executive Board will meet at the beginning of each semester to set meeting dates. The Secretary is responsible for informing members of meetings. The President will set the agenda for the meetings with input from all members and Executive Board members and faculty advisor. Section 2: Decisions are made by voting- brought to the floor by a motion and a second. A majority shall allow the vote to pass. Section 3: The President or Advisor has the capability of calling special meetings for any matters they feel cannot wait until the next regularly scheduled meeting. Members must be given at least 3 days notice of any special meetings. ARTICLE VI: EXECUTIVE BOARD Section 1: The Executive Board shall be comprised of the President, Vice President, Secretary, Treasurer, Sergeant at arms, Risk Manager. Section 2: The executive board shall meet once a month to discuss the planning of club events. At the board’s first meeting of each semester, they shall set the dates for all Eta Sigma Phi meetings, as well as develop organizational goals. ARTICLE VII: COMMITTEES Section 1: Committees for Eta Sigma Phi will be advertised throughout the society to see who is interested. Members may bring their names forth and be assigned various tasks for an event. Main events may included (but are not limited to): MIA trip, any travel to see a play/speaker/exhibit, on campus events for holidays, etc. Section 2: The Executive Board may create Special Committees on an as needed basis. ARTICLE VIII: FINANCES Section 1: Officers are responsible for making sure of the Gustavus Student Senate finances the chapter each year. If the chapter is very involved/active, funds shall be raised through annual dues, participation (through fundraisers), and the Gustavus Student Senate. Section 2: Each member shall pay the fee as established by the national chapter upon induction into the society. ARTICLE IX: BY-LAWS Section 1: By-laws may be established by members and reviewed yearly. Any member in good standing may propose by-laws. They will be prepared for voting by the officers. All approved by-laws will then be submitted to the appropriate governing bodies. ARTICLE X: AMENDMENTS Section 1: All members of Eta Sigma Phi that are in good standing may propose Amendments. The proposed amendments will be reviewed by the Executive Board members. Section 2: All current members and inductees may be included in the discussion and formation of amendments. Only current members by vote on amendments. Members must be present at the meeting to vote on the amendment. Majority rule will pass an amendment and they will assume effect at the time considered appropriate by the participating members and officers/faculty advisor. Date of Ratification: 3 October, 2012 by Janella Reiswig (Epsilon Xi Chapter President)
National: Epsilon Xi Chapter of Eta Sigma Phi
Application Type
RoleOrganization TitleFull NameE-mail
Risk ManagerCo-Treasurer Kasey
OtherSergeant-at-Arms Dan
Vice PresidentAndrew

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