By Sarah Ryan
Ohio University's student chapter of an industrial technology honorary fraternity has won a regional outstanding chapter award for the fourth time in five years.
Epsilon Pi Tau (EPT) won the honor society's Region 3 Outstanding Chapter Award in honor of the chapter's efforts to uphold EPT principles -- to advance education, knowledge, understanding, appreciation and awareness of technology as an important element of human life and culture.
The Ohio University Lambda chapter, open only by invitation to students who meet a minimum grade-point requirement, comprises students from the Fritz J. and Dolores H. Russ College of Engineering and Technology. Region 3 includes 23 active chapters in the North Central United States and the Canadian Province of Ontario.
Recipient of $500 and a certificate, the group organized activities over the past academic year including free tutoring for industrial technology students; a formal dinner for faculty, alumni, and current students; and a redesign of the chapter T-shirts for fundraising.
Chapter President Mike Baumann says that he and Vice President Kevin Brennan focused on making this year's chapter more than an honor society by creating an organization the members would be proud of and have fun in while participating.
"I wanted to have this organization built up into something that everyone would strive to be in, not just as a resume-builder, but because it was something fun to be a part of," Baumann said.
Brennan added that the chapter has become more active over the past few years.
"All of the members in our chapter are willing to give a hand at any time. They are selfless in their volunteer efforts, and that enables us to accomplish as much as we do," Brennan explained.
Chapter Adviser Todd Myers, an assistant professor of industrial technology, said he is proud of the chapter's work. "This award is attributed to the leadership, hard work and dedication of the Lambda chapter members," Myers said.
The chapter will use $500 to bring in a spring guest speaker on lean enterprise topics, and to assist the department of industrial technology with its springtime homecoming events.